Get over yourself

Engage Community & Cultivate Belonging

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Hi! I’m Eli—I help leaders enhance their performance skills to foster community engagement through mindful, interactive storytelling.

Eli Walker

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Individuals are isolated, and old strategies for engagement aren’t working.

Organizations struggle to engage and retain talent because leaders lack important skills that foster a sense of inclusivity and belonging.

You’ve implemented a myriad of wellness and community-building efforts to bring your people together; regardless, your culture goes unchanged. Your people continue to burn out, and managers fail to lead by example.

Why? Because you’ve been focusing on the problem rather than the structures that created it. Good news, though: adopting new leadership performance strategies to facilitate more effective gatherings is simpler than you think.

Let's create interactive stories that connect us to what matters: each other.

1.5k+

The # of leaders I’ve helped get over themselves

200+

The # of teams I’ve equipped with proven techniques for cultivating greater retention through shared belonging.

10k+

The # of individuals I’ve persuaded to move, meditate and “cheers” their way to wellness & camaraderie

300+

The # of standing ovations I’ve received from audiences inspired to get engaged and take action

*While 75% of employees report leaving their workplace due to manager behavior, data shows a 50% decrease in turnover risk when employees feel a strong sense of belonging, and 59% of employees are less likely to look for a new job if they feel engaged at work.

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Cultivate camaraderieby rethinking the context in which you gather.

Strengthen Employee Retention

Facilitate gatherings that make your people WANT to turn on their Zoom cameras.

Enhance Communication Techniques

As a leader, the quality of your performance informs the quality of the communal experience. Your success hinges less on simply potentiating contact amongst your team, but rather, your ability to ignite currency when you do connect.

Cultivate
Belonging

"Belonging" has two meanings: 1) To be a part of something and 2) to own something. Learning how to set up the conditions for your gatherings through your presentation skills to effectively engage participants is crucial to building a sustainable community.
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Keynotes that reshape the way you think about what it means to "perform" as a leader.

In order to build an effective community, members must feel accountable for the quality of experience they want to have. leaders can inspire this level of engagement by refining their performance techniques to optimize quality interactions within their "audiences."

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The Power ofPlay

Playful, interactive storytelling opens the door to empathy; empathy holds the key to communal, sustainable joy.

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The Art ofGetting Over Yourself

Everything you see is true, but so is everything you don't see. Learn 3 simple techniques to “rewrite your narratives” so that you can be the courageous author of your own epic life’s journey & create a positive impact for others.

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The Currency of Kindness

Business is personal; profits and kindness are not mutually exclusive. Empathy paves a path to inclusive work environments through broadened perspectives—vital to your success.

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The Structure of Belonging

Strengthen retention by cultivating a shared sense of belonging; Learn how to ask more impactful questions that shape empowering conversations in your gatherings.

Eli added so much value to my community with her mindfulness talk. Her ability to connect everyone in our group—virtually, nonetheless—through her storytelling and meditation exercise is unparalleled. She’s so creative. I’ve already booked her again!

- Nancy Rhodes

FOUNDER, OF ALTERNEW
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Get Over Yourself

Engage Community, & Cultivate Belonging

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Make it Fun

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Workshops: Wellness, but make it fun

Workshops that incorporate accessible, interactive yoga and meditation exercises that build community and teach the “Art of Getting Over Yourself.”
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Eli has great energy and is very knowledgeable. She has a unique and wonderful spirit and is a talented speaker and instructor. Having Eli speak and teach for us in-house is an amazing corporate perk, making it easy to attend and destress/stretch/relax/reground after a long day at our desks. She’s outrageously funny, kind, and inspirational in her storytelling abilities. By the end, everyone felt a personal connection to her, as well as each other.

- Lina Krivyan

TRUSIGHT SOLUTIONS, LEGAL OPERATIONS MANAGER

Performance Consulting

I help leaders optimize their presentation skills to curate inclusive, productive gatherings.

- Corporate leaders hire me to train them how to present to their teams more effectively so their businesses can thrive.
- Community facilitators hire me to help them create more engaging meetings that inspire participant action.
- Entrepreneurs hire me to teach them how to reclaim authorship over their professional narrative by tapping into the intersection of passion, expertise, and purpose.
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Jaclynn Brennan, Co - Founder of Fyli
Eli Walker held a Drunk Yoga® workshop for our female mastermind community, Fyli, and it was unlike anything we have experienced before. The levels of engagement, collaboration, fun, and camaraderie were off the charts! It’s really difficult to get people to connect virtually, and Eli has a magical way of bringing people together that feels authentic and nurturing for community building.

- Jaclynn Brennan

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Meet Eli

I’ve always loved helping people from different backgrounds get on the same page.

Bonus points if I can achieve this while inspiring them to live joyfully, empower them with new perspectives, and make them laugh at the same time.

After earning a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art and nearly a decade of experience training and teaching yoga across the globe, I developed a knack for fostering community engagement by making wellness interactive and fun. So, it was no surprise (to some more than others) that in 2017 I married my lifelong passions of storytelling and mindful movement to establish my first claim to fame: Drunk Yoga®—“intoxicating” yogic convention by infusing it with the social ritual of a happy hour.

As Drunk Yoga® grew to international acclaim, and I began professionally speaking and consulting on the art of community engagement, I discovered how to translate the very same theatrical devices that make yoga feel like a party into a methodology that teaches leaders how to refine their own performance skills so that they may curate more effective workplace gatherings.

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In the press

“Walker’s manifesto is unlike any other how-to-yoga guidebook on the shelf, because not only does it pair the Ayurvedic practice with alcohol, it’s also layered with jokes and stories to really hone in on her overall message: that life on its own is hard enough, but yoga doesn’t have to be.”
“She wanted to create a safe atmosphere for newbies and veterans alike to make new friends over a glass of wine and just lighten the f*ck up about yoga.”
“Eli Walker founded Drunk Yoga because it meshed with her love for the practice and served as a reminder to never stop playing.”
“Eli Walker, the yoga instructor who one day realized that the disinhibition of the bar was what it took to make people feel comfortable in yoga class”.
“…it's actually more about the experience than it is about losing weight and as Walker says, 'Happiness is health.’”
“‘It’s OK if you spill,’ says Drunk Yoga creator Eli Walker, 29, an actress and yogi who created the trademarked yoga brand in 2017.”
“…yoga instructor Eli Walker decided to open up a “Drunk Yoga” series to help beginning yogis relax with the idea that your body will become more flexible with some liquid courage…”
“Walker’s final rule for Drunk Yoga is that ‘you have to have fun and be happy by the time you leave.’”
“Drunk Yoga? The term itself feels like an oxymoron. But ever since Eli Walker founded her casual, pretense-free, wine-fueled yoga classes back in 2017, Drunk Yoga has become a full-on movement.”
“Eli Walker, founder of the sessions, told Popsugar, ‘Drunk Yoga, which involves adding wine to a beginner yoga sequence in class that takes place in a bar, was just another idea I had to make yoga more accessible and less intimidating to a certain population who might not otherwise try yoga at all.’”
“It is precisely this dogmatic tendency that Eli would like to challenge: ‘We are creating a safe space here for lots of fun. Here the yogis can let go completely, not take themselves and others too seriously. And above all: not to take yoga too seriously.’”
“This roving series aims to lift your spirits and create community around the potent union of yoga and social ritual…”
“Eli said it best: ‘When you’re playing with your body in time and space in a new way, surrounded by friends in a bar with a glass of wine, it’s hard not to enjoy yourself.’”
“In addition to yoga, she [Walker] teaches storytelling workshops for kids and adults that combine movement and theater.”
“Still, while you'll probably get more out of yoga's focus on mindfulness with a clear head, Walker says whatever gets you to your mat is good enough for her.”
“Walker, 28, said she believed a jolt of liquid courage could help to make yoga more enjoyable for those too nervous to tackle it. “
‘‘That said, every yogi who has tried the class, and/or knows me personally, understands my mission has integrity, and my class is safe, effective and fun for the population of people I’m targeting,’ Walker says.”
“‘I've been a yoga teacher and a performer for a long time, and an entrepreneur at heart,’ Eli Walker – the woman behind the trend – told me when I approached her for this story.”

Current Projects

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Drunk yoga®

The most fun you'll ever have doing yoga.
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Divine your Story™

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Drunk Yoga®: 50 Wine & Yoga Poses to Lift Your Spirit(s)

Buy Eli's best-selling original Drunk Yoga® book.
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Solo-Performance

Be on the lookout for Eli's next one-woman show, "Kill the Buddha," directed by Jonathan Libman.

Eli has found a spirited way to introduce people to the magic of a yoga practice through community and camaraderie work. Her techniques are fun, sneaky, effective and effervescent.

- Nevine Michaan

CREATOR OF KATONAH YOGA®
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Drunk Yoga®

At Drunk Yoga®, we connect communities and cultivate joy through fun, interactive yoga experiences.

So…what’s “drunk” about Drunk Yoga®? Only the way in which we “intoxicate” the convention of traditional yoga by making our events social and interactive. We do this by infusing uplifting games and icebreakers into our beginner-friendly classes with beverage in-hand—often wine, sometimes juice or coffee, and always fun. We invite you to let your hair down and enjoy this potent union of yoga and social ritual. Learn more. #namasteresponsibly
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Divine Your Story™

Book diverse & engaging women speakers for your next event. learn more.

We make it easy for event organizers to book inspiring women speakers with diverse world views. Our mission? To empower your team with new perspectives so that your company can innovate with empathy & thrive as a community.
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Drunk Yoga:
50 Wine & Yoga Poses 
to Lift Your Spirit(s)

Buy Eli's best-selling book on Amazon.

As featured in the New York Post, the International Business times, Refinery29, Glamour, ELLE, POPSUGAR, INSIDER Fitness, the Gothamist, and more...

Indulge in fun and laughter with the official Drunk Yoga® book by Eli Walker, the rebel behind the viral Drunk Yoga phenomenon!

Drink wine. Do yoga. Be happy.
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One-Woman Shows

Eli writes and performs shows that inspire women to overcome the power structures that hold them back.

Eli has been an avid monologuist since age 8, when she wrote her first one-woman show--a feminist adaptation of the classic "Little Red Riding Hood." At 16, she uncovered a copy of Lily Tomlin's "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," memorized it and performed it for anyone who would listen. Eli's previous original one-woman shows performed in NYC include "STEPS," produced at Wings Theatre in 2010, "COUNTING," at NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing in 2011 and "The Quarter-Life Crisis Monologues," at the PIT in 2017. Stay tuned for her next one-woman show entitled, "Kill the Buddha," directed by Jonathon Libman.
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'Performance' occurs when who you are with
yourself intersects who you are
with others.