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I'm Eli Walker

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I help leaders facilitate engaging gatherings using proven theatrical devices.

As the founder/CEO of internationally-acclaimed Drunk Yoga®, equipped with a BFA in Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, I’m an expert in curating experiential gatherings that bring people together through camaraderie, mindfulness and play.

With my unique team-building workshops and keynotes, I help leaders discover how their performance strategies affect the capacity of their people to experience belonging.
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I'm Eli Hi there!

A woman on a mission to teach the art of self-empowerment through shared belonging.

I do this By way of...

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CEO-ingand Leading

CEO-ing and leading my internationally-acclaimed, interactive Drunk Yoga® experiences, where I “intoxicate” the convention of yoga by making is fun & social

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Nurturingmy Company

Nurturing my company Divine Your Story™, where I make it easy for event organizers to book inspiring female speakers with diverse world views

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Delivering myKeynote Speeches

And through delivering my entertaining & perspective-shifting keynote speeches to help forward-thinking leaders build more compassionate work environments…(even remotely!)
Why?
Because I believe the only path to sustainable happiness  is through meaningful connections to your community.
Eli Walker

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Ever wonder what it'd be like to break all the rules? Throw a wrench into a billion-dollar industry and put a new twist on an ancient spiritual tradition? Not wait three days to text the guy? Blow up your life to backpack around India and find yourself again? Join Eli Walker's epic stories about what it means to rewrite the rules and belong to yourself.
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My Story

I grew up in rural Wisconsin and set flight for Manhattan when I received a scholarship to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Graduating with a BFA in Acting (Cum Laude), I was equipped with a passion for community-based theater and an infatuation for using interactive storytelling as a tool to challenge social norms and teach the art of joy through self-empowerment. It wasn’t long before this led me to the art of yoga.

I completed my yoga teacher training in NYC and furthered my studies in India during a 6-month solo-backpacking trip across the country...

prompted by a desperate need to re-evaluate my sense of personal power after an abusive experience with my male yoga teacher. My spiritual quest ended in Thailand, where I fell through a roof (long story) and severely injured my back, leaving me immobile for several weeks.
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Upon my return, my injuries led me to Katonah Yoga, an esoteric yoga practice that teaches students to refine their physical relationship with the universe using imagination, metaphor and teamwork to discover “center” through “circumference.” This practice was a game-changer for me, as it not only to healed my back, but it also showed me that, with more progressive, practical teaching methods—(as opposed to militaristic, dogmatic conventions)—yoga can be made joyful, fun and communal through the intelligent integration of performance techniques.

Informance

Drawing from all of these experiences, I took my mission to teach kindness and connectivity as vehicles for joy one step further when I created my internationally acclaimed (albeit subversive) company, Drunk Yoga®. In doing so, I pioneered a new genre of “yoga entertainment” in an otherwise individualist tradition, re-introducing yoga to the masses as an accessible, uplifting social experience.
Now, happily...

I travel around the world giving talks and workshops for leaders to help them apply my interactive performance methods to their organizations to foster more inclusive, engaged and impactful communities.

When I’m not traveling for my work, I divide my time between NYC, Bali and Beacon, NY.
Fun facts: I have an advanced certification in astrology, I used to “moonlight” as an at-home voiceover artist while bootstrapping my entrepreneurial endeavors, and if you ask me to cook for you, I’ll likely burn it. So for your own sake, just...don’t.

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'Performance' occurs when who you are with
yourself intersects who you are
with others.