by Eli walker

Top 5 Resources for Women to Network in a Pandemic

Check out my top five favorite resources forvirtual networking, workshops, and fun classes.

For some of us, networking is a passion and anatural skill. For others, the notion of “networking” for our entrepreneurialendeavors makes us feel a sense of “ugh, fine, I’ll do it.” Whichever camp yourin, networking got a lot easier amidst the pandemic in 2020. Which is great,because making meaningful connections with goal-driven female entrepreneurs is vital to closing the gender gap.

Check out my top five favorite resources forvirtual networking, workshops, and fun classes.

1)   Luminary- a women’s collective based in NYC turned virtual in March 2020. It’s a hub offiery, talented professional women, and my favorite place to plug into to findnew diverse women keynote speakers for DivineYour Story™.

2)   Six DegreesSociety - a membership-style online community that hosts coolvirtual workshops and fun getaways (IRL) to support the success of femaleentrepreneurs.

3)   Ellevate - a nationwide organization that’sbeen around since 1997. I joined this community as a health and wellnessambassador for DrunkYoga® earlier this year, and I’ve loved hopping into morning virtual“Coffee Chats” with different cities’ chapters across the country. Thiscommunity is full of women who appreciate the power of networking and are readyto give as much as they receive.

4)   Fyli- my new favorite find. Fyli is an online mastermind membership community thatoffers everything I ever wanted in a female networking group. Virtual eventsand workshops + group coaching with like-minded entrepreneurs--another hotspotfor amazing women corporate speakers.

5)   TheCamaraderie NYC - dear to my heart, The Camaraderie NYC has been alongtime affiliate of both Drunk Yoga® and Divine YourStory™. They host super fun ‘NOT-for-networking’ social gatheringsfor the purpose of discovering new female friends. Their platform is open toboth monthly members and non-members for drop in experiences.

 Now, I’m sure you’re all pumped to try out thesewonderful resources, but I must caution you about Zoom burnout. Be careful notto overdo it. Choose 1-3 networking events per week with a purpose, and show upwith your whole self, joyful, open-minded and ready to connect. I’m confidentthat even for those of you who cringe at forced small-talk, you’ll love makingmindful virtual networking a new weekly ritual.

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Eli Walker

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 to create authentic communities and individuals to cultivate deeper connections and self-belonging. 

Let’s rewrite some rules and reimagine community and joy. 

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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.”