Yoga and Advocacy for Disability Rights with Carrie Barrepski

May 1, 2015

Yoga and Advocacy for Disability Rights

Podcast featuring Dr. Beth Berila and Carrie Barrepski


A disability rights advocate, writer, and yoga teacher, Carrie Barrepski brings the gifts of yoga to people living with disabilities.

She works to change the stereotype of the “yoga body” and assumptions about disability in the Western yoga world. Yoga, Barrepski says, helps differently-abled practitioners deal with chronic pain, fatigue, and the everyday stresses of discrimination. Focusing on breathing, listening to our bodies, and being mindful can help people feel whole. In this podcast, Barrepski offers practical tips for finding a yoga class that is appropriate for you.



Carrie Barrepski head shotCarrie Barrepski is a disability rights activist and columnist and yoga teacher. A long-time yogini, she is a Lakshmi Voelker chair yoga teacher, sharing the joy of yoga with those with physical limitations. Read more at




Dr. Beth Berila
Dr. Beth Berila

Beth Berila, Ph.D., LLC, RYT is the Director of the Women’s Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  She is also a registered yoga teacher and is completing her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness.

She is a founding board member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. Her current projects merge yoga and meditation practices with feminism and mindful education to create a form of socially engaged embodied learning.


One Comment

  1. Connie Haskell

    Why are all the columns in the Republican only about your own situation, Carrie. Couldn’t you write about people who helped you along the way and about ways other people with multiple disabilities have coped or are coping?

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