Yoga and reframing the challenges of being differently-abled

June 29, 2015

Podcast featuring Beth Berila and Ela Wojtowicz

Ela Wojtowicz discusses how yoga has helped her reframe and accept her challenges of being differently-abled and inspired her to become a yoga teacher in order to make yoga more accessible to people of all abilities. In this podcast, she talks about her journey through yoga and her participation with Off the Mat, Into the World.

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Elizabeth Wojtowicz
Elizabeth Wojtowicz

Elizabeth Wojtowicz was born with Cerebral Palsy, which, she says, affects her balance and ability to do certain asanas. She has not only been practicing yoga for 8 years, she has also become a certified yoga teacher at the 200 hour level and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Ella has said that yoga allows her to deepen her faith, open her heart and empower her to know that anything is possible, teaching her that we are so much more than our physical prowess or limitations. Learn more at Ela’s website. 


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.



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