Yoga as a Tool for Social Change

July 27, 2016

Yoga and Body Image Coalition Podcast featuring Sabrina Strings and Beth Berila.

Dr. Sabrina Strings discusses some of the barriers for why many mainstream yoga spaces are alienating for women of color. In this podcast, she discusses what needs to change in order for yoga spaces to become more inclusive and welcoming to diverse communities. She also moves the conversation beyond individual changes in particular yoga studios to a broader shift in the yoga community.


Recorded November 4, 2015

Sabrina Strings, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine. Her research examines how the intersecting structures of race, class, and sex(uality) are inscribed on the body, which is then marshaled to validate social inequality. Her book manuscript, Thin, White, and Saved: Fat Stigma and the Fear of the Big Black Body, explores how body size in particular has been used to maintain social hierarchies in the United States.  More about Dr. Strings.


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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