About Beth

Beth Berila, Ph.D. is the Director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program, and Professor in the Ethnic, Gender, & Women’s Studies Department, St. Cloud State University, where she teaches courses in Feminist Theory, Gender and the Body, and Gender and Popular Culture. Beth is also a 500-hr registered yoga teacher and a long-time mindfulness practitioner.  Her book, Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education, was published by Routledge in 2016.  She co-edited Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis, with Melanie Klein and Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Ph.D. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). She served on the leadership team of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition for two years and is now a community partner. She has partnered with Off the Mat, Into the World and the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. Her current projects merge yoga and meditation practices with feminism and mindful education to create a form of socially engaged embodied learning. For more about Beth's work, check out her vita.

Beth has completed additional trainings, including: Generatve Somatics T1 & T2, Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training I & II (Mind Body Solutions); Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training (Firefly Yoga International); Restorative Yoga, Hatha Yoga Pradipika Study.

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Interview with SaraJoy Marsh, as part of the Yoga CARE Social Justice Telesummit, a precursor to the Yoga CARE Social Justice Conference in Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon. Spring 2017.


Integrating Mindfulness into Social Justice Education and anti-Oppression Work. Book Excerpt. Decolonizing Yoga. April 20, 2016.