I am so excited to be a part of this exciting new anthology of essays by Yoga Renegades, edited by Melanie Klein and including Jessamyn Stanley, Dr. Gail Parker, Jacoby Ballard, Zubin Shroff, Lakshmi Nair, Chanelle John, Dianne Bondy, and Pranidhi Varshney, among many amazing others. This collection builds on the Yoga and Body Image book to continue the conversation about how systems of oppression pervade the yoga world AND how yoga philosophy and liberation offer powerful paths to individual and collective liberation.
"Until diverse representation is a norm, meaning it becomes the established and unquestioned standard, the conversation (and the work) is not complete."
Whether Beth is teaching at a mindfulness conference, a yoga studio, in an online course, or in a University classroom, she brings an engaging and personable style to her work. Having taught in Women's Studies academic courses for over fourteen years, she has experience meeting diverse groups of people where they are in honest conversations about social justice. Her teaching offers interactive tools to help participants engage in critical self-reflection and deep community building.
Beth's public speaking is a combination of insight and humour, mindfulness practice and feminist analysis. She has spoken at academic conferences, yoga studios, and public workshops, university events. She is adept at speaking to audiences who are at a variety of entry points around social justice issues and offering everyone something to reflect upon.
Beth's writing explores intersections of yoga and social justice. Her most recent books address how she has integrated mindfulness into her feminist teaching. She is currently writing a book on Mindful Feminism--how yoga and mindfulness can help us more holistically live our feminism. Her writing also critically examines the dangers of too easily glorifying mindfulness without more carefully examining how it, too, can be complicit in oppression.
Beth is the Director of the Women's Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic and Women's Studies Department at St. Cloud State University. She is also a 500-hour registered yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. Her book, Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education, was published by Routledge.
This talk was given while I was a faculty at the Center for Contemplative Mind Summer Session 2017. The talk, "The Stories We Tell: Reframing How We Make Sense of the World," explores how the stories we tell shape how we perceive the world. While they are often the result of conditioning and learned ideologies, mindfulness can help us slow down that process in order to reframe and reclaim them. Special thanks for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society for recording this video.