Laura Sangeeta Biagi is an artist and an educator in the fields of art, music, writing, and yoga.
Originally from Siena, Italy, Laura earned a B.A. with honors from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Siena in Italy.
In 1997 she moved to New York to spend a year at Vassar College as a Language Fellow in the Department of Italian Studies. While in New York she studied voice and composition with performance artist Meredith Monk.
In 1998 she earned a Master of Arts degree and in 2004 a Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Her dissertation was on sound healing in the Southern Italian ritual of tarantismo. This was the beginning of her on-going interest and research on myths, medicine and metaphors revolving around spiders.
She served as a Visiting Professor in Italian Folklore and as a Visiting Scholar at New York University and Vassar College between 2007 and 2013.
At Vassar College, she was the recipient of awards of the Carolyn Fae Grant grant in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to bring contemplative and yogic-based practices into academia. In the fall of 2012, through the support of this grant, she lectured on sound studies and the embodied imagination in the departments of Music, Drama, Dance, Religion, English, Italian and Psychology at Vassar College.
Between 2009 and 2011 she lived and trained at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram (Tamil Nadu, India) earning Senior Yoga
Teacher Diploma in Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga, in the paramparai of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj.
In the United States she has performed, taught and presented lectures and workshops at New York University, Vassar College, La MaMA theatre, Judson Church, the
Gallery at Deep Listening Space and CBGBs in New York; in India at ICYER, at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi, and at the J. Nehru Medical College in Wardha; in Italy at
the Associazione Culturale Centro Yoga Artè in Milan; and in Germany at the Gitananda Yoga Association in Berlin.
She has been working as an official tour guide for the city of Florence, Italy, since 2008, offering tailored tours to individuals and groups.
She is currently living in Taos, New Mexico (USA) as a fellow of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, where she is writing a book on spider medicine and sound healing and composing her second album.