Originally from Siena, Italy, Sangeeta Laura Biagi is a Visiting Professor at Vassar College, NY. Her research is in the fields of Contemplative Studies, Performance Studies, and Italian Studies. Sangeeta has been the recipient, since 2010, of the Carolyn Grant Endowment at Vassar College, to bring contemplative practices to academia.

 

Sangeeta moved to New York in 1998 for her Master studies in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. She earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies (NYU) in 2004  with a thesis on the Southern Italian ritual of tarantismo.  

 

Between 2009 and 2012 she lived at Ananda Ashram in Tamil Nadu, India, studying Raja Yoga in the trandition of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj. She trained in hatha yoga, pranayama, mantra yoga, Sanskrit, Carnatic vocal music, and Bharatanatyam dance, and received a Two-Years Advanced Yoga Teacher Diploma (3,500-hour residential training). While in India, she lectured on the benefits of the yoga of sound at the ICYER Hospital and University in Pondicherry, the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi, and the J. Nehru Medical College in Warda.

 

Sangeeta has published a book and various articles on yoga and sound. In 2011, she was part of the recording of the album Chanting the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, a project directed by her yoga teacher Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. In 2013, with Dr. Bhavanani, she co-wrote the book, Saraswati's Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound.  She is now compiling a book called Spider Healing: Contemplative Studies on Awareness, Surrender, Creativity and Resilience.