Faculty

Laura Biagi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian

Professor Sangeeta Laura Biagi has been a Visiting Professor in the Italian Department since 2008. She teaches Italian language and culture courses. Originally from Siena, Italy, Sangeeta Laura Biagi is a professor of Italian language and culture, a yoga teacher, and a sound healer. She moved to New York in 1998 for her Master studies in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Outside of academia, she studied voice and composition with performance artist Meredith Monk, Deep Listening with composer Pauline Oliveros, and sound healing modalities at the New York Open Center School of Music. 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 Sangeeta 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. Very passionate about bringing contemplative practices to academia, Sangeeta has been the recipient, since 2010, of the Carolyn Grant Endowment Fund at Vassar College, to teach yoga to students, faculty and staff. She has also received a grant to teach her healing modality in a workshop called Spider Medicine. 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 Medicine  on the topics of awareness, sustainability and wellbeing. her blog is on facebook: spidermedicineblog

For more information: www.sangeetayoga.org 

Language Fellow

David Mentuccia, Language Fellow for 2014/15

Staff

Angela Smith, Administrative Assistant