Originally from Siena, Italy, Laura Biagi is a performance artist and
educator working in the fields of performance studies, yoga,
contemplative pedagogy and the performing arts.
Ms. Biagi earned
a Master of Arts and a PhD in the Department of Performance Studies
at New York University under the guidance of Professor Richard
Schechner, with a dissertation on the Southern Italian healing ritual of
tarantismo. In New York Laura studied "extended vocal techniques" and
composition with Meredith Monk, Deep Listening and composition with
Pauline Oliveros and Ione, "Theatre of the Oppressed" with Augusto Boal and voice with many international artists. She composed her own
performances and collaborated with musicians, directors, storytellers and painters. She performed at LaMama Theatre, Judson Church, New York
University and the Gallery at Deep Listening Space.
While in New
York, Laura completed her training as a minister of the
non-denominational Ministry of Maåt, Inc, "an international spiritual
and educational organization nurturing the ideal of a harmonious and
balanced world community through the support of women's spiritual and
Between 2009 and 2012, Laura lived at
Ananda Ashram in Tamil Nadu, India, where she studied Raja Yoga in the
tradition of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj. She
trained in hatha yoga, pranayama, mantra yoga, Sanskrit, Carnatic vocal
music and Bharatnatyam dance. She earned a Two-Years Advanced Yoga
Teacher Diploma (3,500-hour residential training), and the title of "Yogacharini Sangeeta." 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. 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.
2012 and 2016, while teaching in the Italian Studies Department at
Vassar College, Laura received a grant by the Carolyn Fae Endowment to
bring yoga and contemplative awareness on campus, and devised a class
specifically for faculty, administrators and staff.