Is This Yoga?: Concepts, Histories, and the Complexities of Modern Practice

Inhaling Spirit: Harmonialism, Orientalism, and the Western Roots of Modern Yoga

Biography of a Yogi: Paramahansa Yogananda and the Origins of Modern Yoga

critical scholarship on yoga, history of science & spirituality


Anya Foxen is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015.

Her research focuses on the intersection of South Asian yogic and tantric traditions and Western esotericism and metaphysical spiritualities. She also does work on gender and embodiment, and the interplay of religion and science. Her current writing examines the transnational evolution and popularization of yoga in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Her ever-abiding “Plan B” is to pursue a career as the reincarnation of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Except healthier and more committed to social justice.