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.

Her research focuses on the intersection of South Asian yogic and tantric traditions with Western esotericism and metaphysical spiritualities. Her special areas of interest include gender and embodiment, as well as the interplay of religion and science. 

She is a “retired” yoga teacher and long-time practitioner.

Her ever-abiding “Plan B” is to pursue a career as the reincarnation of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.