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

what’s next?


…another co-creation

AI kitchens & robot cooks @ the Cal Poly Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group

“The Serpent’s Tale: Kundalini and the History of an Experience” (co-authored w/ Sravana Borkataky-Varma) … COMING SOON!


Anya Foxen is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. You can check out Google Scholar for a full list of her publications.

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 teacher and long-time practitioner of stuff that may or may not be yoga.

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