Dr. Laura Biagi is a multidisciplinary and multicultural coach, offering services in self-improvement, team building, and intercultural communication. Originally from Siena, Italy, Dr. Biagi has been living between the United States and Italy since 1997. Her expertise lies in merging academic research on performance studies with contemplative practices to facilitate cultural understanding, personal and social transformation. Her TEDx Talk, Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe (2018), explores the power of reframing to change one’s attitude and attain desired goals in work and life.
Dr. Biagi holds a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University (USA); a 2-year residential Yoga Teacher Training from the International Center for Yoga Education and Research (India); a Teacher Training from the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University (USA); a Diversity and Equity Instructor Training from DePaul University (USA); and a Health and Life Coach Training from the Health and Life Coach Institute/International Coaching Federation (USA). In 2004, she was ordained a Minister with the Ministry of Maåt, an international spiritual and educational organization nurturing the ideal of a harmonious and balanced world community through the support of women and men's spiritual and physical well-being.
Dr. Biagi has been serving as faculty at New York University (NY), Vassar College (NY), The Theatre School at DePaul University (Chicago), and the International Center for Yoga Education and Research (India). She has also been an invited speaker at Vassar College, New York University, The Theatre School at DePaul University, the Italian Institute of Culture in Chicago and New York City, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Artist Coalition, Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the New York Open Center.
Her publications include: Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound (2013), a book she co-wrote with her yoga teacher, Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, investigating the role of music in optimal physical, emotional, and mental health; In Paradise with Contemplative Pedagogy: A Journey (2016), an article that promotes holistic learning experiences and group sharing to transcends cultural boundaries, published by the Journal of Contemplative Inquiry; and Sangeeta, an album of mantra chants (2019) available on Spotify and I-Tunes.
In 2020, Dr. Biagi was awarded the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of “the dedication and skill that faculty members bring to their work, and of the high regard in which they are held by their students and your colleagues.”
In 2020, Dr. Biagi founded My Wildest, a company whose services include coaching, yoga, travel, art appreciation. She is currently living in Siena, Italy.