Yogacharini Dr. Sangeeta Laura Biagi is a scholar and educator in the fields of theatre and performance studies, a nada yoga teacher, and training to become a health and life coach. Her original coaching method, Inviting the Medicine (ITM) is a step-by-step guide to breathing as a spiritual practice.
Born and raised in Siena, Italy, Dr. Biagi relocated to New York City with a full scholarship to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she earned a Master and a Ph.D. in the Department of Performance Studies. She trained with Richard Schechner, Allen Weiss, Barbara Browning, Fred Moten, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, and Augusto Boal among others. Her dissertation, "Spider Dreams," was a study of the relationship between music, dance, and healing in the Southern Italian ritual of tarantismo.
Between 2008 and 2009, Dr. Biagi complemented her academic studies by learning intercultural sound healing modalities with Dr. John Beaulieu, Silvia Nakkach, Glen Velez, and Carlos Nakai at the New York Open Center. In 2009, she moved to the Center for Yoga Education and Research in India to study Raja and Nada Yoga, Sanskrit, and Carnatic Vocal Music in the tradition of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri. After a 3,500 hour residential training, Dr. Biagi received the titles of Yogachārini and Yogasadhaki and became a Senior Yoga Teacher, specializing in Nada Yoga (the Yoga of Sound). In 2012, her yoga guru, Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, invited her to be part of the recording "Chanting the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali,” a three CD album set with full chanting of the sutra in Sanskrit. In 2013, with Dr. Bhavanani, she co-wrote the book Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound, a multicultural project investigating the role of music in optimal physical, emotional, and mental health.
After relocating back to the USA in 2012, Dr. Biagi was invited to teach in the Italian Studies Department at Vassar College, upstate New York, where she began investigating the role of contemplative and theatrical practices in higher education. In 2015 she led her first wellness retreat in New Mexico, in collaboration with the Vassar College Alumni Association and Pravassa Wellness Travel.
Since 2016, Dr Biagi has taught theatre, wellness and social engagement at Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. In 2017 she became an Instructor with the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program and created a course for The Theatre School at DePaul called Uplifting Voices: Storytelling for Social Change, in collaboration with the Steans Center and Cook County Jail (CCDOC) in Chicago. In her 2018 TEDX talk Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe, she explores the power of words to shape the perception of reality, and gain authorship over one’s life story.
Over the last decade, Dr. Biagi has consulted, collaborated with, and presented at institutions such as Vassar College, DePaul University, New York 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.
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