Seth Powell is a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions, and currently a PhD Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University. He specializes in the history, philosophy, and practice of medieval and early modern Sanskrit yoga texts and traditions, as well as their intersections with the culture and practice of modern transnational yoga. Seth also holds degrees in the study of religion from the University of Washington (MA) and Humboldt State University (BA). He has taught and lectured for numerous university courses at Harvard and elsewhere on the religions and literature of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, and yoga traditions, and presents his research regularly at international conferences. You can learn more about his academic yoga research and publications at his Academia.edu page.
Seth is also a longtime practitioner of yoga, an E-RYT 200, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), and is the founder of Yogic Studies, an educational platform dedicated to bridging the scholarly and practitioner yoga communities. He conducts cutting-edge online courses on yoga history, philosophy, and Sanskrit language, as well as offers in-person workshops and modules for teacher trainings throughout North America.
As a scholar-practitioner, Seth is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems.