My academic research concentrates on literature of the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean, emphasizing interractions between European and non-European cultures. I am currently studying the theme of Spain's Muslim legacy as a haunting, repressed cultural presence in Cervantes' Don Quijote.
In another project, I am studying the reception of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras in Europe from the time of the Ottoman Empire to the present.
I am a thought leader of Yoga Alliance, working to produce online seminars, podcasts, and other media to bring information on Sanskrit, philosophy and other aspects of the yoga tradition to yoga instructors, practitioners, and the general public.
Understanding the origins of the Sanskrit word sukha, often translated as "ease" or "comfort," helps us find a good fit in our yoga practice: https://yogainternational.com/article/view/how-come-im-not-comfortable-t...
My online workshop, Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers, is available for Yoga Alliance members at:
A comparative study of dragon-slaying in medieval Greek epic and other Indo-European traditions: http://journal.oraltradition.org/files/articles/26i/05_26.1.pdf
Elissa, the ancient Carthaginian queen also known as Dido, is the model for the Elissa of Boccacio's Decameron. Vergil, Petrarch, and Boccaccio all use her in different ways to explore themes of female power and authority: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/heliotropia/07/livanos.pdf
My yoga-related workshops and events are posted online at: