About Seth

Seth D. Powell is a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in South Asian Religions at Harvard University. His research focuses on the history, theory, 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 (M.A.) and Humboldt State University (B.A.).

Posing in the courtyard of Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I am also a dedicated practitioner of yoga, and have spent much of the past decade “on the mat” in the American yoga studio culture, engaging in a variety of forms of modern yoga, as well as extended periods abroad studying with teachers and yogīs in India. As a scholar-practitioner, I aim to provide a bridge between the academy and the studio, allowing the latest and most cutting-edge research on yoga’s history, philosophy, and practice to become available to yoga practitioners and teachers, who might not otherwise have access to such knowledge. When time permits, I enjoy a teaching schedule, offering workshops and lectures on the philosophy and history of yoga at studios and universities in the U.S. and around the world.

I currently reside with my family in Cambridge, MA.

“Living in a house filled with children and a wife and so forth, internally abandoning attachment and then seeing the mark of success on the path of yoga, the householder enjoys himself once he has mastered my teaching.”

Śivasaṃhitā 5.260