Laura Amazzone, M.A. is an author, teacher, priestess, and Yogini. Her book, "Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power," shows how Durga and Her myriad expressions in ancient myth and contemporary ritual are a living, transformative power that is completely relevant to our daily lives—and a much-needed guide in these shifting times.
Laura has published numerous articles in academic journals and anthologies in the fields of Tantrism, Hinduism and Women’s Spirituality. She has also contributed entries to the Encyclopedia on Hinduism (eds. Ryan and Jones), a three volume Encyclopedia on Goddessses of World Culture (ed. Monaghan), an Encyclopedia on Women and Religion and to the online Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Springer). She has written for the Religion section of the Huffington Post, for Our Inner Lives, a microsite of Feminist.com, the online Sutra Journal: A Curated Journal on Art, Culture and Drama, and Tarka, an online and print publication with Embodied Philosophy.
She is currently working on a book on the Astha (8) Matrikas, a collective form of Goddess Durga. She is also collaborating on a book project on the Indus Sarasvati Valley and Goddess cultures across millennia with authors Vicki Noble and Miriam Robbins Dexter.
Laura teaches in the Yoga and Philosophy program online at Embodied Philosophy and on other online teaching platforms as well as privatley privately. She offers classes, rituals, seninars and sadhanas on the Goddesses, history and ritual practices of the Kaula, Shakta and Tantra traditions.
In 2017 she was interviewed for Embodied Philosophy's popular podcast, Chitheads, which has featured many influential thinkers, visionaries, activist and artists such as Robert Thurman, Tsultrim Allione, Sharon Salzburg, and Andrew Harvey, et. al from the yoga and wider wisdom community on eastern philosophies, consciousness studies, social justice and the human spiritual condition.
Laura received her Degriefing:Integrative Grief Therapy (I.G.T.) certification from Dr. Lyn Prashant and Yoga for Grief Relief Certification from Antonio Sausys in the fall of 2013.
Laura’s spiritual counseling for yogic grief relief sessions are influenced by over two decades of devotion, practice and research on the Shakta Tantric tradition and Goddess Durga, a Goddess who transforms difficulty, fear, sorrow, grief and loss, as well as from her work as an intuitive healer and seer.
Her intuitive and spiritual counseling sessions are available via Zoom or phone.
Laura has been initiated into the Shakta Kaula, Shri Vidya and Kashmir Trika Shaivism Tantric lineages from various teachers in India, Nepal & the US. Today she studies closely with a Master Yogini adept of the Kaula and Samaya Shri Vidya lineages.
If you are interested in receiving information about an authentic undiluted lineage-based Sadhana within Shakta tantra and Shri Vidya, contact Laura.
Laura enjoys sharing her depth of knowledge and decades of experience of Goddess from cultures around the world as well as sadhanas (practices) and rituals that promote spiritual empowerment and divine embodiment.
JAI MAA ~Victory and Reverence to Goddess!