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 and the online Sutra Journal: A Curated Journal on Art, Culture and Drama.
Laura teaches in the Yoga and Philosophy program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and on other online teaching platforms and privately. She offers classes, rituals, workshops on the Goddesses, history and ritual practices of the Kaula, Shakta and Tantra traditions.
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 in person in Venice,CA, via skype 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. Laura also enjoys sharing her depth of knowledge on Goddesses from cultures around the world and rituals that promote spiritual empowerment and divine embodiment.