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Laura Amazzone is the author of Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power, a teacher, jewelry artist and Yoginī. She completed her master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with an emphasis in women’s spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2001. Her book, Goddess Durga, explores the millennia-old rituals and manifestations of Goddess in South Asia and honors female creative and sexual power as a divine force.
Laura teaches classes and workshops on Goddess spirituality and Eastern religious traditions and is adjunct faculty in the Yoga Philosophy program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has published numerous articles discussing myth, ritual, adornment and the significance of South Asian Goddesses as divine models of female empowerment. Laura is on the advisory board of a special project of feminist.com called Our Inner Lives, which honors women’s inner lives of faith, religious practice, spiritual transformation and commitment to causes greater than ourselves. She lives in Venice, California.