Anya P. Foxen received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and specializes in South Asian and American metaphysical traditions. She teaches in the Religious Studies Program at California Polytechnic State University. Her research interests include modern yoga, gender and sexuality, and religion and science. Her recent work has focused on turn-of-the-century Yogis and superpowers.
The most evocative question raised in the podcast’s conversation is whether yoga and art have something in common—a sort of contemplative aspect—that can help us understand something fundamental about the nature of the sacred. Sullivan is certainly correct in pointing out that art is not meant to be contemplated for its own sake in pre-modern India any more than in pre-modern Europe.