Ananya Harvey, PhD.
Coach / Tantric Yogini / Scientist
There was only one model for how to live life in the small town in Texas where I was raised, and leaving a respectable scientific career to go study an esoteric system of yoga and explore paradigm-shifting ideas about sexuality was not part of it.
Spiritual practice never seemed like the thing for me: I wasn't about to throw rational thinking out the window for New-Age wishful thinking, and as a champion list-maker, I like to accomplish things and did not see the appeal of sitting in meditation.
Yet after years in the lab, I was miserable. I didn't know how to feel, I tried to please everyone but myself, and I had never accepted myself as a woman. I had no idea who I was.
So I left to go say yes to what scared me.
When I found Tantric Yoga, it wasn't at all like my popular culture idea of spirituality. I feel in love with rigorous practices that welcomed the whole of my being and discovered sophisticated teachings that were serious food for my ever-questioning mind.
I had become a scientist because I wanted to investigate the big questions in life. Yoga gave me a framework to do this in an ultimately much more fulfilling and fascinating way.