Christopher Tompkins

Chris is a Ph.D. candidate in South and Southeast Asian Studies, with an emphasis on the roots and evolution of Yoga in the tradition of Tantrik Śaivism. His dissertation,“Kuṇḍalinī and the Tantric Origins of Haṭha Yoga,” presents the daily Yoga regimen (yogavidhi) ubiquitous to medieval Tantric Śaivism, a tradition known to itself as the ‘Path of Mantras’ (Mantramārga). For more details on his research interests, visit