About


Carol Horton, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and activist working at the intersection of mindful yoga, social science, and social justice.

Carol Horton, Ph.D. for Illumine, Chicago

Carol Horton, Ph.D., for Illumine, Chicago (2014)

Carol Horton, Ph.D., is author of Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body (2012) and Race and the Making of American Liberalism (2005). She served as lead editor of 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice (2012), and two books in the Yoga Service Council/Omega Institute “Yoga Service Best Practices” series: Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans (2016) and Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System (forthcoming 2017).

Carol is the Vice President of the Yoga Service Council, an Advisor to the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and a co-founder of Chicago’s Socially Engaged Yoga Network (SEYN). She completed her foundational yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest, and studied trauma-informed yoga with James Fox (Prison Yoga Project) and Mark Lilly (Street Yoga). She has taught yoga in a variety of locations including Chicago’s Cook County Jail, a drop-in center for homeless women, a residential foster care facility, a community health center, and several independent studios.

An ex-political science professor, Carol holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and has written numerous professional reports for nationally recognized foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies. Currently, she writes about socially engaged yoga and offers workshops and teacher trainings on topics including the making of modern yoga, the yoga service movement, and 21st century Karma yoga.