Yoga Beyond the Mat: Unlocking Spiritual Practice, Personal Ritual and Blissful Integration

Join world renown author and beloved yoga teacher Dr. Alanna Kaivalya, PhD. through a journey to either redefine a devoted yoga practice or if you are new to the mat, begin with your own personal mythology, ritual, archetype and psychology to create a practice that integrates your individual psyche and spirit to feel the connection that is yoga; your yoga. 



Instructors:: Alanna Kaivalya

Course Date: October 4, 2016
Language: English

Course Description


The term Yoga was never meant to be a "one sized fits all" practice. As thriving individuals we must learn to tailor this powerful tradition to our modern Western lifestyle while staying deeply connected to it's ancient wisdom. But how?

Based on her book, this course with Alanna Kaivalya guides you to create the specific tools you need to develop your own personal healing practice. Through a powerful combination of practices from East and West, she provides you with a toolkit that you craft to make uniquely yours. This course features an in-depth discussion on the power of developing a daily sadhana (practice) and practical exercises that take you progressively deeper into yourself to open your mind and expand your consciousness. Learn how to create potent personal rituals, access your unconscious, and recruit your highest self into your daily spiritual practice of yoga.

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  • Students looking for more of a spiritual "boost" or connection from their practice
  • Those unsatisfied with the current yoga model and want "more"
  • Individuals who are curious about the intersection of where yoga meets psychology, mythology, ritual, alchemy and personal transformation
  • Practitioners interested in exploring the "other" practices of yoga



  • Describe and recognize personal symbols
  • Learn the constituents of personal myth
  • Explain the power and importance of the unconscious mind
  • Create personal rituals designed to enhance personal mythology
  • Use yoga practices to create a deeper psychological dialogue between conscious and unconscious
  • Discuss the power of mythology as it relates to a modern yoga practice and its practitioners
  • Apply personal ritual in an accessible format within a modern yoga practice
  • Use The Kaivalya Yoga Method’s specific Yoga Nidra practice to access personal mythological symbols and image



Week One - Preparing the Seeds for Spiritual Practice

  • Overcoming Obstacles to Your Spiritual Journey
  • The Spiritual Practice of Yoga: What is it? How do I get one?
  • Keys to Developing Personal Practice

Week Two - The Inner Journey

  • Defining Ritual, Developing Ritual
  • Making Yoga Your Daily Ritual

Week Three - The Inner Journey (Continued)

  • Archetypes & Symbols: Delving Deeply to Retrieve Your Mythic Image
  • Yoga as Transformation: Preparing the Way for Change

Week Four - The Reemergence

  • Tools for Entering the Blissful State
  • Living Your Yoga



  • Weekly Live Workshop with Interaction & Discussion
  • Video Downloads: Chakra practices, Yoga Nidra and guided meditations
  • Twice-weekly Inspirations via Email
  • My new book! Yoga Beyond the Mat*
  • Yoga as a Spiritual Practice Box Set (limited number so sign up now!)*


*Snail Mail currently only sent to students living in the US


  • Saturday, October 8th - Welcome (time TBA)
  • Tuesday, October 11th, 7pm EST
  • Tuesday, October 18th, 7pm EST
  • Tuesday, October 25th, 7pm EST
  • Thursday, October 27th, 7pm EST

*All classes are recorded and available to watch anytime.



Thank you to Curandera Remedies for curating this thoughtful gift for those who sign up for the course!

What's in this treasure chest?

  • Majmua Aromatherapy Oil
  • Ebony Wood Japa Mala Beads
  • Crystal Quartz
  • Vrindavan Incense
  • AND! Alanna's new book, Yoga Beyond the Mat







You can find Alanna's Yoga Teacher Training (online!) at Yoga as well as many other opportunities to study and practice with her. 



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Dr. Alanna Kaivalya, PhD.


Alanna Kaivalya believes Yoga is for everyone and with the right guidance, every student can develop the independence and self empowerment needed to embark on a personal journey to meaningful transformation. It is dedication to these principles that inspired Alanna to begin The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga that emphasizes the individual path of the modern person while honoring the time-tested tradition. Teaching students since 2001 and teachers since 2003, Alanna has written, developed, and lead teacher trainings around the world since.

Her ability to make the complex accessible and to enliven material with myth and story has lead top studios nationwide to commission programs for their own use. With TKYM, she teaches her own unique 200 hour training program via a comprehensive and revolutionary online platform in collaboration with

She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has authored numerous articles and papers as well as three books: Myths of the Asanas: Stories from the Heart of the Yoga Tradition (Mandala Publishing, 2010) is a wildly popular go-to guide for practitioners who are interested in the stories of the origins of beloved poses. Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning Behind Mantra and Kirtan (New World Library, 2014) is the quintessential yoga “hymnal” for today’s most popular chants and mantras, illustrating their powerful role within our modern practice. Her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat: How to Make Yoga Your Spiritual Practice, is the culmination of work in psychology, ritual, mythology, alchemy and her personal practice. It is written as a complete guide to developing yoga as a personal mythology in order to propel one toward the ultimate state of yoga: bliss.

Alanna has taught for Yoga Journal Conferences, The Omega Institute, Kripalu, and Esalen retreat centers. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Origin, Mantra Magazine, Yoga International, Sweat Equity, Mindful Magazine and many others throughout her years of practice. In 2007, she had the esteemed honor of being elected to Yoga Journal’s top 21 teachers under 40 list. Alanna has appeared on Fox’s Varney & Co., Walk the Talk Show on Elephant Journal, HuffPo Live! as well as many other media outlets. She regularly contributes to publications such as Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and Well + Good. Her website,, features an exhaustive body of content diligently compiled over many years to provide access to high quality resources and education for yoga practitioners in any location. In 2005, her first podcast, and the first by any yoga instructor garnered over 2 million listeners. She lives in New York City with her husband and Roxy the Wonderdog.

Teaching Philosophy: The Kaivalya Yoga Method unites the tools of modern psychology, mythology, ritual, alchemy and the journey of the hero with the tried and true practice of yoga to empower people to develop their yoga practice as a personal mythology. This creates consistent access to the psychospiritual state of yoga— complete integration and connection. Ultimately, yoga does not make your life better, but it does make you better at your life. If you follow yoga as your spiritual path and make yoga—enlightenment—your new “normal,” then your whole life reveals itself as an opportunity to continuously deepen your connection. This is the gold that reveals itself when we develop yoga as our personal mythology and spiritual practice.