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Perhaps you’re a dedicated yoga practitioner with many years of downward dogs behind you. Maybe you’ve always been interested in the story and sound of India’s timeless cultural traditions. You may simply be looking for a unique voyage that not only changes your physical location on earth but also moves your spirit to new depths, reshaping your perspectives about space and time.
Join Dr. Alanna Kaivalya for a journey to some of India’s most holy and culturally significant sites to experience India’s past and present; its myths and magic firsthand. This adventure features yoga in all its true forms: mantra, asana (poses), philosophy, spirituality, and ritual.
- Daily sessions illuminating the mythological foundations of yoga.
- Boating on the Ganges in Varanasi
- Meet with a monk in Bodhgaya, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment.
- Community services in Purkal Youth Development Society
- Visit Matrachaya Orphanage for Girls
- Cooking lesson with locals
- Aarti Ceremony at the Ganges
- River rafting
- Learn from a Vedic Astrologer
- Visit to the hilltop temple of the Goddess of Power
Optional extension to Taj-Mahal.
About Alanna …
A unique and independent voice in the yoga community in the US and abroad, Dr.Alanna Kaivalya has educated and inspired thousands across all forms of media as she lives out her mission to make yoga–physical, psychological, and spiritual–accessible to all.
Teaching students since 2001 and teachers since 2003, Alanna has written, developed, and lead teacher trainings around the world. 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. In 2015 she launched the first online yoga teacher training, among other courses, available at AlannaK.com.
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), 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), 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 (Llewellyn, 2016), released this October, focuses on unlocking spiritual practice, personal ritual, and blissful integration, has been called “...groundbreaking” “...liberating” “...transformative.”
Alanna has taught for Yoga Journal Live!, 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. In 2005, her first podcast, and the first by any yoga instructor, garnered over 2 million listeners. Her website, alannak.com, features an exhaustive body of content diligently compiled to provide access to high quality resources and education for yoga practitioners in any location. The Kaivalya Yoga Method is based in New York City.