Yoga Beyond the Mat: A Ritual Evening and book reading with Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D.
Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Aum Shanti Bookshop, NYC
This two-hour session brings to life the practical wisdom featured in Yoga Beyond the Mat, the third book by Alanna Kaivalya. In this unique experience, we are guided through a ritual designed to enlighten the practitioner into bliss, the true state of yoga.
Utilizing practices discussed in Yoga Beyond the Mat such as journaling, ritual building, invocations and meditation, the first hour culminates in a practice of meditation straight from the book, where we delve into the unconscious. By the end of the session, you not only understand how to make yoga your spiritual practice, you discover what is alive within you, and use it to establish your own true connection to yogic bliss.
Following the session, the evening continues with a reading from the pages of her new book, giving everyone insight into the method behind the movement towards shifting yoga into a spiritual practice and personal mythology. She is on hand to answer questions and talk about what inspired her to write this “…liberating” “…groundbreaking” and “transformative” work.
The New Tarot: Revisioning the Tarot from a Depth-Psychological Perspective
Date: April 12 – 16, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT
Location: Pop Culture Association Conference, San Diego, CA
In this talk, Alanna presents her work in developing The New Tarot, a depth-psychological revisioning of the tarot deck for the modern age. By working with the renowned designer, Emma Segal, this newly revisioned tarot deck will visually stimulate the psychological transformation inherent in the cards. It will activate the psychological and mythological principles of The Hero’s Journey, translate some of the elements in more historical decks into a present-day context, and be easily understood by the user because of its clear use of evocative images. The accompanying descriptions of the cards will explain the depth psychological relevance of the cards and the transformative energies encoded in the symbolism.
Join Alanna during this illuminating academic conference on the West coast!
Yoga Beyond the Mat: How to Make Yoga Your Spiritual Practice
Date: June 18-23, 2017
Location: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Yoga is not one-size fits all. Learn to think outside the box and walk a path that’s uniquely yours while maintaining a connection to the powerful traditions of this ancient practice with the Kaivalya Yoga Method.
Guided by Alanna Kaivalya, whose teaching is steeped in mythology and depth psychology, you deepen your study and move beyond the physical into the spiritual and psychological. You use gentle yoga asana, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, group discussion, lecture, and writing exercises to:
- develop your own personal mythology
- create potent personal rituals
- super-charge your meditation
- access your unconscious and
- recruit your highest self into your daily spiritual practice.
As you progressively dive deeper into yourself and open your mind, you recognize and use your own personal symbols and begin to heal your energetic and psychological body. You become the hero of your own journey and experience the true connection that is yoga.
Not suitable for brand new beginners; some yoga and meditation experience is required.
Required reading: Yoga Beyond the Mat by Alanna Kaivalya.
Alanna Kaivalya, PhD, is the author of Myths of the Asanas, Sacred Sound, and Yoga Beyond the Mat. She is the creator of the Kaivalya Yoga Method, which blends her experience as a teacher and practitioner of yoga with her studies of mythology, psychology, ritual, and alchemy.
Yoga and Psyche: Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit Through Yoga and Depth Psychology
Date: July 1 – 8, 2017
Location: Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA
Yoga is largely seen as a physical practice, but by yoga’s own definitions, it is a form of spiritual psychology. Through the intelligent inclusion of tools that access the unconscious, yoga’s potential is revealed.
In this week-long intensive, yoga teachers, mental health practitioners, counselors and coaches come together to learn the tools of yoga as a spiritual psychology. Gain a deep understanding of yoga and depth psychology, how the two work together as well as skills and practical tools including:
- How to build a personal mythology
- Ritual building
- Methods to bridge the gap between conscious and unconscious
- Ways to heal and work with the chakras and subtle body
- Assessment techniques for working with individuals
- Skills to enhance meditation as a transformative tool
The aim of this week is to bridge East with West and revision yoga as a modern tool for spiritual and psychological integration while giving practitioners in the community the skills to offer this integration to clients.
Mythic India: Discovering Yoga’s Heritage
October 9 – 21, 2017
Location: Spiritual Learning Journey to India
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 the hilltop temple of the Goddess of Power