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.

Highlights Include:

  • 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