Are you living an inspired life?

Do you teach yoga with more emphasis on the spiritual practice than the physical? Do you want the depth of your yoga knowledge to equal your passion for its practice?

… I totally hear you!

I do, too! It can be overwhelming to find your own unique voice in today’s yoga crowd while still remaining true to the heart of the practice and the authenticity you love about it.

Are you living an inspired life?

Do you teach yoga with more emphasis on the spiritual practice than the physical? Do you want the depth of your yoga knowledge to equal your passion for its practice?

… I totally hear you!

I do, too! It can be overwhelming to find your own unique voice in today’s yoga crowd while still remaining true to the heart of the practice and the authenticity you love about it.

My goal is to provide you with the teachings and tools you need to embody the wisdom of yoga and spirituality to embrace your authentic life. With a grounded, practical wisdom, influenced by an interest in the deeply spiritual, your life should be filled with things that connect you to your soul every day. Oh, and you should be able to thrive as an instructor while sharing your gifts with others.

If this sounds like your calling, you’re in the right place.

Here’s what you’ll find here...

For millennia, keepers of spiritual wisdom knew many ways to heal, inspire and uplift others. You’re here because you’re called to do the same in your community. Accessing this deeper knowledge requires higher education, and the Spiritual Leadership Institute is designed specifically to address this need.

The truth is that today’s unique challenges require solutions that go beyond the mat. We need extraordinary spiritual leaders more than ever before. A holistic approach to yoga, psychology, alchemy, mysticism and ritual creates the foundation for facilitating profound psychospiritual growth and transformation. Learn the tools, techniques and practices to empower everyday people to process emotional trauma, thrive during tough times, and move gracefully through major life transitions.

Let me show you why embracing the path to spiritual leadership will change your life.  Get started today.

My pledge to you:

I’m here to give you everything you need for your spiritual practice.

So that you can thrive, and help others with your gifts.

Choose Your Path:

The Kaivalya
Yoga Method

Yoga Training + Certifications

Finally, a comprehensive online yoga education that goes beyond the postures and sequences to train exceptionally qualified yoga teachers in the art and science of the practice, philosophy, ethics, anatomy and therapeutics—all from the comfort of anywhere.


Mystical Alchemy + Astrology

When life’s biggest questions arise, spiritual leaders provide the answers. By tapping into the mystical arts, students learn to glean insights, find clarity and facilitate spiritual transformation in a clear, caring and compassionate way.

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Spiritual Business Development

The elusive goal of having a thriving yoga career is closer than you think. It’s long past time for you to be able to use your spiritual gifts to have a greater positive impact on the world and authentically increase your earning potential. Employing the right strategies is the first step to your inevitable success.

Mind Body Green
Yoga International
Yoga Journal
Well + Good

why i do what i do

My Story

I’ve created these online courses because they are the resources I wish someone had made for me oh-so-long ago.

What I mean is, I know what it’s like to be a dedicated yoga teacher looking for passionate, credible, authentic folks to learn from who are ready to bring it and have the wisdom to do so. When I first started practicing yoga, I was hungry and desperate to learn more. This was nearly two decades ago before the yoga scene was flourishing. I lived in the middle of the country…far away from all the teachers I loved and admired and the studios where I wanted to practice.

For years, I suffered…and studied…reading any book I could get my hands on, trying to dig deeper into yoga. This is a field that really requires a guide; someone who can help you make all the right decisions in your practice, and lead you down the rabbit hole. Even the most dedicated yoga teacher needs a helping hand, and in the early days of my career, I wished I had one.

In 2005, I became the very first yoga teacher ever to have a podcast (2 million people have listened to those recordings since!). And, I did it, because I wanted to offer others a connection–a lifeline–to classes and teachings they might not otherwise be able to receive. Whether they were in far-flung places of the globe, or couldn’t afford to hop on a plane and take 4 weeks out of their life to study yoga, I wanted to make sure they had access.

That was the beginning of my passion for online learning. From then on, I have continued to pioneer online learning in the field of yoga. And, I have never ceased to ensure that everything I offer online carries the same integrity, depth, connection, credibility, and comprehension as if you were sitting right here in the room with me.

I am here to connect with you and give you access to the highest quality resources in the field.

No matter where you are,
I am right here for you.

I took my first yoga teacher training. Well, not really. I was actually apprenticed to my first yoga teacher for a few months, and started teaching classes with him. For me and yoga, it was love at first sight. As soon as I graduated college, I started teaching yoga full time…in order to go on all the interviews for the “real job” I was planning on getting. Well, that “real job” never materialized, and yoga and me decided to make an official go of it.

Alanna Kaivalya
I will literally never have a hair day this good again. Maui, 2007.

A friend told me about podcasts. When he told me anyone could make one, I went straight home…and did it. That was the birth of my passion for online yoga education, and it has never stopped. I met amazing people through that podcast, and as a result was invited to teach in fun places like Colombia and Australia.

Alanna Kaivalya
Teaching 1,500 people in Times Square is fun, too.

Someone asked me, “What do you call your style of yoga?” And, as a tongue-in-cheek response, I said, “The Kaivalya Yoga Method®.” Of course, it stuck. You see, at age 22, I changed my last name to Kaivalya…not yet truly knowing what it meant. Turns out, it’s the title to the fourth chapter of the yoga sutra and is a synonym for enlightenment. That’s a pretty high bar to set for oneself. I figured it would be a good goal for all my yoga students, too. Probably even more important? This is the year Roxy the Wonderdog and I found each other.

Alanna Kaivalya & Roxy
Our first family photo. Roxy did this adjustment herself!

After traveling around the world leading retreats, and writing several teacher trainings for top studios across the nation (yes, I’d been hustling), I settled down to write my first book: Myths of the Asanas. My love affair with mythology had been percolating for a decade. You see, my first yoga class ten years prior just happened to coincide with a pesky “core requirement” class in college that I didn’t want to take on the religions of South Asia. Turns out, that’s where my love of Hindu mythology was born. I’d been teaching about the myths of yoga throughout the years, but once again, I wanted to create a resource for people where they could access all the myths their yogi hearts desired.

Alanna Kaivalya
Giving thanks at my book release party at Pure Yoga in New York City.

Mythology had me in its grip, and in other news, I started to feel a little disenfranchised by what I saw as the “yoga industry.” Not all of it…just some parts. I didn’t identify with the way yoga was portrayed—with its emphasis on physical form, and reluctance to move past it. Not to mention my penchant for the deeper (non-asana) aspects of yoga had always ignited my soul…and I needed to learn more. I went back to graduate school for my doctoral degree in mythology. It was an excuse to learn more about how to make yoga work for us modern day practitioners.

Alanna Kaivalya
Actually, maybe mythology (and killer boots) always captivated me. Here I am as Shira, Princess of Power, circa 1984.

My second book is published. Did I mention I’m a singer, too? Yep, always loved kirtan. And, because I was born with a hearing impairment, there’s something particularly resonant for me about the power of mantra and music. I use this passion as an excuse to write a book about the mythology behind our favorite chants called: Sacred Sound. Oh, side note, I’m still in grad school! #overachiever

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Alanna performs with Chris Grosso at Yoga Journal, Estes Park

They said it couldn’t be done. So, I did it anyway. In five short months, I zipped through my dissertation efforts and successfully defended my doctoral degree. The truth is: I had something to say, and I wasn’t going to waste any time waiting to say it. My dissertation centers around yoga as personal mythology: an answer for modern day people who have lost a spiritual connection, and practical ways they can address that. Oh, and I make a strong case for moving yoga education into higher education. #dreams (by the way, I also launched my 500 hour online teacher training this year. #busy)

*side note: Roxy attended every lecture of graduate school. You may happily refer to her as “Dr. Dog.”

Alanna Kaivalya
Roxy got a medal. All I got was a diploma!

The opus of my graduate work is published as my third book: Yoga Beyond the Mat. This is the clincher, folks. Into this book, I poured my heart, soul, and experience in yoga and all the things I discovered that make it work. It’s all in there: yoga psychology, mythology, chakras, alchemy, ritual, enlightenment, and most importantly, bliss. The best things I’ve discovered over the years are distilled into this one piece of work, but I’m not done yet.

Alanna Kaivalya
Proud mama of a new book!

The Modern Mystics Academy® and The Kaivalya Yoga Method® bring to life all the things I’ve learned, and all the teachings I hold sacred. Right now, The Kaivalya Yoga Method is a 500 hour online training, while the Modern Mystics Academy® has another 250 hours of higher education in yoga ready and waiting for you to explore. This is the place, and now is the time. The material and the technology have both arrived to allow me to present this to you with as much authenticity and authority as if you were standing right in front of me.

Let’s do this.