Alanna Kaivalya believes bliss is for everyone and with the right guidance, every person develops 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 training courses 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 training programs at both the 200 and 500 hour levels.

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 two 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.

Alanna teaches 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 is currently working on a third book. She lives in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog.