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The Kaivalya Yoga Method Advanced Level 200-Hour Teacher Training With Alanna Kaivalya

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The Kaivalya Yoga Method has been formulated after over a decade of dedicated study and research and teaching experience. It is a comprehensive compilation of the fundamentals of yoga directed at creating teachers who can translate this ancient practice for a modern-day audience while staying true to yoga’s highest aim.



October 9 – November 2, 2012
Times: 9 am – 7 pm, Monday – Friday (orientation Oct 9, 4 – 7 pm)
Location: New York, NY


Alanna Kaivalya – Founder of the Kaivalya Yoga Method

Lillee Chandra – Yoga Tune Up®

Ghena Grinshpun – Applied Anatomy

Manorama – Sanskrit Studies

Joel Lambdin – Nada Yoga and Kirtan

Chanelle Schaffer – Voice and Sound

Gabrielle White Wolf – Operations Director

“If you have learnt something really well, then the way you express it will not be the same way you learned it.” – Krishnamacharya

Description of Method:

The Kaivalya Yoga Method focuses on the whole person and seeks to unite all aspects of one’s being through specific yogic techniques including skilled hands-on adjustments, intelligently sequenced vinyasa, sanskrit chanting and mantra, meditation and a continuous focus on the highest aim of yoga – freedom and happiness.

This Method is a technique for creating the condition for the state of yoga to arise naturally, as it is already inbuilt and yogic practices lay the groundwork for this realization of yoga to occur. As the name indicates, The Kaivalya Yoga Method is a means for liberating oneself from any ideas of disintegration or disunity. In short, it is a method for realizing happiness, but in a modern-day context. Without dogma. Without hierarchy. With generosity, authenticity and elegant simplicity.

As a graduate, you will receive:

• A top-quality, advanced level education that exceeds Yoga Alliance standards of training, and is designed to empower today’s teachers to intelligently work with and inspire students

• Personalized training by master teachers in the fields of Anatomy, Philosophy, Teaching Methodology, Sanskrit and more

• One-on-one instruction in an environment committed to learning, development and real integration of skills

• A comprehensive in-depth manual

• 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification from Yoga Alliance.


Anatomy and Physiology

Practice and Applied Anatomy with direct focus on it’s application to yoga practice and working intelligently with students

Yoga Tune-Up approach to understanding and applying anatomy and physiology to hands-on work with students (led by Lillee Chandra)

Subtle Anatomy including extensive work with the chakra system for aligning the energetic body

Traditional and Contemporary Yoga Philosophy

Yoga Philosophy including: Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, yogic myth from the Ramayana, Mahabbharata, Upanishadic & Puranic texts

Sanskrit (illuminated by Manorama)

Teaching Methodology

Intelligent Sequencing based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa system

Skilled, safe and effective hands-on adjustments

Successful teaching skills including: vocal training and concise cueing

Non-Violent Communication Techniques

Yoga and Sound

Music/Kirtan/Chant (assisted by Joel Lambdin & guests)

Meditation Techniques


Month Program: October 9 – November 2, 2012
Orientation is 4 – 7pm on October 9, and the program completes on the evening of November 2.

Sample Daily Schedule:

9 am – 11:30 am: Kaivalya Method yoga class and/or student teaching practice

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Teaching Methodology and Practicum (work on hands-on adjustments, sequencing, teaching techniques or anatomy)

4 pm – 7 pm: Lecture (including subtle anatomy, philosophy, mythology, successful cueing or chanting)


Prerequisites for Applying:

• At least 2 years of a consistent yoga practice (ideally vinyasa-based)
• Good physical and mental health
• Completion of another 200 hour yoga certification program or prior authorization by Alanna Kaivalya

Prerequisites of the Course (Upon Acceptance):

• 12 classes of Iyengar Yoga with a Certified Iyengar Instructor (proof of attendance required)

• One full moon cycle of Mysore Ashtanga practice (proof of attendance required)

• Two 750 word book reports: One on The Yoga Sutras (translation by Edwin Bryant), one on the Bhagavad Gita (translation by Ecknath Easwaran)

NOTE: For students who are registering close to the training start date, please contact us for modified arrangements for the prerequisites.

Required Reading List:

• The Yoga Sutras, translation & commentary by Edwin Bryant
• Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle
• Bhagavad Gita, 3 part series (The End of Sorrow, Like a Thousand Suns, To Love is to Know Me) by Ecknath Easwaran
• Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel, 4th Edition
• Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna Van Der Kooij

Recommended Reading:

• How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
• The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, translation & commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda
• Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
• Various books by Joseph Campbell (Power of Myth, Heroes with a Thousand Faces; highly recommended, audiobooks and lectures available on Itunes)
• Loving What Is by Byron Katie
• Various books by Marshall Rosenberg
• Mysticism of Music and Sound by Hazrat Iniat Kan

Time Requirements:

• Attendance is required at every single session of the training. Make-up hours will not be offered. Please make sure you are able to attend all sessions before registering for the training.

Yoga Alliance Certification

The Kaivalya Yoga Method curriculum is designed to exceed the standards of a 200 hour certification. Hours may be credited towards 200 hour certification, or applied as Continuing Education hours, which count towards registering as Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT)  through Yoga Alliance.


“I look back on my teacher training with Alanna as one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. She has the ability to hold your attention, and to make everything fun! Her teachings are always relatable, and I consistently walk out of her classroom feeling better about the world than I did walking in. Plus, she knows her stuff and she’s generally awesome. “Michaela Best, YOGANONYMOUS, Los Angeles, CA

“Alanna is a gifted teacher who has dedicated herself to discovering and learning the highest aim of yoga. Not only does she guide you to move closer to your greatest potential but she is there for you every step of the way. I am extremely grateful to her for her wisdom compassion and support”. – Domenic Savino, Yoga Instructor, NYC

“Alanna knows how to apply yoga philosophy to everyday yoga practice so that the big ‘Whys?’ become a resounding ‘Yes, of course!’  Her teaching methods as a mentor are a rare combination of deep knowledge, integrity, support, humor, preciseness and devotion.” – Krister Paakkonen, Yoga Instructor, NYC

“My teacher training with Alanna truly was the time of my life. Now that I am a teacher myself I am forever grateful for her teachings and find myself channeling them on a daily basis. Not only did the teacher training with Alanna give me the tools to teach yoga but it also taught me HOW to teach this beautiful practice. Alanna’s teachings are clear and concise which allow her students absorb the information with ease. She also has an amazing ability to translate these teachings so that they are accessible for the modern yogi living in our changing world. Whether you wish to teach or just expand your knowledge, Alanna will guide you on the right path.” – Jamie Lugo, Yoga Instructor, NYC

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