with Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D.

Bring the Myths of the Asanas to life, and learn how the power of mythology informs your practice!

Breathe depth into your yoga practice with mythology! 

Myths of the Asanas, the beloved classic yoga book, has sold more than 25,000 copies worldwide since its release in 2010. Yoga practitioners and instructors alike adore this book for the rich stories and myths it illustrates about our beloved practice.

Now, join author, Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D., as she takes you into the heart of yoga mythology to reveal its power, purpose and potential in our lives as practitioners and instructors.

In this course, she reveals the power of myth by revealing the journey of the hero and how it informs our lives…from the inside out.

In this course, you learn:

  • The power and purpose of mythology in our everyday life
  • Why understanding the journey of the hero is the key to unlocking the transformational power of yoga
  • Every myth from Myths of the Asanas, as it’s brought to life by Alanna’s engaging storytelling style
  • How to incorporate this myth into your daily life and its relevance to your practice
  • Teachers: Learn techniques to weave each myth into an engaging, dynamic yoga class

This course covers every single myth from the book, Myths of the Asanas. Within each lecture section you get:

Full recounting of the myth with spiritual insight, personal relevance, and daily inspirationGuide to weave the myth into your class or personal practice (GREAT for yoga instructors!)Description of posture with alignment cues, beginner and advanced variations, and contraindications 


Let Alanna bring the pages of Myths of the Asanas to life for you, and discover why myth is so captivating and how it gets to the heart of why we practice yoga in the first place…to discover ourselves and our soul’s purpose. 

*This program counts as 30 hours of continuing education credits for The Kaivalya Yoga Method® teacher certification. Upon finishing 100% of the course, you receive a certificate of completion. 

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If you are ready to weave mythology into your yoga teaching practice, then this course is for you.




  • Learn what myths are and why they are important now
  • Dive into defining the hero and the arc of storytelling
  • Understand how to start to weave mythological themes into your yoga teaching practice
  • Get a full primer on Yogic Mythology: Where it Comes From and Why it is Relevant for Us NOW


  • Padmasana: Lotus Pose
  • Anjali/Namaste Mudra: Hands in Prayer Position
  • Chakrasana: Wheel Pose
  • Trikonasana: Triangle Pose
  • Siddhasana: Perfect Pose
  • Dhanurasana: Bow Pose
  • Balasana: Child’s Pose
  • Dandasana: Staff Pose


  • Natarajasana: King Dancer Pose
  • Virabhadrasana I, II & III: Warrior Poses
  • Hanumanasana, Anjaneyasana, & Virasana: Poses for Hanuman (the Monkey God)
  • Halasana: Plow Pose
  • Kurmasana: Tortoise Pose
  • Garudasana: Eagle Pose
  • Simhasana: Lion Pose


  • Bharadvajasana: Half-Lotus Seated Twist
  • Koundinyasana: Straight-Legged Side Crow Pose
  • Vasisthasana: Side Plank Pose
  • Astavakrasana: Eight Angle Pose
  • Vishvamitrasana: Side Angle Balance Pose


  • Matsyasana: Fish Pose
  • Chandrasana & Ardha Chandrasana: Moon & Half Moon Pose
  • Bhujangasana: Cobra Pose
  • Mayurasana: Peacock Pose
  • Hamsasana: Swan Pose
  • Tadasana: Mountain Pose
  • Vrksasana: Tree Pose
  • Gomukhasana: Cow Face Pose
  • Bakasana: Crane Pose
  • Shavasana: Corpse Pose



Additional videobonus lectures that give you answers to questions you haven’t even thought of yet.


Private online community to connect with others on the course. Plus regular office hours and live-chats with Alanna to get your questions answered.

*This program counts as 30 hours of continuing education credits for The Kaivalya Yoga Method®, or as 30 non-contact hours for Yoga Alliance. Upon finishing 100% of the course, you receive a certificate of completion. 

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Meet Alanna

Often referred to as the Yoga Doctor, I help yoga teachers embody their knowledge, up-level their skills and create more impact in the world. I give you clear pathways to earning a living with your spiritual practice and help others with your gift.

I know how difficult it is to set yourself apart and thrive as a yoga instructor, so I want to teach you to be more than that…to be a spiritual advisor, healer, and master of the stars. As a #modernmystic, we are the torchbearers of spirituality for modern people; we are the guides that provide our students access to yoga’s enduring power as a healing and enlightening tool.

On this principle I founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method®, a fresh take on yoga emphasizing the individual path while honoring tradition. Teaching students since 2001, teachers since 2003, I’ve written and developed teacher trainings worldwide for top studios and independently. In 2015, I debuted a comprehensive 500 hr online teacher training with YogaDownload.

I hold a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, have authored numerous articles and three books: Myths of the Asanas, an accessible practitioner’s guide to stories behind beloved poses; Sacred Sound, a yoga “hymnal,” illustrating the role of chant and mantra in modern practice. My third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat, is a guidebook showing practitioners how to make yoga their spiritual practice. I live in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog.



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If you struggle to try and stay inspired week after week with your classes, or want help planning themes for your classes…this course is PERFECT! Yoga teachers have long raved that Myths of the Asanas has been a perfect companion to class preparation, and this course takes it to the next level. In it, Alanna shows you how to lead a “dharma talk” on each of the myths, gives you hints as to how to incorporate the theme throughout the class, which poses to include, and other elements that give your classes that extra special touch of myth, mystery and magic!

This course is right for anyone interested in the mythology of yoga. Whether you are a student looking to explore the power of myth in your practice or a teacher looking for ways to weave themes into your classes, this course is perfect. It is also great for teachers who need continuing education credits for Yoga Alliance (non-contact hours) or The Kaivalya Yoga Method.

Well…I literally wrote the book! 😀 In addition to that, my background in yoga spans nearly two decades, and I have been leading teacher trainings for 15 years. I have written three books on the field of yoga including Myths of the AsanasSacred Sound and Yoga Beyond the Mat. I also have a Ph.D. focused on this material and my expertise includes mythology, alchemy, depth psychology and yoga. I integrate all these into my understanding of yoga to develop a complete, integrative approach that brings the ancient practice into modern life.

As soon as you enroll, you gain access to all the materials and have forever access to the course. It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

It really is up to you! It’s a good idea to commit 3 – 5 hours per week to the course. There is plenty of information in this course, so you are certainly able to spend more time with the material, and also gain support via the Facebook group. Remember, once you opt in, you have access to the course materials forever. Don’t worry if you fall a little behind!

This course counts for 30 hours of The Kaivalya Yoga Method® continuing education credits for teachers.

Nope! This course is on an extraordinarily user-friendly platform that you gain direct access to upon registration. You’ll have a unique log-in that allows you access to the course at any time, and from any internet-ready device. The videos do stream, so a good internet connection is recommended.

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

Yes! I know how hard it is to shell out a chunk of dough, and I want to make this possible for you. You have the option to pay in full or choose a payment plan via ShopPay. Both of these options are available to you upon checkout.

We want you to be happy with your investment, and we want you to give your best effort to apply all of the techniques and lessons in the program. We have a strict 7-day exchange period for all courses. To qualify for an exchange or store credit, you must submit proof that you did the work in the course and why it did not work for you. We do not offer exchanges for any other reason. If you selected a payment plan option for your purchase, we are not able to stop payments as this is through a third party (ShopPay). In the event that you discover your purchase does not work for you for a concrete reason, within 7 days of enrollment, contact support at and request an exchange or store credit by the 7th day at 11:59 EST. For all the details of the exchange/store credit policy, please see the Terms of Use Policy.

Embrace the wisdom of Yoga Mythology.

Join the Becoming the Hero: The Myths of Yoga Program today for a one-time payment of $297 (payment plan available).