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Alanna
Alanna

Alanna believes Yoga is for everyone and each student can develop the self-empowerment needed to embark on a personal journey to meaningful transformation. On this principle she founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga emphasizing the individual path while honoring tradition. Teaching students since 2001, teachers since 2003, Alanna has written and developed teacher trainings worldwide for top studios and independently. In January she debuted a comprehensive 200hr-online teacher training with YogaDownload. She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, has authored numerous articles and two 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. Look for her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat, in Autumn 2016.She lives in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog.


New Moon in Scorpio — Consciously Choosing the Light
New Moon in Scorpio — Consciously Choosing the Light
This Scorpio new moon on November 18, 2017 calls us to initiate ourselves into the watery depths of our unconscious. Whether it be through occult practices, transformational rituals, psychotherapy, shadow work or anything that ushers us “beyond the veil,” now is the time to walk into the underworld. Most of us strive to stay in the light, ignoring the dark and repressing that which needs to be addressed for us to be truly free. We can no longer resist the change that is upon us, and ignore the power of the shadow within. The lesson of Scorpio is that what we try to hide away and leave in the dark rarely remains there for long. Either we bring it forth ourselves with our own depth work, or it comes forward on its own as our struggles, triggers, and negative patterns. What we leave in the darkness destroys us, but what we bring into the light ultimately saves us. The darkness of the new moon in Scorpio means that we cannot hide anymore, we must make friends with the darkness—our darkness—if we yearn for personal freedom.

Full Moon in Taurus: Stepping Into Abundant Flow
Full Moon in Taurus: Stepping Into Abundant Flow
The full moon in Taurus on November 4, 2017 encourages us to do the work necessary to step into the flow of abundance. For Taurus, abundance comes not just with monetary gain, but with sensual pleasures, and physical sensation, as well. Whether we revel in the gifts of family, the earth, life itself, or the ability to purchase fine goods, Taurus energy excels when we are enjoying all that life has to offer. This lunation is no exception, and powerful influences by Pluto, Neptune, and Jupiter, give us a magical, expansive energy to work with at this time.

Virgo New Moon: Healing Old Wounds and Embracing Our Shadow
Virgo New Moon: Healing Old Wounds and Embracing Our Shadow
The Virgo new moon on September 20, 2017, brings with it the opportunity for us to resolve the thing that most holds us back: our core wounds. Each of us has buried within the shadow of our psyche a core wound that holds us back, keeps us playing small, and prevents us from realizing our full potential.

Pisces Full Moon: Swimming in Spiritual Waters
Pisces Full Moon: Swimming in Spiritual Waters
The mystical full moon in Pisces is the culmination of months of energy that began building with the Pisces new moon and solar eclipse that occurred earlier this year on February 24, 2017. On that date, we planted seeds in the psyche that blossomed our desire for transcendence, spiritual connection, and oneness. Pisces energy encourages us to swim in the waters of the unconscious, and after the recent eclipse events in August, many of us likely still are!

Leo New Moon & Solar Eclipse: Revealing the Light of the Inner Sun
Leo New Moon & Solar Eclipse: Revealing the Light of the Inner Sun
The beginning of August featured a full moon and lunar eclipse that kicked off the most powerful astrological month of this year. With the Leo New Moon on August 21st, we are also blessed with a total solar eclipse: the biggest astrological influence on the psyche in 2017. This eclipse provides us with an energetic and psychological impact that remains for 6 months to a year. What you set into motion with your intention and attention during this eclipse bears fruit for a long time to come.

Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon in Aquarius: Follow Your Inspiration for Lasting Transformation
Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon in Aquarius: Follow Your Inspiration for Lasting Transformation
The most important astrological events of the year occur in August — two eclipses light up the sky and call us to delve into our psyche to reap the rewards of deep spiritual work. Eclipses conceal and reveal what might be otherwise hidden in the shadows. Despite the discomfort usually caused by looking into the psyche, shadow work is a necessary process for catalyzing true and lasting transformation. This August, you are presented with the opportunity to harness the energies of the cosmos, surrender what no longer serves you, and recreate yourself in the light of the newly eclipsed sun.

New Moon in Leo: The Joyful Risk is Worth the Soul’s Reward
New Moon in Leo: The Joyful Risk is Worth the Soul’s Reward
On July 23rd, the new moon in Leo encourages us to take stock of where we can infuse more playful energy into our lives. If we’ve gotten too serious, haven’t taken a break in a while, or have forgotten to smell the roses, use this new moon energy to clear out the “serious” in favor of the “fun.” Commit to finding balance in your life, and release any workaholic tendencies that were illuminated earlier in the month by the Capricorn full moon.

Full Moon in Capricorn (07/09/2017):
Find Your Calling & Pursue Your Passion
 Full Moon in Capricorn (07/09/2017): <br> Find Your Calling & Pursue Your Passion
The Capricorn full moon on July 9th, presents us with an opportunity for clarity on our career path. It asks us if we merely want a job…or a calling. Passionate Pluto sits directly next to this full moon, inciting the inner questions regarding whether we are truly fulfilled by our work, whether is serves our highest good, and whether it is allowing us to transform or is keeping us small.

Cancer New Moon (06/23/2017): Nurturing the Highest Good & Choosing the Light
Cancer New Moon (06/23/2017): Nurturing the Highest Good & Choosing the Light
The New Moon in Cancer on June 23, 2017 is an opportunity for us to tap into our inner self and discover more about who we are and what serves our highest good. Hidden in the watery depths of the unconscious is the precious source of our greatest wisdom. As the mother of the sky, and ruler of our divine feminine nature (regardless of gender), Cancer represents our potential to utilize our emotions as nurturing guides signaling which direction to move next. When we pay attention, the unconscious speaks. We just need to understand the language. The most basic communication comes through emotion, and most easily understood as “good” feelings or “bad” feelings. 

Full Moon in Sagittarius (06/09/2017): Discovering Your Personal Myth
Full Moon in Sagittarius (06/09/2017): Discovering Your Personal Myth
A full moon in Sagittarius on June 9, 2017 encourages us to explore the realm of the religious function of our psyche. Often overlooked, or pushed aside in favor of science and certainty, this mystical heart of our being is bereft of attention. Because of a lack of connection to a personal mythology, we suffer from constant overwhelm of life’s circumstances, and an unknowing of how to make sense of them. 

Gemini New Moon (05/25/2017): Transforming Your Love Language
Gemini New Moon (05/25/2017): Transforming Your Love Language
The Gemini new moon this month is a fantastic time to plant seeds in terms of some new, fun travel plans, taking a new course and up-leveling your learning, and making sure your speech and communication is clearly directed and coming from your most authentic place. Gemini always encourages us to speak up, and this New Moon is no exception. It is a good time to focus on speaking the truth about what is important to you, especially when it comes to your intimate relationships. 

Full Moon in Scorpio (05/10/2017): Embodying Sacred Sexuality
Full Moon in Scorpio (05/10/2017): Embodying Sacred Sexuality
The full moon on May 10, 2017 lights up the sky…and our embodiment of sacred sexuality. While Scorpio is known for those two unavoidable principles in life: death & taxes, it is also known for the depth of connection we feel through spiritually-driven intimacy. On a soul level, Scorpio demands that we use our intimate relationships as more than just a way to satisfy lustful energy, or as an ego-boosting activity. Scorpio wants us to use our sexuality as a way to deeply connect on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level in order to transcend consciousness. 

Taurus New Moon: Take Stock of Support and Self-Care (04/26/17)
 Taurus New Moon: Take Stock of Support and Self-Care (04/26/17)
The New Moon in Taurus on Wednesday, April 26th, invites us to plant seeds in the areas of life that support, sustain, and nourish us; most particularly, our finances, personal values, relationships, and sensuality. Any new moon period is an opportunity to take stock of what you would like to cultivate in your life, and this moon is a perfect time to retreat, take stock, and indulge in some self-care.

Full Moon in Libra (4/11/2017): The Balancing Act of Radical Transformation
Full Moon in Libra (4/11/2017): The Balancing Act of Radical Transformation
The energy of this extraordinary Full Moon in Libra propels us to create radical transformation in the areas of relationship, creativity, and artistry. Libra’s essential qualities of love, harmony, and diplomacy are rocked by its close association with the most powerful astrological event in the sky involving three great planets: Jupiter, Pluto, and Uranus. 

Aries New Moon: The Rogue Warrior (3/27/17)
Aries New Moon: The Rogue Warrior (3/27/17)
With the Spring Equinox, we start the Zodiac year in the sign of Aries. The new moon this month follows suit, and in Aries fashion: the moon goes rogue. It’s standing powerfully in the sign of Aries with only the sun and Venus nearby. No other ties to planets in other signs, means this Aries new moon…is about as Aries as one can get.

Virgo Full Moon (3/12/17): Walking the Path of the Wounded Healer
Virgo Full Moon (3/12/17): Walking the Path of the Wounded Healer
The full moon in Virgo shines light on our body image, our self-talk, and our relationship to health and service. We see, by the light of this full moon, opportunities to refine the way we move, think, and speak. This is only impacted more fully by close relationships to Chiron, the wounded healer, and Mercury, the messenger, who have co-rulership of the sign of Virgo.

Pisces New Moon & Solar Eclipse: Swimming in Spiritual Waters (2/26/17)
Pisces New Moon & Solar Eclipse: Swimming in Spiritual Waters (2/26/17)
A solar eclipse gives us insights into the psyche of the world. When the light of our sun is hidden by the moon, the shadows it casts reveal the hidden activities of the collective unconscious. What are we all working on? What do we all need to reveal? Where can we all grow? This particular Pisces new moon and solar eclipse comes just two weeks after a lunar eclipse, and five months after a similar back-to-back solar and lunar eclipse duet from September of 2016. Essentially, this is both the ending of that long eclipse pattern, and the beginning of a new one. For the next six months, we will be basking in the shadowy light of this Pisces eclipse, as we let the energies of the previous eclipse cycle energies wane.   

Full Moon & Eclipse in Leo (02/10/17) — Make Manifest Your Magic and Mystery!
Full Moon & Eclipse in Leo (02/10/17) — Make Manifest Your Magic and Mystery!
The full moon and lunar eclipse in Leo on February 10th, 2017, is the culmination of the powerful eclipse energy from September of 2016. If you look back over the last five months, surely you see tremendous transformation and shifts to the status quo that come to a peak with this exciting lunar eclipse. Eclipse energy usually lasts for around 6 months, as it’s the reflection of our unconscious and unconscious drives and gives us a chance to reset and renew the emotional contents of the previous six months. This is an opportune time to recalibrate your inner and outer relationships, and make sure that what you put out to the world comes from an authentic place within you, as the effects of this eclipse last through the next eclipse cycle in August.

Cancer Full Moon (1/12/17): Critical Care for The Inner Self
Cancer Full Moon (1/12/17): Critical Care for The Inner Self
The first full moon of the year lights up in the sign of Cancer and illuminates all the key cancer qualities surrounding your emotions, the unconscious, and any healing work that needs to be done. Cancer, as the mother of the zodiac, holds the space for nurturing and communing with your deep needs and desires. That which is left untended in our psyche cries out the loudest, and like a small child, needs care from the mothering aspect within us. We are all capable of taking care of ourselves and doing the shadow work necessary to undo emotional traumas and deeply hidden complexes.

New Year, New Moon in Capricorn (12/29/16): Step Into the Light of Your Power
New Year, New Moon in Capricorn (12/29/16): Step Into the Light of Your Power
The final new moon of the year gives us a perfect opportunity to set clear intentions for 2017 and start fresh. It is through the new moon that we cultivate what we wish to bring into our lives, to grow and develop, and to nurture into fullness. With the new moon so close to New Year’s Eve, it’s is a perfect opportunity to tend to your goals, particularly in the areas of your career, responsibility, growth and maturation and discipline. Have you been skimping on a regular spiritual practice? Do you find yourself procrastinating? Are you not stepping up to the responsibilities that life is handing you? Now is the time.

Super Moon in Gemini (12/13/16) – Clarity and Consciousness
Super Moon in Gemini (12/13/16) – Clarity and Consciousness
The super moon in Gemini on December 13, 2016 illuminates our communication and learning. It encourages us to make connections, and stay close to our siblings, friends and relatives. Gemini’s most notable attributes are all highlighted, but this is also a good opportunity to let go of what doesn’t serve you in the realm of chatter: mental, verbal or spiritual. If there is too much in the way, it obstructs clarity, and for our path to be pure, we need to be clear.

Sagittarius New Moon (11/29/16): Expanding Spiritual Horizons
Sagittarius New Moon (11/29/16): Expanding Spiritual Horizons
The new moon in Sagittarius urges us into a state of joy and enthusiasm! After the tensions and troubles of the past few months, it is time to shift into a more playful and engaged attitude. Sagittarius supports long-range travel and exploration of foreign cultures. But, if you are home-bound, you may satisfy this urge through studying philosophy, religion or mythology.

Taurus Full Super Moon (11/14/16) — Heal, Ground, and Grow Your Light
Taurus Full Super Moon (11/14/16) — Heal, Ground, and Grow Your Light
This Taurus full moon is the most grand and illuminating super moon of the century, so far! A super moon causes the earth’s tides to be stronger, and it does the same thing to us. We are energetically pulled by the moon. With this super moon in Taurus, we are pulled in the directions of establishing our financial security, increasing our self-confidence, elevating our sensuality and connecting to the earth. The Taurus full moon shines brightly on to our fundamental basics–the ground we stand on, how we support ourselves, and how we feel the world around us. This presents us a good opportunity to indulge in self care, heighten our sensitivity to nature, and connect with mother earth. Go outside in the moonlight and feel the steady ground underneath your feet.

New Moon in Scorpio (10/30/16) — Walking Through the Shadow to Reveal the Light
New Moon in Scorpio (10/30/16) — Walking Through the Shadow to Reveal the Light
This Scorpio new moon calls us to initiate ourselves into the watery depths of our unconscious. Whether it be through occult practices, transformational rituals, psychotherapy, shadow work or anything that ushers us “beyond the veil,” now is the time to walk into the underworld. Most of us strive to stay in the light, ignoring the dark and repressing that which needs to be addressed for us to be truly free. We can no longer resist the change that is upon us, and ignore the power of the shadow within.

Full Moon in Aries (10/16/16) - It’s Time to Shine, You Crazy Diamond
 Full Moon in Aries (10/16/16) - It’s Time to Shine, You Crazy Diamond
The Full moon in Aries invites us to take charge of our lives and think outside the box. You know you have it in you: the will to do what inspires you most. Take advantage of this sacred energy and put this power to use. Aries carries the energy and passion of our drives and urges into the world. When used wisely, this energy is unstoppable and a force for positive change and growth. If you’ve been playing small up until now…stop. It doesn’t serve you or your gifts. Those who would benefit from what you have to share are waiting for you to make your move.

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