Alanna Kaivalya believes Yoga is for everyone and with the right guidance, every student can develop 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 trainings 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 300 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 has taught 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, alannak.com, 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.
Find out more at alannak.com.
Avery Westlund is a wanderer, crazy animal lady, and lover of food and laughter. An MA, ERYT200 and RYT500, she has lived, traveled, and taught throughout Europe, Asia, and Central and North America. She leads retreats, workshops, and classes for professional athletes, anxiety and depression sufferers, veterans, and studio and corporate clients in Connecticut and abroad. Avery approaches each day with warmth, empathy, and a willingness to laugh at herself, maintaining a gently sarcastic sense of humor and a passion for her work. She has studied extensively with Alanna Kaivalya’s TKYM, Gwen Lawrence’s Power Yoga for Sports, and intensive Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews. For information on upcoming happenings, you can find Avery at averywestlund.com
Andrew, an athlete at heart, found yoga through a number of sports-related injuries. Yoga has taken him throughout the U.S. & Costa Rica and is currently based out of the New York City/New Jersey metro area, teaching out of Equinox Health Clubs. Andrew teaches The Kaivalya Yoga Method, designed by Alanna Kaivalya. He has also studied extensively with NYC based instructors KayKay Clivio & Yogi Charu of PURE Yoga and Jill Miller, Founder of Yoga Tune Up®. For more info on yoga goodies from Andrew, visit hoffmanyoga.com