May 21, 2014

“Yoga is Broken.” Kirtan, Mantra & Lululemon with Alanna Kaivalya.

 Alanna Kaivalya

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis.

“The meaning of yoga is being lost in the commodification of yoga…and I want to get it back.” ~ Alanna Kaivalya

Waylon Lewis and Alanna Kaivalya on fixing what is broken in yoga: 



Three ways we can fix yoga:

1. Start & Maintain a Home Yoga Practice. 

2. Do Research & Educate Yourself on Myths, Alignment, Mantras, Philosophy.

3. Do Yoga Yourself for Yourself with Diligence.


“There is a yoga butt, but that is not all there is.” ~ Alanna Kaivalya

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Relephant Walk the Talk Videos Mentioned by Waylon:

Waylon on the Future of Yoga Teaching with Yoga Alliance CEO Richard Karpel.

Waylon Lewis with Seane Corn: How our Yoga Practice can be of Benefit.


More from Alanna Kaivalya’s YouTube Channel:

Elephant is psyched to be working in partnership with Google+ on our new live video series, which features three live videos a week (that can be watched later, too).


Alanna Kaivalya

Info from Alanna Kaivalya’s site

Alanna Kaivalya is an artistic and inspiring teacher of yoga. Born with a hearing impairment, Alanna learned through the power of vibration at a young age, and was then naturally drawn to the harmonic practice of yoga. She is an author, founder of The Kaivalya Yoga Method and a modern mystic reinterpreting Joseph Campbell’s work for the 21st century. She is listed as one of Yoga Journal’s Top 20 Teachers Under 40, and her approach fixes what is broken in yoga.

Alanna’s first book, Myths of the Asanas, was released in Spring 2010 by Mandala Publishing. Myths of the Asanas has received praise from yogis and non-yogis alike, and has become a guide for both practitioners and teachers to learn more about mythology and philosophy in a fun and accessible way. Alanna’s newest book, Sacred Sound, came out in April 2014 from New World Library.

Alanna Kaivalya

Alanna’s most recent work includes the launch of The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Trainings, which are advanced level intensives held in New York City, Bali and abroad. She is in the process of developing two mobile yoga applications geared towards deepening both student and teacher practices. Her new website launched this year and is a university for yoga students and teachers who are looking to deepen their practice.

Alanna is an advocate for yoga for the individual. Yoga has the potential to be an experience of embodied empowerment for students; it is an integrative experience for the whole person.

Alanna Kaivalya

Alanna on The Kaivalya Yoga Method:

“The Kaivalya Yoga Method is the style of yoga I founded a few years ago that was simply an amalgamation of my decade-plus experience in yoga and spiritual traditions. At some point, I needed to codify what I was doing so people could identify with it.

There are a few elements that make it unique: the focus on intelligent sequencing rooted in the Krishnamacharya traditions, hands-on adjustments as a way to deepen human connection, and the integration of mythology and philosophy to guide people to a deeper understanding of the self.

I’m using these tools to encourage the student’s independence, self-empowerment and self confidence. I am focused on giving students the tools that they need to reveal their true nature, independent of an external teacher, but internally empowered to drive them on their personal journey to meaningful transformation.

That’s what’s really different.

I’m not in it to become some teacher that students rely on or come to need. I’m in it to give the information needed so students don’t need me anymore.”

For more information on Alanna’s upcoming events, subscribe to her newsletter on the home page of her website, fan her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and YouTube.


“Lululemon is commodifying our wellbeing and selling it back to us.”  

~ Alanna Kaivalya


Some of Alanna’s articles on elephant journal:

Seven Reasons Calling Yourself A Yoga Teacher Sucks.

The Lost Art of Yoga Adjustments.

Am I a Yogi If I’m not a Vegetarian​? 

3 Reasons Why Yogis Need to Love Technology.



Music of the Universe: Our Relationship with Sacred Sound.




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amphibi1yogini Jun 8, 2014 8:06am

Yoga is not broken, it is splintered. Various commercial yoga schools have tried to be everything to everyone–and some have egregiously failed.

I'm sorry, I came for the spirituality but never stayed for your extremely physically challenging practice–seems to be a theme that is rampant throughout MY history with commercialized yoga in New York City. But many have left for other reasons (in addition to the cost of course), and many have been attracted in their place. After all, as an adult where could the average person with responsibilities have a practice that would engage them on so many levels without their having to "keep score"? Even the "show-offs" in class don't have to have the actual, REAL accountability they would if they took up gymnastics at Chelsea Piers, for instance …

On the other hand, some of us are scared off from commercialized yoga–totally and into tomorrow–by an attitude of vegan and vegetarian yoga teachers and studio owners promulgating that their way is the only, conscious way of eating to promote non-harming. I would rather not harm myself as heretofore victim to a wasting disease (that real, actual cardio exercise is helping manage and reverse). Even the Dalai Lama had to eat meat to maintain his strength.

Glad then, that they could not smell my food consumption on my pores, because before I'd considered myself scared off … I did practice at such a studio.

If the above are "failings" of (even and/or especially 8 limbed) yoga, consider the motivations that the teacher has in teaching it.

thesourceress7 Jun 1, 2014 2:57pm

I so agree. Yoga has sold out in America to placate the gnat like attention spans that are homegrown here. The engineered and watered down versions from power Yoga to hot Yoga are a staggering insult to the practice and usually instructed by a group of smug and clueless perpetrators. something beautiful and sacred has been taken and hashed for American sensibilities, Americans who just don't get it. A friend of mine calls it "Tofu Yoga." it is a far cry from its source, the Korunta Yoga, the ancient Yoga from where all other Yoga comes, and, about which, surprisingly few Yoga instructors have even heard. I am so glad someone has finally spoken out about it.

max Jun 1, 2014 2:36pm

making blanket statements like yoga is broken is absurd. it's not broken for the people that practice it, however they practice it. surely everyone approaches with their own understanding and at their own level. and from that point their practice and understanding of yoga evolves.

who says yoga is broken.

secondly taking post shots at lululemon or other to highlight you own so called yogic purity is sad, isn't it?

and when did yoga ever need an app 'to deepen their practice' !!?

isn't this girl making money from yoga ? in which case how is she different from lululemon ?

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