is a woman of many talents: author, mythologist, musician and mystic. She is the founder of The Kaivalya Yoga Method and the author of Myths of the Asanas and Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning Behind Mantra and Kirtan. She holds a masters degree in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology and uses her extensive expertise in myth and symbolism to feed her work in varied forms of mysticism...not just yoga, but also alchemy, astrology and tarot. Listed as Yoga Journal’s top 21 Yoga Teachers under 40, Alanna continues to lead retreats, workshops and teacher trainings worldwide.
A life-long obsession with sound has guided Alanna in the direction of music and vibration. Through the teachings of yoga, she has found a home for her spirit within the pulsations of the heart. She was born with a hearing impairment, but was taught from an early age that this is neither a setback or a difference. Instead, it is a way to thrive and shine. And so she has, by becoming a vocalist, a teacher, a musician, a writer, and a lover of sound, meditation, and vibration.
Her teachers are Sharon Gannon and David Life, the creators of Jivamukti Yoga. Sanskrit scholar, Manorama, has graced Alanna with a deeper knowledge of how sound profoundly affects us on an energetic and cellular level. Her practice has also been heavily infused with the love-filled influence of Shri Dharma Mittra, a teacher who revealed the true, devotional nature of asana practice. As an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Instructor, she fills her classes with Nada (sound), Bhakti (devotion) and Shraddha (faith). Her classes feature an unyielding spirit for bringing yoga off the mat and into the world. Her face forward, charismatic style are the perfect platform for classes that are masterful, artistic, and always feature an element of mystery.
While on her world tour, she has lead kirtans (devotional singing concerts) and has also performed with Dave Stringer, who has been a musical inspiration to Alanna. In 2007, she produced her newest album, Shine. This inspirational and eclectic album features several of Australia's prominent jazz musicians. Shine includes 2 songs in Sanskrit for your energetic body, and the rest of the groovy tracks are in english to ignite the soul.
Since July of 2005, Alanna has produced a yoga podcast called "Yoga Jam with the JivaDiva". The success of the Yoga Jam podcast has given Alanna a worldwide audience of over one million listeners. She currently produces 2 other podcasts - one that features live recordings of her dynamic classes and one that features lectures designed to inspire yoga instructors.
She teaches at the Yoga Journal Conferences, and is on staff with the Omega Institute. Her article about loving mantras was published in the October 2007 issue of Yoga Journal. In the February 2008 issue of Yoga Journal, she was named as one of Jivamukti Yoga's "Who's Who," and in the March 2008 issue, she was profiled as one of the next generation of yoga teachers shaping yoga's future (see the article). Alanna, the JivaDiva, has been featured on Lime.com and Body + Soul Magazine.
To see what she’s up to, take part in an online class, schedule a reading or join a workshop, visit her at: alannak.com