Upward Facing Career Podcast with Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D.
How do I go beyond being a yoga teacher, and step into my role as a spiritual leader? What is the best way to create true wealth and abundance in my spiritual career? How can I incorporate all the mystical practices I love into a successful business serving others? These are a few of the many questions that renowned writer, author, educator, and teacher, Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D. walks you through in the Upward Facing Career Podcast. Known as "The Yoga Doctor," Alanna teaches you mini mystical masterclasses, educates you on essential yoga psychology wisdom, and provides step-by-step spiritual business guidance that is designed to help you take action in creating a thriving career serving others. Alanna's gift is the experience of having done all these things, and she is ready to keep it real and honestly share advice and knowledge that takes you to the next level. Ready to move your yoga offerings online? Thinking about how to grow your tribe? Want to incorporate cool stuff like astrology? Interested in how to step fully into your role as a modern spiritual leader and make more impact in the world? Alanna is here to help. Discover why thousands of yogis turn to Alanna to become extraordinary teachers, and implement practices that generate abundant results.

Have you ever considered how important it is to take time and practice self-care in order to generate creativity and growth for your yoga business?

Alanna was reminded of this on a recent team retreat to Belize, and she wants to share her insights and three actionable tips that will help you shift your mindset and change the game immediately. Whether you are at the beginning of your yoga career, focusing on teaching as many classes per week as possible, or up-leveling your yoga biz to go online, this episode empowers and inspires you to put yourself first and prioritize your self-care for success!

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Many teachers are never taught specifically how to develop a confident presence with the voice and use high-level communication skills to present not just movements…but meaning. These are skills we must learn, just like anything else in our practice. Most of us need additional work on our speaking skills.

If this is something we’ve never examined, then we have a tremendous amount to gain by taking a look at how we use our words to deliver the teachings that come from our heart.

In this podcast. Alanna teaches her most powerful and important speaking and cueing techniques that elevate you from good to great as a yoga instructor, and help you establish the kind of expertise necessary to differentiate yourself from the crowd.

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Guided Gratitude Meditation!

At this time of division–whether it be the division between us personally, politically, globally, or socially–how do we begin to back out of separation and into connection? How do we let go of our judgments of others, or an us vs. them attitude, or forgive those who have wronged us?

We begin with gratitude. Gratitude alleviates fear. It dissolves painful emotion. It evolves negative thought. It reverses false belief systems. Gratitude is a miracle worker, and you can let it work for you.

This special edition of the Upward Facing Career Podcast features a guided gratitude meditation to elevate our hearts and souls and remind us of what is most important in life...each other.

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Did you know that the chakras and astrology go together like peanut butter and jelly?

It turns out that each of our sacred energy centers (chakras) is ruled by a corresponding planet in the astrological system.

This podcast will go through each chakra and the associated planet and illuminate the *true* meaning of hatha yoga...the joining of the sun and the moon!

Listen for deeper insight into the chakras, astrology, yoga psychology, and how to achieve a greater level of health and wellbeing for yourself and your clients.

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We chant Om all the time...but do you really know what it means?

Alanna takes you through the history, the mythology, and the power of Om in this podcast. You learn why it works, and why it is such an essential part of yoga practice and spiritual transformation.

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We hear the term "alchemy" a lot these days, but what is it really?

The alchemical traditions go back hundreds of years, but they all represented one true aim: to reach the pinnacle of consciousness known as the alchemical opus. Turning lead into gold is the metaphor for transforming our darkened consciousness into enlightenment. Yogis have been endeavoring to do this for millennia!

As it turns out, alchemy is simply a Western form of yoga, one that holds deep mystery and true promise for the modern day spiritual leader.

In this podcast, Alanna reveals the fundamental principles of alchemy, covers its vast history, and provides you with ways to incorporate its practice into your teachings.

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We are here to transform our students and ourselves. But, how do we do that?

If you've ever heard of Joseph Campbell, then you know the journey of the hero is a time-honored process by which the hero must pass through certain stages to reach success.

As yogis (and as human beings!), we must also pass through these stages to elevate our psyche and soul. Understanding the psychological journey of this transformative process is key to cultivating the resilience to go through it...start to finish.

This podcast reveals the stages of the journey of the hero, and it's importance in our lives as Modern Mystics and spiritual leaders.

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Many of us equate the term "vinyasa" to a flowing series of yoga postures. Is that all it is?

In this podcast, Alanna busts through the misconception that vinyasa just means "flow" and talks about its application to our life and practice as yoga teachers. Modern psychology aids this discussion with its concept of flow state – the most productive and blissful mindstate that any of us can be in at any one time.

How do we, as yoga teachers, facilitate flow? How do we allow our classes to transcend the mundane focus of "vinyasa" on the body to the elevated meaning of vinyasa as a state of mind? Learn all about how to take your yoga classes to the next (flowing!) level with this podcast!

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We all have rituals. But, are we conscious of them?

Our yoga classes provide a prime opportunity to create deeply transformational rituals for our students. But, are we doing that properly?

This podcast illuminates the necessary parts of a ritual, why ritual is so important for us right now, and how you can elevate your yoga classes to the level of transformational ritual. It is through ritual that humanity (throughout history) has elevated its consciousness, created community, and processed challenging events. This is something we can facilitate within ourselves and our students if we know the secret ingredients to creating powerful rituals in our classes!

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The tarot deck may seem a far-fetched compliment to yoga, but actually, it is one of the best tools we can utilize to get answers for ourselves and our clients NOW.

If your students ask you big questions like, "what should I do about my relationship?" or, "Should I change jobs?" then having a skill like the tarot is perfect for giving your students the confidence they need to pursue their fullest purpose. We, as spiritual leaders, must think outside the box and serve our clients in a different way than traditional medical or mental health practitioners.

Stepping into our power as Modern Mystics necessitates a bigger repertoire -- one that goes beyond asana. This podcast will answer questions that center around how to hone your skills as a spiritual leader, why having a divination tool like the tarot is important, and why being able to serve your clients on a spiritual level is so critical right now.

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As yoga teachers, we have a different kind of access to the body than other practitioners. This podcast reveals a new way to look at the body that will serve your clients beyond what they might hear from a traditional doctor or therapist. Learn to dig deeply for the root cause of discomfort or pain, and how our roles as spiritual leaders provide a different pathway to healing for our clients.

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What is the mythology of yoga? Why is mythology important to spiritual practice? Our favorite yoga stories, and how to weave them into classes.

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How do astrology & yoga go together? why is astrology a perfect compliment to yoga practice? how astrology up levels your career as a yogi, ways to bring astrology into your yoga practice

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What is modern mysticism vs. ancient mysticism?, What are mystery schools?, what are mystical practices?, How modern psychology demands mystics to fill an aching need

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Why thinking outside the yoga box is so important, Why it is NOT okay to be an impoverished yogi, how the system works against you, 3 things you can do NOW to make cash

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What your TT never taught you about the chakras, how they are more than just colors & asanas, how you can use them to heal people on a different level.

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What is spiritual leadership? Why you are more than a yoga teacher, what are the responsibilities of a spiritual leader, and is yoga teacher training enough? Join me as we dive deep into becoming a spiritual leader.

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After a 10-year hiatus Alanna Kaivalya, the Yoga Doctor, is back. What's happened in the last decade? What can you expect from the new podcast? Learn about why spiritual leadership for yoga teachers is so important. Alanna goes into what she'll be teaching about on the podcast: yoga (of course!), alchemy, astrology, spirituality, ritual, and business. Her goal with this podcast is to provide you a resource that helps you step into your role as a spiritual leader. From actionable business advice, to wisdom on yoga philosophy, she'll be bringing it all right here to this podcast.

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