Bhakti Yoga and the Mythology of India

9-week Spring Session

April 11 - June 6

Sundays, 4:30-5:30pm MT

Classes recorded with lifetime access to videos

To sign up for spring session only go here.

Students can also choose to add on a weekly āsana class or weekly kirtan. Think of it as your own customizable transformation playground. Details on cost and curriculum are below in the Pricing section.

Reading: Once you've signed up you can start reading the suggested books for Spring Session:

Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey

Dr. Robert Svoboda: The Greatness of Saturn

About Bhakti Yoga and the Mythology 

For many millennia, myth has been an integral aspect of humanity’s evolution. Humans created story and meaning out of the world around them, poeticising their relationship to it and their wonder around it. Images and artwork representing this reverence and deification of Nature have been excavated from the Harappan culture and civilization dating all the way back to 2600-1900 BCE. This civilization was as advanced as those in Egypt and Mesopotamia and are our starting point in learning about the deified world as seen through the eyes of early humanity. 

The Vedic era followed the Harappan culture and this is where we begin to see more detail and specificity around the potency and characteristics of the deities. And the deities are, among many other things, a way to be in relationship with the subtlety of the world around us. So much has changed since this time, but the essence remains, that a deepening of our understanding into primal myth patterns enables a greater capacity for relationship to the subtleties of being human.

The Bhakti era arose out of the Vedic culture which is where our familiar Gods and Goddesses Viṣṇu, Śiva, Durgā, Sarasvatī, Gaṇeśa, and Hanumān arise, and these archetypes continue to hold sway over temple culture and religious Hindu practices in India. 

This course is an introduction to the relevance of these myths and the development of personal relationships with the subtlety of Nature, whether or not you ultimately choose to revere a particular form from the Indian traditions.

About the Course

Spring Session 2021 - An Intro to Myth, Deity, and Devotional Practices

April 11 - June 6

Sundays, 4:30-5:30pm MT

This course is specifically designed for Westerners that feel drawn to the deities and devotional practices from India, attracted to the colorful stories, and sensitive to avoiding culturally appropriating Indian wisdoms and religious practices. 

The course is also geared towards Indians who grew up Western and feel distant from their heritage but interested in developing a relationship to itand perhaps even reclaiming it. While a white woman can’t be as potent a teacher as an Indian Grandmother on the topic of Indian devotion, Allison has travelled extensively in South India through the temples and villages and lived in ashrams for months at a time tending to her own devotional practices. The course is an enthusiastic and reverential introduction to India’s long history with devotion.

Reading suggestions:

Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey

Dr. Robert Svoboda: The Greatness of Saturn

Summer Session 2021 - Vedic and Nakṣatra Deities

Dates tba

This course will approach the earlier elemental deities from the Vedas who set the tone for the deities that evolved into the Bhakti era. We’ll focus on Ādityas (heaven realm deities), Rudras (atmospheric realm deities), Vasus (earthly realm deities), and more. 

There will also be some discussion on nakṣatras, or the lunar constellations, and the deities and myths associated with the stars. As well as more cultural and devotional background on how we can develop relationships with these subtle realities.

Reading suggestions: 

Alain Danielou: The Myths and Gods of India: The Classic Work on Hindu Polytheism

Radhe: The Divine Forces of the Lunar Nakshatras as Portrayed in the Vedas: mystical forms, ancient epithets and sacred mythology

Amar Chitra Katha: Gods and Goddesses: From the Epics and Mythology of India

Hart de Fouw and Robert Svoboda: Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India

Autumn Session 2021 - Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Storytelling Class

Dates tba (hopefully LIVE from India)

Allison will tell stories from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam! This classic Indian epic ultimately traces the birth of Kṛṣṇa and all the karmic implications of his existence. Kṛṣṇa is an avatar of Lord Viṣṇu, descended to clean the material world of delusion. The stories are an absolute delight as the stage is set for his birth. His myth re-shapes the world away from ritual worship into a deeper more interactive relationship to caring for the land and people in your family and within your purview.

Reading suggestions: 

Kamala Subramaniam: Srimad Bhagavatam

Winter Session 2022 - Rāmāyaṇa Storytelling Class

Dates tba (hopefully LIVE from India)

Allison will tell the stories from the Rāmāyaṇa! This epic story tells the tale of Rāma, an avatar of Lord Viṣṇu, born a prince, but thrust into exile due to jealousy on the day he was to become King of Ayodhya. Rāma travels the forest with his wife Sītā and his brother Lakṣmaṇa and has wild escapades slaying demons and meeting enlightened sages along the way. Sītā’s kidnapping by the 10-headed demon Rāvaṇa enables Rāma to meet the monkey God Hanumān who becomes the devoted friend and servant to Rāma’s new sole purpose which is to save Sītā. 

Reading suggestions: 

William Buck: Rāmāyaṇa

Sanjay Patel: Rāmāyaṇa: Divine Loophole


Four Sessions, Nine Weeks each, One 60-minute class per week

  • $432 for all four sessions
  • $162 each session, sign up for one season only here
  • Lifetime access to the videos

Add-ons are recorded: 

  • Seasonal Add-on $108 for 9 weekly āsana classes
  • Seasonal Add-on $108 for 9 weeks of Kirtan on Sunday evenings + Sacred Soaps on the last Friday of each month (access to videos for 9-week season)

Enroll in the Full Course here.


One-Time Payment

One-Time Payment for Four 9-Week Sessions

12 payments of $36/month

Bhakti Intensive 12-Month Payment Plan

Allison Dennis holds a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Music from ECU where she studied Sanford Meisner's acting technique. She sang in jazz, funk, and folk bands, recorded and performed as a singer-songwriter, and performed supporting and leading roles in a variety of plays and musicals. 

In NYC at the turn of the millenium, she acted and sang in Off Broadway shows, and ultimately flew in the wildly popular Argentine circus De La Guarda. A back injury during a show brought her to yoga in 2001. 

A herniated disc with nerve impingement made movement quite painful for the first three years of the injury, so her entry point to yoga was the philosophy of India, not the poses. She concentrated on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for a decade while becoming a yoga asana teacher as therapy for her own physical pain. Once mobility returned, Allison was finally permitted by her physical therapist to take on an asana practice. Within months she had signed up for her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2005.

From 2010-2018 Allison owned and operated Heart of Yoga School out of Carrboro, NC where she designed and taught three distinct yoga teacher trainings, culminating in a full 800 hour YTT program. She led nineteen long-term trainings while managing the School, guiding curious seekers to become teachers and home practitioners. 

She also spends 2-3 months a year in India, deepening her understanding of the culture and wisdom systems.

Visit for more info and to learn about her tours and retreats in India and Indonesia.