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About the Course


An Intro to Myth, Deities, and Devotional Practices


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


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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 www.allisondennis.com for more info and to learn about her tours and retreats in India and Indonesia.