Goddesses of India

The Mahavidyas

The Mahavidyas (“Great wisdoms”) arise from India in the Bhakti era as a response to Vedic times, and previous to that, the Harappan culture. They are Tantric Devis, making them adjacent to the ancient practice of the rehabilitation of a personality, which one might call “shadow work” in this modern era. These 10 wisdoms are said to be the essential building blocks of the universe, and the development of a relationship with them allows access to what is hidden, secret, and sensitive in the world. 


The world is in desperate need of Feminine Wisdom and the earthy healing that accompanies Her upliftment through the Indian myths. The Mahavidyas hold within them stories of receptivity, the action of acceptance, the power of truth, the transformation of desire, and the process of letting go. They represent truths beyond how we identify in the material world, and are ultimately powers of destruction that enable freedom. We can all be better carriers of this wisdom and we can use the myths and symbols to help us to heal and to be vehicles for wide spread planetary change.


Join me for mythological and astrological stories from ancient India about the Goddess. We'll incorporate mantras, meditation, visualization, and journaling to help us get into the essence of each of the ten Mahavidyas. Vibrational sound healing practices, including stories, help us relax the mind and body, deepen into our meditative and intuitive states, and subdue the emotional storms.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to the Course
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  Week 1: Introduction
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  Week 2: Kali
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  Week 3: Tara
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  Week 4: Sundari
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  Week 5: Bhuvaneshvari
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  Week 6: Chinnamasta
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  Week 7: Bhairavi
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  Week 8: Dhumavati
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  Week 9: Bagalamukhi
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  Week 10: Matangi
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  Week 11
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Allison’s yoga journey began after a back injury as a performer in the off-broadway show De La Guarda. Unable to move around at a young age, she took to the philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for comfort and perspective. Recovery took several years, and allowed for her eventual asana practice to be rooted in and emphasized by India’s wisdom systems.


A student since 2001, and a graduate of The Body Therapy Institute, Allison completed well over 1000 hours of formalized yoga teacher trainings before opening Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro, NC in 2010. Allison created an 800 hour YTT program dedicated to the foundational texts of yoga, and offered a deep dive into the language of Sanskrit, harmonium instruction, chanting, and the development of a daily prescriptive sadhana. Allison closed the physical space in 2018 to pursue travel and to teach to a wider audience. She now offers these Vedic teachings on an online platform which allows for the cultivation of community, healing, and mentorship to a broader student population. You can check out her Vedic online courses here


While building her online school, Allison remains eager to connect with communities in person through workshops, residencies, and festivals. In recent years she's presented at the Telluride Yoga Festival and the Stroud Sacred Music Festival in UK. 


Allison has travelled extensively in India. Deepening her understanding of Indian culture has better informed the way she aims to approach the practice and the teaching. She has led tours and retreats in India and Bali, which has allowed her students to experience first hand how these ancient philosophies and practices can be infused into our daily life. 


Always a student, her study is ongoing under the mentorship of K. Sridhar (Indian music), Steven Highburger (Vedic Astrology), Sabitha Madhav (Indian dance), and Dr. Robert Svoboda (Tantra). She is currently available for private instruction on harmonium as well as Vedic Astrology sessions. Check out her three kirtan albums here on Spotify, and her original music here.



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