Transmoral conscience, an ethic that is universal rather than ethnic, is rapidly evolving as we continue to explore humanity’s dark paths. The more we explore, the more light we shed on our understanding of what humanity really is and what we truly want it to become. In doing so, an overproduction of knowledge and its accompanying confusion are necessary. This why at KYI we consider important to clarify the types of retreats we organize.
For starters, the following are activities or practices we don’t engage in during our retreats:
Although some of our retreats are international, we are not a travel agency. We don’t offer sighseeing with spiritual practices sprinkled in. Instead, we focus on spiritual practices and include sighseeing as a way to deepen our understanding of the techniques. For the most part, we will avoid areas with a lot of tourists because they tend to disrupt the rhythm of the practice.
Why “Spiritual Yoga”?
All Yoga is spiritual, its goal is self-realization. The confusion in the West is that most of us believe Yoga only embodies the physical aspect of our beings through postures or Asanas. Asanas are Yoga, however, Yoga is not only Asanas.
In the words, of B. K. S. Iyengar:
“Asanas offer a controlled battleground for the process of conflict and creation. The aim is to recreate the process of human evolution in our own internal environment. We thereby have the opportunity to observe and comprehend our own evolution to the point at which conflict is resolved and there is only oneness, as when the river meets the sea.”
Asanas allow us to train our body so it becomes a good home for our mind and soul. If you disregard your body, the door to your Atman won’t open.
The reason why we call it “Spiritual Yoga” is because during our retreats we explore all aspects of Yoga, including Asanas.
Is the seventh limb of Yoga, dhyana, but often understood as the inner most quest, antaratma sadhana, which involves the last three Limbs: dharana, dhyana, and samadhi. The goal of antaratma sadhana is to reach samadhi, however, it is only a tool in the process of self-realization.
During our retreats we often explore different techniques to reach dhyana, such as Zazen.
The oldest healing science, dating back more than 5,000 years. The knowledge of Ayurveda originated in India and formed the foundation for all other healing systems that exist today. Its main purpose is to heal by bringing balance to the body, mind, and spirit. This is accomplished through diet, lifestyle, and rejuvenation.
We incorporate these Ayurvedic principles into the food we eat and activities we participate in.
Camino Rojo is about living correctly according to your own path. There are very few words written about El Camino Rojo, as it opposes the idea that only the written word is legitimate. It is an oral tradition that deals with the subtleties of our being and connects us to spirit through icaros, prayers, and words. Teachings and ceremonies revolve around nature and Mother Earth.
Although we may hold discussions about what this truly means, the focus is more on building the environment that allows you to experience them.
We invite you to explore our retreats to find out more of what each has to offer.