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Join a unique detox and yoga retreat in the Andes of Ecuador and recharge your body and mind! Through the work with yoga, meditation, mindful nutrition, pranayama, art, and shamanism, you will experience a program in which you will flow through a process of emotional and physical detoxification. You will leave with a feeling of deep healing and transformation by purifying your being and unifying with the universal spirit.
Casa Kiliku is an ecological place created by artists. The houses are built by materials from the nearby volcano, with bricks or adobe and wood. Every space is unique. You can stay on the big terrace and chat with others, or just lie in the hammock and read or meditate on treetops dancing in the wind.
It is pure luxury to offer a retreat place in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve Ilaló and so close to the center of Quito. The venue is made with ecological local materials and a sustainable way of living is promoted.
The main focus of the retreat is in mindful nutrition and detox with yoga and pranayama techniques to complete the process of cleansing.
The yoga techniques you will focus on are Tantra yoga and Kundalini yoga, which are specifically helpful in cleansing processes thanks to relaxation and meditation in movement. In Tantra yoga, practitioners learn the feeling of flowing into the asanas without struggle, developing a deep form of a deep yoga meditation. This technique is completed by the practice of bandhas, pranayama, mantra chanting, sitting meditation, and Kundalini yoga kriyas. Through the Tantra teachings, students also learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration.
Tantra yoga is a holistic cosmovision which contains not only the exercises of asanas or pranayama; arts, medicine, and astrology also form part of the tantric way of life. In Durga’s Tiger School of Tantra Yoga Shamanism, different approaches are taught to work on the physical part, while also offering a vision of a tantric lifestyle.
Work with asanas, bandhas, pranayama, mudras, and mantras in traditional Tantra yoga is based on the teachings of Bhagavan Shanmuka Anantha Natha.
Tantra yoga asanas are derived from the Vedas, the most ancient metaphysical writings available to man. These asanas are designed for adepts to balance their intrinsic energy system (prana) and to root themselves in infinite consciousness. Sincere practice leads adept students to release deep-seated tension and fears, and to express their true selfhood from a place of love and freedom. Ultimately, adepts experience a shift in identity and learn to view themselves and the other as a divine being. While this yoga naturally increases strength, flexibility, precision, and health, this is not the primary focus.
Kaula Tantra yoga is rooted in Uttara Shaivism, or Kashmiri Shaivism, one of six Siva traditions. Students approach the asanas from a place of relaxation, care, and love for themselves.
This yoga series is hence practiced in a slow and flowing manner to build patience and awareness. Each asana is held gently for a period of time to allow students to relax into the posture. This way, individuals find their own unique way of expressing the asanas without the pressure of competing or ‘performing perfectly’.
Tantra yoga facilitators approach students as whole human beings and discourage ‘isolating’ or forcing muscles. Their priority is to hold a space of acceptance and love, with only minimal guidance where necessary. Over time, students learn to meditate in the postures to connect with the Divine. This yoga specifically cultures the diaphragms and thus balances every area of life, including sexuality.
Please note that classes do not involve nudity or sexual contact. In the advanced stages, deeper pranayama practice, nandhas, and mantra practices are incorporated to culture Kundalini energy. The advanced levels are taught at Shri Kali Ashram in southern India.
The science of Kundalini yoga is a holistic system of body and energy work. The combination of dynamic exercises, breathing, and relaxation techniques have been proven for centuries and are adapted for today’s age of information and communication. The method of Kundalini yoga is based on the experiences and findings of the yoginis and saints of the past.
Their direct insight into the mystery of life allows them to recognize that everything created is of complete perfection and holds the capability to enable persons to fully unfold their potential on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels to experience thorough inner happiness.
Knowledge about the functions, structure, and self-expression of the natural life force and its manifestations is based on experience that was passed on to a small, elite, and privileged group of yoginis over generations - a golden chain of teachings that were only transmitted by the spoken word.
In 1968, this tradition changed when yogi Bhajan started to teach the method of Kundalini yoga for the first time outside India, in the Western Hemisphere. Since then, it is possible for anyone to practice this body energy work and realize their full potential for growth, improved health, harmony, and happiness through formal study.
Kundalini yoga applies asana (body positions), bandha (body locks), mudra (hand gestures), pranyama (focused breathing), mantra (sound), and meditation in the context of special krijas (transformation vehicles) in a synergetic and dynamic way. As a result of this process, a powerful, natural, and organic impulse unfolds in the practitioner that ideally balances their life force. This experience provides a deep sense of self-awareness, unity, and an appreciation for the gift of life.
Retreat guests will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities as a compliment of their retreat.
In this ancient shamanic ceremony, reconnect with nature, spiri,t and your centered self. It helps you leave a lot of old weight behind you and open the door with your other yogis to new experiences.
Through dance, voice work, body expression, clowning, and theatre techniques, students will explore themselves and experience the liberation of emotions which is part of the Tantra philosophy.
Each student will receive a Limpia (energy cleansing), a cleansing ritual made with local medicinal plants by a native healer woman from the Ilaló mountain.
%During these workshops, you will learn about Ayurvedic foot massage (related with the Tantra yoga practice), reflexology, or a basic Ayurvedic medicinal Abhyanga massage.
A gentle way to deepen the Tantra yoga asanas. Working with a partner helps you get in contact with the other person using all senses and feeling supported in the practice. It helps develop trust in the other person and work opening your heart.
The detox and yoga retreat will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Ecuador’s Andes, close to the capital city of Quito and on the edge of a natural reserve. You will be located near the village of Tumbaco, surrounded by high trees and mountains. The Kiliku is a little hawk living here on the volcano, the Ilaló. For the locals, it is the symbol of freedom; as it is seeing reality from high above, it means that this place helps yoginis distance themselves from their everyday life to fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram, enjoying the green garden, and relish in the flowers and old trees.
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Discover a new way of eating with an alkaline and anti-inflammatory nutrition, learn to apply detoxification practices, learn hands-on how to make delicious vegan and raw food tasty dishes, and discover a new way to relate with food and your own body. You will explore the power of self-healing with local products, plenty of vegetables, fruits, and medicinal plants. Discover the art of healing through food!
The retreat includes one massage workshop. Other optional treatment are available:
Please book your to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).