QI-YO is a form of theosophical yoga that transcends the idea of spiritual awakening being attained by practicing Eastern or Western spiritual practices. It is a spiritual ecology and a technique of self-discovery, that is neither Eastern nor Western, but universal. Based on the septenary constitution of man, Qi-Yo maps out a structured Sevenfold Path to Satvic Awareness for any individual who wishes to access the seven energetic bodies or states of existence (physical, energetic or ethereal, astral, mental, causal, intuitive and spiritual). Qi-Yo develops the seven sheaths of the human being. In addition to being a spiritual practice, the goal of Qi-Yo is to change one’s personal nature and help the person become more responsive to his inner self. The forces of our body and mind, which are often tugging the other in opposite directions, need to be united, brought into harmony and into a state of oneness. The united body and mind, in turn, need to be connected with something deeper, which we may call the Spirit or immortal Self. It is our real identity behind the fluctuating personality.
Finally, there is the ultimate union of our individual Spirit with the Universal or Supreme Spirit, which is both within and beyond everything, being inside each one of us and all around us. Union with the infinite is the highest goal of yoga and the various systems of this ancient science are designated to lead eventually to that supreme union. As this goal is the main goal of yoga, the word yoga is used to designate all of the methods by which this union is achieved. Each method is a technique of self-exploration, involving a system of self-training that leads toward the goal. Many methods of yoga overlap in their use of certain techniques and all of them recognize the validity of certain basic disciplines. The latter includes the right physical discipline, right breathing, right moral behavior with respect to others and oneself, and the practice of meditation. The attunement and integration of every aspect of one’s nature – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – is both the goal of yoga and the foundation of all the disciplines taught by the various systems.
The practice of real yoga is not an easy task for it involves the harmonization of one’s whole being. It also requires that one’s motive for self-realization be selfless, without thought of self-aggrandizement of the achievement of power over others. Yoga is a means of altruism and unconditional empathy and love toward oneself and others. The union that is yoga’s main aim can be experienced at various levels and through different tools. Qi-Yo Yoga embraces the entire arsenal of existing tools and techniques as well as the various forms of yoga (hatha yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, karma yoga, mantra yoga, laya yoga, yantra yoga and raja yoga) and redefines them within the context of a fluctuating scale of values in a constantly evolving world. For this purpose, the psycho-physical practice begins with a Qi-Gong energy enhancement complex, followed by pranayama breathing techniques, asana routines, chanting, yantra visualization and meditation. All of these tools are analyzed and applied in the practice of the yoga, but the main objective is to give the freedom to each practitioner to reprogram the restructure and reinvent himself so that he can experience a sense of unity and harmony with the entire universe. The system is like an open menu, and embraces old and new ways of making all beings happy and free. It is a way to help all practitioners meet ancient wisdom and new consciousness, tradition and modernity, the self with the source.