We had the good fortune of connecting with Kei Tyler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kei, how do you think about risk?
I think taking risks is one of our most incredible opportunities in life, and it’s what gives a person the courage to see if they can push past the discomfort and enter a realm of great freedom and personal empowerment.
I have worked in many industries. When I finally left the workforce, I left engineering. While I had great opportunities to serve with my designs, I knew there was a level of risk I was missing. Astrologically speaking, I am wired as an entreprenuer and didn’t realize it until my studies got more serious. All that time, I sat in uncomfortable situations or left jobs because they didn’t align or give me challenges all started to make sense.
When I sat in my first Kundalini Yoga class, all of my teachings from school with music, taking the health of my body seriously through athleticism and writing astrology for my high school newspaper all came to a head. It was wild, I realized all of the things I am trying to do now, came from early childhood.
But, of course, risk turns into a lot more than you think, and sometimes the unfolding takes time– pacing yourself is vital. But so is going back to the basics. I think my partner can attest to this, too, after years of being a pharmacy technician, she picked her pen back up and started writing again and began creating works of art that have been published. We both realize how important it is to go back to the beginning—that’s where your authenticity is.
Kundalini Yoga helped crack open my life, and I was hooked! It felt risky to ask my engineering firm if they would build a meditation room at the time. I showed up with all of my presentation materials of what one of the new offices could look like. I knew that if they wanted to attract younger employees, they needed to give us a place to take a breath! They found it valuable, and that was confirmation to me that this mediation thing and studying astrology on the side was a risk worth taking. I decided to become a Kundalini Yoga teacher and study astrology with a teacher/mentor. Learning brings so much clarity to life.
Yoga teacher training led me to meet my soul mate, wife, and other Co-Founder of Astrology In The Wild, Feri Tyler. Meeting my person was a surprise that gave me purpose and meaning beyond anything I’d ever experienced. Since then, we have spent many years learning and traveling together. She and I created our business while living in our van and traveling the US, trying to find our niche in the world. It was a beautiful year of readjusting to the new lives we wanted to live and the freedom we were opening up to.
We’ve since settled down on 40 acres in Northern Arizona. We don’t have regular utilities- we haul water, cook on a camp stove or by fire, and shower outside. There has been a massive learning curve with doing our solar, training in permaculture, natural building, and rainwater harvesting, but it’s been worth all the lessons, and we feel super self-sufficient. It’s a beautiful blessing to live here, be in touch with nature, and live here full time. We’re building towards our dream of opening a yoga and meditation retreat center that focuses on and is within reach of BIPOC people.
It took a while to figure out how to quit the 9-5 rat race. We finally jumped head first into freelancing, putting our faces on the internet and writing our hearts out. Driving hours to town daily for little money isn’t sustainable, and we want to prove that creating your own thing– is a thing. We’ve been holding in-person classes for our neighbors and expanding our online services. Astrology is where our passion lies; it feels satisfying to have something we created together.
I find we take risks daily by simply living where and how we do, and I believe people are becoming more awake to the idea and getting comfortable with doing what feels true to them even if it looks scary! Personal, accountable, expansive risk is our jam, and we hope to share that with others as they learn to let go and have more faith in their intentions.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Thank you for asking! When I think about it, art has always been a daily practice, and I’ve been avidly striving to figure out how I could make a living out of it.
In college, I studied Computer Drafting and Design and fell into designing plumbing for high-end custom homes in Las Vegas. Every day I got to work in a program that allowed me to draw in a blank space with the freedom to poke around and make the application work for me– it was art in my eyes. The profession wasn’t challenging for me to get into; I had great teachers. I think I was just wired to look into negative spaces and create. That program is eerily similar to the structure of the astrological wheel, interestingly enough.
My art has evolved into something more connected to my love for music, the stars and helping people relax and release. Kundalini Yoga strongly emphasizes music and instruments to create vibratory frequencies that help people elevate their minds and bodies. It’s a bear to figure out how to get royalty-free music to download for your online classes, and it leaves you stuck because, on a fundamental level, you know many of these artists are not getting the royalties they deserve.
While playing the flute, the Didgeridoo, and drums, I wanted to incorporate that beat and base that makes you sink into a meditative space and forget where you are. Yoga heads call it bliss. So I searched for a program where I could create and produce our music. We’re presently using Soundtrap. We’re layering beats, adding astrological soundbites and rolling all of that into guided meditations on our website. The music makes me feel alive, it’s ours, and it’s something that can be expanded upon. The best part about it is now I have a partner to do it with.
Astrology in The Wild is more than astrology; it’s where you can put astrological knowledge into your emotional body through meditation. In turn, you nurture a higher vibration and create positive outcomes that are practical for your life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LOL, our town is so small! Because of the remoteness of our location, when our best friends visit, we relax, unwind and connect with nature.
The excitement of stories fills the air, music gets blasted, and kids are laughing and playing in the background. We have bonfires and make a cake in a dutch oven over an open fire. Our meals consist of salads prepared in our bustling garden and fresh fruit from our local market and sides made from scratch.
We have Zuni ruins where beautiful pieces of pottery and stones can be found littered throughout the landscape. There are abandoned water holes where adults and children alike, get in and lose their minds in freezing water on a hot summer day.
When we venture off the property, we go to Lyman Lake, a manmade water containment that stretches thousands of acres and we spend hours walking from one side to the next.
We take long walks on our property marveling at the fact that we used to be at the bottom of the ocean. We find seashells, and lots of shade under hundred-year-old trees and listen to bird songs. We do building projects with mud, get dirty and listen to oldies.
We value simplicity and the people who come to visit expect that when spending time with us. Creating true connection and many days of nourishment sends all of our friends and family off with a relaxing smile.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I love this question! We dedicate almost everything we are today to the people who have lent a helping hand, been prominent teachers, and given us unrelenting encouragement while we follow our dreams.
We want to dedicate the development of our craft to our teacher Evolutionary Astrologer Maurice Fernandez, based out of Sedona, Az. He is a lighthouse of astrological wisdom and spiritual knowledge and is dedicated to showing students what astrology is truly about- what it can give us spiritually. The way he teaches has given our clients and us meaning beyond anything we have ever studied. With his guidance, we have peeled the onion of who we are and constantly learn why the soul is here and what it truly wants to do in this lifetime. It is a gift to share this with others.