AN INITIATION INTO THE TANTRIC PATH OF YOGA
ROOTED IN THE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA
22 AUGUST | Full Moon
Part 5 of a 5 Part Series
20:oo - 23:oo CET | 19:oo - 22:oo GMT
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The final installment of the 5 element series of Panchabhoot brings us the annual Fire festival of the Horse God Hayagriva. Hayagriva is the horse god of the wisdom of shadow and light. The element here is Fire, and deals with the solar plexus chakra and its opposite at the third eye.
The solar plexus is the chakra of the burning fire of Agni and its opposite at the third eye is the Ajna chakra that creates Soma elixir by the cooling fire known as Tejas. The story of Hayagriva tells of 2 horses, both of which were called Hayagriva. One was the burning black horse that for Tantrics represents the solar plexus. The other horse was a silver colored lunar horse that represents the third eye Chakra.
In Tantric subtle anatomy, the opposite of the solar plexus chakra is the third eye. The solar plexus is the colour vibration of yellow in the colour spectrum and the opposite colour of Indigo rules the third eye. The third eye reflects the shadows of the sun ruled solar plexus – by working with the fires of the sun chakra we affect the third eye.
The solar plexus is connected to the destructive fire of Agni and the Third eye is connected to the cool fire of Tejas. A balance between the two fires is important in both physical and psychic balance. This balance between the cooling and heating fires is what the Annual Jayanti day of Hayagriva represents. The ritual of balancing fire is what we shall look into on this night. This is reflected in the fantastical story of the Two Hayagriva horses (see blog). We see that one of the Hayagriva horses was possessed of the destructive raging solar-plexus fires of unconsciousness and the other Hayagriva horse came to balance this burning rage by adding the cooling lunar consciousness to the mix. Together the two Hayagriva horses represent the balance between the fires of creation and destruction.
We will give focus to the chakras of the solar plexus and its opposite at the third eye. In this ritual we will practice the mantras that cool fire. The practice of such sound formulas can offer a profoundly cooling remedy to the fires that rage in our body and spirit. We will be practicing the horse breath pranayama techniques – it is perhaps of note to mention that the horse is a creature that can travel at great speed without becoming short of breath – it is an unparalleled creature that channels breath into the fire of action.
The Chorrah Chalanas are the galloping and trotting moves of a horse that will also be ritualistically practiced upon this ritual night in the horsey quest of finding our balanced power. May all creatures live in the power of Love.
Hayagriva Jayanti falls under the star constellation of the twin horses, the Aswini Nakshatra. If you like to find our more about this constellation and the ways in which it affects us, click here.
REST OF SERIES
Part 1 | 15 February | GANESH JAYANTI – Elephant Power & Earth Eleent
Part 2 | 20 February | KHODIYAR MAA – Crocodile Power & Water Element
Part 3 | 27 April | HANUMAN JAYANTI – Monkey Power & Air Element
Part 4 | 13 August | NAAGA PANCHAMI – Snake Power & Akashic Element
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This is the annual festival of the Horse.
Hayagriva is the horse god of the twilight wisdom
twixt shadow and light…
WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?
A short interview with Boonath.
ANCIENT & SACRED
On these healing circles you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage handed down orally between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs.
You will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening, including practicing in darkly-lit spaces to quieten the mind and awaken the senses to the body’s subtle energy currents, holding simple postures for long periods of time, and engaging in powerful breath-work to open-up the body and take the mind into altered states of consciousness.
The practice draws on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, ancient sequences that honour the mother and the divine feminine, gently opening-up the body to its highest levels of flexibility through minimal effort.
Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.
Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic & anaerobic Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds).
The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.
Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. Generally, the practice will last about 6 hours, but if the group is ready to practice longer we might carry well into the night.
The Circle is open to those interested in the healing path.
Tantra and Yoga practitioners, and those seeking healing, practitioners of the mystic arts. Both advanced and beginners will find a place in this circle.
If you have had or are having psychosis please get in touch directly with us as this is important to know about in this work. The same goes for those with strong mobility issues. Drug and alcohol users also need to inform us of their condition. Thank you.
The practie usually takes place in the dark or darkly-lit spaces.
The pictures below were taken in daylight to capture the flow of a practice.
BOONATH was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India and was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents who were on both sides yoga practitioners.
His grandparents took him on his first Himalayan pilgrimage when he was just seven years old and he has been exposed to the world of yogis ever since.
Boonath has taken initiation into the left hand path (that’s the path of the heart) and specialises in the branch of Chandra Parampara, that is a secret style of Moon practice that works with the night forces. It is a style of tantra that goes very deep into the subconscious roots It is first and foremostly a Healing System. Most of his family still lives in India and he has been travelling there regularly throughout his life in pursuit of yoga. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with elders in the line of Siddha systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of rituals, mantras and body/spirit healing methods among other things.
Boonath has been working in this line and helping people with the implementation of these techniques for over 25 years to successfully overcome mental and physical problems, from chronic pain to addiction.
Boonath’s healing and yoga work sees him travelling across the whole of Europe to give workshops and healing sessions. His travels and yoga workshops continue to benefit people in deprived circumstances.
In recent years Boonath has been living and teaching yoga in Germany where he has a network of students. It was in Berlin that Boonath met Kim, with whom Boonath co-founded Working with the Shadow in 2014.
Formal studies and encounters have all left their impression on Boonath, but his teachings are deeply rooted in the Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas and Fakirs of India, with whom Boonath has been studying closely since childhood to the present day.
KIM is an Eco-Activist turned Yogi and the founder of Healing in the Willows, the retreat company hosting Working with the Shadow, which he developed in 2014 in collaboration with Boonath, who he assists with the teaching. Kim discovered Yoga in 2005, following a burn-out at work that brought him onto the path of ‘Yog’. Kim had spent over 10 years coordinating international environmental campaigns in Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin for major environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth, ActionAid, and many others.
Kim practiced Yoga with many teachers from several modern styles of Yoga (including Iyengar, Astanga, Vinasa, Bikram, Sivananda, Scaravelli, Kundalini) all over Europe, India and further afield. In 2011 Kim set up a first yoga collective in Berlin, which he then expanded to a new location in 2013, in one of the economically deprived areas of town that was undergoing gentrification. The collective brought together a variety of local teachers to promote yoga on a donation basis within the surrounding community unable to afford the increasing cost of living. It was there that Kim met Boonath and, through Boonath, that his understanding of what Yoga is and what Yoga can do shifted entirely. Boonath’s rare and ancient Tantric lineage revolutionised Kim’s understanding of Yoga and initiated him into a mystical healing journey that impacted strongly also on Kim’s activist work.
Since then Kim has been collaborating with Boonath on developing Working with the Shadow through the retreats, workshops and online classes.
“It shifted my understanding of what Yoga actually is,
on a fundamental level”
Farmer & Activist | UK
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