WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.
AN INITIATION INTO THE WAYS OF TANTRA YOGA
& THE NATIVE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA.
29 September | HALF DESCENDING MOON
From 20:oo to 23:Oo | CEST
Part 3 of 3 | ANCESTRAL HEALING Series
*A recording will be made available,
“Owning and honouring our ancestry,
whatever shapes it has carved into us,
is a great and ultimately empowering undertaking.
The Tantric way offers much perspective for releasing Karmic imprints
as we walk the path of the sacred heart …”
“The spiritual path begins and ends with forgiveness.”
Some of the things living in our hearts and minds are reverberating echoes woven of ancestral twine. To be free to explore the potential of the sacred heart, we might have to untwine some destructive unconscious patterns that our heart is entangled within. The spiritual voyage is an epic journey upon which the traveller becomes an empowered friend to all experiences, both dark and light.
On this three part series (6, 13, 29 September), and in alignment with the Tantric Moon calendar , we will work with the strings that connect us to our ancestors. Some strings may be knotted tangles that we find ourselves in, playing over the similar patterns of our ancestors and parentage. In contrast, some may require our honouring to hear the precious melodies they emit when plucked like ancient mystic instruments. Through the Tantric practices of Yog, we will look deeply into the ancestral tapestry of our lives, using the tools of healing Yogic alchemy to ignite healing and transformation.
Tantra is about aligning ourselves to the rhythms of Nature, with the Moon becoming central to this endeavour. During the month of September, the rising phase of the Moon raises the tide and activates the womb and brings with it the connection to the Matrilineal ancestry.
The descending phase of the Moon
creates a progressively introverting vortex
that activates the Seed
and brings in the influence of the Patrilineal ancestry:
the focus of this final series ritual.
The Fathers Moon phase in the Tantric lunar calendar is known as Pitru Paksha. In this ancient ritual application, we will begin with the introverting Chandra Parampara sequence of Moon Mudra. The receptive nature of this invocation will serve as a beginning to open ourselves up to the line of masculine power that reaches us through the line of our ancestors. The Half descending Moon brings with it the power of its internalising blessing which activates our prayers and reverence towards our inner ancestral reality.
This ritual will be characterized by healing invocation,
as we work upon the place of balance
where father meets child, and child meets father.
All those born of a father
are welcomed to this healing ritual night.
Working with the lines of our ancestry is a great empowering work that takes us through a whole hoard of emotions and energies. The stored ancestral energies within our physical and etheric cells can be brought into profound motion by working with the Tantric ancestral practices.
These are ancient Tantric practices have been kept by Yogins since time immemorial. These ritual measures of evocation and invocation, bring fluidity and healing at deep bodily and energetic levels.
Tantra works with a mixture of inner and outer actions. Antar and Bhar Mudra. These take form as physical movements and inner meditations and exercises in thought and emotion. Such practices can profoundly access the foundation of our physical and psychic structures. Sai Karana, also known as Pitru Karana, are Tantric practices that work with ancestral energies in a ritual Hatha Yogic context.
A simple yet powerful tantric meditation
will be sent out the day after each ritual
for you to continue the work at home.
06 September | PITHORI AVASYA – Mother’s New Moon
13 September | Child’s Half Moon
29 September | PITRU PAKSHA – Father’s Full Moon
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE
The rituals takes place ONLINE, from 19h until ±23h Central European Summer Time (CEST – Paris, Berlin, Rome).
To find out how to register and what you will need to follow the practice online, click on the button below.
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 on the retreat. Kim discovered Yoga in 2005, following a burn-out at work that brought him onto a spiritual path. 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 they run in a remote forest in Tuscany, where Kim lives, and the workshops they run across Europe.
“It shifted my understanding of what Yoga actually is,
on a fundamental level”
Farmer & Activist | UK
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1 ) Make the payment
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2) Send a proof of payment
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We will then:
a) Send you a confirmation email confirming your registration.
b) Three days before the event, we will send you an email containing:
– all the technical details to connect to the class online,
– suggestions on how best to prepare for the practice (foods and drinks to avoid),
– how to set-up your room for the practice,
– props you might need during the practice (blankets, cushions, etc).
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