LAKSHMI / ALAKSHMI
Between Abundance & Loss
WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.
AN INITIATION INTO THE WAYS OF TANTRA YOGA
& THE NATIVE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA.
ONLINE HEALING CIRCLE
01 | | 09 | 16 OCTOBER
From 19:oo to 23:3o | CEST
“The Balance of Gold and Silver, Sun and Moon,
WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?
A short interview with Boonath.
Current affairs may have left many people feeling, fearing and perhaps even experiencing poverty and loss as a result of the world changing overnight. This may have also lead some people to question the very nature and meaning of abundance and poverty in light of a system that appears to be so out of synch with Life itself.
The month of October, traditionally a time of harvest in the norther hemisphere, invites us to connect to the feelings of Abundance and Loss, of Wealth and Poverty through the Tantric tale of Lakshmi and Alakshmi, the sisters who visit our table from time to time and invite us to find a balance through the magical practice of Yog.
As Tantra moves with the rhythms of nature, we will come together in ritual to celebrate Lakshmi on the Full Moon of October and Alakshmi on October’s Dark Moon.
We are now in the darkening half of the year, when the nights supersede the days in length.
The time when the fruits of the bright seasons are received. This Full Moon is the first full moon of the dark half of the year and is a guiding symbol of the vision of abundance and warmth in the cold time of shedding and withering that is afoot.
The first full Moon is Lakshmi and the first dark moon of the dark half of the year is the poverty stricken older sister Alakshimi.
The initiation by these sisters has Tantricly been ritualised as a blessing way for us to transition into the dark and cold that is now growing.
To find out more about the Myth of Lakshmi and Alakshmi, read our blog post.
Practices of Lakshmi Puja |
Full Moon October 1st
Lakshmi represents the abundance of the Heart.
This full moon celebrates Lakshmi’s quality of fullness and generosity.
Puja translates as ritual, and so, in this group ritual, we join the forces of focus in a collective way with the vision of setting free the currents and currency of the Heart.
The Lakshmi Mantras work with syllables that resonate within the nadis (meridians) of the heart. The mantras assist in opening the channels of the Heart. The Lakshmi bhar Mudras are the physical movements that encourage the psycho/physical channels of the heart into motion and assist in melting blockades to the expression and reception of Love and abundance in our lives. The Lakshmi antar Mudras come form the Tantric pantheon of secret inner mudras.
The inner Mudras set up profound psychic motions within by putting us in very particular inner states of being, where the forces of our established inner reality are shaken at the very roots, so that new growth and life may ensue from places desolate.
When we look at the iconography of Lakshimi, we see that she balances upon a lotus flower in an ocean, and from her palms pours forth Gold.
This Gold is the currency of truth and the un-diminishing Shakti of Love. This is known as Priya Shakti in yoga and can be translated as the Power of Love.
The hands and wrists being the messengers of the heart are central in the Lakshmi practices.
The Middle Path |
Half Moon October 9th (free)
The half Moon is the middle balanced view between the two faces of Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra. Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra is the lunar house that deals with extremes and their meeting point, it is the ruling house at this time.
This is the time of balance in the circuitry – the balancing between inflow and outflow. The practices are on this ritual junction in the Tantric year, are about honouring the witch and the queen alike, symbolised by the two sisters.
The work with the mudras flipping between the two sisters with a view to the vision that lies between.
The Bija (seed mantras) for both goddesses are intoned together in the physical mudras as a way to honour and balance the energies of wealth, poverty and the poise that lasts between.
Just as the Moon is half darkened and half illuminated on this night with a line between.
Practices of Alakshmi Puja | Dark Moon October 16th
Alakshmi is a mysterious and feared Goddess, shunned by many, yet she be embraced by Tantrics.
She is the Queen of the Siddhis – the spiritual potentialities of the soul.
Alakshmi Puja in on the Amvasya that proceeds the Full Moon of her younger sister.
Amvasya implies the absence of the Moon. Indeed, Alakshmi practices are about discovering places of inner absence and poverty.
The Alakshmi mudras are very introverting and assist one in going into the knots within. Tantra sees that the inner knots be the root cause of the knots that reflect in the fabric of our outer lives. Tantrics call these knots ‘granthi’. The root ‘gra’ implies being drawn out of ones centre and also implies a curse.
Alakshmi is the Goddess feared by spirits both good and bad, as she has the power to command them.
Spiritual solutions are found at her door, she reveals the roots of inner astral curses and ‘gra’ energies. Whether they be ancestral or whether we have cast limitations upon ourselves, Alakshmi is known as the beady eyed goddess who lets nothing escape our awareness.
Hence we work with Alakshmi in the name of facing the truth of ourselves.
The Alakshmi Mudras are also known as the Rhandi Mudras, this is a word that. means widow and also means prostitute.
The Rhandi Alakshmi Mudras are an investigation of those parts of us that are separated from marriage to the opposite – these can be represented in both positive and negative qualities. Alakshmi reveals the prostituted parts of ourselves that we sell cheaply.
Alakshmis door is a door void of hope, sensationalism or wishful thinking, hers is a door that plainly shows us how things are in truth.
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
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The rituals takes place ONLINE, from 19h until ±23h Central European Summer Time (CEST, not GMT).
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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.
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We will then:
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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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