SNAKE FESTIVAL OF THE UNCONSCIOUS
WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.
AN INITIATION INTO THE WAYS OF TANTRA YOGA
& THE NATIVE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA.
ONLINE HEALING CIRCLE
From 19:oo to 23:oo | CEST
“The work of the Tantric Naaga Puja Ritual
WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?
A short interview with Boonath.
Naaga Puja is also known as Naaga Panchami. It is a ritual time of working with the spirit of the snake (naag).This Indian festival takes many well-known orthodox forms of worship and celebration, yet in Tantra is has a very profound meaning.
THE PRACTICES OF THE SNAKE NIGHT
Upon this night Tantrics engage in inner and outer snake mudras and ritual practice to balance their energy involvements upon the astral plane.
The junction of celestial energies upon this festival day makes it a most favourable time for working with the astral forces.
Within the context of Tantric ritual the Bija mantras relating to the snake are chanted along with the Antar (inner) Naag Mudras.
Various asanam are practiced to help assist one in opening the astral portals in the psycho/physical constitution.
There are many physical snake mudras in Tantric practice to open the portals so that astral accumulations may alleviate our perception and vision from interference. For example, Naagini mudra is a radical position of body and mind that embodies the snake quality strongly in our system, it establishes a strong connection to the world of the snakes. Naagini refers directly to a woman who is both human and serpent at the same time.
The work of the Tantric Naaga Puja Ritual is to favour the awareness of that segment of our human consciousness that dwells in the unconscious world of the Naaga and to bring it to an awakened and conscious state.
We might think of the astral world of the Naaga, like parallel universe where we exist perhaps only in a semi-conscious or unintegrated state.
The state of Shiva is our potential is to become aware on all the spiritual planes.
Naaga Lokh (Lokh meaning ‘realm’) is one of the many dimensions of the astral world we will visit on this ritual gathering.
The Spiritual journey involves waking from dreams and integrating and disentangling ourselves from unconscious energy ties to the numerous astral realms.
Another practice that forms part of the Tantric Naagas Panchami ritual is working with inner and outer eagle (Ell) practices. We shall see during this ight’s practice how how the eagle and snake are intimately connected in to context of Tantric practices, especially on this specific night of ritual.
NAAGA LOKH | The Astral Plane
The spirits and energies of the Astral plane are of numerous kinds. Those that live in the most unconscious recesses are known to Tantrics as the Naagas.
The Naagas are spirits and energies that can have deep effect upon our consciousness. They link to us and live and operate from the most unconscious level of our being.
The underworld is known as Patala to the yogis. It has 7 divisions and each semi division corresponds to one of the 7 chakras. Naaga Lokh is the deepest division. It is a deep ‘heaven’ and is said to have more beauty than the upper world. It is to be remembered that the Naaga are the keepers of the most precious jewels known as Naagmani – sometimes handed down as a power objects among the Siddha’s in their initiations.
The world of the Naagas is not a hell of an underworld, as might be understood when we use the term ‘underworld’ but it can be a hell depending on what kind of relationship we have to the Naaga spirits within ourselves.
By way of example, a person may have a good relationship with dogs and be much at joy in canine company; another person on the other hand may have a dog related trauma or association that makes a hell of dog company for both species. By looking into the dog related disturbance, the one disturbed by dogs may heal the connection, and subsequently free to learn new ways of relating to dogs. This could then make shifts in awareness and radically change the experience of the company of dogs, perhaps creating the connection between them into a previously un-glimpsed heaven of hound.
The Naaga realms are places where our Shakti is invested in a semi-aware state of consciousness particularly in relation to base and sexual chakra themes. These can be places where we have blind spots and lose our power. By becoming aware of our unconscious investments and the patterning we have within ourselves, we may relinquish the invested Shakti.
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE
The workshop takes place ONLINE, from 20h until 23h Central European Summer Time (CEST).
To find out how to register and what you will need to follow the practice online, click on the button below.
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.
To book a place on the workshops all you need to do is:
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).
FEES VARY ACCORDING TO INCOME
Please choose which even amount suits your current economic situation – please remember that we depend entirely on peoples fees for the carrying out of this work:
Account holder: Kim Bizzarri
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ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
THE SESSION WILL HAPPEN ON ZOOM
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