PITRU PAKSHA

MOONS OF THE FATHER'S BLOODLINE

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WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.

AN INITIATION INTO THE WAYS OF TANTRA YOGA
& THE NATIVE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA.

ONLINE HEALING CIRCLE

02 | 10 | 17 SEPTEMBER

From 19:oo to 23:3o | CEST

“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 subconscious imprints
that might sabotage our heart’s journey…”

WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?

A short interview with Boonath.

The spiritual voyage is an epic journey upon which the traveller becomes an empowered friend to all experiences, both dark and light. 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 our lives we might have to untwine some destructive unconscious patterns that our heart is entangled within.

On these three chosen nights of ritual (2, 10 & 17 September), in alignment with the Moon, 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 instruments.

Through the tantric practices of Yog, we will look deeply into the ancestral tapestry of our lives, using the tools of alchemy to enact great healing and transformation.

As we have previously stressed, Tantra is about aligning ourselves to the rhythms of Nature, with the Moon becoming central to this endeavour.

Between the months of August & 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 focus of our previous online gatherings.
The descending phase of the Moon creates a progressive distancing vortex that activates the Seed and brings in the influence of the Patrilineal ancestry: the focus of these next three online rituals.

The door to the ancestral world opened on 19th August with the female line of ancestry being honoured for a two week period until the Full Moon of September 2nd, when a two week ritual period of the Male line of ancestry begins – known to the tantrics as Pitru Paksha – which will close the door to the work with the ancestors on the Full Moon of September 17th.

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 ancestral practices, allowing for fluidity and healing at deep bodily and energetic layers. Tantra works with a mixture of inner and outer actions. Antar and Bhar mudra take form as physical movements and inner meditations and exercises in thought and emotion that 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.


FULL MOON | Time of the Father

Pitri Paksha & the Healing of the Father’s ancestral line

2nd September

On the opening night of the Pitru Paksha two week ancestral ritual this 2nd September, we will begin with the Chandra Parampara sequence of Moon postures. 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 Full Moon brings with it the fullness of blessing and activates our prayers and reverence towards our ancestral world. This ritual will be characterized by gratitude and we will work with Chandra Sai Mudras, which are inner mudras working with the ancestors through the medium of the Moon.


HALF MOON | The Middleway Balance

Working with the Father Element & The Flame of Baba Tatva

10th September

Working with the half Astra Mudras.
In Indian mythology, spiritual warriors often had their Astra star weapon, as the Astras were symbolically linked to the stars. The Astra Mudras are dynamic movements that represent shooting stars. On this evening, we will specifically work with the Pharvatastra Astra. The Pharvatastra is a weapon that drops huge mountains upon the earth. ‘Phar’ means ‘mountain’ and this practice represents a dynamic mudra that drops mountains. The symbolism of this Astra as a mudra is that it grounds energies.
The Half Moons can be psychically destabilizing times where dualities are revealed, but equally within the dualities appears the central connecting line that can be seen to go through the half darkened and half illuminated Moon. The Pharvatastra gives grounding to the forces that challenge our balance.


NEW MOON | The Ancestral Door Closes

Forgiveness, Release & Blessing

17th September

At this last junction, we will be working with the release breath. This technique of Bhar (outer) pranayam involves lengthening the out breath. This techniques is also known as dhaan pranayam, which translates as the offering of breath. It is a breath that is coordinated with antar mudra (inner psychic work) and is concerned with giving. But giving what? The many atmospheric and spiritual influences and energies we take in through the connection to our ancestors, which influence our life and being in manifest ways.


A simple yet powerful tantric meditation will be sent out the day after each ritual for you to continue the work at home.

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.

REGISTRATION

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.

GENTLE

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

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.

UNBOUND

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.

INCLUSIVE

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

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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

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”

Joe
Farmer & Activist | UK

REGISTRATION.

To book a place on the workshops all you need to do is:

1 ) Make the payment
either via Paypal or bank transfer (see below).

2) Send a proof of payment
(a screenshot will do) to info@healinginthewillows.com

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). 


PANDEMIC-FRIENDLY PRICE

FEES VARY ACCORDING TO INCOME
Please choose the amount matching your current economic situation,
whether you are unemployed, low income or high income.
Please remember that we depend entirely on peoples’ fees for the carrying out of this work:

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THE SESSION WILL HAPPEN ON ZOOM
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All your need your end is a computer / tablet with a camera (preferably, but not essential – it’s important that you can see us), a microphone (so that we can hear you, but it’s not essential) and good speakers / audio, as it will be fundamental that you hear the instructions.

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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

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