DARK BRIDGE OF SOLSTICE
THE SHORTEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR
WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.
AN INITIATION INTO THE WAYS OF TANTRA YOGA
& THE NATIVE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA.
ONLINE HEALING CIRCLE
SATURDAY 20 JUNE
From 19:oo to 23:oo | CEST
“Those who follow this journey will learn a secret wisdom
WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?
A short interview with Boonath.
The Solstice of Summer is the longest day of the year. And the shortest night.
Tantricly it is a time for ritual healing in the Yog calendar. A night for traversing the dark bridge, the Kalabhand, that separates the Conscious from the Unconscious.
This night is known as Kalaraat – a night when the dark bridge is shorter than on any other night of the year. It therefore becomes more easily traversable.
By concentrating in ritual we can catch the fine currents that might be lost in mundane activity. Tantricly, we are a mirror of the processes of nature and, in turn, she mirrors our own internal processes.
Kalaraat becomes the night for healing and revealing the realms of Shadow – as the forces that run the scenes from the unconscious world are condensed and become more easily accessible. The dark bridges and blind spots that bar our path are brought to the Altar for Healing.
Learning to see the unconscious patterns that rule us is the first step to resolving what we perceive as problems in our lives. The rituals of authentic Tantric practice are always about resolving our spiritual issues.
Tantric practice recognises two dark bridges in the psycho-physical human constitution: Kalibhand, and Kalabhand. They are made up of unknown and forgotten shadows which can shade our life and love if they are unconsciously left in the dark.
On Kalaraat the Kalabhand is activated.
This is the psycho-physical bridge that connects the lower chakras of instinctual force to the upper chakras of expression of the base forces.
It is located physically at the area of the diaphragm and is shortened on this night.
Yogis employ mantras and particular asanas to open this psychophysical junction.
The back is easier opened on this night as the dark bridge is shortened, physically progress in backbends can be made by applying the mantras and positions that relate to the mid section, and psychically the themes that keep instinctual power shaded are brought to view.
The secret practices of working with the shadow brings one to the deepest wound, which the yogis call Maha-Granthi: ‘the great knot’. The untying of which is the eternal yogic quest of opening the Soul to Life and Love.
It is the vision of the yogis.
The Left Hand path of Yog is the path of the Heart.
It is our human attempt to remember, it’s maybe not easy but it is possible.
When we undertake the courageous journey of healing the temple of the Heart we are opening ourselves to the Goddess of Love and Life.
In darkness and candle light we will come together in an etheric circle of power to join a sacred ritual involving secret methods of Tantric Asanas (postures), Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred emotional syllables and animal sounds – often involving drumming).
These secret techniques awaken trance like states, or dream-like experiences in which deep healing and unwinding occurs.
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE
The workshop takes place ONLINE, from 19h until 23h (and possibly later).
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
either via Paypal or bank transfer (see below).
2) Send a proof of payment
(a screenshot will do) to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
PAYMENTS ARE TO BE MADE BEFORE & NO LATER THAN NOON
ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
THE SESSION WILL HAPPEN ON ZOOM
We will send you the links and passwords necessary for joining the practice.
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