SOMA

THE FORGOTTEN JEWEL OF TANTRA

NEW MOON RITUAL

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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

20 JULY

From 19:oo to 23:oo | CEST

“We will gather for ritual at 19:00
and as if my sacred synchronicity…
in the course of the hour the Dark Moon
will be born to a New Moon…”

WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?

A short interview with Boonath.

This coming New Moon is under the rulership of Soma. In Tantra, Soma refers to the Moon and carries several connotations. Soma refers to the sacred and Healing Moon fluid. It is subtle psycho/physical compound that is the essence of Tejas: the cool fire of psychic and spiritual power. The opposite of Tejas is the hot fire of Agni.

Tantra is concerned with bringing both the cooling and the heating fires into a balanced dance with each other.

Soma vivifies and creates, whereas Agni consumes and destroys. Both of these fires are needed in the correct proportions in the constituents of our body and spirit. A balance of these forces is required to open the subtle portals of awareness.

An abundance of Agni fire in our psycho/physical mechanism is the ill of modern times.

The overemphasis of Agni not only consumes the finer currents of awareness but creates stress in the system and ages the body. Soma on the other hand is the juice of eternal youth.
There are many forms that Shakti (life energy) expresses herself as, and there are many forms that we live out and are occupied by in the fabric and weave of our lives. We might be expressing or being impressed upon by a particular form of Shakti at the expense of another. This depends on the karmas (actions) that we are involved in and creating.
Some forms of Shakti consume Soma and some forms of Shakti vivify the Soma fluid of the Moon within us.

Heating pursuits and emotions, extroversion and over activity consume Soma.
Introversion, rest and slowing down the currents of being nurture Soma

Noise and speech create Agni – which is hot and active. Silence and stillness create Soma – which is brewed in passivity. Passivity is a quality that might have disappeared from our lives and a rare jewel of even rarer inaccessibility. Passivity is a secret Moon-type state of consciousness that the Yogis venture to know in the midst of the fires and actions of life.

The Yogis prize Soma and are cautious and careful to nurture, cultivate and preserve it. Soma is psychic power. Soma is the cool healing fire that melts the obstructions in the way of our Shakti life energy.

The cool fire of Soma is not as obvious as the active expression of Agni. Soma lives internally and signifies and is experienced as a magical inner life. Perhaps even independent of external factors. Nirambala is a name of Shiva that implies the independent self-nourishing and self-supporting one. The introverted fire of Soma is an internal glow that gives one strength of focus and ‘awake-ness’ upon the astral levels (an aspect we shall explore in more detail on Naaga Panchima on our 25th of July ritual).
By awareness and being awake in the astral layers of our inner life, we are able to undo knots of karma and unconscious shadows in the Granthis.

Granthis are the psychic and physical energy knots that the Yogis open by the science of a Tantra. The Granthis are tightened by Agni and loosened by Soma. That is why Soma is known as the soft fluid.

Cultivating Soma creates liquid softness in  both the body and the psyche. Over-stretching Agni creates heat and dryness.  It goes without saying, that an overemphasis on heating practices of yoga consumes Soma. The yoga practices for a woman are radically different than those for a man, as the constitutions are different energetically. The man has a different relationship to Agni and Soma than the relationship a woman has two these two fires. This line of Tantra addresses the subject profoundly.

In present times we live in the Agni fire burns strong and stands in a predominant place. This makes the cultivation of Soma most applicable and most important.

In the Tantric calendar, the year is divided into two. We are presently in the half that brings lengthening nights, this half of the year follows the solstice. It is the half of the year that belongs to Soma –  as nature is on her introverting darkening journey towards the next solstice switch. This coming new Moon is the first new Moon embedded within the darkening half year of lengthening nights. It is the Moon of Soma and falls on Monday which is known to the Tantrics as Somvaahr, literally: the day of Soma. Giving strength to the God of Softness and simplicity that Soma is. Soma is cultivated in simplifying our lives.

CHANDRA PARAMPARA | New Moon Sequence

Somnath is a name of Shiva the eternal Yogi that wears the moon in his hair. Somnath lives in the spirit of all souls who tread the path of shining in the dark.
The path of the Magic Moonlight.

Like the moon that shines brightly in the night sky, Soma is cultivated in the dark.

The practice of Kechari Mudra has several preparatory stepsand we will practice some on this ritual. It is initiated and practiced when the Soma Moon is at its strongest. This is a secret science of Mudra that activates points of energy in the system that releases Soma in the form of a hormonal substance that creates profound softness and a state of trance where healing and release can ensue.. The new Moon sequence of Chandra Parampara supports this and is ritualistically practiced by the tantrics at this Moon junction. Chandra Parampara is the Yog sequence of practice that among all the practices of Yog , creates the greatest softening and flexibility in the organism, both psychically and physically.

Prayer and ritual under the Soma Moon is a time of opening body and soul towards the deepest levels of softness. Simplification is the way to Soma… and the way of Soma.

WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE

The workshop takes place ONLINE. Times are 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.

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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.

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

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THE SESSION WILL HAPPEN ON ZOOM
We will send you the links and passwords necessary for joining the practice.
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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