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AN ANCIENT TANTRA YOGA PRACTICE
ROOTED IN INDIA'S NATIVE SHAMANIC WISDOM

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Through the ONLINE healing circles you will partake in Tantric rituals withing the comfort of your own home. The rituals are recorded and, should you not be able to make it for the live practice, you may still access the recording. The rituals follow the Tantric calendar, which honours the cycles of the Moon and the rhythms of Nature. Depending on the ritual, classes can last between 2 & 4 hours, and may be followed with home meditations available to those wishing to go deeper into this line of Tantra and Yoga lineage. In line with the traditional tantric approach, many of the rituals are clustered into series addressing specific themes (such as Anger, Fear, Fertility, Desire, etc).

2021 | Tantric Rituals.

06 January | Descending Half Moon

BHAIRAV ASTAMI | The ways in which we waste our Lives

Bhaivar Astami is a time in which to study the deep dark layers of oneself, shedding the outer layers like a snake, to reach the mysteries beyond the threshold of time. Read More…

13 January | New Moon

LOHRI | The Return of the Light

Part 1 of 3 | Nurture & Compassion Series

This series will be all about honouring the beginnings of this cycle of nature that is climbing with the New Year year we are in. Lohri reveals how modernity can swallow magic and erode powerful necessary rights of passage, necessary if we are to align to the Wisdom of Nature. Lohri is a pagan Goddess that stands between the thresholds of Darkness and Light. This is an ancient Indian pagan ritual festival that is celebrated on the first dark Moon of the ascending year and reveals to us the extreme polarities in which we live our daily lives. Read More…

20 & 28 January | Half Ascending Moon & Full Moon

SHAKAMBHARI | Nurturing the Inner Spiritual Garden

Part 2 & 3 of 3 | Nurture & Compassion Series

Shakambhari is the great nourishing Goddess of Compassion. Her name translates as ‘the bringer of vegetation’. She is twilight blue in colour and she brings the gift of herbs, fruits and vegetables to Earth. She is the revealer of nourishment and growth. She is the great mother of nurture who brings magical solace to the garden of our Soul. Read More…

11 February | New Moon

MAUNI AMVASYA | The Power of Sound & Silence

Part 1 of 4 | Teachers of Wisdom Series

This series will be of interest to all those who venture to find the inner Guru and to understand the role of the Teacher in Tantric wisdom. The series will open with this ancient ritual day in the Tantric calendar known as Mauni Amvasya (Dark Moon of Silence). It is a time of discovering the power of speech, sound and silence… It is a night of sacred silence that is kept by the Tantrics in silent ritual still today. Read More…

15 February | Chaturti Moon

GANESH JAYANTI | Roots & Foundations

Part 1 of 5 | Animal Series (Elephant Power - Earth Element)

This series is concerned with working with Animal Powers, the Elements and the Chakras. Tantric wisdom recognises that different creatures all have their own particular expression and power that can be a benefactory element upon our path. This first ritual night is concerned with establishing foundations.This Jayanti day is the annually celebrated ‘birthday’ of the Elephant headed God Ganesh. He is the Earth deity that guards the doorway of manifest grounded power. Read More…

20 February | Ascending Half Moon

KHODIYAR MAA JAYANTI | Selfless Love

Part 2 of 5 | Animal Series (Crocodile Power - Water Element)

The second ritual in this series is dedicated to Khodiyar Maa. Khodiyar Maa is linked to the womb and to childbirth, and the marriage between the base and sexual Chakras. She is a Goddess who shows us how to unite the energies of Earth and Water – first and second Chakra themes are her speciality. Working with her ritualistically, can help those wishing to conceive a child. Khodiyar Maa is a powerful Matriarch to those who have interest to work with the sexual energy and its healing. Read More…

27 February | Full Moon

LALITA JAYANTI | Simplicity, Beauty beyond Drama

Part 2 of 10 | Dasha Mahavidya Series

This second celebration of the Tantric Dasha Mahavidyas is dedicated to the Goddess Lalita. Lalita’s cooling Lunar fire offers us a receptive, comforting place in which to cool down into the very simple and innocent sweetness, perhaps forgotten and secret in today’s modern, busy world. Lalita’s mantras, which we shall practice on this ritual, are soothing. They are cooling and softening, as to melt into the magical corners of our being. Read More…

05 March

BHAIRAV | The 8 Directions of Time

Part 1 of 5 | The Lord of Time Series

This night’s ritual will be an investigation into sensing the polarities and magnetism of the 8 directions in Space. We will invoke Kaal Bhairav in his eight forms as we create a circular ritual of spinning force. Kaal Bhairav is known to have 8 forms, each of which rules 1 of the 8 directions. The octagonal practice of honouring the 8 directions is a Chakra-based practice of turning around and tuning into the 8 forces and forms of Kaal Bhairav. Read More…

11 March

MAHA SHIVARATRI | The Sacred Embrace

Part 2 of 4 | Teachers of Wisdom Series

The Teacher of Wisdom Series continues with the third ritual dedicated to the great teacher of the Yogins: Shiva. Maha Shivaratri is the uniting of Shiva and Shakti. This night is a night of the secret wisdom that is born of their embrace. Shivaratri is the celebration and honouring of the very roots and foundation of Wisdom. This ritual night will be an investigation into the original wisdom of the soul that gets eclipsed by other forces, though those other forces are an important part of our lives, they are no replacement for the foundation of being. Read More…

20 March

SPRING EQUINOX | Free Practice

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28 March | Full Moon

HOLI | The Colours of Love

The festival of Holi has become known worldwide as the celebration of life and colour, when people throw colored powder on each other. But what does this fun filled festivity of playful games signify for Tantrics? What are the origins of this festivity? Tantric ritual traditionally has kept this Holi night for the practice of inner and outer colour and sound. The intonations of each Chakra along with inner and outer work with colours is ritualised in a colourful and enlivening practice of awakening to Life and Love. The effect of these practices is to open the potentialities of the Chakras. Read More…

04 April | Descending Half Moon

WAY OF THE DOG | Inner Shadow Work

Part 2 of 5 | The Lord of Time Series

Kaal Bhairav rides upon the Black dog. The dog is a creature that sees into the spirit world and the realm of the dead. Bhairav is commonly called the God of Death. He holds the Kankala Danda, which is the skeleton stick of Time through which he measures our lives until we sail on our next adventure: Death. On this ritual night we will be working with the black dog spirit. The dog is a clairvoyant creature that sees through the veil between life and death. When we work with the Dog of Bhairav we work both with the dog and with its shadow – these take the form of inner mudras (Antar Mudra) that lead us towards our clairvoyant powers. Read More…

27 April | Full Moon

HANUMAN JAYANTI | The Yogic Power of the Breath

Part 3 of 5 | Animal Series (Monkey Power - Air Element)

This ritual day will be Hanuman Jayanti. Hanuman is the god of Monkey form who represents the Air element, in fact he is the child of Vayu (god of the wind). His ritual is concerned with establishing rhythm and smooth and seamless flight to the quality of the air element. The air element rules the mental body in yogic anatomy, by working with concentration and the practices of wind we can come to smoothen out both psychic and physical creases. Read More…

24 July | Full Moon

GURU PURNIMA | Honouring the Inner Teacher

Part 3 of 4 | Teacher of Tantric Wisdom Series

This ritual night has been reserved since aeons to give honour not only to the personalities of one’s teachers, but also to the principle of devotion and effort that the teacher represents. The Guru is the inner quality that we all possess. The quality of attention to detail and unwavering voyage into the depths of a single subject. This effort to surpass oneself and attain the hights of wisdoms is said to come from the Guru Tatva. Tatva can be translated as ‘element’. Upon this day the astral forces are strong for setting the Guru Tatva within us into motion. Read More…

31 July | Descending Half Moon

WAY OF THE CROW | Outer Shadow Practice

Part 3 of 4 | Lord of Time Series

The crow, which always follows Kaal Bhairav, is a sacred magical creature that reveals the secrets of the unseen. Many cultures upon earth have honoured the crow as a guardian of thresholds. The crow is the grand Guru of the unseen; unknown and unknowable. When we approach the Crow, we do not seek to make the unknown known, but to approach it as it is. The unknowable is the wellspring of magic. It is the heartbeat of the left-hand path of Tantra. On this ritual night we well perch beneath his wings and further work with the Chaya Karana (Shadow) practices of this yogic line of Tantra. We will work with the Bhar Chaya (outer shadow) mudras. We will investigate The Gupt (secret or hidden) mudras of working with the Shadow. Read More…

13 August

NAAGA PANCHAMI | Voyage into the Astral Planes

Part 4 of 5 | Animal Series (Snake Power - Akash Element)

Akash is the most subtle element of the 5 Panchbhoot elements and is linked to the junction from the Heart Chakra to the throat, the element Akash is connected to sound and rules the throat Chakra. The Naaga serpents are the underworld snakes of the ether of the astral plane. When we look at the representation of Shiva, we see that he has always a snake wrapped around his throat and standing erect. The symbol of Kundalini is explicit here. Read More…

22 August | Full Moon

HAYAGRIVA JAYANTI | Fire Ritual

Part 5 of 5 | Animal Series (Horse Power - Fire Element)

This is the annual festival of the Horse. Hayagriva is the horse god of the twilight wisdom twixt shadow and light. The story of Hayagriva tells of 2 horses, both called Hayagriva. One was the burning black horse that for Tantrics represents the solar plexus. The other horse was a light silver colored lunar horse that represents the third eye Chakra. In Tantric subtle anatomy, the opposite of the solar plexus chakra is indeed the third eye. Read More…

27 November| Descending Half Moon

KANKALA DANDA | The Tantric Stick of Power

Part 4 of 5 | Lord of Time Series

This Half darkening Moon night is the annual Jayanti (birthday) of Kaal Bhairav. The Kankala Danda is the skeleton stick of Time with which Bhairav measures each beat of our Heart before we meet Death. Time is our creation, yet we in turn are created by Time, albeit being unaware. By undoing our creations, an unknown perspective on reality and on Life may reveal itself to us. The Kankala Danda is a deep study and in this ritual we will work with this stick through various mudras. Kankala Mudras involve a confrontation with Time. Time himself is actually always confronting us, though we might not be aware of it. To hold the Kankala Danda is to know the power of Time – including its very illusion. Read More…

18 December | Full Moon

DATTA JAYANTI | Moving beyond Duality

Part 4 of 4 | Wisdom of Tantra Series

This ritual night is known as Datta Jayanti, It means the birthday of lord Dattatreya. He is the Guru of the Tantrics and the grand master of awareness and healing trance. This is a time honored night kept by Tantrics for strong ritual explorations of consciousness. Dattatreya is he who is full of compassion and fully Loving. He is so unified in all levels of being that there are no distinctions in his awareness. This is indeed a teaching of Wisdom for all humans. Dattatreya is the legendary Tantric who brings all things together. Read More…

19 December | Descending Half Moon

TIME, DEATH & FEAR | An Initiation to Tantra

Part 5 of 5 | Lord of Time Series

If Time is Death, Death raises Fear. Kaal Bhairav is Time, is Death, is Fear. In Fear there lies great potential to glimpse the secrets of Life and Death. By approaching and working with our fears on this ritual night we shall step into the magical realm of Kaal Bhairav. Fear and Death are great allies. Tantra works with these forces and regards them as doorways to the secrets of existence. Without Fear there is no power. When we banish Fear we banish Love itself, for Fear is a force that is healing and melting, if we allow it to approach us. It takes a special Magic to not grip and blink in the face of Fear. Read More…

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