Frequently tantra yoga can be confused with tantric sex. It has been said that the association of sex with Tantra is a Western ideology. Practicing can revitalize your sex life, but it should not be reduced to only a form of sexuality. Tantric sex is an ancient Hindu practice that dates over 5,000 years. It is a sensual and intimate form of sex that focuses on building intimacy and a mutual mind-body connection with a significant other. The techniques of tantra yoga encourage a better sex life.
On the other hand, it promotes emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Tantra means to “weave” or “expand,” and yoga means “union.” Tantra implements elements of Hatha and Kundalini techniques as well as other types of yoga. If you are familiar with chakras, Tantra yoga activates the chakra energies.
What Does Tantra Yoga Entail?
Similar to other styles of yoga, tantra includes breathing, meditation, and Pranayama. It can be practiced individually, or with others but the practice does focus on self and others at the same time. Some postures can be practiced alone such as sun salutations, plank pose, child’s pose, and Sukhasana. They can be modified with a partner when exercising. The objective of tantra is the same as other styles:
- Acknowledging limitations and strengths
- Learning to react to our fears and doubts
- And also working against resistance within ourselves and others
Tantric Yoga Practices With A Partner
Remember that tantra yoga is not used for sex. If practicing with a partner, the emphasis is to be able to connect individually and then support you to help do the same. Sadhguru, an Indian guru, states that using tantra as a catalyst for sexuality has been misinterpreted and people have used this notion to publish works about tantra yoga although it is entirely false information. He also explains that “tantra” means technique or technology. However, the word is used today to describe a “limb of yoga.” It is learning to use the physical and mental mechanisms of the body; Utilizing the energy that brings you downward.
Moving forward, there are a few postures to practice with a partner.
- Partners can sit back to back in a cross-legged position.
- Both spines should be aligned with the other.
- The fingers can be position in Privthi Mudra where the ring finger and thumb touch.
- During this position, the breathing is very conscious, taking in long inhales and exhales.
- Another position is Sun Salutation, starting with Mountain Pose.
- Partners can decide to face each other or side by side.
- Palms are brought to the center in prayer, or one hand can touch the partner’s heart.
- Remember conscious breathing and then bow forward (flat back) with the gaze forward and go into the forward fold.
- This position can be repeated three times.