We’ve taken the liberty to explain the origin, concepts, practices and common misconception of Tantra Yoga in our modern society. Sadly the Tantra in the western world is perceived as a sexual, uninhibited practice between couples. Due to the fact that this topic became popular, people took advantage of it and misrepresented it to the public in order to become rich.
Definition of Tantra Yoga
“Tantra” literally translates to “technique”. With this in mind, the following places the attention towards deep inner techniques and not the perception of methods, considered unusual. The main focus of this style is to raise awareness for all states of the mind. It’s one of the hardest styles to advance in as the main goal is to deprogram your brain. Each activity, breath, action, movement, observation and anything else you could think of from the birth of a person programs the brain in a particular manner, which makes us have a biased view of the universe. Tantra Yoga strives to demolish those influences. That would enable us to react positively and be more flexible to seek and enact change. Change is viewed as a main part of evolution, which goes beyond the limitations to a person’s consciousness.
Origin of Tantra Yoga
Tantra originates from ancient practices which adopt a combination of mudra, asana, mantra and bandha, which are considered energy locks and chakra, the energy center. The combination and usage of them will help a person accomplish success and obtain strength and bliss on a daily basis.
Practice of Tantra Yoga
It is indeed a fact that Tantra Yoga could help you obtain high energy levels which could be used for long sexual experiences; however, this is not the main point. The focus is on an experience which should be much deeper for the couples and bring them to new levels of intimacy. That energy could be cultivated and used in your daily life for whatever goal you’ve set for yourself.
Principles of Tantra Yoga
The core principle is called Shakti, which translates to “capacity” or “power”. The tantric philosophy preaches that all energies that exist in the world could be found within our inner selves and bodies, and that each of the energies within our bodies can also be found in the universe. Shakhti is expressed through the following methods:
Asana and Mantra – The combination of sound and feeling enabling the mind to lead
Mudra – The expression of one’s heart
Bandha – Body postures meant to lock different parts of the body such as perineum and chin
Chakras – Energy centers located on seven primary points within the body
Breaking the Sexual Misconception
The physical body is not referred to as an intimate part to one’s self according to Tantric beliefs. Only when two energies (that is why it is practiced as a couple) clash and combine is it possible to reach an overwhelming intimacy level leading to a fulfilling experience.