Tantric Yoga – as we know it in the West – is a new phenomena based on an ancient philosophy. There is no established school, format, nor framework for what makes an authentic Tantric Yoga practice. Some teachers focus on channeling sexual energy, while others focus on all of the mystical aspects of Tantra.
If you’re like me, you’re drawn to tantric yoga primarily to practice harnessing your sexual energy through breathing techniques, visualization, and meditation.
This is one of my favorite Tantra Yoga practices to energy from your root, to your heart, to your crown, and back to your heart:
- Begin by finding a comfortable seated position, spine straight and aligned. Ensure that your body is relaxed and that you won’t be disturbed during your practice.
- Take slow, deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Allow your breath to become deep and rhythmic.
- Visualize your sexual energy: As you continue to breathe deeply, visualize your sexual energy as a warm, glowing ball of light in your pelvic area.
- As you inhale, begin to gently contract your pelvic floor muscles. This is the same muscle you use to stop the flow of urine. Hold this contraction as you inhale, lifting your sexual energy upwards, through your heart.
- At the top of your breath, visualize the sexual energy at your crown, pushing at the pineal gland.
- As you exhale, let that energy return to your heart.
- Repeat the cycle: Continue to cycle your sexual energy in this way, inhaling as you contract your pelvic floor muscles and visualize the energy moving up your spine, and exhaling as you release the contraction and visualize the energy moving down your front into your heart.
- Focus on the sensations: As you practice cycling your sexual energy, focus on the sensations in your body. Notice how your breath and your pelvic floor muscles feel, as well as the sensations of the energy moving through your body.
- End your practice: When you feel ready to end your practice, take a few moments to rest and relax your body. Reflect on your experience and notice any shifts or changes in your energy.
By using these Tantra breathing techniques, you can learn to channel this powerful creative sexual energy through your body, connecting with your true self and the divine in a powerful and transformative way.
As with any new modality or practice (even one inspired by a centuries-old Mystical Philosophy), it is best to use your discernment. Go to a Tantra class with an open mind, but use your intuition to receive what is helpful and leave what is not.
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