It’s common to hear about Tantra in any Yoga class, mostly you will hear about Hindu Tantra. Hindu Tantra has multiple branches of schools, such as Kashmir Shaivism, Kaula School which believes that the body is a vehicle for liberation, Shakta Tradition worships the feminine, and Neo-Tantra School which focuses on love-making enhancing rituals. The commonality which lies in all these schools is the idea of Kundalini Awakening, a feminine dynamic energy present at the base of the spine. Ancient Tantric practices focused on bringing life to this energy by moving it upward through the 7 chakras.
Tantra has been widely known for its sensual nature, but only through strengthening the connection between your body and energy. Tantric practices are intimate, not only physically but also spiritually. If you are connecting so deeply with your own soul then you may experience the same connection with someone else's. The exploration of energies within the body and it’s connection with the universe help us understand the purpose of life and the principles of union better. The purpose of Tantra Yoga is emotional and physical wellbeing as well as merging the spiritual world and the material world into one.
Just like other forms of Yoga, Tantra Yoga uses elements of Kundalini, Karma, Bhakti, Raja, and Hatha practices. Tantra also includes other practices such as Astrology, Ayurveda, and Crystals to expand beyond yogic philosophy. The practice includes conscious breathing practices and pranayama, both of which enhance the relationship between the self or others. The different practicesTantra Yoga includes:
1. Peace Pose With Pranayam, Conscious Breathing
2. Surya Namaskar
3. Modified Side Plank
4. Entwined Sukhasana
With Tantra Yoga, you can increase your capacity for intimacy and emotional stability, as well as experience clarity, more joy, and fearlessness.