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Tantra is a practice that allows for integrating our spiritual with our sexual self. This involves very specific practices that use conscious breathing, mantra sounds, movement and symbols to quiet the mind. They also activate life force energy, directing it throughout the body to achieve states of consciousness and bliss. Tantric traditions come from ancient practices developed in India and China.
What do you mean by “integrating sexuality with spirituality” and the term “sacred sexuality?”
In the Western world, we look at our bodies, relationships, sex and life in a way that is often compartmentalized. For example, we think of sexuality being separate from spirituality—as manifested in our bodies and our practices. In TantraNova, a new possibility is offered that teaches you how to integrate your sexual with your spiritual energies. This allows for a divine experience with yourself and, ultimately, with a partner. Rediscovering your innate energies that are sexual-spiritual in nature, you then will be able to express yourself more fully. And you will be able to do this free from constraints and habitual patterns, e.g., shame, guilt, fear, suppression, etc. This will allow you to open yourself to your full potential of pleasure and creativity. Sacred sexuality. We bring consciousness to our sexuality—by that we are respecting and honoring our body and spirit while honoring our partner.
What if the spice has gone out of the relationship? Can TantraNova help?
Through regular connecting practices, intimacy and passion can be rekindled. The key lies in the regular practice—as we delineated in the 10 Practices. To receive a copy of the practices, sign up for 10 Essential Practices.
Do the principles of Tantra apply to all sexual and relational preferences?
Tantra is a practice that is applicable to everyone given that we are all created from sexual energy. And that sexual energy encompasses our physical being as well as our consciousness. Sexual energy is universal and therefore the tantric practice can be expressed through any form of sexual orientations. At the TantraNova Institute we work with couples may they be heterosexual, gay or lesbian.
How long does it take to become a proficient practitioner?
Cultivating the tantric practice in our own life is a lifelong endeavor. With regular practice a level of proficiency can be reached after one year. To become a professional practitioner, a minimum of two years of serious studies and practicum is required under the guidance of master teachers.