Hot bodies, throaty breath, long pauses, deep flexing. Sounds sexy, right? Most people hear “tantra” and think “kinky” but that’s not where I’m headed with this. Really.
In the most traditional sense, tantric yoga is about using fully embodied sensual experiences to bring about deeper meditative states. Culturally, we have a tendency to equate all things sensual with the realm of the sexual, but in this case, the focus is as broad as everything of the senses, all pains, and pleasures of the body.
While I have been learning about yoga from a young age, it was my recent training in Hridaya Yoga that brought the truth about tantra into the forefront of my understanding of meditation and movement.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the French philosopher and Jesuit priest said, “Fuse the powers of the sacred heart with the energies of the body, and you can transform everything.” This simple statement can be relevant in virtually any kind of asana practice, but it is at the core of Hridaya teachings.
The number of ways that the sensual body can be put to work as an instrument of enlightenment is nearly infinite. Not quite, but close. I encourage you to try as many different methods of embodied meditative practice as you can, and highly recommend the work of OSHO for discovering how varied these practices can be.
This is just a small sampling of some techniques I learned during my most recent retreat to help you get started on this sensual journey.