Yoga by any Other Name is Still Yoga
Tantra, tantrism or tantric yoga is one of the eight major forms of yoga. According to traditional yoga practitioners, tantric yoga is comprise of left-hand and aptly-hand. Left-hand tantra is focused on sexual practices, whike Aptly-hand tantra pertains to mental practices.
Tantric yoga but does not only cover sexual and mental aspects of a person’s life or being. In fact, by its sheer definition lonely of “beyond all limitations” or in Sanskrit language, the root word ‘ tan’ means, “to weave, expand, place forth, it really encompasses nearly everything. Tantra covers just about everything, from the most mundane to the most crucial—everyday concerns to breathing, and of course sex.
There are many literatures about the origin of tantra but many say that it really cannot be determined. Some writings cite that it originated from pre-Aryans during the time when Buddhism was getting well loved as well. Thus, Buddhists have their own interpretation of tantric symbols. From then on, it spread far and wide.
The most well loved concept of tantra these days is tantric sex. An increasing number of people reckon that tantric yoga is all about tantric sex only. But sex is just a small aspect of this type of yoga. But its effectiveness in this aspect has caught a lot of interest. More and more couples or partners with sexual and intimacy problems turn to tantric yoga. Regular sessions improve sexual stamina and promote greater intimacy.
Tantric yoga provides a myriad of benefits that covers physical or sexual, mental and spiritual. The purpose for practicing tantra dictates the type of tantric yoga postures or exercises that need to be performed. But the basics and mechanics are similar. Relaxation is the key in attaining the benefits of tantric yoga.
Tantra gurus, who are also called as tantrik acharya or tantrika, are there to lecture and handbook yoga practitioners with the aptly movements and poses. They lead students in getting into a cool and relaxed state of mind, free from concerns, doubts and other mental burdens. The students should instead imbibe positive thought and virtues to gain the full benefits of tantric yoga.
With a pure mental state accomplished, a typical tantric yoga session will involve sitting calmly on the floor or carpet. The ultimate aim is to unify a person’s internal and external being in order to release the energy within him or her. The student will be guided by his guru to summon his or her ‘life force’, which is the sum total of the energy within him or her.
This life force starts at the base of the spine and works its way up the upper part of the body until it reaches the forehead. The life force then transforms into light believed to be the soul of the person. This light is purified and renewed, then summoned back into the person, who can now feel a sense of enlightenment and rejuvenation.
Some forms of yoga may be studied or learned from books, magazine or videos, tantra yoga but should be taught by a qualified tantrika or tantra guru who can handbook the students about the deeper essence of the postures and movements.