So often we ask the question, “What is Tantra Yoga?” Some people know this as “yoga of sex” or “sexy yoga” and mainly think of it as a way to achieve a better orgasm.
And then there is the form of yoga that we have become so familiar within the West, which has a studio at almost every street in our modern cities. We show up to a yoga studio, spread our mat, and practice our poses. This is yoga, isn’t it? Yes, but this is just one form of yoga called “Hatha” yoga.
Hatha yoga is the practice of the physical body. Tantra yoga is the practice of the energetic body.
What is an “energetic body”? You can look at it this way: The whole matter is made up of energy frequency, now proven by quantum physics. It also includes our bodies. The life force energy running through us all the time through humans, from the moment we die, is conceived for the time. Vitality energy is known by different names in different cultures, such as Chi in Chinese, Kundalini in Sanskrit, Reiki in Japanese, or The Force in Star Wars. Vitality and sexual energy are the same. This is the energy that has brought us into this world. Most of the time, sexual energy is seen in the subtle states and sometimes in the excited states. Tantric yoga allows us to develop an awareness of life force energy and how it manifests on physical, emotional, and mental levels.
To reach energetic awareness, we attract the chakra system of the seven major energy centers of the body. Each chakra is associated with a different way of sensing, feeling, and reflecting. The heart chakra, for example, lies between the breasts to the chest, is associated with love and compassion, and the ability to connect with other people. It is seen when a person expresses love for something or a person and puts his hand on his heart. We all know about this experience. If the heart chakra is out of balance and narrowed, then we can feel close to ourselves or to someone else. Other chakras have other effects and are all equally important.
By connecting with our energy centers we can start clear blocks of emotional, physical, or spiritual nature so that we can live life to the fullest. These blocks are not only present in the mind, they are held in the body. We see cycles that we are out of balance. Through breathwork, movement, meditation, and emotional and physical release processes, a person can clear these blocks and experience greater joy and enjoyment in their life. It also ends up that the body starts working “better”, energy starts flowing more easily and we start waking up more and recover physically.
It is also the primary purpose of Hatha Yoga – to allow one’s energy to flow more easily. Alignment is the main focal point of any Hatha Yoga class. The pose (a.k.a. “posture”) was designed to bring a person’s body into optimal alignment. And not just for better posture; Each pose has an energetic component behind it. For example, Virabhadrasana I (warrior I) is physically great for building strength in the quadriceps and glutes, but energetically creates more courage and strength to face life’s challenges.
Therefore, Tantra and Hatha Yoga start feeding each other. For example, if a person is practicing a lot of tantra, they may find that their asana practice has improved a lot. This is because their energy moves optimally, their body naturally leads to optimal alignment. Conversely, if a person is primarily a hatha yoga practitioner, their body will begin to leave emotional blocks as they work on their alignment. This is why not everyone feels at peace or happy during a yoga class. As we begin to breathe and stretch in our body, old feelings begin to form.
You can see yoga comes in many shapes and forms. Tantra is a practice that leads to deep fulfillment and bliss in one’s life. When practiced in partnership with Hatha Yoga, a practitioner can experience strength and activism in both his physical and energetic body.