Understanding Tantra, Sexual Yoga/the Erotic Arts
The educational work that I present on Tantra sexual yoga/the erotic arts , teachings covers the history of the sexual yoga/erotic arts their theory and methods. Tantra is known as the’ path of ecstasy’, due to its approach of using methods of awareness to enhance sexuality and conduct. Until 7th century Tantra was unknown in the West , the Sufi Moors brought these tales of the ‘Arabian Nights’ to Europe it was through these tales that the first exotic and erotic tales of sexuality reached the ears of Europe.
This ancient system was practiced in Africa/Egypt, India and China, though known by different names, in India it is Tantra , in China known as ‘the Tao of Sexology ‘. One of the Indian texts that is popular is the Kamasutra, Kama meaning ‘the transmission of life’ sutra meaning written teachings. The female practitioners of the Kamasutra learnt and mastered several of the’ 64 arts of the Kamasutra’ e.g. various forms of seductive dance such belly dancing etc. singing, henna application, music, poetry, flower arrangement etc. Males had to master the understanding of female nature, the importance of smell, light, food, drink, herbs, music, touch before sexual intercourse begins.
These practitioners were known by many names these females were known as ‘Courtesans’ ‘Dakinis,’ Flower Girls, Sexual Yoginis, White Tigeress, Tantrikas- the males were known as ‘Jade Dragons, Tantrikas, Sexual Yogis, too name a few. Through Conscious practice and sophisticated methods practitioners can cultivate ‘ecstasy’, it is this ecstatic experience that also accelerates the production of estrogen and testosterone, helping the body to rejuvenate, restore mental energy and can advance one towards enlightenment/spiritual advancement.
Practitioners of the art approach sex as sacred with a joy of celebration of life in the ‘here and now’…
“As the 64 arts are respected, are charming, and add to the talent of women, they called by the Acharyas[teachers] dear to women. A man skilled in the 64 arts is looked upon with love by his own wife, by the wives of others, and by courtesans.” (Kamasutra)