Most people are familiar with the practice of yoga. It’s become really popular in recent years, and more people are discovering the amazing mind-body benefits it can bring.
But you might be less familiar with tantra yoga, a style of yoga that’s less commonly seen and taught in typical yoga studios. But it’s a powerful style that everyone should experience at some point. Here’s what you need to know about tantra yoga — and how it can make a difference in your life!
THE MEANING OF TANTRA YOGA
The word tantra itself means “to weave” or “to expand.” Basically, it includes combining many different yoga practices, teachings, and spiritual styles to connect you with yourself, others, and the universe as a whole.
Practicing tantra yoga consistently can help bring you closer to your desires, and the goals in life you want to achieve. Partners who do tantra yoga together can deepen their relationships through tantra yoga practice.
THE PRACTICE: 3 POSES
A tantra yoga session will combine many different types of yoga, including Bhakti, Kundalini, and Raja. But besides yoga itself, it also includes chanting, Ayurveda concepts, and astrology.
The purpose is to get more in touch with your energy and your body to improve both your physical and spiritual well being through a new dimension.
Tantra yoga includes many poses that are designed to bring you closer to your partner in the practice. Some examples include:
Dancer’s Pose Both people stand facing each other and hold each other’s hand on one side. With the other hand, each person reaches for their shin or ankle and brings their leg up behind them while leaning towards their partner. Eye contact is maintained during the whole pose.
Boat Pose Both sit comfortably on the floor with knees bent, facing each other. Both maintain eye contact as they reach for each other’s hands around their legs. Placing the soles of their feet against their partner’s, both try to straighten their legs as they move them upward with soles staying connected.
Hand on Heart This is a great pose for beginning or ending a practice — or just the day! Each person sits cross-legged on the floor facing their partner. You put your right hand on your partner’s heart chakra and rest your left hand on your partner’s right hand.
This is an intimate pose that helps you focus on your heartbeat and the energy of your heart chakra. You can either lock eyes with your partner or close your eyes.
THE 5 BODIES IN TANTRA YOGA
As you can see, tantra yoga has a lot to do with inclusivity, and that includes within the person practicing it too. You work with five different “bodies” in tantra yoga:
Your physical body
Your emotional and mental body
Your energetic body
Your wisdom body
Your bliss body
The belief is that each of these bodies are usually buried down deep, and each contains its own strengths and weaknesses. By bringing them all up, we can become more conscious of them and reach a higher place of awareness and control of them all, improving self-confidence and our experience of the world.
Here at Blue Karma, we provide a full one-day tantra yoga and meditation experience, plus full breakfast buffet) while staying a night in our luxurious Superior Garden Suite in Ubud. You’ll combine breathing techniques, meditation, and tantra yoga during this stay for the ultimate inner balance experience. It’s life-changing!
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