Mention the words -˜tantric sex’ and you’re likely to conjure up images of bad ’70s porn, elaborate and impossibly difficult sex positions, or the supposed favourite pastime of Sting and his missus.
But tantra is more than just sexual yoga… it’s a vast subject that, surprisingly, has as much relevance today as it did when it first emerged in ancient India.
Tantric principles cover every aspect of living -” from how we breathe to how we eat, sleep, work, play and love. But in its most accessible form, it’s a way of tapping into our sexual energy, or -˜life force’, and using it in a whole new way.
We may think we understand perfectly well how sex works and all the pleasures associated with it. After all, we’ve already explored our bodies and figured out what feels good, right?
But there’s a big difference between your average quick-fix genital orgasm and those much rarer -˜full-body’ orgasmic experiences. You know the ones-¦ the mind-blowing, spine-tingling, toe-curling, near-out-of-body climaxes we’re lucky enough to have every once in a while. And tantric sex practices can teach us how to have more of those ecstatic moments. More regularly. And in ways that can transform our sex lives, relationships and even our approach to life itself.
Over the coming weeks, this column will introduce you to a variety of tantric practices and techniques that can be used both alone and with a partner.
By combining gentle touch with special breathing techniques, muscle-based exercises and even just your imagination, you’ll be able to explore your -˜energetic body’ -” the body’s unseen systems and forces that regulate our physical and emotional health and vitality. Sound a bit far-fetched and New Age? In fact, many Eastern philosophies, as well as centuries-old healing systems like yoga, tai chi, massage and acupuncture are based on these principles.
Check your scepticism at the front door, open your mind to new possibilities and take a voyage towards the parts of yourself that are just waiting to be discovered.

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