I’ll admit it: I was first drawn to tantra because of the sexy. In fact, it took me several years to really put together the connection between what I knew as “yoga” and what I learned about as “tantra” in a new age world.
I was 14 years old and in high school when I first took an interest in yoga as a physical activity. I’m honestly not sure what first sparked the intention to learn, but I made it a massive project of mine, even led a short yoga class one day during gym. And my pagan spiritual practice, along with my sex-positive feminist leanings, led me to explore the realms of neo-tantra in my very early twenties.
By the time I arrived at the Hridaya Yoga center in Mazunte, I had ghostwritten several books about yoga, neo-tantra, the kama sutra and many similar topics for couples. It didn’t take long to really discover that my understanding of tantra had been unfairly restricted to its most intensely sexual activities.
And oh, there is so much more to tantra.
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