What is the origin of Tantra?
The word “Tantra” itself is derived from the Sanskrit “tan” which means “continuity” of consciousness. Moreover, in the historical sense, “Tantras” were Indian and Tibetan texts, containing instructions for practicing this form of personal development. The main goal of ancient Tantra was the achievement of direct liberation from the vicious cycle of birth and death.
Tantra can be perceived in many ways. On the one hand, it is a kind of old philosophical and religious tradition that originated in India and Tibet.
On the other hand, it is a type personal feeling of the flow of life energy, which leads to expansion of consciousness.
In our understanding, Tantra is the flow of life. Conscious experience of ourselves in the world, in relationships with others and within ourselves. Tantric flow of life energy is associated with acceptance of ourselves and our bodies, including the sexual aspects. Because Tantra is associated with the life energy, its practice of leads to a profound inner transformation. We come out of the role of a victim, that often we play in life, and take fate into our own hands. In practice, this means that we let go of the neurotic need to control everything and everyone; on the contrary we allow the wisdom flowing through our bodies to decide about many issues. The practice of Tantra shows that our bodies are a creation of a transcendent force that becomes a kind of gateway to the experience of the mystery of creation.
What is the difference between indian and modern tantra?
There are many differences. From the social and moral aspects (we obviously live in different times and place), to the methodological differences.
Indian practice of Tantra is associated with belonging to a group and the imitation of its teacher. In Eastern traditions, the way to achieve excellence is based on the repetition of certain closed forms and imitating the master. What takes place also is the formation of a group called “sanga”, in which this particular path is being practiced. In modern Tantra we move away from this model. The basic form of the work is a workshop. There are no vows and we do not declare affiliation.
Practice of modern Tantra is more than a philosophical or religious proposition; it offers deep experience of our own lives. Its concept is based as much on modern, Western psychology, as it is on the techniques learned from the philosophy of the East. In practice of modern Tantra we focus more on the individual perception of experience, rather than trying to copy anyone or anything. We find our own model, own life myth. Modern Tantra is oriented to the current needs of Western man, who, whilst seeking freedom, does not want to give up his independence.
What’s the difference between tantra and kama sutra?
Kama Sutra is a textbook of Love, written in the first half of the first millennium AD by Vātsyāyana, but on the basis of many authors. It describes the customs prevailing between lovers in ancient India. The copies of imagery of sexual positions known all over the world, come from this very book. Tantra however, although it also aims to work on developing partnerships, including sexual ones, is a much more comprehensive and holistic path of development. It focuses on personal spiritual transformation and the transformation of energy between partners, in order to live consciously. It is not only the instruction manual for the Art of Love and customs such as the Kama Sutra seems to be, but rather the path of a fulfilled life.
Is it necessary to have a partner to come to the workshop?
This depends on the type of workshop. If in the description of the workshop it doesn’t say that it is intended for couples, this means that you can come either in pairs or individually, if you are not in a relationship. From our part, we always try to ensure that the workshop has an equal number of men and women.
Are there any age of health restrictions?
You have to be at least eighteen years old. There’s no upper age limit.
When it comes to physical health, although there are no specific restrictions, you need to consider a fact, that some of the exercises can involve an intensive body workout. However, in practice, no one is forced to exceed his or her physical abilities. On the contrary, we actually recommend taking care of yourself and listening to your body. Every exercise we do in a way for you to stay in harmony with your body. We’ve had workshops in the past with participants with injuries and contusions, who, being mindful of this recommendation, had coped really well with all activities. As a result, they obtained even greater freedom of movement and alleviated chronic pain.
An important issue is mental health. Occasionally it happens that people with diagnosed mental illnesses want to come to our workshops. In such cases, the mandatory requirement is for them to remain under constant medical supervision, including pharmacological therapy, and arriving with a partner, who is well aware of the condition and may provide support for such participant. It is also necessary to consult and agree with us prior to making a reservation.
In any case of doubt, whether it’s to do with a physical or/and mental health, you should seek advice from your family doctor.
Tantra reminds me of sex, which is why I wonder, what is it that you do in your workshops?
One of the main orientations of our workshops is to work with the body. We focus on the acceptance of the body and the release of vital energy. In a very safe environment, we open up to the sense of closeness. However, during the classes we do not create a space for sexual contact. It is one of the objectives of our workshops. Everyone works at their own pace. Everyone also has the right to choose, and the possibility of going as far with the exercise, as they feel comfortable with. We do not have sex during classes, nor do we practice any positions from the Kama Sutra, or stimulate sexual arousal. We make sure that every person awakens their sexuality as a part of normal, healthy attitude towards life, in a sense of uniqueness, subtlety, safety, acceptance, harmony and mutual respect.
Can homosexual individuals also take part in your workshops?
Most certainly, singles as well as homosexual couples are all welcome.
Tantra is a path of getting to know ourselves as human beings, whether it’s in the male or female body. Gender is important, but not the role that it seems to impose on us. In tantric love the most important aspect is the ability to open up to the flow of male and female energy, in each of us and on both sides. Whether or not it is about love between two men, women, or mixed pairs is only relevant for them