Tantric sex: basics for beginners
First, I should say I have mixed feelings about naming a book about sacred sex “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tantric Sex.”Sure, it makes the idea of learning it more accessible. But it also takes the emphasis off of the sacredness by cashing in on the pop culture “idiot” fad. Plus, tantric sex revolves around seeing the god and goddess in everyone, so I hardly think the “idiot’s” series fits the subject matter.That said, the 400-page book makes a good guide and a great Valentine’s Day gift, provided you clarify that you don’t actually believe your lover’s an idiot – after all, that could prevent you from experiencing the bliss the book lays out for you.
Author Dr. Judy Kuriansky, a world-renowned clinical psychologist and sex therapist, introduces readers to tantric sex and provides exercises to move sexual energy throughout your body and please your lover in a variety of ways. The 12-page detailed table of contents allows lovers to quickly look up a specific activity or topic in their tantric practice, and the appendix offers further reading, music, art and video supplements, as well as teachers nationwide.Though Kuriansky includes explicit illustrations and instructions for sexual pleasure, she makes it clear that tantric sex isn’t just about sex; it’s about using sexual energy to create more love between partners and throughout the world in general. When two people connect with their higher selves and balance their male and female energies, the divine union results in greater peace and love in daily life, because tantric practitioners open their hearts more and become aware of the beauty in everyone.
“Tantric practice can transform every aspect of your life, helping you to expand your physical health and vitality, emotional healing and expression, psychic sensitivity, satisfying relationships, creativity, productivity and abundance,” Bodhi Avinasha, founder of Tantrika International, wrote in the foreword.One of the main practices in tantric sex involves letting go of goal-oriented activities and softening into the pure pleasure of sensation. The book teaches lovers how to prolong lovemaking and experience a variety of orgasms.While Kuriansky details certain tantric practices, she skims over related principles such as the chakra system and gods and goddesses. In this sense, the book doesn’t delve as deeply into the nooks and crannies of sacred sex and energy work.
But on the whole, the guide is an excellent primer to begin the journey of sacred sexuality; in fact, it may be one of the best books on the rich tradition because sometimes too much information too fast leads to overload. Kuriansky breaks down the practices into simple steps.The guide provides readers – even those who are single – with plenty of practices that, when done mindfully, transform sex acts into a profound path of conscious loving.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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