Tantra yoga is a type of yoga that employs various rituals to study the universe through human microcosm. From the Sanskrit “leading principle” or “woven together,” Tantra yoga seeks to balance – not renounce – human instincts in an attempt to reach enlightenment. The idea then is to weave together many yoga practices, and other spiritual styles and teachings, in order to connect with others and the universe. When practiced consistently, it can help you get in tune with whom you are, achieve your goals, and, when done with a partner, deepen your relationship. Tantra’s rituals encourage its participants to build up kundalini energy in the top chakras so it “spills from the top.” It takes the whole body and the whole person into account and works with five different bodies:
Each of these bodies has its own weaknesses and its own strengths—all of which are usually buried deep down. When we can bring them all to the surface, we can stop responding unconsciously and gain control over our desires. Through Tantra yoga, one is said to be able to ultimately reach a state of eternal bliss.
As a practice, Tantra yoga is rooted in the traditional Hatha yoga and weaves together numerous other styles including Kundalini, Bhakti, Karma, Raja and more. But Tantra yoga is also about more than just the asanas and yogic traditions, some common Tantra yoga rituals include:
Tantra yoga originates from a worship of the Hindu deities that represent the dynamic and static principles of the universe: Shakti (dynamic, creative, feminine) and Shiva (static, destructive, masculine). Tantra yoga practitioners seek to comprehend the continual play between these principles.