What Is Tantric Yoga?
Tantric yoga is an ancient practice that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is an amalgamation of Indian spiritual practices and meditation, combined with physical postures and breathing exercises to help achieve a higher state of consciousness.
The Benefits of Tantric Yoga
Tantric yoga has a number of benefits that include physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity and spiritual development. The practice offers a holistic approach to health, providing an opportunity to nurture the body, mind and spirit simultaneously. The practice also helps cultivate inner awareness, which can lead to an enhanced understanding of one’s self, and an improved relationship with the environment and the world around us.
Tantric Yoga Postures
Tantric yoga postures, or “asanas,” are designed to open the body and encourage energy flow and develop flexibility and strength. The following postures can be used to effectively and safely stretch, strengthen and open the body, while simultaneously developing spiritual and emotional awareness.
This posture is a standing posture, meant to ground the body while helping to develop core strength, balance and mindful body awareness. Start by standing with the feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward. Reach the arms out to the sides and be sure to align them with the shoulders. Firmly press your feet into the ground and draw the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles up and in towards the spine. Hold for 30-60 seconds, breathing softly and focusing the attention inward.
This balancing posture helps focus and expand the mind, as well as improve coordination and concentration. Begin in a standing position, with the feet hip-width apart and the arms at the sides. Now shift the weight onto the left foot and bring the sole of the right foot to the inside of the left leg, remembering to keep the hips squared forward. Bring the arms up overhead and press the palms together firmly. Find a point to focus your gaze and align the breath with the movements. Hold for 30-60 seconds and release the right foot to the ground.
This posture is designed to open the chest, clear any stagnant energy, and improve flexibility in the spine. Lie on your back with the arms extended out to the sides and pull the right knee into the chest. Cross the right knee over the body and bring it to the left side, while allowing the left arm to rest alongside the body. Hold for 30-60 seconds and breathe deeply into the area. Be sure to keep the shoulders and neck relaxed.
Tantric yoga is an ancient practice that offers a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Through regular practice of the postures, one can connect to their inner power, cultivate body awareness and improve physical health. While the postures may seem simple, one should begin slowly and be mindful of their own limitations. With patience, dedication and dedication to the practice, the rewards of tantric yoga can be experienced on both the physical and spiritual level.
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