Classical tantra (nondual shaivatantra) is ancient Indian spiritual tradition and a base for modern hatha yoga and many later spiritual traditions. I study and practice tantric practices because I have experienced their healing and empowering power in my life.
Tantra & spiritual growth
Even though tantric practices are thousands of years old I have experienced their healing power and I think they are relevant in the modern life. I think tantric practices are great tools for our individual and collective healing; tantric practices improve self-compassion and compassion towards others, and can be used as the tools to develop our emotional skills such as emotion regulation.
Tantric practices can also support us on our way to revealing and connecting the authentic self.
Tantra, embodiment & feminine– & masculine energies
Classical nondual tantra is embodied tradition and it considers the body as a divine microcosm of the universe.
In tantra, the body truely is the vessel for magic: the body is the place where the awakening happens. This is very different view point to many other yogic traditions that are dualistic and separate the mind & the body and that think to awaken one must get rid of the body.
Because embodiment is important in tantra, we can say that tantra is the practice of the feminine; the body is full of feminine energy.
Tantra believes everything that is alive is divine and comes from the same source; also feminine (“Shakti”; the creative power) and masculine (“Siva”; the consciousness) – even though they are opposites. In tantric philosophy Siva and Shakti need each other, compete each other and can’t survive without each other (The Siva/Shakti nature of reality).
Because unity is the base of everything in tantra, also each one us has the feminine and masculine qualities within us regardless of gender. Tantric practices can help us connect & reveal these sometimes hidden qualities of ourselves.
Tantric practices can also help us when working with limiting beliefs or problematic behavioral or thinking patterns that are causing us suffering – and that are often connected to the imbalance of our masculine and feminine energies.