Our school gives an opportunity to learn in depth about two different spiritual practices: tantra and yoga. Besides, we not only offer the physical training of these techniques but also a thorough study of their philosophy, origins, evolution, definitions and way beyond, so that a person can deepen his understanding and truly grasp the real essence of this esoteric knowledge.
Yoga is divided into six branches (Raja, Karma, Bhhakti, Jnana, Hatha and Tantra yoga), which all represent different concepts and approaches in their methods. Tantra yoga or simply tantra is one of those branches, however it’s not another style of yoga. All the popular styles of yoga nowadays, like Bikram, Vinyasa etc. originate from a yoga branch called Hatha, which is the original version of most commonly known physical asana, meditation and pranayama practices today.
Although tantra and yoga lead us into the same goal, into the path of enlightenment (self discovery), the approach, concepts and methods, which these techniques use, are very different. Having an opportunity to practice various techniques helps a person tremendously to evolve during each different stage of his spiritual growth process and inner transformation.
Sure, these practices complement each other, thus they can be practiced simultaneously. A person could also begin with one technique and then continue with another eventually.
Anyone can practice these techniques, anyone who has felt the inner voice within, that has led him to search for these practices. In fact, tantra and yoga let a person break through all the limits, which are simply creation of our mind.
That’s a common misconception, especially in the Western world. Nor does yoga only offer physical exercises, neither does tantra let us simply improve our sexual performance. Our school teaches about an in depth philosophy, origins, background and true meaning of these two ancient practices.
Yoga has been an inseparable part of Hinduism for thousands of years but not all Hindus practice yoga, nor does it mean that by practicing yoga, one will have to become Hindu. Tantra has originated in India but is not related to Hindusim at all. Tantra and yoga are not religions, neither philosophies. They are simply spiritual practices, which help a person evolve spiritually, regardless of his religion, culture, age or gender.
No one can answer this question as that’s a very individual process. Some people might take a lifetime, while others become enlightened in the blink of an eye. It all depends on individual spiritual evolution level. However tantric and yogic techniques are tremendously powerful and effective, which let a person grow spiritually and reach enlightenment faster.
We hear this question in a form of a joke all the time. However, there is some history behind it. Some ancient texts do describe yogis acquiring super powers, including the one of levitation. It is said to be achieved through the specific pranayama execution, which manipulate “prana” and create forceful energy. This forceful energy, once released towards the ground, creates the impact, which is capable to push and lift the person of the floor, thus making him “levitate”. However, it’s just a slight levitation, not the actual “flying” which happens when a person practices pranayama in a lotus position. It shares a similar concept with tai chi or martial arts, where a person can create a physical impact onto another without the actual physical touch but energetically through ‘chi” manipulation.
Tantra will not make anyone anything other than his true self. Tantra does teach us about our body and sexuality, which definitely lets us acquire many sexual skills but it also introduces us to the different perception of ourselves, where being a “sex guru” little matters.
No, it’s absolutely not necessary to deprive oneself of material comforts or become a loner and live in the cave. To the contrary, once we fulfill our basic physical needs (shelter, food), we can bring awareness easier onto different (spiritual) side of ourselves. Our priorities might change and we might find value in different aspects of life, where material possessions don’t matter much but an intentional deprivation of material well being is not essential for one’s spiritual growth to happen.
Different styles of tantra represent different schools, which they originate from. There are mainly three branches of tantra traditions: Shakti, Shiva and Sri Vidya. Each of them offers different techniques and methods, which greatly vary among each other.
Yes. Tantra techniques can be practiced by everyone and with everybody. Regardless if one is single, married or of a different sexual orientation.
As we evolve spiritually, our understanding and perception changes as well. Tantra and yoga concepts do differ, however in that difference a person is able to explore, grow and find his own truth. We are only capable to relate to that, what is already present within. Therefore, there is no wrong or right concept, as we will always naturally choose to follow that technique, which actually mimics our inner state at that particular moment.
That’s very easy to do nowadays. We can start by practicing techniques just for an hour per day, whether at home, at school or through courses online. There are also various methods to be practiced (breathing techniques, meditation, yoga asana), which are all tantra and yoga practices and can be performed by oneself, with a friend, family member or under guidance of a teacher.