Home Tantra Course

practice and study together
weekly on-line meetings
now running may-june 2020

Turn this time of self-isolation into self-discovery and learning. Take this opportunity to study Yoga and Tantra teachings that help us to be more at peace, more aware of our bodies, and more fulfilled in our sexual relationships. Each on-line meeting will include

  1. Elements of movement, breathing and mindfulness that can be practiced individually during the week
  2. Study of the history and philosophy of Yoga and Tantra
  3. Sharing of our own experiences as we learn together
  4. Discussion of how spirituality and sexuality can come together for modern gay men.

You can't learn Tantra in a day! This series is intended for people who want to meet regularly and build their understanding over many weeks, as well as establishing connection with the other members of the group.

There will be no charge for attendance, but you will be asked to purchase the book, "Urban Tantra" by Barbara Carrellas, and a set of Oracle Cards. See more details in the section on Reading Material and Resources below. You will be asked to commit to homework, such as reading, practicing meditations and exercises, and to contribute to discussions at the on-line meetings.

Times of meetings will be advertised via Men's Tantra Circle Meetup Group. You need to join the group if you are not already a member. If you want to participate, please send me a message via the Contact Form at the foot of the page.

A zoom link will be sent by email to those who register.

Topics We Will Cover

We will mix practical exercises with philosophical topics and discussions in each session.

  • Breathing as a link from Body to Mind. Simple Sequences of Yoga Poses emphasizing movement with the breath. Yogic breathing practices (Pranayama).
  • Meanings of the Chakras. Tantric practices related to the Elements and the Chakras.
  • The yogic and tantric perspectives on the senses and sex. Linking sexual energy to mindfulness. Flow of sexual energy throughout the body. There will be discussion of self-pleasuring, and practices to try individually, but being naked in the on-line sessions is not required.
  • Chanting and Mantra meditation. Meditations inspired by traditional Tantra.
  • Key concepts from the Yoga Philosophy. The Yamas and Niyamas (ten principles by which to live life). The eight steps of classical yoga (Ashtanga). The Kleshas (causes of suffering). The Koshas and the Layers of the Self.
  • Shiva and Shakti. The Masculine and Feminine in traditional Tantra. How are the masculine and feminine sides of our selves relevant for modern gay men?
  • Overcoming fear and shame in ourselves. Self-acceptance. Body Image. Ageism, Racism and Sexism.
  • Communication and awareness in relationships. How to ask for what we want.
  • Developing regular personal practices that are meaningful for us. Developing joint practices for our group.

Required Book

Please buy the book Urban Tantra by Barbara Carrellas and read the recommended sections each week. We will cover the whole book over several months.

We will also make regular use of Oracle cards. These cards help us to establish our personal intentions and to remind us of what issues we are working on. We will create joint practices using these cards. It will be very helpful if everyone has their own set at home.

I will use the following set: Angel Prayers Oracle Cards by Kyle Gray

Another good set is Power Animal Oracle Cards by Stephen D Farmer. If you already have similar cards that you like, then stick with the ones you know. But if you don't already have a set, please buy Angel Prayers as a first choice. Don't worry! You don't have to literally believe in angels or spirit animals! I don't. But the cards are useful anyway, so please give it a try.

Recommended Books

While we are meeting on-line, let's take the opportunity to study the theory and background of Yoga and Tantra carefully. Then when we eventually get back to hands-on practice, we will know what we are doing. You have never had more time for reading and personal practice than you have now.

I will draw material from many sources. It is worth reading any of the books below if you can. This list includes both serious books on traditional yoga and tantra as well as modern books on sacred sexuality.

  • The Heart of Yoga: Developing a personal practice - by T.K.V. Desikachar
  • The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary – by Chip Hartranft
  • The Inner Tradition of Yoga - by Michael Stone
  • A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya – by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Tantra Demystified – by Vikas Malkani
  • Sexual Energy Ecstasy: A Practical Guide to Lovemaking secrets of East and West - by David and Ellen Ramsdale
  • The Art of Sexual Magic: Cultivating Sexual Energy to Transform your Life – by Margo Anand
  • The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice – by Georg Feuerstein
  • Tantra Illuminated – by Christopher Wallis
  • Awakening Shakti – by Sally Kempton
  • Refining the Breath – by Doug Keller
  • The Yoga of Eating - by Charles Eisenstein
  • Healing with Form, Energy and Light – by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
  • Downward Dogs and Warriors: Wisdom Tales for Modern Yogis – by Zo Newell
  • From the Gita to the Grail: Exploring Yoga Stories and Western Myths – by Bernie Clark
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind – by Anodea Judith

contact Me to join the on-line home tantra course

Please give me an email where I can send further information, including file attachments. If I don't already know you, please tell me a little bit about who you are and why you are interested in this. The group is open all, but I reserve the right to exclude people who do not fit in well and make a positive contribution.