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Thinking about tantra synonymously with sex is like associating crust synonymously with apple pie.
Sure, the crust is part of the apple pie, but it’s certainly not the whole pie! Same concept applies to tantra.
“Historically, sex was a very small slice of tantric pie, but Western interpretations of tantra have pushed the other parts of tantra underground in favor of the sexier, bedroom-based ones,” says tantra practitioner and sexual empowerment coach Sarrah Rose of Tantric Activation.
Tantric yoga and tantric sex are from two different branches of tantra.
Traditional tantra is divided into red tantra and white tantra. White tantra is the solo practice, which incorporate yoga and meditation. Red tantra is the sexual practice.
While both use sexual energy, the goal of the two practices is different. The goal of red tantra is to create a deeper bond with a partner, while white tantra is about creating a deeper bond with yourself.
While the Western practice of tantra might suggest otherwise, you actually can’t have red tantra without white tantra, according to Piper.
“Red tantra is your opportunity to bring everything you’ve learned in your solo practice into an exchange with a lover,” explains Piper. No solo practice? No way to bring that to a lover.
“Tantric yoga can still make you a better lover,” says Rose, who has used tantric yoga to help people overcome dependence on porn or erotica, premature ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction.