Free-form ecstatic dance is one of my favorite tantric practices, and an expression of my divine energy. Letting go into the rhythm and melody of the music, allowing my body to sway and tremble, to shake and let loose, to stomp and stand still – that is truly orgasmic to me! I may connect with another person unconditionally in that space, melt with them, or I may be enraptured alone, celebrating and loving myself. After every ecstatic dance experience, I feel relieved, de-stressed, relaxed and overall healed and wholesome. There is new clarity, more spaciousness inside my mind, and my heart is open wide to relate to my beloved and the world around me.
Music plays an important role in tantric practice. It creates a special environment for intimacy. It awakens us to the Here & Now by connecting us with the body in a very immediate way. It opens our heart when we make love. It establishes our connection to the celestial realm when we sing, chant, or simply listen deeply. It realigns our seven chakras, also known as the tantric energy map, and transports us out of thinking mode into being mode. These are all qualities that we nurture in our tantra practice. Workshop participants often request recommendations for music; here are three of our favorites:
For massage and lovemaking, The Gaudan Project is one of our favorites, particularly the sublime album “Hold Still“. For ecstatic dance, we recommend the new album of Om at Last entitled “Dance Medicine“. Let your hair down, let your body go, celebrate and enjoy the ride! (Get 15% discount at the checkout when using code “tantra”) To receive clarity and insight on a seemingly unsolvable issue, we recommend “Chakra Wisdom“, a 35-minute active meditation with hypnotic music designed to awaken the chakras, and reaching the divine through the body. It is available on CD, as a mp3 download and iPhone/iPad app. More recommendations are available here.
Finally, we would like to honor and bow to the late Gabrielle Roth, founder of the “5Rhythms” approach to movement, who left her body temple last week. She said that, “We are born into bodies that are fluid and free. Yet for most of us, this state of grace is sadly short lived… Rhythm, breath, music and movement become tools for seeing, then freeing, the habits that hold us back. When we free the body, the heart begins to open. When the body and the heart taste freedom, the mind won’t be far behind. And when we put the psyche into motion, it will start to heal itself.”