What does Tantra mean and what are the principles?

The meaning of Tantra is to weave or expand and the tantric philosophy combines the Shiva male consciousness with the Shakti female energy to create a harmonious union as the ancient Buddhist and Hindu teachings entwine to unite love,spirituality and sexuality as one, leading to not only sexual ecstasy but personal healing and fulfillment in all aspects of our lives and this sadly is where tantra is often misunderstood. The authentic intention with regards to practicing such a lifestyle is to place the focus on creating love and intimacy in not only our own lives by learning to care for and nourish our body, but also by honoring others in the same way we give this sacred life choice the respect it truly deserves. 

It is unfortunate that some people do not take the time to fully understand the true meaning of tantra and just assume that it is only connected to sex and erotica,when it is so much more, when practiced correctly it is so powerful that it can change lives in a very positive way and with that comes an inner contentment and happiness that we have only ever dreamed about. Sometimes change can cause fear in peoples hearts as they are simply not ready or not at that spiritual stage in their lives so are unable to fully embrace the healing elements which a tantric lifestyle can help us achieve, by being fully aware and staying connected at all times in our body,mind and soul we are able to embrace a richer way of life and all the pleasure and fulfillment that can bring. 

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Surrender Letting go of inhibitions and feelings of guilt, allowing the body to embrace pleasure in all forms

Awareness Live in the moment, be mindful and physically, emotionally and mentally present at all times

Movement Ensure flow of energy in body is constantly moving and rejuvenating, creating balance and well being 

Breathing Nourish the body and soul, inhaling breathe for awareness, exhaling to surrender to a deeper connection

Sound Having no fear to speak your truth and express your feelings with no judgement about others

Intention Learning to let go of control and gain consciousness to experience pleasure in every moment 

Acceptance Embrace liberation and accept everyone equally, freedom only comes with acceptance
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