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Tantric Yoga Exercises

author image Ripa Ajmera
Ripa Ajmera has been writing for six years. She has written for ABCNews.com, General Nutrition Center (GNC), TCW Finance, Alliance for a New Humanity, Washington Square News and more. She was a Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar from 2006-2008 and graduated from New York University Stern School of Business with an Honors degree in Marketing.
Tantric Yoga Exercises
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Known not only for their physical benefits but also for the clarity and peace of mind they bring about, yoga exercises are manifold. Tantric yoga exercises help strengthen the respiratory system and improve your sexual functioning.

Tantric Yoga Breathing Exercises

Sit on a pillow on the floor with your legs crossed and back tall. Empty out all the air in your lungs. Then take a deep inhale through your nose for at least four seconds (keep your mouth closed). Make sure your stomach expands when you inhale and that it contracts naturally as you exhale. Next, hold your breath for a count of 16 seconds. Then begin exhaling slowly through the nose. Repeat this exercise three times.

Next, take 10 quick breaths one after another. Don’t breathe so fast, however, that you become tired. When inhaling, use your diaphragm so that your stomach expands. Then use your chest muscles (next to your shoulders) to fill your lungs completely. Start exhaling slowly to the count of 10 to breathe out smoothly.

Tantric Yoga Physical Exercises

Start with your hands and knees on the ground. Kneel back so that your buttocks go back and down near your feet. Stretch your arms forward. Breathe out. Then take a deep inhalation, filling your lungs completely. Hold your breath. Then squeeze your anal muscles and try to pull your anal opening as deeply inward as possible. Do not strain, however, when you squeeze these muscles. Relax your muscles completely. Repeat this squeezing and relaxing three to five times total.

Lie on your back now on a carpet on the ground. Exhale completely. Swing your arms over your head and stretch your entire body as you take a deep breath. Hold your breath. Squeeze your anal muscles and again try to pull your anal opening as far inward as possible. Do not strain when you squeeze. Repeat this exercise three to five times.

Tantric Yoga Awareness and Pleasure Exercise

Though many people associate tantric yoga just with sex, the practice is really about expanding your awareness and experience of love and pleasure throughout life. To do this, pay careful attention to how you feel when you really love someone or something. Take note of what you see (internally as well as externally), what you feel like physically and what you hear (both internally and externally). Notice how it is your own projection onto this experience that makes you enjoy it; your favorite movie, hobby or family member does not hold this magic. Once you are able to tap deeply into this awareness, you can start to bring some of these experiences of love into your daily life by focusing on trying to reproduce the sights, sounds and feelings that you experience when in a state of love.

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