Tantra has become a reason to transform mundane experiences of life into a wonderful celebration. Tantra Yoga has two streams, a Buddhist stream called Vajrayana Buddhism and another which is quite popular is the Hindu Tantra, it has a many branches and schools. Some of the popularly known are Kashmir Shaivism, an blanket term for several schools that initiated in South India, some of them being the Kaula School, which considers the body as a means for moksha (liberation); Shakta school worships the feminine; and other drastic schools of Tantra which are known for sex-enhancing ceremonies.

Most of these schools have a main focus, awakening the kundalini, which is the untapped and dormant energy in the form of a serpent lying at the base of the spine. Most of these Tantric practices aim at arousing this dormant serpent and channelizing it to move upwards through all of the seven chakras or energy centers which bring the body into a state of balance.

All the schools and lineages of Tantra share a common belief. Divinity in everything, all things that exist are bright. But other schools of Indian philosophy have different views, Patanjali being a dualist believed that the divine realm was separate from the mundane world and Tantrikas, whos are vedandists, are nondualists and recognise the world to be illusionary. Tantra and classical yoga also have a major difference; Tantra holds the body as important as the spirit. It visualises the body as a manifestation of the Self unlike classical yoga which considers the body to be inferior to the spirit as it exists in the material world. By asana we make the body clean and strong.By bonding the universe of extremes within your body, you can attain moksha. You see the beauty and divine in your body.

Tantra’s attitude toward sex follows the book with its main beliefs that if done in a healthy way and the right intention every phase of life has a spiritual connection.

How do we make the body a medium for moksha?  Practicing asana is the key. Yoga gurus have various approaches to Tantra, but all lead to one basic, which is Hatha practice; it helps to develop consciousness of the body and uses the energy of the body to generate a state of calm. Energy transformation is the quintessential part of Tantric practices. It lays emphasis on an active approach; instead of observing your thoughts, you concentrate on positive thinking or silently chant mantras. Many Tantric gurus also choose a deity to personify as a way of focusing the mind. Tantra lays belief on bliss and God being one and the same.