Tantra is an Indian philosophy, religion, and lifestyle that boasts an extensive set of practices, which became prominent around 500 CE as a mixture of esoteric and mainstream religious traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. The extent of Tantra is incredibly vast, which explains much of the contemporary confusion about what Tantra actually stands for.
Tantra may deal with spiritual, terrestrial, cosmological, and religious subjects, addressing the evolution of the world, male and female deities, worship, magic, sorcery, divination, esoteric practices, Kundalini Energy, the purification of body and mind, self-realization, spiritual enlightenment, and divine sexuality.
Within Tantric practices a variety of techniques and methods is used, such as rituals, sacred texts, pujas, physical exercises, meditation, Breathwork, visualizations, sexual intercourse, chanting, devotion, mandalas, Mantras, yantras, nyasas, Tantra Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, dance, and massage, among other tools.
Tantric Healing, notably modern Neo-Tantric Healing and Sacred Sexuality, independent of the techniques and methods used, strongly focuses on liberating and transforming our sexual and vital life energies for physical, emotional, mental, and — last but not least — spiritual health benefits.
Deeply rooted in Yoga philosophy, concepts such as Prana Energy flow, Nadi Energy Channels, Marma points, and Chakras play a pivotal role in Tantric practices and healing work.
Tantra Yogis, for instance, use a variety of Yoga Asanas (poses and positions), sequences, and muscular exercises to control the flow of breath and Vital Life Force (Prana) through the Nadis, while emphasizing the awakening of Kundalini Shakti Energy with the goal of liberation from suffering and the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Tantric techniques may also be used for more down-to-earth healing benefits, such as alleviating or curing Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Premature Ejaculation (PE), pain during sexual intercourse, or simply for improved vitality, fitness, and overall well-being.