Tantra breathing plays a pivotal role in good tantra sex, but it must obviously be practiced before it is used in that context. An ideal time to practice tantra breathing is while engaging in tantric meditation under the guidance of your tantra teacher. In the context of the tantric sciences, sex and meditation have a lot in common. Both activities require a certain degree of focus and discipline, and both require a stillness of mind and temperament in order to be successfully practiced.
Tantric breathing is a refined form of the ancient yogic practice of pranayama. Pranayama is basically the science of harnessing the power of breath and the powerful influence that breath has over the state of the mind. Tantra breathing should initially be practiced only under the guidance of an experienced tantric master. If you have already received basic instructions, you may proceed on your own.
In order to get ready for a session of tantra breathing, sit comfortably in a cross-legged posture. If you are still not comfortable with this basic yoga posture, sit against a wall for back support.
With your eyes and mouth closed, inhale and exhale slowly and deeply through the nose. Rather than expanding your chest during inhalation, feel the breath flow past your lungs and into the pit of your stomach. Tantra breathing has nothing in common with the Western concepts of deep breathing. Rather, it is based on the concepts of Qui Gong and Tai Chi, in which breathing techniques exercise the diaphragm.
It is a physical fact that it is only when the diaphragm is expanded sufficiently that the lungs can fill to comfortable capacity. The best way of achieving this is to picture your breath flowing through your lungs, but passing beyond them into the belly.
Do not force your breath, but ensure that it is deep and measured. There should be no discomfort involved, or else your focus will be broken and the benefits of this breathing technique lost. Picture each inhalation flowing through your chakras and irrigating them with life-giving oxygen.
After about a minute, when your breath has steadied into a comfortable rhythm, begin to clear your mind of all extraneous thoughts and impulses. This is not an easy exercise, and will take much practice to master. However, it becomes easier when you picture each measured exhalation carrying out of your mind and body a disturbing, disruptive thought.
With each subsequent inhalation, picture the space left by the unwanted thought being filled by blissful nothingness. You will soon find your over-busy mind calming down as the disruptive thoughts are flushed out. Imagine the tantric breathing cycle thus becoming a process of thought-purification – a form of mental and spiritual detoxification.
As you grow more and more proficient in this technique, your tantra teacher will instruct you in how to use the bundled power of tantric breath to sharp-focus on a certain task or function – be it sex or any other activity requiring unwavering concentration.
Only when you have become a master of your breath do you begin to achieve mastery over your emotions. Devotion is an emotion, and masterful devotion is what tantra worship is all about. When you have become adept at tantric breathing, your worship of your tantra goddess or tantric god reaps mind-boggling results. You will be able to achieve and transmit the full ecstasy of spiritual sex. You become a devotee engaged in worship of the tantra deity in your life.
May the power of tantra begin to flow in your life…
Acharya Subhojit Dasgupta is a Tantra Teacher with an in-depth knowledge of traditional Indian sciences and Sanskrit literature. Visit his tantra online guide for Tantra Lessons, kriyas and mudras from this young Tantra Master.