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Tantra is a meditative approach to sexuality, a profound path to deepening the intimate relationship one has with oneself and with the Beloved. Continue reading Tantra article»

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See also: Sexuality and Sex Education; Spirituality; Meditation

Positive Sexuality Resources is a list of recommended readings on many facets of sexuality and human sexual behavior, with an emphasis on sexuality as a positive force in life.

Tantric Sexuality Resources is a large bibliography that covers all aspects of Tantra and Tantric practice. It includes an introductory essay describing the historical development of Tantra and a contextualized approach to understanding modern Tantra.

 

Best Self Help Books on Tantra

The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margo AnandTantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love by Daniel Odier"These are the Tantra self help books that I recommend most frequently to my clients who wish to explore the possbilities of experiencing a greater and more profound sense of ecstasy and bliss in their lives."
David Yarian, Ph.D.






More Recommended Self Help Books on Tantra

The Alchemy of Peace & Love: Magical Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Lift Your Spirit (Audio 2-CD Set) by Sandi Anders and David YarianThe Alchemy of Peace & Love: Magical Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Lift Your Spirit (Audio 2-CD Set)
Sandi Anders and David Yarian

This 2-CD guided meditation set is a delicious combination of evocative words, original music and the soothing voice of Sandi Anders. Learn to deeply and fully relax using the Deep Rest Meditaion, a guided body scan relaxation. This meditation will help you to create the Relaxation Response which combats the ravages of chronic stress.


The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margo AnandThe Art of Sexual Ecstasy
Margot Anand

This landmark book on human sexuality makes the sacred lovemaking techniques of the East fully comprehensible to western readers. Elegantly illustrated and filled with detailed exercises, it helps the reader acquire new attitudes and broaden his or her range of experience. This self help book is especially strong on methods for couples to revitalize and strengthen their relationship. 1991, Jeremy P. TarcherA 50 Greatest Self Help Book

 


The Art of Sexual Magic: Cultivating Sexual Energy to Transform Your Life by Margo AnandThe Art of Sexual Magic: Cultivating Sexual Energy to Transform Your Life
Margot Anand

Margo Anand has made her life’s work the investigation of sacred sexuality and its incorporation into everyday existence. In The Art of Sexual Magic, she teaches Tantric exercises which help the you learn how to intertwine the mystical aspects of body and soul through sexuality. Readers can discover how the practice of sexual magic enables couples to focus on their personal vision during sex and create changes in their daily relationships and circumstances through the energy they produce. 1996, Tarcher


Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening by Daniel OdierDesire: The Tantric Path to Awakening
Daniel Odier

Rather than looking at desire as an obstacle to personal growth and enlightenment, Daniel Odier, a scholar and teacher of Tantra, maintains that it is the only true path to liberation. He teaches a meditative practice based on hightening your awareness of sensory perception -- wherever you are. Luminosity of existence thus pervades everything and even the smallest things give pleasure. 2001, Inner Traditions


Ecstatic Sex: A Guide to the Pleasures of Tantra by Ma Ananda Sarita, Swami Anand GehoEcstatic Sex: A Guide to the Pleasures of Tantra
Ma Ananda Sarita, Swami Anand Geho

In Ecstatic Sex, Tantric partners and longtime teachers of the Tantric approach to life and love, Ma Ananda Sarita and Swami Anand Geho, present an eye-opening course in the sexual aspects of Tantra. Exploring everything from basic sexual anatomy and opening your chakras to self-pleasuring, foreplay, creative positions, and orgasm, this book will teach you -- whether you are single or married -- to enhance the pleasure, sensuality, and satisfaction of your every sexual experience. 2003, Fireside


The Enlightened Sex Manual: Sexual Skills for the Superior Lover by David DeidaThe Enlightened Sex Manual: Sexual Skills for the Superior Lover
David Deida

The secret to enlightenment and great sex is revealed to be one and the same in this groundbreaking manual for adventurous lovers. David Deida was trained for decades in the art of spiritual and sexual awakening. Now he presents the ultimate collection of skills for opening to the physical, emotional, and spiritual rewards of intimate embrace. The Enlightened Sex Manual teaches you how to transform simple "skin friction" into the depths and embodiment of ecstasy, how to develop sexual abilities as gifts of heart rapture and bodily surrender, how to achieve the principal types of orgasm--and all their varieties--and much more. 2007, Sounds True


The Essence of Tantric Sexuality by Mark Michaels and Patricia JohnsonThe Essence of Tantric Sexuality
Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is a modern and comprehensive self help book that celebrates the sacredness of the body (and desire) within the Hindu Tantric tradition, and aims to dispel remnants of our Puritan past that define many natural activities of our daily life, including sexuality and desire, in negative terms. Michaels and Johnson explain the Tantric philosophy and its principles, demystify it for beginners, and offer authentic exercises and techniques that will help turn your every moment of pleasure into an opportunity to experience the divine. 2006, Llewellyn Publications


Finding God Through Sex by David DeidaFinding God Through Sex: Awakening the One of Spirit Through the Two of Flesh
David Deida

When the depth of intimacy you've been experiencing is no longer fulfilling to your heart and body—when you sense that sexuality should go far beyond an embrace of brief satisfaction—the time has come to explore your unique sexual path to the divine, teaches David Deida. In Finding God Through Sex, he presents a revolutionary new way to love—one in which sex literally becomes an erotic act of devotional surrender, "making love, magnifying love, from the boundless depth of your heart through every inch of your body and in merger with your lover." 2005, Sounds True, Incorporated, 2nd edition


Hearts Cracked Open: Tantra for Women Who Love Women (DVD) Hearts Cracked Open: Tantra for Women Who Love Women (DVD)

This brave documentary provides the first in-depth look inside the world of lesbian Tantra with its ancient ecstatic practices and sexual techniques. Through interviews with Tantra teachers and students, workshop footage, and daily practices, Hearts Cracked Open celebrates sexuality and coupling in the lesbian community.  Witness the transformative power of Tantra to crack open the heart as women reclaim the fullness of their sensual beings. Includes education with Annie Sprinkle, Pamela Madison, Marcia Singer, and Evalena Rose. Includes education with Annie Sprinkle, Pamela Madison, Marcia Singer, and Evalena Rose. 2006, Itchy Bee Productions


The Ipsalu Formula: A Method for Tantra Bliss by Bodhi AvinashaThe Ipsalu Formula: A Method for Tantra Bliss
Bodhi Avinasha

The Ipsalu Formula presents a practical approach for achieving bliss in the body. The magic of the Ipsalu Formula is in the synergy of the principles, practices, traditions, and scientifically based techniques it draws upon. From ancient wisdom to cutting edge research into consciousness breakthroughs, the Formula weaves a cohesive, repeatable approach to producing bliss, not as a lovely theory to hope for, but as a living experience to enjoy – now. 2006, Ipsalu Publishing, 2nd edition


Jewel in the Lotus / The Tantric Path to Higher Consciousness by Sunyata Saraswati and Bodhi AvinashaJewel In The Lotus/The Tantric Path to Higher Consciousness
Sunyata Saraswati and Bodhi Avinasha

Bodhi and Sunyata capture the essence of Tantra in this easy-to-read self help workbook. Whether you're an advanced tantrika or a beginner doing preliminary research, you will gain great insights through reading this material and following the exercises. The book trains you in the fundamental techniques of Tantra that grant you access to your spiritual and creative potential by using your sexual energy, and teaches you how to overcome obstacles you may run into on your way. Twelve lessons guide the reader to new levels of self-mastery, aimed at increasing energy levels, healing and rejuvenating, and developing psychic sensitivity. 2002, Ipsalu Publishing, 3rd edition


Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts by David Gordon WhiteKiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts
David Gordon White

Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian Tantra from the medieval period to the present day. This work of scholarship traces developments in Tantric practice as external ritual practices increasingly become incorporated into the body of the practitioner. He focuses extensive attention on the role of erotico-mystical ritual practices in South Asian Tantra and critiques the modern forms of “Tantra” marketed by New Age entrepreneurs. 2003, University of Chicago Press


The Marriage of Sex and Spirit: Relationships at the Heart of Conscious Evolution by Gendreau, Peyser, Gentille, ArnoldThe Marriage of Sex And Spirit: Relationships at the Heart of Conscious Evolution
Geralyn Gendreau, Randy Peyser, Fancesca Gentille, Courtney Arnold

In The Marriage of Sex and Spirit, thirty-five of the most provocative and fresh voices of our generation give us the keys to transforming relationships from a source of grief and bondage to a celebration of self and other. Drawing together the most powerful wisdom of spiritual teachers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, educators, therapists, coaches, writers, artists, this groundbreaking anthology presents the visions and ideas that form the gateway to transforming both spirituality and sexuality. This powerful collection of practical techniques and breakthrough insights offers the potential to utterly transform your experience of relationships into a source of joy, inspiration and fuel for your spiritual and emotional journey. 2006, Elite Books


The Multi-Orgasmic Couple: Sexual Secrets Every Couple Should Know by Mantak Chia, et.al.The Multi-Orgasmic Couple: Sexual Secrets Every Couple Should Know
Mantak Chia et.al.

The Multi-Orgasmic Couple will show you and your partner how to experience intense multiple whole-body orgasms; pleasure each other profoundly; use sexuality for health and healing; deepen your love and spiritual relationship. Couples will discover simple step-by-step techniques for a level of sexual pleasure, intimacy, and healing they may not have known was possible. This fully illustrated self help guide will inspire couples to make love all night-and make love last a lifetime. 2002, HarperOne


The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know by Mantak Chia and Douglas AbramsThe Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know
Mantak Chia and Douglas Abrams

Offering men clear and practical guidelines for reaching their real but seldom-realized sexual potential, The Multi-Orgasmic Man vividly explores these extraordinary facts: by learning to separate orgasm and ejaculation (two distinct physical processes) men can transform the momentary release of ejaculation into countless peaks of whole-body orgasms. Men who experience multiple orgasms report increased vitality and longevity, by avoiding the fatigue and depletion that follow ejaculation. This self help book shows you how! 1997, HarperOne


The Multi-Orgasmic Woman: Discover Your Full Desire, Pleasure, and Vitality by Mantak Chia and Rachel Carlton AbramsThe Multi-Orgasmic Woman: Discover Your Full Desire, Pleasure, and Vitality
Mantak Chia and Rachel Carlton Abrams

For women who seek heightened spiritual consciousness with their extended and multiple orgasms, Chia and Abrams prescribe a series of meditations and exercises from the Chinese Taoist tradition. The authors' inclusive language speaks to all women, regardless of age, sexual orientation, relationship status, orgasm tendencies or level of experience with meditation. The good, basic information on general sexual health and wellness emphasizes holistic approaches to maintenance and treatment, and the primer on the fundamentals of chi (energy) provides a solid overview of the theoretical basis for the methods developed to cultivate and use this energy. 2006, Rodale Press


Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism by Miranda ShawPassionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism
Miranda Shaw

The crowning cultural achievement of medieval India, Tantric Buddhism is known in the West primarily for the sexual practices of its adherents who strive to transform erotic passion into spiritual ecstasy. Miranda Shaw convincingly argues that the enlightenment thus attempted was not for men only and presents extensive new evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its distinctive vision of gender relations and sacred sexuality. 1995, Princeton University Press


Sexual Energy Ecstasy by David and Ellen RamsdaleSexual Energy Ecstasy
David and Ellen Ramsdale

A Joy of Sex for the new age, this treasury of eastern and western sexual secrets will help couples enjoy the best physical and spiritual relationship possible. This self help book contains Tantric and Taoist techniques of sacred sexuality, guided meditation passages, and tasteful drawings. 1995, Bantam Books


Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of EcstasySexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Ecstasy
Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger

First published in 1979, this popular book (over 1 million copies sold) presents a concise and articulate overview of the history and philosophy of sacred sex. Practical exercises and meditations are interspersed throughout. Sexual Secrets works well for people who like to know the background of what they are doing and want to pick and choose the activities they will do in their exploration. This self help book is lavishly illustrated with wonderful erotic drawings by Penny Slinger. 1999, Destiny Books; Twentieth Anniversary edition


Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving by Charles and Caroline MuirTantra: The Art of Conscious Loving
Charles and Caroline Muir

This artfully illustrated self help book distills the art of Tantric practice into simple language with clear explanations, helpful exercises and gentle encouragement. Master teachers Charles and Caroline Muir offer modern couples ancient Tantric secrets for deepening relationships, intimacy, and passion. 1990, Mercury House


Tantra - Discovering the Power of Pre-Orgasmic Sex by YoganiTantra - Discovering the Power of Pre-Orgasmic Sex
Yogani

Tantra - Discovering the Power of Pre-Orgasmic Sex is a common-sense guide on how to utilize sexuality to complement a full-scope system of yoga practices. Practical techniques are provided which enable both couples and solo practitioners to utilize the sexual response to cultivate sexual energy to its highest levels of spiritual manifestation. Finally, here is a no-nonsense self help book that takes the mystery out of sexuality and its relationship to yoga and the spiritual path. 2006, AYP Publishing


Tantra for Erotic Empowerment: The Key to Enriching Your Sexual Life by Michaels and JohnsonTantra for Erotic Empowerment: The Key to Enriching Your Sexual Life
Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Filled with over fifty exercises, dozens of examples, explanations, and experiences, this self help workbook provides a cornucopia of material for Tantric practitioners or novices to use in order to enhance and enrich their sexual life, focusing on "consciousness, an experimental attitude, and, above all, pleasure". Michaels and Johnson suggest approaching the material slowly but steadily, studying and experimenting with one chapter per week. All of the exercises can be explored by persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. 2008, Llewellyn Publications


Tantra: Sex, Secrety, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion by Hugh B. UrbanTantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion
Hugh B. Urban

Tracing the complex genealogy of Tantra as a category within the history of religions, Hugh B. Urban reveals how it has been formed through the interplay of popular and scholarly imaginations. Tantra emerges as a product of mirroring and misrepresentation at work between east and west. Combining historical detail, textual analysis, popular cultural phenomena, and critical theory, this book shows Tantra as a shifting amalgam of fantasies, fears, and wish fulfillment, at once native and Other, that strikes at the very heart of our constructions of the exotic Orient and the contemporary West. 2003, University of California Press


Tantric Awakening: A Woman's Initiation into the Path of Ecstasy by Valerie BrooksTantric Awakening: A Woman's Initiation into the Path of Ecstasy
Valerie Brooks

This personal and intimate portrait of a young woman’s journey is tastefully written to reveal not only the ecstatic power and spiritual benefits of tantra, but also the pitfalls, problems, and temptations of this path toward enlightenment. With the inclusion of specific tantric sexual techniques the author shows how to use tantra to balance the spirit with the physical self in order to achieve personal empowerment, transforming fear and self-doubt into joy and self-confidence. Meditations, exercises, and important insights for beginning a tantric practice assist the reader who is inspired to bring a sense of the divine into daily life. 2001, Destiny Books


Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love by Daniel OdierTantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love
Daniel Odier

Daniel Odier writes about his search to find a Tantric master. On the verge of giving up, he retreats to a small village in India where he finds a great Tantric master, Devi, in the forest. She agrees to take him on as her student and warns him that his journey will be difficult. As the master-student bond is strengthened, Devi's teachings become more deep and subtle. The final part of the time spent with Devi involves his initiation into Tantric ritual sexuality, the joining of Shiva and Shakti, which causes the rising of the Kundalini, the sacred spiritual force that purifies the body. Odier also relates the challenges of coming back to the "real world" to use what he learned. 1997, Inner Traditions


Transcendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens the Veil by Jenny WadeTranscendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens the Veil
Jenny Wade

Developmental psychologist Wade claims that lovemaking can be a path to soulful realization. In this book based on first-hand accounts of nearly 100 respondents, she describes ordinary people's spontaneous spiritual awakenings through transcendent sex. Wade describes many forms that mystical may take, provides warnings on the down side of altered state sex and offers suggestions for facilitating transcendent sex. A fascinating and unusual self help book. 2004, Pocket


Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-first Century by Barbara CarrellasUrban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-first Century
Barbara Carrellas

Acclaimed sex educator Barbara Carrellas radically updates Tantric sex practices for modern sexual explorers seeking ecstasy that lingers longer than orgasm. With a juicy mix of erotic how-to and inspired, pleasure-centered spiritual wisdom, she guides readers through a repertoire of easy-to-grasp techniques and positions for solo and partner play, as well as more adventurous practices. Tantric virgins and curious sex positivists alike will discover a world of sensual delights and learn how to take pleasure to new levels of intimacy and spiritual fulfillment. 2007, Celestial Arts


The Way of the Body Prayer Path: Erotic Freedom and Spiritual Enlightenment by Barnaby BarrattThe Way of the Body Prayer Path: Erotic Freedom and Spiritual Enlightenment
Barnaby Barratt

Dr. Barratt creates a modern synthesis of sexuality and spirituality, drawing on the ancient traditions of Tantra and the insights of modern psychoanalysis. This generous and uplifting book celebrates the interweaving of sex and spirit into one Holy Spirit. 2004, Xlibris Corporation



What is Tantric Practice by Barnaby BarrattWhat is Tantric Practice?
Barnaby Barratt

Dr. Barratt advances Tantric practice for westerners, even while debunking some of the myths that have accumulated around its popularization. He describes the "ABCs" of Tantric practice: dissolving our egotism; mobilizing our subtle energies; and cultivating our spiritual awareness. This is a valuable new synthesis of Tantra for today. 2006, Xlibris Corporation


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