Tantra yoga is probably the most misunderstood yoga system in the West. It is often misquoted as a means to sensual indulgence. It is not a yoga of isolation or for ascetics. Tantra yoga uses all the natural senses and desires with the aim to transform and harmonize these senses and desires. Tantra yoga works with the highly charged energy in the body called kundalini. The kundalini sits coiled at the base of the spine and is often blocked. Kundalini can be uncoiled only by guided proper breathing techniques. Mystical yet scientific in approach, tantra yoga includes visualization, chanting, asana, and strong breathing practices. For the tantric yogi, the Divine can be found in ordinary, day-to-day existence. Tantra embraces the physical world rather than a world of withdrawal.
Tantra yoga should always be guided or taught by a teacher due to the overpowering effect of the kundalini awakening spontaneously.
Stress is linked to hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes, asthma, chronic pain, allergies, headaches, backaches, and immune system weakness.
Seventy-five to 90 percent of employee visits to hospitals are for ailments linked to stress. Sources: American Institute of Stress; Nation’s Business, December 1994; respectively.
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