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Barbara is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of her bestselling book with this updated edition. Urban Tantra is a book about consciousness cleverly disguised as a sex guide. Urban Tantra shows you how sacred sex can be practiced anywhere from ashrams to a lap dancing parlors and in the time you actually have available in your busy life.
Whether or not you have a partner and no matter what your age, sexual preferences, gender or abilities, you can begin to live a more joyful conscious life by learning how to practice joyful conscious sex.
Urban Tantra is an invitation to live life more deliciously and make the world a more sexually satisfied, enlightened, and inclusive place. Many people think Tantra can only be learned and practiced in peaceful, wooded, New Age retreats. They live in big, boisterous cities and suburbs. Urban Tantra can be explored step-by-step, as if attending your own private workshops, or you can jump in anywhere, trying out the exercises that appeal to you at that moment.
With Urban Tantra, you do not have to devote your life to the study of Tantra, buy expensive products, or learn to speak Sanskrit. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the good stuff right away! Urban Tantra is a fun, irreverent, thoughtful and intelligent guide to mind-blowing sex in the twenty-first century—an invitation to live life more deliciously and make the world a more sexually satisfied, enlightened, and inclusive place. With a warm heart and devilish good humor, Barbara Carrellas has written the first how-to guide to ecstatic sex for people of any and all genders, all combinations of gender, and even no gender at all—Urban Tantra is a much needed upgrade to tantric sex for generations to come.
Any book on Tantra that begins by describing a professional lap dance as a divine sexual experience is one I will definitely read. Urban Tantra offers a daring, delicious, profound, courageous, and altogether magical celebration that will teach us all to dance to the rhythms of the universe. Barbara Carrellas has written the ultimate how-to book that unites sex with spirit, healing with philosophy, and the animating force of the cosmos with each and every one of us.
Urban Tantra is a courageous book by Barbara Carrellas, one of the pioneers in contemporary American Tantra. This engaging and comprehensive guide includes numerous powerful exercises as well as moving personal anecdotes that reveal how the conscious exploration and embrace of sexuality can function as a tool for transformation.
Everyone needs to rejoice in their own sexuality, and Barbara shows us how in this very informative, easy-to-use book. Now, let go and enjoy Urban Tantra. Barbara Carrellas, whose Urban Tantric sex workshops combine Eastern sex techniques with the postmodern methods of SM practitioners, is a trailblazer. Urban Tantra is the most pleasurable, fun, meaningful, and liberating book on sex ever!
Thank you, Barbara! Urban Tantra gives me hope that the world will become a more sexually satisfied, ecstatic, enlightened and inclusive place. This handy how-to promises mind-blowing, toe-curling, highly spiritual sex for humble beginners, BDSM aficionados and everyone in between.
Not that one necessarily needs that kind of ambition: Carrellas offers ways to enhance any old sexual encounter with techniques like breathing, stroking, prodding and piercing , techniques for solo play and countless uses for a trunk full of toys. Same sex, transgender, and multi-partner play is encouraged if not highly recommended , and the text is peppered with illuminating, try-this-at-home anecdotes.
Sex educator Carrellas takes tantra out of the exclusive domain of white New Age heterosexuals and makes a compelling—and hot, and damp—argument that tantra is for all of us. Her frank how-to offers suggestions for incorporating tantric principles into queer couplings, with a healthy respect for putting sex back at the center of our lives. August in New York is legendary for its soupy heat. The narrow streets and toweringly tall buildings prevent even the tiniest breath of cool air from finding you.
In , long before anyone could imagine that this neighborhood would ever be called Ground Zero, young financial whizzes not yet successful enough to spend these dog days in cooler climes dashed from air-conditioned tower to air-conditioned tower in their suits and ties.
The mere sight of these tightly buttoned beings in the heat of the downtown streets made me gasp for air. The extra-long black stockings that completed my outfit were not expensive. Lap dancing is a sure way to go through several pair in a single shift.
One, wear stockings; they hold the cash more securely than garters. That way you can give all your attention to the customer on whose lap you are gyrating, which in turn leads to a longer dance and more tips.
Plus, stockings make your legs look longer and more alluring. Two, pick a persona that works for you and stick with it. A cool, sophisticated-looking blonde is unique in this dark, seedy place. We all base our personas on sexual stereotypes. The Latina women I work with favor the Charo, coochie-coochie look. The black women favor Uptown Saturday Night. The few white women who work at the Harmony favor a sporty, well-toned, athletic look.
Her what-if-Grace-Kelly-were-a-hooker quality appeals to a sizable clientele in this part of town. I am working at the Harmony Burlesque because I need money—fast. My girlfriend is in Australia looking after her sick mum and has invited me to join her for a couple of weeks. She has even sent me a ticket. Besides, I liked working here the last time.
The owner of the place, Dominique, is a woman I admire greatly. She is tough and smart. You have to agree to a long list of rules to work here beginning, quite sensibly, with no drugs and no hooking, as both are against the law in New York , but in exchange there is a lot of creative freedom. And you can come and go pretty much as you please. I am genuinely surprised at how much I enjoy working here.
The kind of sex work I usually do is of the nurturing and healing variety—very yin. This place is about as down and dirty, in your face—yang—as it gets. Plus, I simply love being Alexandra.
I also love the exercise. I also enjoy hanging out in the back room with the other women, imagining that this is actually a modern temple of the sacred prostitute. I even like a lot of the clients. The entrance to the Harmony is discreet. Only a small sign above the door identifies it as a place of pleasure. I walk through the door and then through the same turnstile the paying customers must pass through.
I wait for the cold blast of air-conditioning. Instead, the air is only slightly cooler than the air outside. The heat gets to me. After about four hours, I abandon any hope of maintaining the look. I retire to the back room and wipe away all my makeup except what little is left of my mascara. I put on some fresh lipstick and pull back my damp hair into what I hope might pass in the darkness for a chic chignon. I wipe the sweat off my body with a damp paper towel and head back to the floor.
I see the Cowboy even before he actually passes through the turnstile at the entrance to the club. He stands out like a cool Montana breeze against all the sweat-soaked business shirts and briefcases. The Cowboy is cute. He looks authentic. He reminds me of an older, more weathered version of Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy. I am intrigued. I move in. He spots me only a few moments after I see him.
He sits. I sit on his lap. Well, not sit, actually. Half my weight is on my feet. I start the dance the way I start every dance. I take a deep breath and I gaze into his eyes, specifically his left eye. I learned this technique in Tantra. That gateway stays pretty firmly shut unless you really want to open it up.
I use it for a couple of reasons. First, it gives me a point of focus. As a dancer and performer, you always do better work when you have a focus. I see their vulnerability, their hunger, their humanness.
It makes the dance more of a healing experience, for me at least. The Cowboy seems experienced at this lap dance ritual and at the same time a bit shy. I smile. He smiles back. My eyes find his eyes. The Cowboy catches my gaze and holds it. The stripper on the stage behind me is working to a rhythm and blues tune I particularly like, and my hips pick up the beat like a wave. My breath goes along for the ride. This is great! This almost never happens.
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Barbara is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of her bestselling book with this updated edition. Urban Tantra is a book about consciousness cleverly disguised as a sex guide. Urban Tantra shows you how sacred sex can be practiced anywhere from ashrams to a lap dancing parlors and in the time you actually have available in your busy life. Whether or not you have a partner and no matter what your age, sexual preferences, gender or abilities, you can begin to live a more joyful conscious life by learning how to practice joyful conscious sex. Urban Tantra is an invitation to live life more deliciously and make the world a more sexually satisfied, enlightened, and inclusive place. Many people think Tantra can only be learned and practiced in peaceful, wooded, New Age retreats. They live in big, boisterous cities and suburbs.
Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century
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