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If you think sexual and spiritual bliss can'­t be found in today'­s fast-paced world, you haven'­t experienced Urban Tantra. With a juicy mix of erotic how-to and pleasure-centered spiritual wisdom, acclaimed sex educator Barbara Carrellas radically updates the ancient practice of Tantra for modern sexual explorers desiring to push past their edge in search of the great cosmic orgasm.With more than one hundred easy-to-follow techniques for expanded orgasmic states and solo and partner play (as well as more ...
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If you think sexual and spiritual bliss can'­t be found in today'­s fast-paced world, you haven'­t experienced Urban Tantra. With a juicy mix of erotic how-to and pleasure-centered spiritual wisdom, acclaimed sex educator Barbara Carrellas radically updates the ancient practice of Tantra for modern sexual explorers desiring to push past their edge in search of the great cosmic orgasm.With more than one hundred easy-to-follow techniques for expanded orgasmic states and solo and partner play (as well as more adventurous practices), this in-depth guide reveals the delicious worlds of ecstasy available to all, including:The Erotic Awakening Massage • Breath and Energy Orgasms • Twenty-Minute Tantra Evolutionary Selfloving • Sex and Healing • Tantric BDSMNo matter what your gender, sexual preference, or erotic tastes, URBAN TANTRA will expand your notions about pleasure and open you up to new heights of intimacy and sexual fulfillment.


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Editorial Reviews

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"This is honestly the best book written on Tantra, period."-Playgirl"Few books on Tantra are truly brilliant. Barbara Carrellas has written of Urban Tantra in a way that warms my heart . . . honest, clear, human and insightful. I am laughing and loving Tantra all over again."-Caroline Muir, co-author, Tantra, The Art of Conscious Loving"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."-Out magazine"URBAN TANTRA gives me hope that the world will become a more sexually satisfied, ecstatic, enlightened, and inclusive place."-Annie Sprinkle, PhD, from the foreword"URBAN TANTRA is the most pleasurable, fun, meaningful, and liberating book on sex ever! Thank you, Barbara!"-Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women'­s Bodies, Women'­s Wisdom "At last, a sex book with a sense of humor, and one that dispels the notion that sex is always, only and forever, between one man and one woman. I can'­t wait to see generations grow up with the study and use of URBAN TANTRA!"-Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw and Hello, Cruel World"Any book on Tantra that begins by describing a professional lap dance as a divine sexual experience is one I will definitely read. Written with wit and humor, Barbara's URBAN TANTRA keeps sex real, and, best of all, the rituals are fun."-Betty Dodson, PhD, author of Sex for One and Orgasms for Two"If you ever thought Tantra wasn'­t for you-too foreign or gimmicky or New Agey, or not edgy enough for your radical sex explorations-Barbara Carrellas will cure you of all misconceptions and bring you an Urban Tantra to unite your sex, your spirit, your erotic wanderlust, your edge."-Carol Queen, author of Real Live Nude Girl and director of the Center for Sex & Culture, San Francisco"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 uniting sex with spirit, healing with philosophy, and the animating force of the cosmos with each and every one of us. So if you'd like to live your sex life on a galactic scale, you must read this book!"-Dossie Easton, coauthor of The Ethical Slut"Everyone needs to rejoice in their own sexuality, and Barbara shows us how in this very informative, easy-to-use book. It would be nice to practice Tantra in a lovely remote garden or high atop a mountain, but the reality is that in today'­s world many of us don'­t have that luxury. Barbara demonstrates that it doesn'­t matter where you practice, as long as you'Âre conscious when you do. Now, let go and enjoy Urban Tantra."-Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life and Empowering Women"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."-Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand), authors of The Essence of Tantric Sexuality"Barbara Carrellas, whose Urban Tantric sex workshops combine Eastern sex techniques with the postmodern methods of SM practitioners, is a trailblazer."-Tristan Taormino, The Village Voice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307785800
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 148,050
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Carrellas is an author, sex educator, and theater artist. Her pioneering  Urban Tantra® workshops were named best in New York City by TimeOut/New York magazine. She is also the cofounder of Erotic Awakening, a groundbreaking series of workshops that toured the United States and Australia. Barbara has been featured in several episodes of HBO’s Real Sex. She is also the author of Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure, numerous articles and essays, and an audio series, The Pleasure Principle. Barbara lives in New York City with her partner, trailblazing gender theory author Kate Bornstein.


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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Foreword   Annie Sprinkle, PhD     xii
Prelude: The Temple of the Sacred Lap Dance, or Ecstasy Is Where You Find It     1
Introduction: What Is Tantra, Anyway?     7
Ten Myths About Tantra
A Quick-Start Guide
Tantra: The Basics     15
Why Ecstasy is Necessary     17
Pleasure vs. Ecstasy
Adrenaline is Not Ecstasy
XXXtasy is Not Ecstasy
So How Do We Find Real Ecstasy?
Be Here Now     22
Breathe
Change Your Mind
Do Some Affirmations
Focus and Imagine
Make no Judgments, Make no Comparisons, and Delete Your Need to Understand
Drop Your Expectations
Giving and Receiving
Know Thy Chakras, Know Thyself     36
The Seven Chakras
Sex and the Chakras
Wake Up Your Body, Calm Your Mind, and Free Your Spirit     48
The Basics of Breath
Four Conscious Breaths
Meditation
The Power of Silliness
Witnessing
The Exhilaration and Cathartic Meditations
How to Touch     60
The Resilient Edge of Resistance
The Resilient Edge of Resistance Applies to More Than Touch
Twenty-Minute Tantra     64
Conscious Quickies
Tantra for One: Unleashing Your Orgasmic Energy     67
Sexual Energy: What It Is and What to Do with It     69
Kundalini, Chi, and the Inner Flute
"Seeing" Sexual Energy
Dropping Into the Body
Let's Dance
Orgasm: The Totality ofPossibilities     81
What is Orgasm?
But Wait, There's More!
Orgasm Tips for Estrogen-Based Bodies
Orgasm Tips for Testosterone-Based Bodies
What About P-Spot Orgasms?
Orgasmic Sounds
The Universal Hum
Breath and Energy Orgasms     95
What's so Special About Breath and Energy Orgasms?
The Firebreath Orgasm
The Clench and Hold
Solo Tantra     111
Eye Gazing
The Microcosmic Orbit
Vibrate Those Chakras
Discover What Truly Turns You on
Try New Sensations
Take Yourself on a Tantric Date
Evolutionary Selfloving
Tantra for Two: A Tantric Ritual     123
Set the Stage     126
The Stage
Scenery
Lighting
Sound
Costumes
Props
Special Effects
Safer Sex
Chill Out and Warm Up     138
Chill Out
Warm Up
Come Together     142
The Pose of Recognition with Hand Balancing
The Pose of Giving and Receiving
The Garden of Sensual Delights
Rock and Roll     153
The Heart Connection
Back to Back
Spread the Energy Around
Yab Yum/Sitting Position
Sitting Open-Eyed Clench and Holds
Tantric Fucking
Afterglow     165
Toes to Third Eye
Heart-Foot-Hand
Grounding Hug
The Erotic Awakening Massage: An Introduction     165
The Erotic Awakening Massage Has Unlimited Possibilities
Sensual Massage
Conscious Receiving and Conscious Giving
How to Breathe
Whole-Hand Touching
Gender and the Erotic Awakening Massage
Orgasm and the Erotic Awakening Massage
The Erotic Awakening Massage for People with Pussies     176
Setting Up
Connecting
Starting with a Sensual Massage
The Vulva
The Clitoris
Spreading the Energy Around
Intravaginal Massage
Stop!
Rock and Roll
The Clench and Hold
Now What?
The Erotic Awakening Massage for People with Penises     190
Starting with a Sensual Massage
The Cock Strokes
The Clench and Hold
Afterglow
Tantra for the Adventurous     201
Tantric BDSM     203
The Needle Mudra
Five Myths About BDSM
Using Tantra to Enhance BDSM
How to Create the Tantric Ritual That's Perfect for You     213
The Erotic Playsheet
One of Those Days
Different Lives
P.S., Your Cat is Dead
Group Tantra     227
How to Throw a Great Ritual/Sex Party
Club Relate
Happy Birthday
An Erotic Rite
A Weekend in the Country
The Dark Heart
How to Try Group Sex Without Fracturing Your Relationship
Tantra: The Next Dimension     241
Sex Magic     243
Sex and Healing
Using Sex Magic to Relax and Relieve Stress
Using Sex Magic to Relieve Colds and Sinus Pain
Using Sex Magic to Relieve Pain and Fear
Using Sex Magic to Facilitate Childbirth
Using Sex Magic to Alleviate Back Pain
Using Sex Magic to Heal Sexual Wounds
Sex Magic and Compulsive Sex
Sex Magic in the Workplace
Sex Magic for World Peace, Part 1
Sex Magic for World Peace, Part 2
Sex and Death
References      259
Resources     263
Index     282
About the Author     288
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    I'm a writer (that my book below) and working hypnotherapist, and because most of my clients come to me to lose weight, I usually ask (after a few sessions), "So how's the sex?" And then my female clients begin to cry... "There is none." And that's why they're carrying around the 50 extra pounds. Now, from my perspective, sex is sacred. It comes directly from the "All That Is," and is the source of Life. But because of 3000 years of "bad programming," some people feel ashamed or think it's filthy, and if you are reading this review because that's your issue? Then buy this book. It will help reignite your own innate sensuality, and access to the core power that is love. It's all about love. Good luck in connecting to your own powerful source of pleasure.

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    Barbara Carrellas's books are GREAT tools in exploring and expanding your sexual awarness. Breathing and energy "become one" when practiced. I was truely amazed at what my body was capable of once I learned to breath consciously from the "lessons"' I read in Urban Tantra. Barbara Carrellas continues to help the world discover that S E X ins't a dirty word!!!!!!!!

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