Advanced Spiritual Intimacy: The Yoga of Deep Tantric Sensuality (3rd Revised edition)
By: Stuart Sovatsky (author)Paperback
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Sexual development does not end in adolescence. There are advanced stages of glandular, emotional, and erotic development based in the lifelong "puberty of the spine." Known in India as kundalini awakening, these stages form the energetic basis of all yoga forms and deeper erotic aspirations. They present an opportunity for couples and individuals to explore the consciousness-expanding abilities of sexual energy as both spirituality and sexuality transform into what Michel Foucault called ars erotica, far beyond the Freudian scientia sexualissexuality of the Western world. Offering a guide to the advanced stages of human sexuality and a passionately infused tantric yoga practice, Stuart Sovatsky explains how to awaken the complete spinal puberty, resulting in spiritual intimacy and orgasmic pineal maturity that far surpasses the gratifications of modern sexuality. With illustrated instructions, he reveals flow-yoga asanas, mantras, and devotional breathing practices for solo kundalini yoga as well as couples' yoga practices and chakra meditations to awaken the heart and the divinely eroticized mind.
He shares inspiring stories from those on this path about ever-deepening life partnerships, enriched family life, enhanced personal creativity, profound new understandings of conception, masculinity, femininity, and gender itself as well as healing emotional scars of romantic breakups and sexual abuse. Sovatsky shows that by transcending conventional Western sexuality and returning to the ars eroticabeliefs of ancient India, we can harness the divine energy--glimpsed for only an instant by most people--at the heart of all erotic yearning.
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Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D., has degrees in religion and psychology from Princeton University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. A kundalini tantra practitioner since 1972, he was the producer of the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality in India in 2008, which featured more than 400 delegates from 40 countries, including B. K. S. Iyengar, Robert Thurman, and S. S. Ravi Shankar. A kundalini chant-master with Axis Mundi, he has counseled thousands of people worldwide on yoga and relationships. He lives in Richmond, California.
Acknowledgments Prologue Urdhvaretas: Yoga's Path of Complete Maturation of Ensouled, Engendered Bodies 1 Everything Will Change A Most Unusual Invitation Awakening Dormant Seed Potentials Urdhvaretas First Bursts in the Modern West Reenvisioning Family Life 2 Entering the Mystery: Moving from Cynical Certainty to Spiritual Intimacies Something Hidden Is Going On Five Degrees of Approach 3 Shared-Gender Mystery Male and Female as Starting Points Gender Is the Sharing of Mystery Gender Awe Gender Worship The Prosthesis of an Owned Sexuality Homosexual Mystery 4 Purposeful Urdhvaretas Who Chooses Urdhvaretas? Why You Might Choose Brahmacharya Beginning and Setting a Time Frame Considerations of Personality and Mystery 5 Yogic Anatomy and Transformation of the Ars Erotica Body The Subtle Bodies The Chakras Transforming Passion into Divine Rapture Meditative Knowing 6 Commitment and Marriage as Grihastha Mysteries Lifelong Commitment: The Crux of Finitude To Stay or to Leave? Viyoga (Hidden Unions) and Spoken Passion The Erotic Freedom of Belonging 7 The Passions and Mysteries of Fertility Procreative Wonders Meditation: Retas Mysteries Creating New Life Procreation and the Shared-Gender Mystery Sharing a Home with Mystery Ars Erotica Facts of Life for Teenagers 8 Within the Intimus: The Myriad Inner Empathic Spaces (IES) Sixty-four Intimate Spaces of Ars Erotica 9 Communication Yoga Twenty-one Verbal Asanas of Creative Communication for Couples 10 Relational Worship Ritual Worship of Mystery This and That Profundity within Simplicity 11 Hatha Yoga as Ars Erotica Bandhas and Mudras Asanas Chair and Bed Yoga Family Practice Ideas Partnered Practices Sahaja Yoga 12 Sringara Rasa Suggestive Ambiguities of Twilight Teachings Reveal, Conceal, and Protect the Intimus Beyond Protective Ambiguities and Scholarly Demystifying Certainties into the Sacred Intimus 13 Brahmacharya: Solo Intimacy with the Source The Heights The Saint Elder Sannyasa, Letting Go Afterword Glossary Notes Bibliography Index
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