Yogi Living Ashram

Tantra Yoga

liberation and connection
classical tantra yoga

the path of love

Tantra Yoga is for those seeking profound connection with themselves and others, and the world around them. We teach The Path of Love, which draws on the deep wisdom of classical Tantra. Our belief is that love is the single unifying principle that can reconcile opposites. 

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classical tantra yoga

from the heart

What is classical tantra?

Classical Tantra is a spiritual tradition that began in India and thrived between the 5th and 12th centuries. During this time, thousands of texts known as “Tantras” were written, many of which are yet to be translated. The texts detail Tantric practices and include many long commentaries. The main aim of these practices and beliefs is to raise consciousness, explore the nature of reality, and achieve spiritual liberation.

The tantric practices spread across India and further east into Tibet and Nepal, as well as to south asia. During this time, Tantra merged with many spiritual traditions, in particular Tibetan Buddhism and Taoism.

The tradition was vibrant in the region of North India known as Kashmir. Much of what is understood today about the Classical Tantric tradition comes from this area and is now referred to as Kashmir Shaivism, which embodies the Tantric teachings of Shiva and Shakti.

The Connection to Modern Yoga

Much of what is recognized today as yoga has direct or indirect roots in Tantric techniques and principles. Traditions such as Kundalini yoga, Mantra yoga, Hatha yoga, and Kriya yoga all emerged from Tantra.

Understanding this lineage explains why so many yoga styles use elements such as breath control, meditation, and energy work—which are hallmarks of Tantra. Tantra is not some quirky offshoot of yoga but is, in fact, one of the most important lineages.

You are the eternal energy which appears as this universe. You didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.

Neo Tantra and Classical Tantra

Neo-Tantra and Classical Tantra differ significantly in their focus and practices. Neo-Tantra primarily emphasizes sexual liberation and the concept of sacred sex. In Classical Tantra, sexuality is seen as only one aspect of the human experience that can serve a spiritual practice.

In fact, Neo-Tantra and Classical Tantra share little beyond their name and the belief that sexuality doesn’t have to be separate from spirituality.

112 Gateways to samadhi

The Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is one of the most frequently cited tantric texts. It is takes the form of a dialogue between Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati, symbolizing the masculine and feminine principles of creation. This text outlines 112 gateways to samadhi, or methods for attaining higher states of consciousness. Only 3 of the 112 methods could be described as being of a sexual nature.

In stark contrast, Neo-Tantra often distills what should be lifetime practices into short, weekend retreats. These “tantra workshops” are little more than pick-and-mix commodities in the growing conscious sexuality marketplace. Such retreats can have benefits but are also a magnet for narcissists and sexual predators. The allure of “sacred” sex workshops can be compelling, but should be approached with caution or avoided altogether if personal boundaries are not respected.

Tantra Deep Hug | Classical Tantra Yoga

classical tantra is NOT about sex!

Focusing solely on ecstatic sex is risky as the energies released are powerful and often attached to deep personal trauma. Working with sexual energy demands a step-by-step approach and careful balance. It is advisable to practice tantric lovemaking within the broader framework of Tantra yoga.  Classical Tantra takes a holistic approach, integrating sexual practices with meditation, breathwork and chakra energy. Sexual rituals are reserved for advanced practitioners who have dedicated decades to mastering the discipline.

This proven thousand years old tradition, is an authentic and genuinely profound spiritual journey. It is also one that requires dedication and the ability to transcend mere physicality.

The Meaning Of Tantra

Most people struggle to lead lives filled with love and happiness, often trapped by past emotions, fears, limiting ideas, and social constructs. This sense of entrapment explains the popularity of movies like The Matrix and conspiracy theories about being controlled. These narratives reflect the self-created illusion of reality and are rooted in fear and a sense of separation.

At its core, Tantra is about connecting with the infinite, universal consciousness, whose principal quality is love. Love is the essential unifying principle that reconciles opposites. Without love, we see the Universe in terms of polarities and paradoxes.

At Yogi Living, we teach The Path of Love, which draws from the deep wisdom of the tantras and ancient traditions. These teachings are effective for everyone, even those with busy lives. The methods used are so powerful that they make it possible to reach enlightenment within one lifetime.

Tantra is not about seeking fleeting pleasures or creating picture-perfect moments for social media. It is for those genuinely curious about following an authentic path of spiritual awakening. For those seeking profound connections with themselves, others, and the world around them.

The key is to practice with diligence for the rest of your life.

Tantra Yoga practices

Classical Tantra uses a wide range of practices designed to integrate physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines, emphasizing a holistic approach. Practices we teach include:

1. meditation

Central to Classical Tantra, meditation practice aims to still the mind, cultivate inner awareness, and connect with the divine.

2. pranayama (breathwork)

Breathing exercises that regulate the flow of prana (life force) in the body. Used to calm the mind, increase vitality, and prepare for deep meditation.

3. asanas (postures)

Physical postures like those in Hatha Yoga, prepare the body for meditation, balance energy, and promote physical health.

4. mantras (chanting)

Reciting specific sounds, words, or phrases, to focus the mind and invoke spiritual energies. Each mantra has a specific purpose.

5. mudras (gestures)

Mudras are hand positions that affect the flow of energy in the body to support meditation and breathing exercises.

6. chakras (energy work)

Practices for balancing and activating the energy centers in the body.

7. venus kriyas (sequences)

Practices aimed at cultivatig qualities such as love, beauty, and harmony.

8. tibetan rites (trul khor)

Secret practices from Tibetan monasteries. The rites combine movement, breathwork, and meditation to balance the chakras and create a shield against negative energy.

9. sacred texts (study)

Reading and contemplating ancient tantric texts to gain insight and guidance for spiritual practice.

These practices form a comprehensive system aimed at self-realization, and the harmonious integration of body, mind, and spirit. The guidance of a experienced teacher is essential for deepening tantric practice and ensuring correct application of techniques.

tantra Yoga at yogi living ashram

Our retreats prioritize practices that foster both liberation and connection. Key to our approach is working with the chakras. This facilitates elevation in love and depth in meditation. Using a tantric approach, we target different elements (koshas) of your being, including; physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

During your time with us, you will get to try unique forms of meditation, such as the chocolate meditation and Venus kriyas. Our practices are designed to be releasing, heartwarming, and deeply meditative. When you leave a retreat, you will not be the same person. Indeed, you can expect to depart with a big smile and friendships that last a lifetime.

Laughing Couple | Classical Tantra Yoga

Yoga from the heart

We teach yoga from the heart. We teach the path of love. We believe laughter is as much a part of yoga as deep silence. We work to create deep connections: with your own essence and with others. We work to raise consciousness and ultimately help you achieve liberation. This is the meaning of tantra for us. We hope for you too.

Regular practice of yoga can give you to better health and create the kind of relationship with yourself and others that you know is possible but perhaps have struggled to find. Welcome to your new life!

Feel the love

Experience the freedom, joy and lightness that comes through classical tantra yoga! Are you ready to jump right in or just dip your toes? 

Choose an experience that is the best for your needs:

  1. Personal Coaching For Couples
  2. Weekend Wellness Retreat
  3. Ashram Retreat
  4. Goa Tantra Retreat, India

Whether you are an experienced yogi or a complete beginner you will leave here with a smile and friendships that last a lifetime.

Email or call us for a chat and to see if we are a good fit for what you seek. We encourage you to reach out, but wherever you land we wish you happiness!

Get in touch!

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frequently asked questions

Classical Tantra is a spiritual tradition that began in India and thrived between the 5th and 12th centuries. During this time, thousands of texts known as “Tantras” were written. The texts detailed various Tantric practices and included many long commentaries. The primary aim of these yogic practices and beliefs was to elevate consciousness, explore the nature of reality, and achieve spiritual liberation.

Neo-Tantra and Classical Tantra differ significantly in their focus and practices. Neo-Tantra primarily emphasizes sexual liberation and the concept of sacred sex. In Classical Tantra, sexuality is seen as only one aspect of the human experience that can serve a spiritual practice.

Neo-Tantra and Classical Tantra share little beyond their name and the belief that sexuality doesn’t have to be separate from spirituality.

Not at all. Yoga therapy is tailored to individual needs and does not involve complicated asanas.

Yogi Living Ashram resident yoga teacher Winnie Winnetu speaks English, Swedish, Danish, French and German so don’t worry if you cannot speak Swedish!

Yes! Partners are always welcome, if space permits.

There is a small extra price to cover our costs if your partner does not wish to participate in the retreat.

Yogi Living Ashram is located in Skåne, South Sweden close to the vibrant city of Malmö.

The closest international airports are Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup  (75 km) and Malmö airport, Sturup (30 km) with good rail connections to Malmö and on to Trelleborg (our closest town).

You can also come by car through Germany and take the ferry from Rostock to Trelleborg. There are 3 sailings (6 hours duration) per day.

You are welcome to stay if we have no retreats or guests.  Keep in mind we are a small ashram with a limited capacity.

Yogi Living Ashram offers different forms of accommodation: caravans, glamping (summer only) and AirBnB rooms.

The surrounding countryside is picture-postcard Sweden. There are many small picturesque villages and a mixture of open farmland, woodland, and lakes. The wonderful coastline of the Swedish Riviera is only 5km away. When the weather allows we can arrange an excursion to places like the Ales Stones (the “Swedish Stonehenge”) and local castles.

You can also hang in the garden under where we have a treehouse meditation platform and a jacuzzi.  There is a small ICA supermarket 5 minutes walk from the ashram.