Praise for Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-first Century

 

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, The Wisdom of Menopause and Mother-Daughter Wisdom.

This handy how-to promises mind-blowing, toe-curling, highly spiritual sex for humble beginners, BDSM aficionados and everyone in between. Sex educator Carrellas is on a mission to bring Tantra—the ancient practice of sacred sex, in which interpersonal connection and transformative ecstasy are the norm—to the modern world, to reclaim sex from “messed-up, sexually-dysfunctional, judgmental, and ignorant culture,” and to shift the urban sex paradigm from recreational activity to a sumptuous, impassioned way of life. 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. Pictures and diagrams are whimsical but instructive, making Carrellas’s cheerful descriptions of unusual concepts—”gigglegasms,” “rainbow rubs” and “the mushy puss” among them—easy to grasp. A final chapter, on “Sex Magic,” examines the power of Tantra to achieve a number of effects, from back pain relief to a happier office to world peace; however far you’d like to take your sex life, this friendly guide will likely show the way.—Publishers Weekly

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

At last, a sex book with a sense of humor 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

Urban Tantra gives me hope that the world will become a more sexually satisfied, ecstatic, enlightened and inclusive place.—Annie Sprinkle, PhD, performance artist and author of Annie Sprinkle’s Spectacular Sex

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, co-author of The Ethical Slut

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 Age-y, 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: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture and director of the Center for Sex & Culture, San Francisco

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’re 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) co-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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