by Barbara Carrellas
While lap dancing in a New York City club, Barbara Carrellas had an ecstatic experience with a client- and thus she began a new chapter in her life as a Tantrika. Carrellas’ story shows that as Tantric practices made their way from India, they have changed and adapted to their new practitioners. Carrellas embodies an approach to Tantra that is conscious, flexible, and joyful. It can be practiced anywhere, even in the midst of busy city living. She discusses energy, chakras, meditation, short and long Tantric exercises, orgasm, masturbation, and couples massage. Unlike most instructional books on Tantra, she also includes chapters on BDSM, solo and group rituals, and even magic. Carrellas writes inclusively and avoids the gender stereotypes of other books in this genre. This updated edition includes a brand-new introduction, up-to-date references and resources, a new take on the possibilities and responsibilities of Tantra in today’s world, plus new and cutting-edge information to reach an expanded community—added information on multi-partner play, more intersections for Tantra and BDSM, practices for asexuals and aromantics, expanded practices for trans and gender nonconforming people, and more. All orientations. 2017, 312 pp.
“Anyone interested in Tantra will find something useful, helpful, or just plain fun in this book. Carrellas takes a complex topic and makes it super-easy to understand and figure out.”
-- Charlie, GV staffer