When most people hear the word tantra, they think of sex. While there is a branch of tantric practice that involves very detailed sexual practices, that is not the whole story and definitely not what this article is about. Let’s keep our clothes on while I give you a brief description of a completely different understanding of tantra and, more specifically, Parayoga.
Parayoga falls under the umbrella of tantra and it means “stretching beyond limitation” or “to weave.” In many modalities of yoga, there is an emphasis on one or two areas of practice, like asana and pranayama. In tantric hatha practices, we often weave together many different techniques in order to elicit a specific outcome.