Karezza, Tantra, and Taoist sexuality are three different approaches to sexual practice and relationships that we embrace. While they share some similarities, they also have distinct differences that we feel complement each other.
Karezza is a form of gentle, non-orgasmic sex that emphasizes emotional connection and intimacy over physical release. It involves a slow, relaxed approach to lovemaking, with a focus on mutual pleasure and building sexual energy. Karezza is often used as a way to deepen the bond between partners and to promote feelings of love and contentment. Karezza can be practiced by couples of any sexual orientation, and it is particularly popular among those who have experienced sexual difficulties or trauma.
Tantra is a spiritual practice that originated in ancient India and is often associated with sexuality. Tantra emphasizes the connection between the physical and spiritual aspects of human existence, and seeks to integrate them into a harmonious whole. In tantra, sexual energy is seen as a powerful force that can be harnessed for personal growth and transformation. Tantra involves a wide range of practices, including yoga, meditation, and ritual, and it is often practiced in groups or with a partner. Tantra is sometimes associated with a specific type of sexual practice called "tantric sex," which involves slowing down and focusing on the present moment, rather than rushing towards orgasm. We practice Kundalini yoga as a way for us to be present in our bodies and feel the energetic life forces within us.
Taoist sexuality is a practice that originated in China and is based on the principles of Taoism, a philosophical and spiritual tradition. Taoist sexuality emphasizes the importance of sexual energy (chi) as a vital life force that can be cultivated and directed for health, longevity, and spiritual growth. Taoist sexual practices include techniques for conserving sexual energy, such as the "big draw" technique, which involves drawing energy up from the genitals and circulating it through the body, similar to the idea of the ‘kundalini rising’. Taoist
sexuality is often practiced alone, but can also be practiced with a partner.
In terms of similarities, all three practices involve a focus on building sexual energy and using it for personal growth and transformation. They also all emphasize a slow, mindful approach to sexual activity, and emphasize the importance of emotional connection and intimacy in sexual relationships. In terms of differences, Karezza is focused on emotional connection and intimacy, while Tantra and Taoist sexuality have a more spiritual focus. Tantra involves a wide range of practices beyond sexual activity, while Taoist sexuality is primarily focused on sexual energy and its cultivation. Additionally, while Tantra is often practiced in groups or with a partner, Karezza and Taoist sexuality can both be practiced alone or with a partner
Many people find that incorporating one or more of these practices into their lives can help
them achieve greater fulfillment and satisfaction in their relationships and sexual experiences. We have combined elements of these three practices into our playtime with ourselves and others and have begun calling it Neo-karezza. This practice has brought us to a much higher level of intimacy and connection while creating mind-blowing full-body orgasms without the crash often felt after typical ejaculatory orgasms. Watch for our future post where we will talk about energetic orgasms and Neo-Karezza.
These practices are not for everyone, and individuals should explore them with an open mind. Have patience and stay present with your partner. As we say in our book, Pleasure is a practice, and practice makes perfect.