Traditional Tantra is an ancient spiritual practice which originated in India several thousand years ago.
Tantra is best understood as a form of Yogic practice which includes sexual and non-sexual teachings designed to transform human consciousness, remove the veils of ignorance and realize ‘enlightenment’.
Traditional Tibetan Tantra began with the Buddha Shakyamuni nearly 2,600 years ago, and was practiced and refined in the mountains of Tibet for over 1,200 years.
Traditional Tibetan Tantra defines the word ‘Tantra’ as ‘the practice of weaving light and sound, with form.’
By this definition the body represents form, light represents specific visualizations, and sound is represented by chanting mantric syllables.
The process of weaving light and sound with form gives rise to a profound transformation of human consciousness, and ultimately, the full realization of enlightenment – which simply means ‘freedom from suffering’.
These ‘weaving’ practices are done at first non-sexually in order to build an understanding and relationship to the practice.
They are then applied to sexual ‘play’ in order to consciously utilize the powerful energies generated during sexual pleasure. These energies are then directed to healing and enriching body, mind and spirit.
There are a variety of different styles of Tantra. Some are more traditionally based such as Taoist Tantra, Hindu Tantra and Tibetan Tantra. Other styles of ‘tantra’, such as the Native American Quodoushka, are rooted in shamanistic healing practices from indigenous cultures around the world.
Today, the word Tantra can mean anything from a meditation class to an erotic massage, but the underlying theme in all of these modalities is cultivating consciousness.
It is the yearning for mindful presence in all aspects of life, including sexuality, which has given rise to all these various styles of Tantra we are able to learn from today.
From our perspective, Tantra is not a religion; it is a holistic lifestyle practice for integrating body, mind, spirit and sex, so that you can experience more happiness, more peace, more joy, more connection, more love and less suffering in every area of your life.
Devi Ward is the Co Founder of Authentic Tantra Sexual Healing Modality.
Devi is an internationally recognized Tantra Expert, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, practicing Buddhist and Tantric Dakini of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage. Devi is one of the first Westerners qualified to teach the Tibetan Five Element Meditations (originally transmitted in the West by Kalu Rinpoche), and apply them as a sexual healing modality.
She is an author and Host of Sex is Medicine with Devi Ward Podcast on Itunes and Tunein.com.
Her personal journey from Stripper, to Monk, to Tantrika enables her to call upon her own experience of profound life transformation through Tantra and sexual healing.
As a survivor of sexual abuse, Devi provides down-to-earth experience-based insight into using Sacred Sexuality, Tantra and ‘pleasure as medicine’ for healing. She has had extensive training in Non-Violent Communication and she has been facilitating meditation and personal growth workshops since 2000.
Devi has completed the 2015 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy Training for Whatcom County, WA.
She has been featured as a Tantra and Female Sexuality Expert in countless articles and over 30 different radio and television networks world-wide including Playboy Radio, Men’s Health Magazine, CBS, NBC and Rogers TV.
Devi has been a featured presenter at Prana Yoga College and Rhodes Wellness College in Vancouver, BC., The 2013 Taboo, Naughty but Nice Show, The 2013 Living Extraordinary Conference, The 2013 Live and Be Well Conference in Vancouver, BC., The 2014 California Women’s Conference, The 2014 Detroit Women’s Conference, and The 2014 GDay Goddess Event in Vancouver, BC and many, many other online and in person events.
Contact Devi Ward at [email protected]
Marthe Schneider is the Co Founder of Authentic Tantra Sexual Healing Modality.
Marthe is a graduate of the 2014 Authentic Tantra Certification Program. She has a background in dance and Physiotherapy.
After finishing 4 years of Dance Studies she did her physiotherapy training in Norway. Since her authorization in 2009 her main interest has been in the areas of psychological health and women’s health.
In 2011 she designed and implemented the Physiotherapy in Women’s Health course as a part of the physiotherapy education program at Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan.
In 2013 she completed her specialty training in the holistic physiotherapy treatment method named Norwegian Psychomotor Physiotherapy.
In her clinical work Marthe helps people who suffer from the consequences of various types of trauma and in particular, traumas related to sexuality and genital pain conditions.
Marthe is currently part of the Ethics Panel of the Physiotherapist’s Association in Norway.
Marthe Schneider facilitates the Authentic Tantra Certification Training together with Devi Ward.
Along with her teaching and clinical practice she is writing her Master’s Thesis in the fields of Psychological and Sexual Health at Oslo University College in Norway.
Contact Marthe Schneider at [email protected]