To satisfy our readers (and our strangely curious team), Hellobali asks Dijan of Rasa Lila about tantric sex and the importance of sexuality.
Dijan, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a practitioner of yoga and dance for many years, and currently I am working as a yoga teacher and therapist. What I offer to my clients is a synthesis of yoga therapy, Tantra and creative movement.
How long have you been involved with Tantra?
Formally, I have been studying Tantra for the last 8 years. Once I understood what Tantra is all about, I found that I have had the inclination to it all my life. In essence, the ultimate goal of any spiritual practice is to experience awakening in oneself. One way to reach it is to renounce all desires and worldly sensations. Tantra, on the other hand, anchor you into the present and let you experience life fully through the mundane worldly sensations like dancing, yoga and yes, also sex.
Since Sting popularized the term all those years ago, Tantric Sex tends to create smirk and always closely linked with long hours of lovemaking. Is there more to it than that?
Absolutely. Sexuality is a major driving force which making it possible for us to exist. It is the highest creative power of human beings. Sexual Tantra is about using this energy for spiritual fulfilment; that is the ultimate goal. Its philosophy and practices teach us on how to make peace with sexuality, heal wounds or traumas and experience sexuality harmoniously – individually or as a couple. Yes, the teachings provide techniques but if one does not integrate these techniques along with a different understanding of sexuality then we are not in the realm of Tantra anymore and misunderstandings happen. In formal Tantric teachings, there are very structured and powerful formulas integrating use of mantras, yantras (sacred geometrical shapes illustrating different aspects of life) and elements of nature. These knowledge passed on from teachers to students for thousands of years in the realm of Tantra. This knowledge is applicable for a happy, abundant life with material gains and spiritual attainment.
Is your client strictly female?
My work is not limited to any gender. The specific project Rasa Lila by Dijan is targeting women as there is a special value in going deeper within a group of women. However for the majority of my time, I offer personal consultations for both genders.
What will your suggestion be if we want to learn more about sexual tantra with you in Bali?
Just come with an open heart and mind to explore a new way of connecting with yourself. You will be surprised of what you will find out.
Tell us about your upcoming retreat in Bali?
It is called “The Feminine Way” and it will be held on 4-10th of November at Dragonfly Village in Ubud. Every morning we will have yoga therapy sessions designed for a beautiful, strong, balanced, healthy body and a clear, light mind. Later in the day, we will dive into Tantric discourses and exercises to explore and fully embody the feminine energy. We will use Jade egg rituals and sensual dance to tap into our creative power. I will also introduce Ayurvedic principles for a better understanding of our constitution and needs.
Any last word about femininity, sexuality and Tantra?
Are these thoughts ever crossed your mind: ‘I have to work and act like a man in a woman’s body’, ‘I want to tap into other feminine qualities that I adore but cannot express’, ‘I don’t feel comfortable in my body’, ‘I cannot feel pleasure deeply’. If you do, it is time to make a change. I have the pleasure to witness many women blossoming into their femininity through these teachings and guidance.
To learn more about Rasa Lila by Dijan and
its upcoming programs, please go to rasalila.co