Tantra Glossary

Abhra    The ovum of Shakti.
Acupressure Points. The junctures of energy pathways in the body. Holding acupressure points for more than a minute or so causes the body to release neurochemicals called endorphins. The release of endorphins can create a euphoric “natural high” and encourage relaxation as well as magnetism and intimacy.
Amrita   Amrita. Divine Nectar of the Goddess, Fountain of Youth. Sanskrit term for  “elixir of immortality,” female ejaculate. flowing from the urethra of some women at orgasm This fluid is purported to be different from urine and similar to the prostatic fluid of men although some believe it is possibly a combination of urine and vaginal secretions. Amrita is believed to be a powerfully healing substance.
Anahata. 4th Chakra, the heart center.
Ananda    Bliss or spiritual ecstasy associated with a state of consciousness., oneness with higher realms of holy peace
Ananda. Divine bliss, joy;.
and vitality through forced orgasm, excessive and/or genitally focused ejaculation
Anja. 6th Chakra, the Third Eye, the center of intuition  and insight.
Asana. Yoga posture. Used to positively influence the energies of body and mind.
Atman. The essence of perfection inherent to all creatures.
A-U-M. The three sounds which compose the root mantra, Om. The sound-values of Om and their symbolic interpretation are described in the Upanishads: “”A” as the waking consciousness, “U” as the dream-consciousness and “M” as the consciousness during deep sleep. Om as a whole represents the all-encompassing cosmic consciousness.”
Auparishtaka   Oral sex. Also known as the Vajroli mudra, the uniting of mouth and genitals.
Aura  The subtle field of energy generated by the various life energies in the body.
Ayurveda   “Knowledge of longevity”. Traditional Indian medicine and medical practices.
Ayurveda. “Science of life.” Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine of India, which dates back thousands of years. The Sanskrit root ayu means “life,” and veda means “pure knowledge.”
Bandhas. Internal muscular exercises designed to strengthen the PC muscles and to direct and intensify sexual energy. Bandha exercises can greatly increase sexual pleasure and aid in ejaculatory control.
Bhairavas  ”The Fearless Ones” who are members of a Tantric sect which worship Kali.
Bhoga   Sexual enjoyment. Enjoyment of the senses.
Bija Mantra. A Tantric technique for awakening, purifying, and activating the chakras. Bija means “seed,” and the bijas used in this mantra are the core sounds that pertain to the seven chakras.
Bindu    The point without a center from which proceeds Cosmic Sound (Nada). Drop. Dot. Semen.
Bodhisattva. “One whose essence is enlightenment.” Bodhi is the Sanskrit word for “enlightenment” and sattva means “essence.” A divine being who remains on the human plane to help others.
Brahma. “The Creator.” In Hindu mythology, Brahma is the senior member of the triad of the great Gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. In Tantric cosmology, Brahma is the creator of the world and is the embodiment of all creativity.
Center   a verb reflecting alignment of one’s Self with the energy flow through the body from sky to earth, earth to sky and to be balanced energetically within the four directions.
Chakra   Sanskrit term referring to one of seven major bioenergy vortexes that begin at the base of the spine, and go through to the crown of the head…emanating as an energy wheel or band around the spinal column. Each holds a different aspect of the psyche (psyche in ancient Greek means soul).
Chakras. Centers of consciousness and psychic energy in the body. The word chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit. There are many chakras in the body, including seven main chakras situated along the central channel of the body, along the spine.
Chi (Qi). Chi is the Chinese word for the flows of subtle energy in the body that move along pathways called meridians. A clear flow of energy through the meridians is the key to radiant health, eroticism, and intimacy.
Chi Kung (or Qi-Gong). Literally means “breath work.” It is a system of movement, meditation, and breathing that can unblock, align, and purify the body”s energy so that the entire being – body, mind, and spirit – can function more harmoniously.
Daka. Male Priest, healer can embody Shiva and serve Shakti unconditionally.
Dakini   Female Tantrika or Yogini.
Dakini. “Skydancer.” The embodiment of cosmic feminine energy, Shakti,  enlightened wisdom. An attendant or servant to Great Goddess by holding the intention to embody Her highest will. Commonly used to describe a Tantric High Priestess, healer, alchemist, or initiate skilled at high level arts. A female Tantrika or Yogini.

Darshan. Inner vision; to see a great or holy individual, either human or divine.
Deva. A God, Deity; or cosmic power.
Devi. Goddess, Deity, a holy creative power. “Shining one.” Refers to the feminine principle or the Goddess.
Dharma   divine duty, work or highest spiritual path.. our soul’s purpose, a completion of Karma through Divine servitude.
Dhyana. Sanskrit word for meditation.
Durga. The warrior Goddess. “She who is difficult to go against.” Durga represents the triumphant aspect of Shakti, the cosmic energy of destruction, particularly the removal of the ego which stands in the way of spiritual growth and ultimate liberation. The Goddess Durga evokes strength, health, and purity.
Energy or bioenergy   the essence of life that exists in and through all things—in physics the smallest particle depending on how it is looked at can be either matter or energy. Wilhelm Reich, MD identified this as orgone, and numerous other names have been applied to it. Mesmer, Nikolai Tesla, Gary Zukav, Fritjof Capra, Rupert Sheldrake, and many other noted scientists have also recognized this energy.
Expanded Full Body Blissful Experience. A Tantric technique based on special breathing,  meditation, and internal muscle manipulations that allows to experience the flow of orgasmic energy throughout the whole body for extended period of time.
Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese science of arranging objects and surroundings in the best possible way to balance sacred energy and attract toward us all the benevolent forces of the cosmos.
Ganesha. The elephant-headed God, son of Parvati and Shiva. Ganesha is the remover of all obstacles – physical, emotional, and psychic. He is invoked at the start of any new undertaking.
Ground or grounded   verb: to connect one’s inner energy to the magnetic pull from the core of the earth and strengthen this flow—the benefit is greater attunement with Spirit in the physical body
G-spot   the fleshy area in the vaginal wall, right behind the pubic bone that swells when stimulated, and creates heightened energy response in the female. There appears to be an overemphasis of this spot.
G-spot. Rippled tissue located just behind the front wall of the vagina (towards the belly), about two inches inside. The G-spot is short for Grafenberg or, in Tantric circles, for Goddess. Stroking this area can greatly deepen a woman’s sexual response.
Hatha Yoga. Hatha means “force” and represents the union of two words – ha, “sun,” and tha, “moon.” Literally, the “Sun joins the Moon” symbolically translates to the soul’s connection with the body.  Hatha yoga is the ancient Indian system of physical postures and breathing exercises that balances the opposing masculine and feminine forces in the body, the “sun” and the “moon.”
Healer within   the archetypal power of wellness. We heal ourselves when we connect totally in let go with Divinity/God/Oneness.
Higher self  The part of ourselves that connects us to universal wisdom and directs us through the intuitive senses. It begin with the 6th Chakra and goes on from there into the unlimited.
Ida. One of the three principal channels of the subtle body. It is the (female, lunar) nadi going about the central sushumna nadi, terminating in the left nostril. Opposite in polarity from the pinga.
Imprint  new thoughts that we program ourselves with to replace old tapes, unhealthy thinking patterns. Often created through brain entrainment, hypnosis and guided meditation.
Jada  . Inert physical body without consciousness.
Kali Yuga. “Age of Darkness.” The era of “spiritual decline” that is still in progress today. Described in Vedic scripture as a period “when society reaches a stage where property confers rank, wealth becomes the only source of virtue  falsehood the source of success in life  and when outer trappings are confused with inner religion.” Tantra is a set of teachings intended for this particular age.
Kali. “Dark one.” The aspect of Divine Mother that fights evil and destroys the ego.
Kama Sutra   a 15th Century poetic Hindi sexual guide. (Kama means love, and sutra means scripture, aphorism or writings.
Kama Sutra. The classical Indian treatise on the Art of Love. It is the earliest of the surviving Hindu love manuals, written around the second century A.D. by a sage called Vatsyayana. Other later texts, such as the Ananga Ranga and Koka Shastra, drew their inspiration from the Kama Sutra.
Karma   the accumulated effect, in this life, of deeds and actions in past and future lives.
Karma. “The law of cause and effect.” The accumulated effect of past deeds and actions.
Krishna. One of the many incarnations of Vishnu whose teaching is featured in the Bhagava Gita. Often depicted playing his flute, he embodies divine joy, love, playfulness, and male eroticism. Krishna’s death inaugurated the Kali Yuga, which is still in full swing today.
Kriya   yogic system of internal purification, cleansing process.
Kriya. System of internal purification, cleansing process.
Kundalini   Sanskrit term relating to the creative life-force energy at the base of the spine that once awakened, coils upward like a snake through the electrical Chakra centers awakening each aspect of the soul more fully, and as it reaches the crown, and connects with the experience of universal oneness.
Kundalini. “She who is coiled.” Refers to the powerful creative sexual energy coiled like a sleeping serpent near the base of the spine. One of the goals in Tantra is to gently awaken this dormant energy in order to awaken consciousness and attain enlightenment.
Kwan Yin (Quan Yin). The Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion. Kwan means “to perceive” and yin means “the sound of the world”: “She who hears the suffering of the world.” The energy of Kwan Yin is gentle and peaceful. She was known as a great healer and the female energy counterpart of Buddha.
Lakshmi   Goddess of abundance, wealth, and prosperity. The consort of Lord Vishnu
Lakshmi. “Good Fortune.” The Goddess of abundance, wealth, happiness, prosperity, and beauty. The female consort of the God Vishnu.
Laya Yoga. The path of meditation and subtle energy work. A form of yoga intended to awaken and channel kundalini energy (also known as Kundalini Yoga). Laya Yoga can be understood as the higher, meditative phase of Hatha Yoga. Laya Yoga and Hatha Yoga together are subsumed under Tantra Yoga.
Lingam   Sanskrit term meaning penis.
Lingam. The symbol of God Shiva, Sanskrit word for the male sexual organ, meaning “wand of light”, from Linga – pillar of adoration and worship of God Shiva- cosmic masculine force, igniting destruction or creation, consort and Tantric lover to Shakti.
Lotus Flower. In Tantric art, the lotus is a symbol of purity, self-transcendence, and expanding consciousness. Because of its smooth and oily surface the lotus is not sullied by the mud and water in which it grows. It is also a Tantric term for the Yoni.
Maha. Great, mighty one.
Maithuna   The traditional Tantric ritual culminating in a sexual bioenergy exchange
Maithuna. Sanskrit word for sexual union. Elaborate Tantric ritual with many parts, usually culminating in some form sacred sexual union. The ceremonial union of Shiva with Shakti. A Tantric rite aimed at raising the kundalini through physical love.
Mandala   a symmetrical shape or form, like a snow flake, or in stained-glass windows, or a mathematical shape. (Can be used for meditation, See Yantra below)
Mandala. “Mystic circle.” A mandala is considered sacred geometry and is used as a tool for Tantric meditation.
Manipura. 3rd Chakra, the power center, located above the navel, Solar Plexus.
Mantra. An audible and sacredly empowered pattern of rhythm and words. A mantra is a spiritual formula, a combination of sacred syllables transmitted from age to age in a religious tradition that forms a nucleus of spiritual power. Om Shakti, for example, is a popular Hindu mantra and means “praise energy.”
Maya   Illusion. Goddess who causes us to see energy patterns as the physical world.  The mystical, magical power of Shakti which manifests, makes and creates the relative and forms the basic delusion of all mankind… Between truth and mankind hangs the eternal veil of Maya delusion.
Maya. Illusion that one’s personality can use to limit or challenge the Soul.
Meditation…a brain entrainment tool used to go beyond mind to open the doorway to Cosmic consciousness. It can be achieved or practiced by using a mantra, Yantra, or repetitive motion, such as free form dancing, running, or sitting silently like in Zazen, etc. Often thought of as dropping the mind.
Metta. In Buddhism, the Pali word for “lovingkindness.” The practice of metta was first taught by the Buddha himself two thousand five hundred years ago as a supremely rich and powerful way of cultivating a generous heart. “Without a generous heart,” the Buddha said, “there can be no true spiritual life.”
Million Dollar point   Hollow point in the perineum that when pressed firmly will block the outward flow and facilitate the upward flow of the seminal fluids—it is said that when this technique is used properly, the man will “feel like a million dollars.”
Mooksha   Ultimate spiritual liberation from material bondage.
Mudra. Potent sacred hand positions or finger-postures that profoundly influence and focus the body’s energy.
Mukhamaithuna   mutual oral sex performed by the male and female on each other. It is also worship of the lingam and yoni as a Yantra.
Mukti   Liberation from individualized consciousness.
Mulabandha   a Tantric practice of constricting of the anal/penile/vaginal muscle area. Also called the PC muscle. It has been popularized by Dr. Kagel and called “kagel exercise.”
Muladhara. 1st Chakra, the root center, base chakra, located at the anus or perineum.
Nadi   River. Current or channel of psychic energy. Conduits of Prana. Nerve passages in the body. There are said to be 72,000 nadis.
Nadis. “River.” Invisible channels of psychic energy, woven throughout the subtle body. Conduits of prana. Yogic texts state there are 72,000 of them. Together with the chakras, the nadis constitute the composition of the subtle body in Tantra.
Namaste. The traditional Indian form of salutation, a respectful greeting recognizing the equality of all and the sacredness of all. “The God/Goddess in me greets the God/Goddess in you.” The gesture (mudra) of namaste is made by bringing together both palms of the hands before the heart.
Nataraj. Nataraj is the dancing form of Lord Shiva. This famous icon of Hinduism depicts Shiva in his “unending dance of destruction/creation,” while trampling down “the demon of ego that hinders our progress to enlightenment.”
Neti Bowl   a vessel shaped like a tiny Aladdin’s lamp, filled with warm salt water, used to cleanse the nostril. It is a part of Neti-yoga
Nirvana. Ultimate spiritual peace, a place that transcends birth and death and absolute freedom from attachment is achieved. The Vedas say when you reach the attainment your soul no longer needs to incarnate on the earth plane.
Nyasa   “Applying” drawn energy for a purpose such as transferring power
Nyasa. “Placing.” A ritual form of touch to awaken the chakras and the energy conduits of the body.
Ojas   Magical energy. Semen. Subtle vital force within the body which can lower immunity
Ojas. Subtle vital force within the body which can lower immunity and vitality through forced orgasm, excessive and/or genitally focused ejaculation.
OM. Seed mantra composed of three sounds, a-u-m, embracing within it the “sound” of our own inmost divine consciousness, the “sound” of all of creation, and the “sound” of the Supreme Being creating reality.
Orgone   bioenergy discovered by Wilhelm Reich, MD, as the life force connected to sexuality. (See energy above.)
Padma    Lotus. Symbol of yoni.
Parvati. “The one born of the mountain (Himalaya).” Consort of Shiva. Parvati represents not only physical but spiritual beauty.
PC muscles. Pubococcygeus (PC) muscles. Both women and men have PC muscles, which run from the pubic bone to the tailbone in a figure eight internally around the genitals. They play a vital role in both male and female sexual response. Strong PC muscles help to increase blood flow in the pelvic region, heighten sexual sensation, intensify orgasm, and help women to achieve orgasm and ejaculation.
Pearl. Poetic Tantric word for clitoris.
Pingala. One of the three principal channels of the subtle body. It is the (male, solar) nadi opposite the Ida nadi. It spirals around the central sushumna channel and terminates in the right nostril. It has a positive polarity.
Polarity Therapy  a form of bodywork based on the understanding that when the positive and negative poles of energy within are balanced and working together there will be integration of mind and body.
Prana …breath, air or life-force. Similar to the Kabalistic “ruach.”
Prana. Energy, air, breath, life force; received by the body from pure food, nurturing, healing and self transformation.
Pranayama   control of the breath, used in meditation and exercise, bringing  pranic energy into the body, creating certain patterns and results.
Pranayama. Yogic breath techniques. Prana means “life force” and yama comes from ayama or “expansion.” Pranayama serves to instill meditative peace and to foster calm, alertness, and concentration; consciously control of breathing patterns to quiet the mind and balance the body’s natural energies.
Puja. A specific ritual, or sacred circle of worship or celebration. There are different kinds of Pujas that include many forms of ceremonial worship. In modern Tantric practice, there are community or group pujas, a transformational ritual gathering which awakens and brings forth the Priest/Priestess, the Shaman, and the God-essence in each of us. It is an opportunity for the renewal of body, mind, and spirit. There is a sacred ritual of Puja for two.
Raja Yoga. “Royal yoga.” Emphasizes the mental and spiritual rather than physical. Its aim is to make one a “ruler” over all one’s mental and spiritual equipment, the general aim of all Tantric schools.
Red Tantra. The aspect of Tantra that relates to the mastery of sexual skills.
Reiki. Japanese work which employs Universal Healing Energy.
Sacred Space. A sacred space is a place of tranquility created through intention, respect and focus. It is about cultivating an environment that is filled with energies that support, uplift, comfort, and transform our inner and outer awareness and benefits our highest good.
Sacred Spot Massage. In men: an external or internal prostate gland massage, intended to remove emotional blocks; energetically heal & prevent prostate gland problems;  intensify the flow of sexual & orgasmic energy throughout the body. In women: an internal Yoni and G-spot massage intended to heal past wounds & disturbing memories; awaken and release unlimited orgasmic energy.
Sacred Spot. An energetic pole for sexual fulfillment. In a man it is located at the root of the second chakra located within the upper wall of the Root Chakra (prostate gland). In a woman it is the energetic access to the second chakra located on or around the G-spot in the Yoni.
Sadhu   One who has renounced the world for the Divine path. Holy beggar. Ascetic.
Sahasara. 7th Chakra, the Crown center, located at the top of the head.
Samadhi   Complete contemplation where the mind and soul attain close relationship and understanding.
Samadhi. Deep meditative state.
Samsara   The wheel or ocean of life and death. Wheel of time.
Sannyasin   A spiritual disciple of a guru or Master. One who rejects society to devote himself or herself to spiritual evolvement.
Sanskrit  a classical languaqge of east asia. a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. Its position in the cultures of South and Southeast Asia is akin to that of Latin and Greek in Europe and it has evolved into, as well as influenced, many modern-day languages of the world. It appears in pre-Classical form as Vedic Sanskrit, with the language of the Rigveda being the oldest and most archaic stage preserved. Dating back to as early as 1500 BCE, Vedic Sanskrit is the earliest attested Indo-Aryan language, and one of the earliest attested members of the Indo-European language family.
Saraswati. “She who flows.” The Goddess of arts and learning and patroness of the “Sixty-four Arts.” Saraswati is the feminine energy counterpart of Brahma. She is typically portrayed holding a lute (vina).
Sattva. Blissful illumination, joy.
Semen retention   the practice of regenerating the seminal fluids through the bloodstream instead of ejaculating at the point of orgasm. More of a natural release than a “doing”.
Shakti   An Energy or Power of supreme Shiva. Feminine counterpart to each of the Gods of the Hindu pantheon, especially of Shiva. The power, drive and force within a person.
Shakti. Shakti means power of consciousness, force, spiritual evolution, and feminine energy. The word shakti is derived from the Sanskrit root shak, meaning “potency” or “the potential to produce.” She represents “the fundamental creative instinct underlying the cosmos, and is the energizing force of all divinity, of every being, and every thing.” The Goddess Shakti is the feminine counterpart to each of the Gods of the Hindu pantheon, especially of Shiva.
Shaktipat. A transmission of spiritual energy usually given by a guru.
Shaman. American Indian name for a spiritual healer.
Shanti   Peace. Tranquility. Often repeated three times after a prayer or spiritual statement.
Shekinah From the Hebrew Kabbalah , meaning the holy spirit that exists within the genitalia.
Shiva   Lord of Withdrawal. Represents pure consciousness. Possesses three Shaktis or Powers: Iccha (Will), Jnana (Knowledge), and Kriya (Doing)
Shiva and Shakti. These two divine lovers are commonly portrayed in ecstatic embrace – yab-yum. Together they symbolize cosmic union between male and female, yin and yang. This condition of Unity or Oneness is another of Tantra’s ultimate goals.
Shiva. The male divine symbol of the transcendental. Shiva stands for growth and transformation. In Tantra, Shiva represents pure consciousness manifesting in the creative union with his consort Shakti.
Sixty-Four Arts. In ancient Tantra, the series of arts and sciences that the dedicated Tantrika aspired to master. The art of sexual love was the noblest of the sixty-four arts and relied on the other arts for its support. Included in this list are musicianship, culinary arts, dancing, flower arranging, swordsmanship, among others.
Sky Dancing. A translated Tantric term used to describe transcendental love making where partners, overcome their differences and dance in cosmic space.
Subtle body  the energy body including the aura, meridians and Chakras—this sensing of the body is experienced as energy flow and vibration from mild to intense.
Subtle Body. A field of force, with energy vortexes at the psychic centers (chakras).
Sunyata   The void. The abyss.
Sushumna. The principal nadi of the subtle body located in the spinal column. This psychic channel controls spiritual evolution and is the “highway” that connects this world with the next.
Swadhistana. 2nd Chakra, the Sexual center, located at & above the genitals.
Tai Chi. A spiritual and physical discipline, developed in China over millennia to bring balance to the body and flowing peace to the mind.
Tantra  The spiritual philosophy originating in India that guides one in the ways of transforming sexual energy into altered states and awakening to enlightenment. A system of spiritual viewpoints and practices said to be derived from Sanskrit roots signifying: “body,” because of its emphasis on bodily activities; “stretch,” because it extends the faculties of humans; “rope,” because it secures the devotee to diety; “harp,” for the music and beauty of its philosophy; “Interiorness” for the secrecy of its doctrine; “Loom” suggesting the two cosmic principles, male and female, that make up the warp and woof of the woven fabric of the universe. Union with the Divine force through the energy orgasm of Shakti (female goddess) and Shiva (male god).
Tantra. A spiritual path, originating in India, that embraces sexual energy as a way of achieving conscious awakening and enlightenment.
Tantrika. A practitioner of Tantra.
Taoism   the ancient Chinese philosophy, which stemmed form ancient Tantra, that holds the esoteric technological understanding of balancing yin and yang.
Tapas   Asceticism. Heat. A psychic glow as a result of arousing and controlling the psycho-sexual energy of the body.
Tara. One of the most popular of the Buddhist Goddesses who is adored for her protection from evil and her support in overcoming obstacles. Her name is derived from the verb tara, meaning “to cross,” for she enables the devotee to “cross the ocean of existence.” Tara is the symbol of tranquility and cosmic peace.
Tejas   fire element which can burn out body with excessive toxin intake, drug use, cigarette smoking and even everyday city life.
Tejas. Fire element of the body which can burn out with excessive toxin intake, drug use, cigarette smoking and even everyday city life.
The corpus of Sanskrit literature encompasses a rich tradition of poetry and drama and scientific, technical, philosophical and religious texts. Today, Sanskrit continues to be widely used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals in the forms of hymns and mantras. Spoken Sanskrit is still in use in a few traditional institutions in India, and there are some attempts at revival.
the energetic layers around the body, seen in varying colors and felt as a warm, fuzzy or plasmicforce mildly electrical to the open hand as it approaches the body.
to a candidate during initiation. See Nyasa
Upandishads. Literally “secret teachings” the last portion of the Vedas.
Vajra. A Tibetan term for the male sexual organ meaning “thunderbolt” or “scepter of power.” A synonym for Lingam.
Vedic  Hindu/Indian philosophy and science with a holistic approach.
Vedic. Ancient Indian/Hindu philosophy and science with a holistic approach. The Vedic period is dated c. 2500-500 BC. The Vedas are considered to be the oldest extant scriptures in the world.
Virato  Sanskrit term meaning eternal or eternity.
Vishnu. “The Preserver.” The aspect of Brahma known as the protector of all humanity.
Vissuddi. 5th Chakra, the Throat center, located at the throat.
White Tantra. White Tantra relates to the yogic or spiritual aspects of Tantric practice and consists of exercises or postures (asanas) combined with special breathing (pranayama), hand or finger gestures (mudras), internal muscular exercises (bhandas), chanting (mantra), and meditation. The skills and benefits of White Tantra practices increase ones ability to master Red (sexual) Tantra.
Yab-Yum – an asana in which woman sits astride facing her partner; Chakras are aligned, alternate breath can accompany this posture, the position of the cosmic spiral.
Yab-Yum. Seated astride position. An asana in which a woman sits astride facing her partner, heart-to-heart, chakras are aligned, alternate breath can accompany this posture. Aka “yogananda” or the position of the cosmic spiral. The Tantric image of yab-yum represents the male principle uniting in perfect balance with the female principle, creating an image expressing the sacredness of sexuality as a spiritual path to enlightenment.
Yang Chinese term meaning the masculine, active half of the whole.
Yantra  Specific shape and color, symmetrical or repeating shape (mandala) such as seen in stained-glass windows, or a mathematical shape or spiritual symbol used as a focus point for visual meditation.
Yantra. A geometric diagram, usually of interlocking triangles and circles, used as a focus for healing meditation. The Sanskrit word yantra derives from the root yam meaning “to sustain,” or “hold.” In metaphysical terms a yantra is visualized as a “receptacle” of the highest spiritual essence.
Yellow Emperor. Known as Huang-Ti (2697-2598 b.c.e.), he figures prominently in the medical and sexological teaching of Taoism. The oldest books on love known as the Chinese “Handbooks of Sex” were written by this legendary emperor some 5000 years ago. He is said to have ascended to heaven, “having perfected himself through practicing the Sexual Secrets.”
Yin   Chinese term meaning the feminine, receptive half of the whole.
Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are complementary and interdependent aspects of a single unifying force. The Yin force is seen as cool, lunar, passive, receptive, gentle, softly sensual, feminine, intuitive, and internal. The Yang force is warm, solar, quick, firm, active, productive, masculine, and external. Each is relative to the other and both contain a small amount of the other. These opposite forces interact in order to create balance. This is seen in the yin/yang symbol, illustrating the light within the dark and the dark within the light.
Yoga. Yoga is a term for spiritual discipline and derives from the Sanskrit yuj, which means, among other things, to “yoke,” “to join together,” “union and communion.” Yoga is a holistic way of relating to the body that involves an increasing awareness on all levels: the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. The basic philosophy of yoga acknowledges the presence of divine energy in all people, all place, and all things.
Yoni   Sanskrit term meaning the female genitalia, vulva, vagina, clitoris and labium.
Yoni. In Sanskrit the female sexual organ and representation of the Goddess Shakti. It is a Vedic term meaning “the source of all life.” It is loosely translated as “sacred space” or “sacred temple.” In Tantra the Yoni is seen from a perspective of love and respect, offering an alternative for many of the less refined Western terms.
Yuga. Era, epoch. This age is the end of the dark Kali Yuga.