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Imagine a unique dating experience where connections form in the blink of an eye, and meaningful encounters are nurtured in a world of pure presence. Welcome to Tantric Speed Dating, a revolutionary event that combines the power of tantra with the excitement of meeting new people.
As I arrived at a yoga studio in Manhattan on a Tuesday evening, a sense of anticipation filled the air. We were all there for the same reason – to participate in an evening of Tantric speed dating. The room was filled with a mix of nervousness and curiosity, as individuals from all walks of life quietly entered, eager to explore this unconventional approach to connecting with others.
The dress code for the evening was described as “celebratory casual,” and as I glanced around the room, I noticed a diverse array of outfits. Men dressed in professional attire, seemingly straight from the office, while women expressed their unique styles with an array of fashion choices.
The event was created by Lauren Harkness and Guy Shahar, founders of The Tantra Institute. Guy, a relationship and tantra expert, noticed a common challenge faced by many in New York – the struggle to meet people and build meaningful relationships. With this in mind, he decided to combine tantra with the art of dating, creating an environment where individuals could give each other their undivided attention and tap into their shared energy.
The concept of Tantra, often misunderstood as solely a sexual practice, is actually about deep connection and being fully present in the moment. It’s about creating a space where partners can truly see and understand each other.
As the evening unfolded, I found myself engaged in a series of exercises. Sitting face-to-face with strangers, we were tasked with listing the beautiful qualities we saw in one another. It was an opportunity to truly see and appreciate the unique qualities of each person in front of us.
Other exercises involved talking, mirroring each other’s movements, and even hugging. These activities allowed us to break through social barriers and connect on a deeper level. Some exercises were challenging, like hugging a stranger, but they offered an opportunity for personal growth and exploration.
Throughout the night, I couldn’t help but notice the comfort and openness displayed by the women in the room. They embraced the language and practices of tantra effortlessly, radiating a sense of self-assurance and love. In contrast, the men appeared more reserved, their nervous energy palpable.
As the evening drew to a close, we were given the chance to indicate our interest in continuing conversations with specific individuals. Placing a bead in a pouch worn by the person we felt a connection with allowed us to express our intentions.
Although I did not find a romantic connection that night, I left the event feeling relaxed and refreshed. Tantric Speed Dating provided a unique opportunity to meet people in an authentic and judgment-free environment, where real connections could flourish. It was dating without the distractions of alcohol and superficial conversations, a chance to truly be present with one another.
If you’re seeking a dating experience that goes beyond the ordinary, consider attending the next Tantric Speed Dating event. Explore the magic of tantra and the power of deep connection. To learn more and book your ticket, visit Six Minute Dates.
Note: This article is based on personal experiences and the concepts behind Tantric Speed Dating. The next NYC Tantric dating evening is on Tuesday 24 October.
By Hannah Berry George, Writer and Director. Find more from her at hannahberrygeorge.com or on Twitter and Instagram @veryberrygeorge