Unfortunately, I had a walking boot on due to an ankle injury, so I had to contort my body to slightly lean into him with my right shoulder, while simultaneously holding myself up with my left arm. Yet, everyone else around me looked serene, including a woman who sat on her partner’s lap with her legs wrapped around his body.I found the moments of forced intimacy too stressful to actually feel a romantic connection with anyone, so I didn’t end up giving away any of my beads by the end of the night.
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‘I’m not really sure what to expect,’ I overhear a man say nervously to the woman sitting next to him.
The corners of the room were lined with tea lights, and in the middle of the room was a large patchwork quilt.
Participants were encouraged to place jewelry or clothing on the quilt to absorb “energy” from the event.
This was my introduction to flirting, tantra-style.
Hosted by the Tantra Institute of New York, tantra speed dating takes place once a month at Reflections, Center for Conscious Living & Yoga in New York City, with upcoming events also planned for Boston, San Francisco, and Reno, Nevada.
“People are not connecting in person as much today as they were before smartphones,” Guy said.
“That’s created an atmosphere where people are more thirsty for real connection, and I think that’s all mindfulness really is.” I arrived at the Institute’s August tantric speed dating event in yoga pants and a tank top (fitting, I assumed, given the setting) — but many of the other participants wore dating-formal attire.
One man and I had to place our right hands on each others hearts, and he graciously did his best to avoid touching my boob.