Archive for December, 2007.

Tantric Spooning

Written by Philip Walter on Dec 5 at 4:25 am.

Whether it’s after making love, before going to sleep, or first thing in the morning, everybody loves to spoon … well, at least all you ladies out there – you love to spoon, right? And who doesn’t like the idea of using a few tantric sex techniques to improve quality and longevity between the sheets.

Below are a couple variations on spooning inspired by tantric traditions that involve getting in tune with your breath, then tuning your own breath in with your lover’s. These exercises are great for all sorts of things from calming down and reconnecting after a fight to amping up the anticipation factor before some rowdy tantric love-making.

The Basics

Assume the classic spooning position on a cushy surface and just breathe normally. Take a moment to feel the contact your skin makes with your lover’s. Feel your breath moving through your body in a natural rhythm.

Once you have found the rhythm of your own breath, try to match it to your lover’s, such that your exhales and inhales are timed to one another’s. Do not try to force your partner’s breath to match yours. Rather, gently bring your breath into rhythm with your lover’s, as he or she does the same. Trust each other to find the sweet spot.

Once your breathing is in sync, take five deep breaths this way. Feel every inch of contact your body makes with your lover’s and feel how your shared breathing affects the contact you have.

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Jala Neti Cleansing to Combat Allergies and Sinusitis

Written by Philip Walter on Dec 3 at 10:25 pm.

It seems inevitable that as the quality of the air we breathe, particularly in big cities, gets worse due to the tragic overuse of motor vehicles and other such problems, the occurrence of allergies and allergic symptoms also gets worse. I can’t keep up with the number of people I know who regularly take Allegra, Singulair, and similar drugs, much less the others who complain of symptoms while treating them with over the counter medications. Is there anything to be done?

Well, if you don’t mind a bit of weirdness (and if you can keep said weirdness from totally weirding out your spouse), there’s an ancient practice modern research has shown can help alleviate allergic symptoms and even chronic sinusitis. I am speaking of the practice of isotonic or hypertonic saline nasal irrigation known to Ayurvedic practitioners as Jala neti (water cleansing).

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