Originally Posted by zoebird
Tantra: The Path of Ecstacy by Georg Fuerstein.
He is a foremost western scholar of eastern religion/philosophy and wrote this fantastic book on what tantra is (and how it is, but is largely not, tantric sex! lol). his style of writing is accessible, even to a newbie.
techniques are not present in there, but most of modern yoga practiced in the west (yoga based in asana or postures) is a form of tantra yoga. therefore, by going to yoga class, you begin to learn tantra practices.
Well said, Zoebird!
I'm so happy to see that the first response to this question not only touch upon the fact that tantra is so much more than "tantric sex" (as I understand it--Maithuna
sexual union as ritual is often--though not always-- seen as symbolic/ metaphysical, but it depends on the school of thought/ who you talk to) but also mention that Hatha Yoga is tantric! (The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is absolutely a tantric!)
And I'm I'm sure. I haven't read Fuerstein's book, but he's someone that I highly respect...I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his work.
Also check out,
"Inner Tantric Yoga: Working with the Universal Shakti: Secrets of Mantras, Deities, and Meditation" by David Frawley...though Frawley can be a little dense at times (at least I think so...)
To elaborate just a bit more, Tantra can be translated "to weave" (The first syllable--"Tan" literally means to weave; tra is something like "to guide" or "to protect" in this context I think it does, or it can, refer to the means of weaving.)
Tantra is about weaving the everyday with the spiritual; it's philosophy and it's practice (and honestly, tantric practice is present in almost every culture and religion I can think of--as a cradle Catholic the Eucharist--the idea that it's food, and actually, literally God, not just symbolic is just about the most tantric thing I've ever heard!)
As Zoebird mentioned, Hatha yoga IS tantra yoga, but if you're interested in hatha with an emphasis on the study of tantric scriptures and practices you might be interested in checking out a Para Yoga or Anusara Yoga class.