Urban Tantra - book by Celestial Arts - review by Liz

Urban Tantra

Book by Celestial Arts

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A fun, accessible, in-depth guide to Tantra.

Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all prescription for sexual bliss, this book encourages self-exploration on multiple levels, with the goal of creating greater sexual fulfillment and greater intimacy with both one's partner and oneself.
Accessible, informative, enlightening, a highly enjoyable read.
Philosophy and techniques may not appeal to everyone.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

I decided to read "Urban Tantra" after reading Barbara Carrellas' "Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure." I loved Carellas' accessible, inclusive style of writing, and the first book left me wanting a more in-depth exploration of Tantric practice. "Urban Tantra" proved to be exactly what I was looking for.

Content / Style / Audience

"Urban Tantra" covers a wide range of subjects. It begins with a brief, myth-dispelling introduction to Tantric practice. The content of the book is divided into five parts: (1.) Tantric basics, (2.) solo practice, (3.) partner practice, (4.) "adventurous" practice (incorporating Tantric principles in bondage play, domination, submission, group sex, etc.), and (5.) healing and transformation through sexual practice and sexual energy.

The most appealing element of this book is that it somehow manages to be incredibly informative and detailed, without taking itself too seriously. The author presents the material in a playful, conversational tone. The many wonderful exercises are described step-by-step, in great detail. This is an ideal guide for newcomers to Tantra, as it introduces the subject in a way that makes the reader anxious to try things out and learn more. The book is also highly inclusive in nature; it is very emphatically not directed toward any particular sexual orientation or preference.


In terms of design, the book is both durable and pleasing to the eye. The cover art is elegant and sensually appealing. The illustrations are very tasteful (not to mention useful!). The content is well-organized, and the print is easy to read.

Personal comments

I'm a relative newcomer to Tantra, and "Urban Tantra" was the perfect introduction to the subject. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it for anyone unfamiliar with Tantric practice. However, I would highly recommend it to more experienced practitioners as well. There's so much wonderful information here, and very inventive suggestions for incorporating Tantra into modern life.
Follow-up commentary
I've had this book for a year now, and during that time my partner and I have spent quite a bit of time exploring and experimenting with Tantric practice. We picked up several other books on the subject, but found ourselves coming back to "Urban Tantra" again and again. There's just something about this book's fresh, modern, approachable tone that never allows it to gather dust on my bookshelf.

I find I get something new out of this book every time I pick it up. If I could only have one book on Tantric practice, this would be it.
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  • Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
    Great review! Big smile
  • Tork48309
    I've been disappointed with the Tantra book I presently have. I'll have to give this one a try. Thanks for the great review.
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