23 Oct 2012

5 REASONS TO TRY TANTRA

When I tell people I took part in a tantra workshop over the weekend, raised eyebrows, cheeky smiles and some mention of Sting typically follow. No, I didn’t get lucky that afternoon. But I did get a warm introduction to tantra from Sonia Funk, owner of The Whole Avocado in Winnipeg, Canada.
I shared the class with three men and our teacher Sonia Funk in a small studio in Winnipeg’s Osborne Village. I couldn’t believe I was the only woman in the group.
The workshop consisted of different exercises that helped us learn to connect with others in a deeper way.
“Our society is disconnected. We avoid eye contact and connection with others. It’s so backwards.” said Funk.
Funk sat us down in pairs facing each other.
“You’re going to look in to each other’s eyes and not break your focus for five minutes straight.”
At first, I found it uncomfortable, trying desperately to not be too intrusive with my eyes. It’s amazing how intimate this exercise was. I noticed that the longer I stuck with it, the easier it became.
We also talked about the things in our life that cause us to feel fear. Money, relationships, and success- or lack there of rather, all made the list. We countered this list of fears by talking about the things that people love about us and the things we love about ourselves. Creativity, politeness, positivity and family topped that list.
“People’s responses either come from a place of love, or fear. When you can recognize this in yourself, you can begin to work towards more love and less fear.” said Funk.
5 REASONS TO TRY TANTRA
1. CONNECT WITH OTHERS
2. GET TO KNOW + ACCEPT YOUR PERSONAL BOUNDARIES
3. EXPLORE WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
4. LEARN TO SAY NO
5. CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER SELF
- Written by Monique Pantel.

Sonia Funk is a holistic nutritionist, tantra teacher and recording artist in Winnipeg, Canada. Sonia has shared her expertise over the past several years while living in London, New York City and Toronto. Find her on Facebook or visit her website The Whole Avocado.

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