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   b o o k s 

Jan’s Top 10 Book Recommendations:

1. Jewel in the Lotus: The Tantric Path to Higher Consciousness by Sunyata Saraswati and Bodhi Avinasha and its companion book The Ipsalu Formula: A Method for Tantra Bliss by Bodhi Avinasha. Focuses on tantra as a path of spiritual growth and self-realization. This is an advanced course based on Tantra Kriya Yoga. A must read for anyone who wishes to go deeper into the spiritual practice of tantra.

2. Charles and Caroline Muir. Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving Excellent introduction to neo-tantric philosophy and practice. Written for couples who wish to deepen their connection and elevate their lovemaking experience to new levels. Good for the beginner.

3. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. A modern classic by one of the most inspiring spiritual teachers of our time. Tolle invites you to discover that authentic human power is found by surrendering to the Now, and that the body is actually one of the keys to entry into a state of inner peace and transformation. Audio version highly recommended.

4. Georg Feuerstein. Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy. Written by today’s foremost Yoga researcher, this scholarly introduction to Hindu Tantra offers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra. It dispels many common misconceptions about Tantra, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition.

5. Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love by Daniel Odier. A true story based on Daniel Odier’s compelling personal journey - his quest for tantra in India and eventual initiation into Shivaic Tantrism by a great female yogi. Also read Odier's Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening, a wonderful bedside table book to read aloud with your sweetie. 

6. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion. This book gives practical guidance on better ways to reframe your communication to transform potential conflict into harmony and improve the quality of your relationships. Indispensable conscious communication tools for building your ideal tantric partnership.

7. Anodea Judith, Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self. Highly recommended for anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of the Chakra system.

8. Mantak Chia's The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know. A very useful book for men with specific practices for achieving ejaculatory control and separating orgasm from ejaculation. Based on Taoist sexual energy practices.  

9. Sark. Eat Mangoes Naked: Finding Pleasure Everywhere and Dancing with the Pits! A reminder that enlightenment need not be serious business. Creative and whimsical inspiration to seek out pleasure where you may not otherwise think to find it.

10. Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic, a book about Osho's life. This book spawned a deep reverence for me for his revolutionary spiritual teachings, his immesaurable gifts to the world. You'll recognize aspects of the Ipsalu philosophy/paradigm as Ipsalu Tantra is a "Tantric marriage" between Osho's methods and Tantric Kriya Yoga. It's a fun read too with hilarious anecdotes about the divinely mischievous antics of the little (and grown up!) Osho. 


Ipsalu Tantra Daily Practice CD - New!
with Jan Robinson

Attune your body to your inherent Bliss vibration, start your day with clarity and vitality, dissolve energy blockages and emerge into the love that you are with this set of tantric exercises to:

  • Activate your energy body
  • Quiet the mind and come present
  • Arouse shakti energy; generate and intensify sexual energy
  • Direct your orgasmic energy upward through the chakras
    (key to achieving the sexual and spiritual benefits of tantra)
  • Become the conscious witness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations

All exercises are lovingly guided by Jan and accompanied with music

Cost at studio: $12.00
Mail Orders: $15.00 ($3 S/H included)

To order, please send your name, mailing address and check to Jan Robinson for $15:

Jan Robinson
1442-A Walnut St. #267
Berkeley, CA 94709

Click to listen to sample excerpts:

#1 FireBreath Orgasm
#2 Meditation: Watching the Breath


  l i n k s

Please contact me if you wish to exchange links.

Tantrika International and Ipsalu Tantra offers classes and retreats in which you will be given the opportunity to grow in amazing, safe, and loving ways. Through tantric yoga positions, tantric yoga techniques, breathwork, safe, supportive healing exercises, and other gentle healing modalities, you will have opportunities to experience profound emotional/sexual healing and enhanced love connections. Tantra is often presented as a way to enhance your sexuality or perhaps attain sexual healing. It is so much more than that. The tantra yoga techniques taught in Ipsalu Tantra can open your awareness into profound bliss states of lovers ecstasy and deepened appreciation to each moment as it unfolds around you. Wouldn't you like to learn more? www.ipsalutantra.org

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  c r e a t e  y o u r  o w n  t a n t r i c  t e m p l e

Creating Sacred Space

The ritual of creating sacred space is a wonderful element of Tantra. When we take the time to create a sacred environment, we create a setting for ourselves that is extra-ordinary. This extraordinary physical space creates special energy for a Tantric experience that will also be extraordinary. The formation of an external sacred space is a celebratory reminder of the sacred space inside our bodies, in the Yoni, in our hearts. It symbolizes the idea that our body itself is the temple.

Creating a sacred ambiance may be as simple as lighting a candle and putting on your favorite music. It may be more elaborate, emulating an opulent temple with a sensuous and comforting aura of magic and a hint of mystery. An ideal Tantric temple awakens the senses through silky textures, rich colors, fragrant aromas, tempting flavors, exotic rhythms, and more.

Send an email to Jan to request her FREE article "A Guide to Creating Sacred Space."

The following directory is a resource for you to create a fantastic Tantric temple of your own!

You may wish to include the following items in your sacred space:


Sacred Statues

Feng Shui accessories


Meditation Sitting Cushions

Special Teas, Tea Sets, and Implements



Massage Oils


Soft, Plush Area Rugs

Yantra and Mandala Art

Essential Oils and Diffusers

Meditation and Healing Music

Tantric and Indian Art Paintings

Sensual Clothing, Silk Robes

Tibetan or Crystal Singing Bowls


Silk Scarves

Tingsha Bells, Drums or Windchimes

Indian Tapestries and Wall Hangings

Meditation Shawls

Crystals or Gem Stones

Chakra Art/Chakra Wall Hangings

Where to find some of these items:


























Local Bay Area Shops:

Open Secret Bookstore
923 C St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 457-4191


Books, music, incense, meditation items, zafus, zabutons, Goddess tarot deck, jewelry, crystals and gemstones, essential oils, and more


3935 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA
Phone: (510) 601-7768

French soaps, table-top fountains, candles, decorative items, and more


Tibet Moon
33 Broadway Ave.
Fairfax, CA 94930
Phone: (415) 256-9414

Silk scarves and clothing, pillow covers, wall hangings, meditation supplies, singing bowls, incense, and more


East West Bookstore
324 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA

A resource center for the art of conscious living. It opens doors to self-discovery, higher awareness and true understanding. For books and beautiful things.


Piedmont Yoga Store
3966 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA
Phone: (510) 653-9642

Zafus, zabutons, singing bowls, sacred statues, meditation supplies, jewelry, soaps, and more


Joseph Schmidt Chocolates
3489 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: (415) 861-8682
E-mail: store@jschmidtconfections.com



Kathmandu Imports
1551 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510) 528-8007
or 2515 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 665-8970

Thangkas, wall hangings, Tibetan singing bowls, incense, sacred statues, altar cloths, cushion covers, jewelry, meditation shawls, and more


Good Vibrations
1210 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 974-8980


2504 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: (510) 841-8987

The number one source for books and videos on sexuality, Kama Sutra products for massage, and other sensual items.


Siamese Dream
San Rafael Store
1113 4th St. (at A street)
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 453-4203


Berkeley Store
3180 College Ave (at Alcatraz)
Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: (510) 428-9987

Sacred statues, clothing, jewelry, incense and burners, soaps, candles, wall hangings, windchimes, sarongs and shawls, silk scarves, feng shui items, and more


Juniper Tree Bath, Body, and Perfume
Soap and Candle Supplies

2520 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: (510) 647-3697

Hand-made soaps, candles, herbal salt scrubs, bath crystals, dried flowers for bath, essential oils, fragrances, and more.


  j o y f u l   q u o t a t i o n s

Joy is a flower that blooms when you do.
Author Unknown

Unconditional love is our essence and joy is its expression.
Author unknown

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your JOY.
Thich Nhat Hanh

The closer you come to your core, the greater is your joy.

Joy is a quality of the soul and is realized in the mind when personality and soul are in alignment.
Djwhal Khul

Joy is just to be yourself - alive, fully vibrant, vital.
A feeling of a subtle music around your body and within your body, a symphony - that is joy.
Osho Rajneesh 

If the sight of the blue skies
fills you with joy
if the simple things of nature
have a message that you understand
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
Elenora Duse

May all beings learn how to nourish themselves with joy each day.
Thich Nhat Hanh 

The world is extremely interesting to a joyful soul.
Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World 

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.
Helen Keller 

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power.
Ninon de Lenclos

Joy is wealth and love is the legal tender of the soul.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Taking joy in life is a woman's best cosmetic.
Rosalind Russell

Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside.
Dr. Melba Colgrove

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
Emily Dickinson 

From Pure Joy springs all creation; by Joy it is sustained, towards Joy it proceeds and to Joy it returns.
Tantra Shastra

When the moment comes, your heart will open.
The primordial Shakti will appear to you, and you will be bathed in an unalterable joy.
Daniel Odier, Tantric Quest

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