All of these practices enhance her understanding of Tantra, the deepening of the connection to sex and sexuality and as a result, one’s individual connection to the minutiae of the world around them on a daily basis.“It turned out that everything that I was learning, with some kind of interesting alchemy, came back to Jewish principles, came back to Kabbalah, came back to what already was in my blood,” she said.My practice leans on this, allows the whole person to participate in prayer.
Judaism had for centuries addressed nuanced details of sex and the body, everything from when, where, and how to have sex, to how often.
And once upon a time, Jewish mystical practice included the body, not just spoken ritual prayer.
Instead, she said, the community she found was more concerned with rules and dogma, rather than heart and spirit.
“After Soviet Russia, most people go through something where they’ve been brainwashed that religion or Judaism is bad,” she said, “and they come to a different country, to a different synagogue, and they won’t get a real teaching that speaks to their heart.
All they get is, ‘OK, you have to eat this, you have to eat that.’ ” She attended a variety of synagogues in Boston, mostly Conservative.
“I was sorely disappointed because that wasn’t there,” she said. felt very regimented.” Evans-Zion trained slowly for the years that followed.“I saw how he combines Kabbalah and Kundalini yoga, which have a lot in common,” she told me.She finally began to relay what she had been collecting since her childhood in the Soviet Union: methods for finding interconnection through meditation, methods for bringing people into joyful physical, spiritual, and emotional states.“Within Kabbalistic tradition, we don’t look at the body and the mind [separately],” she told me in a recent interview.“Even in terms of prayer, we don’t separate them out.She continued to study yoga, both Raja and Kundalini, which is influenced by Tantra.