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Report claims Tantric yoga classes just 'orgies'

Kaohsiung building manager claims seeing half-naked students in compromising poses

Report claims Tantric yoga classes just 'orgies'

Yoga classes have become increasingly popular in Taiwan. But what if the classes were actually orgies disguised as workshops of spiritual refinement?
A seminar held in Taipei and the southern port city of Kaohsiung earlier this month claiming to introduce to the practice of Tantra, another form of the century-old mystical Eastern discipline, was later reported to allegedly promote group sex in a story that made the front page of a mass-circulation Chinese-language newspaper yesterday.
The news report showed photos of the two German gurus, surnamed Andro and Devatara, demonstrating positions that explicitly suggested sexual intercourse, with Devatara, clad in a bodysuit, straddling a shirtless Andro.
The act was said to help pratitioners gain physical power by feeding "life energy" into the "circuit" being built by both partners in that position, but the report described the couple's actions as no more than a public display of orgasm, which corresponded with the popular belief of yoga as a way to sexual ecstasy, a practice otherwise known as Tantric sex.
The report also disclosed that the seminar was made possible by Chien Shan-chi, an associate professor who teaches sculpture at National Taiwan University of Arts. However, Chien claimed later yesterday that he attended the seminar as an interpreter for the German gurus.
Chien also denied that he was responsible for holding secluded Tantric yoga classes at a building in Kaohsiung City, which had been uncovered by the building's management personnel. The employee told reporters that he had just happened to glance at the surveillance monitor and found the "yoga students" half-naked and straddling one another on mattresses sprinkled with rose petals.
A security person claimed that when he was making his rounds near the yoga classroom, he heard moaning sounds coming from inside, but could not see what went on inside as all the windows and gaps were taped shut.
Chien dismissed all the allegations, pointing out that he was a person with "hard bones" and could not possibly be a yoga instructor. He was also asked by his university to issue an official statement to clarify that he did not engage in such activities as the was written in the report.