Book Review: Urban Tantra by Barbara Carrellas

Posted On: October 23, 2016

I am a fan and student of Barbara Carrellas having attended her Urban Tantra Practitioner training in Australia a few years back. Even though I am a sexologist by training, I did not receive tantric training as part of my doctorate in human sexuality. Lots of people assumed that a sexologist would be well versed in karma sutra and tantra – and expected me to have lots to say about them. Slightly peeved by the assumptions, yet naturally curious about all things related to sex, I sought to find out more about tantra for myself.

Urban Tantra by Barbara CarrellasI say all this as background to the fact that the book Urban Tantra was, in reality, my first tantric-related book. Urban Tantra demystified tantra, made tantra simple, approachable and palatable. After Urban Tantra, tantra was no longer woo-woo scary to me.

Published in 2007, Urban Tantra contains five parts, with the introduction addressing ten myths about tantra, and what tantra is anyway.

  • Part one covered the basic of tantra including the chakras;
  • Part two explained tantra for one;
  • Part three went into tantra for two including erotic awakening massage
  • Part four delved into tantra for the adventurous addressing other possibilities
  • Part five revealed the dimension of sex magic in tantra.

It was also from this book that I had my biggest (and long overdue) epiphany. I separated my interests all things spiritual and sexual into two big boxes. I didn’t see the link between the two until Urban Tantra – sexual energy is energy, and sexual energy can be used for healing just like reiki energy (of which I am a Reiki Master).

I’ve heard from some clients how they found Urban Tantra to be useful to them. This book continues to be my number one book I recommend when it comes to all things tantra.

Who is Martha?

Dr. Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and relationship coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. She is the author of the books Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and Orgasmic Yoga. She is also the host of the weekly radio show Eros Evolution on OMTimes Radio. For more, visit or email

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