Traditional Tantra is an ancient spiritual practice which originated in India several thousand years ago. Tantra includes sexual and non-sexual teachings designed to give rise to a profound transformation of human consciousness, and ultimately, the full realization of enlightenment. Tantra energies are directed to healing and enriching body, mind and spirit. It is the yearning for mindful presence in all aspects of life, including sexuality, which has given rise to various styles of Tantra today. As Tantric practices became known in western culture, mostly during the 1960s, it has become identified with its sexual methods in the West. The roles of sexuality in Tantra has caused it to evolve into Neo Tantra.