Classic Tantra and Neo-Tantra are broad topics and huge tabus for some people and it’s not easy to describe them. Some say Tantra is a science, some think it is a spiritual path and some call it a philosophy or even a religion. The practice of Sacred sexuality is also known or called Tantra, however, it is more accurate and respectful to give it the name of “Neo-Tantra” to distinguish it from the surviving Classical Tantra, which also has sacred sexuality as a practice, however, it is so minimal that it may not be so significant to some Classic Tantra practitioners.
In the 1900’s the well-known (and controversial) Osho had a massive impact on everything we know as neo-tantra today, to my point of view he somehow updated Tantra teachings to the actual needs of our society.
Basically, some tantric “ideas” got pulled into the sexual freedom and feminist movement, with sexual practices from classical tantra, as well as the new ancient sacred sexuality teachings and the emerging temple arts, to create what we now call Neo-Tantra.
In the present, the Neo-Tantra teachings are available for everyone who seeks them, and there are many seeking! They are great tools for personal development and to increase satisfaction and longevity. They can also help with emotional, physical and mental issues, as well as body image or self-esteem, relationships, and even deep core traumas. These teachings have been developed, updated and channeled to help with the needs of our present society, even for many traditional tantra teachers the Neo-Tantric methods can be really useful.
On the other hand, traditional Tantra is characterized by a set of traits, such as rituals or pujas, worship of deities, use of mantras, meditation and yoga. Traditional tantra requires commitment and dedication to the path, also! The role of a guru is essential in the traditional tantra. Traditional tantric systems are well-tested and practiced over a long time, hundreds or even thousands of years.