Illustration by Alex Kalomeris for The Bold Italic

Illustration by Alex Kalomeris for The Bold Italic

I Tried Tantra Speed Dating, and Things Got Weird Real Quick

At one point, I found myself in the arms of a stranger while he apologized to me on behalf of all men

It was a scene you’d imagine watching in a dumb rom-com or an episode of The Bachelor: a burly man was kneeling before me, clasping my hands and smiling up at me as he uttered softly, “I promise to forever honor and respect you.” But in this scenario, we weren’t alone on some cliff overlooking a sunset. And he wasn’t my longtime boyfriend.

In fact, I had just met this man. And we were in a brightly lit yoga studio in the Lower Haight with a dream catcher on the wall and a statue of Buddha in the corner. Roughly 40 other singles were paired off around us, all engaged in the exact same awkward declaration — yes, strangers had been instructed to pledge their unconditional devotion to each other.


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