As we exhaled, a booming voice instructed me to move to my left and that it was now to apologize on “behalf of all women” to the man in front of me.

As I stared at the room full of women in dresses and men in slacks, I realized this wasn’t going to be the group-meditation session I was expecting.

The evening, which took place in a big space at the yoga studio, had a distinctly New Age vibe.

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On a recent Wednesday night at a yoga studio in midtown Manhattan, a bearded man approached me and whispered in my ear, “I apologize for all the hurt my brothers have caused you.” He held me close for a few seconds and rubbed my back as we inhaled deeply together.

The two-hour-long event is intended to give “mindful singles” the opportunity to connect with potential matches through a series of mindfulness exercises (like apologizing to the people in front of you) instead of dating apps.

The Tantra Institute’s co-founder Daka Guy told me that the event came out a need for people to meet outside of technology.Once we got started, 34 participants — 17 men and 17 women, ranging from those in their early 20s to literal grandparents — formed a traditional circle and moved counterclockwise through potential matches with improv exercises, communication games, and moments of tantric connection, a PG version of the “oneness” often associated with tantric sex.My first few matches were with men whose eyes I gazed into for prolonged periods of time, or whose hands I held while still staring into their eyes.This was my introduction to flirting, tantra-style.Hosted by the Tantra Institute of New York, tantra speed dating takes place once a month at Reflections, Center for Conscious Living & Yoga in New York City, with upcoming events also planned for Boston, San Francisco, and Reno, Nevada.I was told to place one hand on the front of a man’s heart, wrap my other arm around his body to place a hand on the back of his heart, and to send him my energy.