In fact, Joyner explained to Vice, tantra had a lot in common with being Barney.
The energy I brought up [while] in the costume is based on the foundation of tantra, which is love. Everything stems, grows, and evolves from love. Even when you have emotionally blocked energy, the best way to remove it is to remove it with love, and then replace it with God’s divine love. Love heals and allows you to continue to grow.
Now that his time with Barney is over, Joyner has gone back to his first love. And he’s taking clients. Joyner is now working as a tantric practitioner and massage artist, and he has 30 clients, or goddesses, as he calls them.
He started the business in 2004, and it spread via word of mouth, or through his recruiting on Tinder. Joyner typically charges $350 a session, and he has two to four clients a week.
He also now says things like this:
When you go down on a woman (orally), it should be just like you’re saying grace, like blessing the food you’re about to receive. No food in the world can compare to goddess nectar because spirit is involved. Before you taste the goddess nectar, give thanks. Say grace. I would love women to understand how powerful that energy is.
And he sometimes has unprotected sex with his clients because condoms “block energy.”
Other tantric practitioners like Kaya Kwan Yin say that this claim is patently ridiculous, and even shady –
Tantric sex can happen with your clothes on. What typically looks like penis and vagina penetration is often referred to as ‘full union’ in contemporary practice. Sexual energy penetrates clothes, condoms, countries, and beyond. Having sex with clients in the world of tantra is more of an anomaly than the norm.