"Cultivating whatever gave pleasure to my senses was always the chief business of my life,” stated 18th-century libertine Giacomo Casanova. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer will discuss Casanova, the world’s most celebrated lover (and rake), with Laurence Bergreen, author of The World of a Seductive Genius. From his troubled childhood to his meteoric rise as a storyteller, Casanova represents the opposite of brahmacharya, fidelity to one partner. 6:30 p.m., Mon., Feb. 13, Stephen A. Schwarzman Library, 475 Fifth Ave. Free. Reservations recommended.
Tibetan Tones sound therapy can improve your dream life, creating a sense of well being. At “Valentine’s Sound Bath,” you’ll experience deep relaxation as the gongs and singing bowls induce a theta brain-wave state. 7:45 p.m., Tues., Feb. 14. Bikram Yoga NYC, 182 5th Ave. $35.
We all think we know what love is, but do we really? If you want to know more about amour, attend“What is Love,” a lecture on passion and authenticity. Speaker Judith Costa will use past life regression therapy, astrology and dream interpretation to help you manifest the kind of relationships you deserve. 6:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 17. Quest Bookshop, 240 E. 53rd St. Free. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you find meditation difficult, yoga nidra may be the perfect practice with its emphasis on restfulness and intention setting. Instructor Anna Hickner, clinical psychologist, will guide you into a 40-minute practice of “yogic sleep.” 6-7 p.m., Sun., Feb. 19. Harlem Yoga Studio, 44 W. 125th St. $15 suggested donation.