The actor who once played Barney the Purple Dinosaur from 1991 to 2001 is now a tantric sex guru.
David Joyner, 54, was best known for his role as the beloved purple dinosaur named Barney for the PBS hit children's show "Barney and Friends." Now, he works as a tantra massage specialist and spiritual healer, Vice News reported.
According to the mission statement on his website, Joyner's sessions, which last three to four hours, seek to connect "your mind, body and spirit together as one, in perfect harmony. Achieving a higher and more blissful state of awareness to your sexuality, and who you are as a spiritual being."
"When you leave my session, you will feel more alive, more awake, and more whole as to whom you are as a spiritual being," Joyner's website states, according to The Sun.
Joyner accepts only female clients. Aside from sex, he offers chakra balancing, a ritual bath and a massage. The goal is to fully release his client's blocked energy.
"When the lingam [penis] and the yoni [vagina] meet, there’s a certain energy that takes place that hands on the body alone cannot create," Joyner told Vice News. "Even through G-spot massage, it’s still not the same energy that flows.”
Joyner said his role as Barney helped him in his new practice, which he started in 2004.
"The energy I brought up [while] in the costume is based on the foundation of tantra, which is love," Joyner explained. "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."
While it was Joyner who wore the Barney suit, the beloved dinosaur was mostly voiced by fellow actor Bob West.
"Before I got into the [Barney] costume, I would pray and ask God to allow his loving divine spirit to flow through me through the costume and let that draw the kids. That energy would always draw them in," Joyner continued. "Children are more connected spiritually than [adults]. A lot of times when I see infants and I’m out and about at the grocery store or whatever, they start staring at me. I make the joke, 'You know who I am.'"
Joyner said he finds a majority of his clients on Tinder. He said he does not use condoms during his sexual encounters because they "block the energy." The former actor provides his clients with STD results, and asks prospective clients to sign a form disclosing any STDs they might have.
Joyner also spoke about oral sex.
"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," Joyner explained. "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."
Former writer for "Barney and Friends" Stephen White said he was "surprised" by Joyner's new career choice, but added that he was always a "very spiritual guy."