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Mark A. Michaels
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Mark A. Michaels

Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, a devoted married couple, have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. Their approach combines traditional lineage-based Tantra with the best contemporary methods so that students can bring heightened awareness and expanded capacity for pleasure into all aspects of life. The authors are senior students of Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati), and have been named lineage holder of the OM Kara Kriya® system for the Americas and Europe. Sunyata, co-author of The Jewel in the Lotus, named Michaels his lineage holder in 2001. The two have also studied Bhakti Yoga with Bhagavan Das, and Tantra with Dr. Rudy Ballentine.

Michaels and Johnson have been featured on numerous television and radio programs, including appearances on Naked New York, Good Day Colorado, Afternoon Advice and Nightcalls on Playboy Radio, Go to Bed with Cosmo Radio, The Derek and Romaine Show, and NPR’s A Chef’s Table. Additionally, they and their work have appeared in Redbook, Latina, Jane, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Metro, More, Rockstar, and Woman’s World, and have been quoted in the popular books The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tantric Sex, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Enhancing Sexual Desire. They have also contributed to various online and print publications, including Chronogram and Debonair, and regularly give sexuality and relationship advice at Dick-n-Jane.com.

Michaels is a graduate of New York University School of Law, a member of the New York State Bar Association, and holds master’s degrees in American Studies from NYU and Yale. Johnson is a retired professional operatic soprano, who has performed with the New York City Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Komische Oper Berlin. The authors are co-founders of the Pleasure Salon, a monthly gathering in New York City that brings together sex-positive people from a variety of communities.

They are the authors of Great Sex Made Simple, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment (a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist), and The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (all published by Llewellyn), and a meditation CD set, Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep (Projekt Records). Their two Instructional DVDs, Tantric Massage for Lovers and Advance Tantric Sex Secrets, were produced by the Alexander Institute. They live in upstate New York.

For more information about the authors visit TantraPM.com.

Awards for Great Sex Made Simple

2013 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards Gold Medal in Sexuality/Relationships.

2013 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Silver Medal in Self Help and Finalist in Family and Relationships.
2013 Living Now Awards Silver Medal in Sexuality/Femininity
2013 International Book Awards Winner in Self Help: Relationships.

2013 Eric Hoffer Awards Honorable Mention in Health.

"I recommend this book on multiple levels.  First, it's such an accessible, practical and authentic introduction to Tantra—this is a great resource for anybody working in the field of sexuality both personally and professionally. Secondly, I recommend this book for professionals, especially aspiring sexuality education writers, as an example of one of the best edited, most thoughtfully composed and formatted books of the non-fiction, how-to ilk ever written!" —Jennifer Pritchett, Founder & Owner of The Smitten Kitten

"A straightforward, warm, and refreshingly inclusive road map to physical and spiritual bliss." —Chronogram

"Great Sex Made Simple is at once fun and easy to use yet deeply attuned to the very essence of what our best sexual experiences can be." —Suzie Heumann, Founder of Tantra.com

"Here is almost—or perhaps a little more than—everything you wanted to know about the ancient esoteric exploratory arts of loving and mind expansion. . . . Attempting to re-instill the erotic wonder that is each of us in the universe, the author-couple has scribed a sort of deep sex-ed book for adults. The clearly written text is not only a how-to book to augment your love lives, but a history of modern sexual attitudes and suggestions for their wholesale, healthy revamping." —Dorion Sagan, co-author of Death and Sex, winner of the 2009 New York Bookbinders Award

"Partnered or solo, Great Sex Made Simple bridges the gap between the religious, mystic and basic sexological principles that work to help increase awareness, intimacy, connection, and take your sex to the next level." —Dr. Sonia Borg, Ph.D,. Sex Therapist and author of Oral Sex He’ll Never Forget, Oral Sex She’ll Never Forget, Spectacular Sex Moves He’ll Never Forget, Spectacular Sex Moves She’ll Never Forget, and Marathon Sex.

"Michaels and Johnson's Great Sex Made Simple is one of the best books I have read on making the more esoteric Tantric techniques accessible and down to earth for real people wanting really good sex." —Tammy Nelson, PhD, Board Certified Sexologist and Author of Getting the Sex You Want and The New Monogamy

"If you want to improve your sex life, deepen your connection with your partner, or develop an experiential knowledge of what Tantric sex is all about, Great Sex Made Simple is for you. Great Sex Made Simple stands apart for being straightforward, practical and user-friendly."  —Dr. Patti Britton, Co-Founder of SexCoachU and Director of the Sex Coaching Program at The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality 

"A must read both for those who are just starting out and for those who are eager to dig deep." —Pamela Madsen, author of Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure. . .And Somehow Got Home in Time to Cook Dinner

"Great Sex Made Simple is a sumptuous book to savor."  —Nan Wise, Ph.D. candidate, Cognitive Neuroscience at Rutgers-Psychology, and Certified Sex Therapist

"Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson bring an essential, engaging, and groundbreaking perspective to Tantra and sexuality." —Dr. Ruth Neustifter, Sex and Intimacy Educator, author of The Nice Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty 

"This wise book reveals that the ultimate secret to sex is YOU—your attitudes, your presence, your ability to move energy.  Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson offer a rich trove of suggestions to expand mind, body, heart, and spirit to help you journey to a fully erotic sense of self and relationship."  —Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT, author of The Heart & Soul of SexWomen Who Love Sex, and The Return of Desire

"Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson explore the Tantric approach to human sexuality at a level that has not been reached since the age of the great Indian texts such as the Koka Shastra and the Ananga Ranga." —Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati), author of Ecstasy Through Tantra and A Chakra and Kundalini Workbook

"Written with a sense of humor and avoiding theoretical overload, this is the ideal first book for everyone interested in making Tantra a part of their lives." —Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Sex Magick

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Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep
Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep
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Great Sex Made Simple
Great Sex Made Simple
Tantric Tips to Deepen Intimacy & Heighten Pleasure
Mark A. Michaels, Patricia Johnson
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Tantra for Erotic Empowerment
Tantra for Erotic Empowerment
The Key to Enriching Your Sexual Life
Mark A. Michaels, Patricia Johnson
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The Essence of Tantric Sexuality
The Essence of Tantric Sexuality
Mark A. Michaels, Patricia Johnson
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Date: 2012-12-31
What is Tantra? From where did it emerge? How is it practiced? Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of the new book Great Sex Made Simple, discuss the history of Tantra and how simple skills and principles can expand sexuality and emotional connection.
Date: 2007-01-08
Although women are highly revered in Tantra, most sacred texts are written with male practitioners in mind. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of The Essence of Tantric Sexuality, explore this paradox of the sexes and delve deeper into the spiritual history of the male and female roles in Tantric lovemaking.
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