The Essence of Tantric Sexuality

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 207 pages
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Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson have written a modern and comprehensive book that celebrates the sacredness of the body (and desire) within the Hindu Tantric tradition, one which aims to dispel remnants of our Puritan past that define many natural activities of our daily life, including sexual activity and desire, in negative terms.

Based upon the teachings of Dr. Jonn Mumford, their book is much more than an erotic sex manual-though, it is that, too! The authors explain the Tantric philosophy and its principles, demystify it for beginners, and offer authentic exercises and techniques that will help turn your every moment of pleasure into an opportunity to experience the divine.

"Michaels and Johnson unlock the secrets to transcendent Tantric sexuality for beginners and beyond."--Library Journal

". . . one of the most important spiritual and Tantric books of the decade!"--Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick

Winner of the 2007 USA Book News Best Books Award

 

  

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Contents

1 Swami Anandakapilas
1
Secret Tantric Symbols
9
Energy and Consciousness
17
4 Vama Marga Tantra
31
Is It Possible?
43
6 Practical Sex Magic
53
7 Keys to Autoerotic Mysticism
63
8 The Tantric Theory of Perfume Magic
71
10 verview of the Tantric Erogenic Zones or Kama Marmas
93
11 The Primary Erogenic Zones
105
12 The Secondary Erogenic Zones
119
13 The Tertiary Erogenic Zones
129
14 Tantric Massage Magic
145
15 The Tantric Mass and the Secret of Amrita
163
Afterword
179
Acknowledgments
183

9 Perfume Magic in Practice
79

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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. nbsp; 2013 Living Now Awards Silver Medal in Sexuality/Femininity nbsp; 2013 International Book Awards Winner in Self Help: Relationships. 2013 Eric Hoffer Awards Honorable Mention in Health."I recommend this book on multiple levels. nbsp;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.nbsp;Secondly, Inbsp;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,nbsp;Founder & Owner of The Smitten Kitten "A straightforward, warm, and refreshingly inclusive road map to physical and spiritual bliss."nbsp;-- Chronogram " Great Sex Made Simple nbsp;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 ofnbsp; 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, then

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 .

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