Great Sex Made Simple: Tantric Tips to Deepen Intimacy & Heighten Pleasure

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Take your sex life from ordinary to extraordinary with this fun and easy-to-use beginner’s guide to authentic Tantra. Explore new and surprising sources of sensual delight with fifty-four Tantric techniques for enhancing intimacy and deepening pleasure. Proving that Tantric lovemaking doesn’t have to take hours, Tantra experts Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson present straightforward, simple practices that anyone can do. Along with fundamental principles of Tantric sex, you will discover amazing ways to ...

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Overview

Take your sex life from ordinary to extraordinary with this fun and easy-to-use beginner’s guide to authentic Tantra. Explore new and surprising sources of sensual delight with fifty-four Tantric techniques for enhancing intimacy and deepening pleasure. Proving that Tantric lovemaking doesn’t have to take hours, Tantra experts Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson present straightforward, simple practices that anyone can do. Along with fundamental principles of Tantric sex, you will discover amazing ways to prolong arousal, satisfy your partner, maximize bliss, and reach higher states of consciousness.

• Erotic trigger points
• Massage
• Fantasy and role-play
• Kissing
• Self-pleasuring
• Breathwork
• Eye-gazing
• Meditation

Praise:

“Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels have written a compassionate and accessible guide to an often mysterious but valuable tradition, and made it relevant for today’s readers who want to find more connection, spirituality, and care in their lives and love.”
Naomi Wolf, author of Vagina and The Beauty Myth

Great Sex will be a useful resource for individuals seeking to enrich their sexual experiences to open their minds to new possibilities of intimacy.”—ForeWord


Winner of the 2013 IPPY Award (Gold, Sexuality/Relationships category) and finalist for two ForeWord Awards (Self-Help Category and Family & Relationships Category)!


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738733456
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/8/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 279,993
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Sex, Women 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

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii

Foreword Barbara Carrellas xv

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Fundamentals: Key Concepts and Attitudes

Chapter 1 Honor Each Other 11

Chapter 2 Know the Power That Dwells in Your Pelvic Floor 14

Chapter 3 Collaborate and Take Each Other to New Heights 16

Chapter 4 Take Your Time 19

Chapter 5 Build Excitement and Prolong Arousal 21

Chapter 6 Be Present 24

Chapter 7 Shed Your Inhibitions 26

Chapter 8 Learn to Feel Energy: It's Easier Than You Think 28

Part 2 Self-Pleasuring

Chapter 9 Experiment with Your Breath 34

Chapter 10 Pleasure Yourself in Front of Your Partner 37

Chapter 11 Use a Vibrator: It's More Than Just a Sex Toy 40

Chapter 12 Fantasize Freely 44

Chapter 13 Change Your Position to Change Your Experience 47

Part 3 Beyond Words: Silent Ways to Create Intimacy and Reverence

Chapter 14 Gaze into Each Other's Eyes 52

Chapter 15 Keep in Touch 55

Chapter 16 Breathe Together 57

Chapter 17 Connect: Hands to Heart 60

Chapter 18 Bow to Each Other 63

Chapter 19 Pay Attention 66

Part 4 Kissing

Chapter 20 Kiss for Ten Minutes 72

Chapter 21 Give and Receive Kisses 74

Chapter 22 Exchange Breath 77

Chapter 23 Play with Cupid's Bow 80

Chapter 24 Exchange Essences 82

Part 5 Awakening the Senses

Chapter 25 Smell: The Most Primal Sense 89

Chapter 26 Taste: Where Our Sensory Experience of the World Begins 92

Chapter 27 Sight: The Power of the Erotic Gaze 95

Chapter 28 Touch: Open Up to New Sensations 98

Chapter 29 Hearing: Alter Your Consciousness with Sound 102

Chapter 30 The Full Spectrum: Engage All the Senses in Lovemaking 105

Part 6 Erotic Trigger Points

Chapter 31 Nape of the Neck 112

Chapter 32 Armpits 114

Chapter 33 Inside of the Elbow 117

Chapter 34 Achilles Tendon 119

Chapter 35 Coccyx 121

Chapter 36 Nipples 123

Chapter 37 Above the Pubic Bone 126

Chapter 38 Perineum 128

Chapter 39 Prostate Gland 130

Chapter 40 G-spot 133

Part 7 Enhancing Oral Sex

Chapter 41 Use the Aural to Enhance the Oral 141

Chapter 42 Oral G-spot 144

Chapter 43 Become a Human Vibrator 147

Chapter 44 Pleasure Your Partner Inside and Out 150

Chapter 45 Imagine Your Way to a New Dimension 152

Part 8 Sex Positions: A Tantric Twist

Chapter 46 Pull Yourselves Together: Yab Yum 161

Chapter 47 Play with Polarities: Kali Asana 164

Chapter 48 An Old Standard Made New: Missionary with Enhancements 167

Chapter 49 Doggy Style and Some New Tricks 170

Part 9 Expanding Orgasmic Response

Chapter 50 Simply Give and Receive 177

Chapter 51 Ride the Wave 181

Chapter 52 Anal Sex for Energy Activation 184

Chapter 53 Break Your Patterns to Discover New Sensations 188

Chapter 54 Breathing as an Alchemical Process 191

Afterword 195

Acknowledgments 198

Notes 200

Glossary 210

Bibliography 224

Index 229

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