Ananda Nidra : Blissful Sleep was created by renowned Tantra teachers and authors Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand). It is inspired by a traditional Tantric practice known as Yoga Nidra. These two innovative, spoken-word meditations rely on pleasurable images and sensations to induce feelings of relaxation and refreshment coupled with a profound sense of satisfaction. Presented for the first time on compact disc, the 44 minute meditations are read by Michaels (accompanied by a minimalist ambient track from darkwave legends Black Tape For A Blue Girl) and Johnson (accompanied by a floating soundscape from prominent electronic-ambient pioneer Steve Roach). Each CD in this 2-CD set contains one meditation, followed by an additional 16 minutes of music for continued reflection and intregration of the experience.
Ananda Nidra : Blissful Sleep - Listen to excerpts from the new CD (2 disc set):
Disc 1 - Ananda Nidra : excerpt with Mark A. Michaels
Disc 2 - Ananda Nidra : excerpt with Patricia Johnson
Practicing Ananda Nidra™ involves following the speaker's voice while lying in a comfortable position. If the mind wanders or the listener drifts off to sleep momentarily, the attention is brought back to the instructions. Ananda Nidra begins with a rotation of consciousness through the body. Moving the awareness in this way produces a deep meditative state. Repeating the instructions mentally will take one even deeper. After the rotation is complete, the listener is taken through a series of sense memories and is then guided to experience a direct connection with internal sources of bliss and the beauty of existence.
It is said that 45 minutes of this meditation is equivalent to more than three hours of sleep. After practicing Ananda Nidra, the listener will emerge with renewed calm, focused awareness, and a sense of increased energy. Unlike other guided meditations, Ananda Nidra is specifically intended to awaken delightful and erotic sensations and to give the listener a greater capacity to experience joy in everyday life.
"Mark and Patricia have made Tantra accessible to the everyday person. Their work is simultaneously traditional and completely new and radical." - Tristan Taormino - writer, director, and sex educator. Author of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and former Village Voice columnist.
"Ananda Nidra effortlessly and consistently transports me into a state of tingling tranquility. It's delicious!" - Barbara Carrellas - writer, sex educator and sex/life coach. Author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century; Ecstasy is Necessary due in 2012 from Hay House Publishing.
In Ananda Nidra, the listener is invited to set an intention at the beginning of the meditation and then to visualize it. The intention should be framed in positive terms: for example, to reinforce a desired behavior, to deepen one's connection with a partner, to develop even more focus, or to maximize self-confidence. This is a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation because the suggestible state that Ananda Nidra produces will implant the intention deep within the unconscious.
According to the Vijnanabhairava Tantra, a classic seventh- or eighth-centuryTantric text, the state that lies on the border between sleep and wakefulness is a profoundly mystical one. Ananda Nidra will guide one into this blissful state, while focusing the mind on pleasure. Just lie back and let Ananda Nidra awaken the joy that dwells within.
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Praise for Ananda Nidra : Blissful Sleep
"The first thing I would say about Ananda Nidra: a Blissful Sleep is that our world is crying out for it. This is an aural and spiritual experience for a visually overstimulated (and consequently visually overtired) culture. Tired without knowing how tired it is. "Blissful Sleep" itself is such a meaningful phrase in a society that deeply needs simply to rest. I was able to sleep better after hearing it. It's almost as if, especially in urban areas, we actually feel guilty about slowing down or relaxing. Ananda Nidra will lead you toward the true rest and beauty you so yearn for, even- and especially- unconsciously."
- David in NYC
" . . . my brain goes into a complete zigzag when I am doing it, and I sort of hear the words but cannot even think to follow the directions. Like there are absolutely NO thoughts in my head."
- S.R. in Brooklyn
Mark Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand) are a devoted married couple who have been teaching Tantra and Kriya yoga together since 1999. Their teachings have been featured in several publications, including the Village Voice, Now Magazine, and Breathe Magazine. Senior students of Dr. Jonn Mumford, Michaels and Johnson have been named lineage holders of the OM Kara Kriya system for the Americas and Europe. Both have studied Bhakti Yoga with Bhagavan Das, Tantra with Dr. Rudy Ballentine, and have been featured in Dr. Judy Kuriansky's Idiot's Guide to Tantric Sex. Michaels is a graduate of New York University School of Law. He holds a master's degree in American studies from NYU and Yale. A playwright and translator, Michaels is past co-president of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America. Johnson is a professional operatic soprano who has toured the United States, Europe and South America, and has performed with the New York City Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Berlin Komsiche Opera.