Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, a devoted married couple, have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. They are the authors of the award winning books, The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (Llewellyn, 2006), Tantra for Erotic Empowerment (Llewellyn 2008), and Great Sex Made Simple, which will be published in December 2012 (Llewellyn.) Their meditation CD set, Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep (Projekt Records) was a finalist for a 2012 COVR Visionary Award. Michaels and Johnson wrote and appeared in two instructional DVDs produced by the Alexander Institute: Tantric Sexual Massage for Lovers and Advanced Tantric Sex Secrets. They are senior students of Tantric pioneer Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati) who has named them his lineage holders for the Americas and Europe. In addition, the two are co-founders of the Pleasure Salon, a monthly gathering in New York City that brings together sex-positive people and pleasure activists from a variety of communities.