(Guided by Mark A. Michaels)
This page links you to the iTunes store, for the meditation read by Mark. At Bandcamp, you can download both meditations for free!
Ananda Nidra: Beyond the Power Nap was created by renowned Tantra teachers and authors Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand) to follow up on their award winning Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep CD set. Ananda Nidra 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.
Based on the success of the Blissful Sleep CDs and mindful that it is not always possible to devote 45 minutes to the practice, Michaels and Johnson were inspired to develop a briefer version. These 15 minute tracks, available for download only, are accompanied by a minimalist ambient track from darkwave legends Black Tape For A Blue Girl.
Practicing Ananda Nidra™ involves following the speaker’s voice while sitting or 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 guided meditation is equivalent to more than three hours of sleep, but even 15 minutes of the practice is more deeply relaxing and refreshing than a more extended nap. 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.