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Ignite Intimacy

Hey Listener! Welcome to the Ignite Intimacy Podcast--One Woman’s journey to discovering love. I’m your host, Laura Aiisha. Join me weekly to tackle topics like developing deeper intimacy, matching romantic relationships to your desires, embracing your confidence, empowering communication and navigating seasons of singleness. Get ready to awaken a deep sense of love, intimacy and sexual freedom by igniting yourself, weekly, with me. In each episode you’ll find: *Practical ways to open your heart *Inspiration to be BOLD *Honest experiences from my journey to love *Experts you can trust to guide your path
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A podcast diving deep into the realms of INTIMACY, Romantic Relationships, SEXUALITY, and the plethora of issues, aha’s, TABOOS, Fantasies, and psychological impacts and many layers of these topics including: redefining our relationship to Intimacy; JEALOUSY; Infidelity; the secret sauce to Long-Term Fulfilling Relationships; OPEN  Relationships; Polyamory; Physical, Psychic, & Spiritual Attachments; MONOGAMY; Self-Pleasuring; the Freedom that comes with Transparency; Honesty vs. Dishonesty; the long term impact of KEEPING SECRETS; Communication; DESIRE; Chasing vs. Attracting - and more!

We will be featuring special guests, experts, and everyday people who’ve got stories to tell and opinions to share about LoveRomanceIntimacy, and Sexuality. The point is to get this conversation out there in a much bigger way. This is not a typical ‘interview’ style program - it’s an ongoing conversation. My guests and I will go back and forth and roll with the energy and topics as they present themselves.


Ready to turn on the conversation?!!

For more Ignite Intimacy goodness, check out our website: www.igniteintimacy.com
Feb 12, 2019

Sara Yardeni has been traveling the globe exploring and experiencing ancient spiritual traditions. Mediation has become a gateway for her to deeper self love and acceptance, rewriting subconscious codes in order to attract more of what she desires and the power of self love.

When she spoke with me about a meditation she does for her clients a light bulb went off! It was a no brainer, we agreed it could be super powerful for her to walk me through this meditation live on the line as I identify, clear and rewrite subconscious codes around dating, love and romance so that you, too, could join us in this meditation. 

Join healer and spiritual pioneer, Sara Yardeni and I for a unique episode of Ignite Intimacy where she leads me through a meditation to identify, clear and rewrite subconscious codes around dating, love and romance along with a deep dive into relational contracts and self love on Episode 104 of Ignite Intimacy! 

About Sara:


Sara specializes in creating empowering experiences for people by integrating ancient wisdoms and healing modalities from around the world. Beginning her professional career 28 years ago helping to spread the wisdom of Kabbalah at a time when it had little exposure in the modern world, Sara was instrumental in sharing this wisdom with thousands globally. 


An essential part of Sara’s work is finding positive, points of connection between spiritual people and practices in order to manifest her vision of elevating human consciousness. Sara is focused on sharing this internal pathway to one’s soul purpose, believing it is this state that ultimately brings love, joy, harmony, balance and abundance for all.

Connect:
Website
Instagram: @sara.yardeni

 

Stay tuned at the end of this episode for a short erotic story by the amazing Noelle, Scribe of personalized erotica, love stories, and poems. For more from Noelle, visit her website at  Museoferotica.carrd.co or connect with her via email at museoferotica@yahoo.com

Feb 5, 2019

I’ve had a mixed relationship to Valentine’s Day through the years. When I was younger I remember the cards and classroom parties, and also the anxiety of whether the boy I liked would give me a card or show some sort of interest towards me on this special day of love.

As I grew up and became an adult I realized that for many years Valentine’s Day carried with it feelings of sadness, disappointment, anger and frustration. Being mostly single in my adult life I haven’t had many boyfriends on Valentine’s Day, and the few times I had a boyfriend during the month of love they weren’t into the Hallmark holiday aspect of Valentine’s day. 

Through the last few years my relationship has shifted towards Valentine’s Day. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, my journey into self love has me enjoying the fun around this day of love instead of feeling bad about it.

A few weeks ago I was inspired to bring together a group of folks for the first Ignite Intimacy roundtable to explore each of our relationships to V-Day and how to navigate this sometimes tender or agonizing day of love. 

With a reminder to love ourselves first and to keep it real wherever we’re at with V-Day, Join me with Megan ‘Z’ Zimring, Oren Harris and Dr. Cat Meyer as we explore, discuss and unpack the many faces, experiences, attitudes towards, recreation of and keeping it real about Valentine’s Day on Episode 103 of Ignite Intimacy!

About our Guests

Megan 'Z' Zimring
 
Megan Zimring
 
After seven years as a Marketing Executive in the world of professional sports, Megan decided to shift gears and commit to her passion for activating the highest states of human potential through Evolutionary Astrology and Soul Empowerment Coaching. Megan utilizes a variety of techniques in her work including sound therapy with Tibetan singing bowls, Reiki energy healing, mindfulness training, Spiritual Psychology, eastern medicine, and metaphysical principles in order to maximize client experience.
 
Connect with Z:
Insta: @MeganZimring
Website
Facebook
 
Oren Harris
 
Oren Harris
 
Oren Harris is a transformation coach and pioneer on the leading edge of consciousness. He helps leaders, entrepreneurs and creatives to live their highest potential and have a profound impact on the world. His primary mission in life is creating Heaven on Earth,  a place where people wake up to their true selves and live a limitless life of contribution and fulfillment.
 
Connect with Oren:
Instagram:@orenharris
Facebook:@theflowcoach
Website
 
Dr Cat Meyer
 
 
Dr. Cat Meyer is a licensed sex and relationship therapist, yoga instructor, and reiki practitioner dedicated to evolving the relationship we have surrounding sexuality and our bodies. She is host to the popular podcast Eat.Play.Sex on iTunes, in which she brings you expert guests talking on how to ignite your love life both mentally, physically, and relationally.
 
Connect with Dr Cat:
SexLoveYoga.com
CatMeyer.com
Instagram: SexLoveYoga
Facebook: @SexLoveYogawithDrCat
YouTube: SexLoveYoga
Twitter: @drcatrawrs
GoddessCelebration.org
Jan 29, 2019
I met Stephanie Zuber at an Esther Perel event in NYC in November. The focus was the Masculinity Paradox, and the day was filled with powerful conversations about men, masculinity, sexuality, romance and more. 
 
Intrigued by the work Stephanie is doing supporting couples and individuals in Ithaca, NY with sex, body and relational matters, and my own recent experience feeling a lack of sexual desire for a partner, it was a no brainer. We had to have a conversation about something many people experience in dating and relating - mismatched desire and sexless relationships. 
 
Join Stephanie and I for a conversation that will support, inspire and encourage you to create more intimacy and rekindle your desire on Episode 102 of Ignite Intimacy! 
 
About Stephanie
 
Stephanie is a licensed mental health counselor and sex therapist who hopes for a world that’s engaged in more self love and less erotophobia. Stephanie sees individuals, couples, those in multi-partnered relationships, and facilitates a sex & body matters group for women. Committed to helping everyone live their most authentic sexual life, Stephanie presents often in her community and at conferences on topics related to infidelity, sexual desire, how to maintain that erotic spark in long term relationships and exploring monogamy & polyamory. 
 
Connect
 
Instagram: @sextherapywithstephanie
Jan 22, 2019

 

Dr. Anna Yusim is a powerhouse. She’s brilliant, intuitive, insightful and passionate. Having traveled and worked all over the world, Anna was a lot like me in that we both had a habit of attracting emotionally unavailable men.

When we met at Esther Perel’s event in NYC last November we knew a conversation was in order to unpack this hot topic that many of us can relate too. 

Join Dr. Anna and I as we dive into why we attract emotionally unavailable people, receiving vs. chasing, the imperfection of being human and how to attract what we actually desire on Episode 101 of Ignite Intimacy!

About Dr. Anna

Dr. Anna Yusim is an internationally renowned, award-winning psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City where she has helped over 1000 patients from all over the world live happier, more meaningful lives. She is also a best-selling author of the book Fulfilled, a filmmaker, and a highly sought after speaker. 

Connect:

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn: 
 
Pinterest

 

Jan 15, 2019

 

Episode 100 baby!! YES!! A special guest for our special Episode, Megan Bruneau is just the type of lady I love. A brilliant, powerful, beautiful and loving woman with a no BS attitude who's running her own coaching and speaking business here in NYC.

Megan has taken all of her life experience, challenges and trauma and channeled that energy into supporting others to develop new relationships to their trauma and mental health issues to create a new life inside and out. 
 
Join Megan and I as we have a transparent conversation about dating in NYC, perfectionism, attachment, attracting unavailable partners, craving love, fearing intimacy and self compassion on Episode 100 of Ignite Intimacy! 

About Megan

Megan Bruneau

Quoted by Deepak Chopra as the “Millennials’ therapist,” Megan’s no-bullshit, relatable voice has garnered over 30m views and landed appearances on The T.D. Jakes Show, Good Morning America and New York 1 Morning News. She is Huffington Post – homepage regular, MindBodyGreen, and Forbes favorite.

Megan has a master of arts in counselling psychology and a bachelor of arts in psychology and social work. By sharing her personal experiences alongside her professional expertise, Megan seeks to change the way people relate to their inner and outer worlds. 

Connect:

Website

Failure Factor Podcast

YouTube channel

Thrillist 

Thought Catalog

Gaia

Entrepreneur

Verily 

Quartz

Jan 8, 2019
I first discovered Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh at an Esther Perel event in NYC. She was one of the featured experts at Esther’s event focused on the Masculinity Paradox. At first sight I was taken by this powerful, confident, brilliant woman so fluidly talking about sex, the body, orgasm and relating in front of a packed house. 
 
I knew we had to feature her and her insights, work and energy on Ignite Intimacy!!
 
Join powerhouse PhD Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh and I as we have a bright and playful conversation about pleasure, dating in the digital age, the power of language, orgasm, cultural differences in sex, dating and sexuality, your unpolished gut and more on Episode 99 of Ignite Intimacy!!
 
About Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD
 
 
Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD is a Social Psychologist and a thought leader in the fields of Cultural Fluency, Diversity & Inclusion and, Sexual Health & Relationships. An award winner, speaker, television host, and advisor, among many other things, Dr. Nasserzadeh is based in Palo Alto, California and travels widely.
 
Connect
 

Twitter: @DR_Sara_ 

FB: Dr.SaraNasserzadeh  

Instagram: Dr.SaraNasserzadeh

Resources:
 
Dec 18, 2018

Anita Teresa began exploring sex and education in the medical space after realizing that healthcare professionals were missing core pieces of sex education in their day to day work.

After running a very successful and in demand Sex and Medicine Summit Anita pivoted her work to focus on sex dynamics in the workplace. With the #MeToo movement creating a platform for victims to step forward, be heard and supported with their experiences of sexual assault at work, Anita continues her work developing shame free environments where victims and perpetrators can share their experiences, get educated and empowered in their healing process.

Join Sexuality Educator and Coach Anita Teresa and I as we explore sexuality in the workplace, sexual harassment, sexual health, communication, self expression and shame in Episode 98 of Ignite Intimacy!

About Anita

Anita Teresa is an Integrative Sexuality Educator and Coach with a private practice based in NYC.  She Founded the Sex & Medicine Summit in 2015 and does on-going programming around the topics of embodiment, healthy sexuality,  and the future of male/female leadership.  

Connect:

Website
Facebook: Anita Teresa + Sex and Medicine Summit
LinkedIn
Dec 11, 2018

Robert Kandell (previously featured on EP 72 of Ignite Intimacy) has been on a journey from the corporate world to entrepreneurship having built an international 8-figure business based on relationships, intimacy and sex before launching a coaching practice and now authoring his revolutionary new book, unHIDDEN - A Book for Men and Those Who Are Confused By Them.

I’m thrilled to have Robert on for a follow-up conversation to jam on a topic that is very near and dear to my heart, MEN! Masculinity! What is it, why men are confusing, what’s going on for men internally, patriarchy, external influences and the harmony and connection that is possible when we all take responsibility for ourselves, our relationships and our choices.

Join Robert and I for a powerful conversation about Men, Masculinity and sorting through it all on Episode 97 of Ignite Intimacy! 

About Robert

Robert Kandell headshot

Author and host of the highly successful podcast, Tuff Love, Robert Kandell has been helping men find themselves for fourteen years. An expert in interpersonal communication and relationships, he has helped thousands of students find a more balanced, energized life with better relationships, more sex and more happiness. 
 
Connect:

Website
Facebook 
Twitter: @RobertKandell
Instagram: @Robert.Kandell
Youtube

Dec 4, 2018
Janet Lieberman is a woman after my own heart! After earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from MIT and working with various companies in the consumer product space she began to wonder why the same level of care and design didn’t go into sex toys.
 
Through the grapevine she heard about Alexandra Fine (Co-Founder of Dame Productions - Episode 93) who was also launching a sex toy company and it was business partner love at first sight. From their first meeting they chose to combine efforts and energy to launch Dame.
 
Join Mechanical Engineer and Co-Founder of Dame Products, Janet Lieberman and I as we talk about sex toys, product design, female orgasm, dispelling myths about sex toys and pleasure and orgasm shaming on Episode 96 of Ignite Intimacy!
 
RECEIVE $15 OFF YOUR ORDER AT DAME PRODUCTS WITH THE DISCOUNT CODE 'IGNITE'
 
About Janet
 
Janet Lieberman, DAME Products
 
Engineer and a graduate of MIT, Janet designed 3D printers until she discovered that vibrators weren’t being developed, manufactured, or marketed the way a quality consumer good should be. A firm believer that you must be the change you want to see in the world, Lieberman co-founded Dame Products to try to catalyze that shift.
 
Connect:
 
Twitter - @dame_janet
IG/FB/Twitter - @dameproducts
Nov 26, 2018

After spending almost two decades in long-term relationships, Matthew Ayriss is on a journey home to himself. 

A year into his marriage he realized something wasn’t quite right. And, the career he excelled in producing music videos for artists like Beyonce and Jay Z was feeding the machine he had intended to hold a mirror to, by bringing more consciousness to it. 

With an affair and then a divorce, Matthew realized it was time to align with his roots and discover who he had become as a grown man.

Join soul adventurer, coach, magician and producer Matthew Ayriss and I for a powerful, honest conversation as we dive deep into mommy love, nipples, nudity, the over sexualization of the human body, desire, romantic partnership and radical communication on Episode 95 of Ignite Intimacy!

About Matthew

Matthew Ayriss

After a decade in Hollywood producing music videos for artists like Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Katy Perry; and commercials for clients like Apple, Facebook and Toyota, Matthew Ayriss set his intention on creating only consciousness raising content.

As a personal development coach, energy healer and body worker, Matthew works one-on-one with individuals and couples helping people navigate new relationships, sacred sexuality and conscious relating, incorporating energy healing with personal development to uncover and navigate belief systems, traumas and blockages - helping individuals tap into their fullest potential for their higher purpose.

Connect:
 
The Art of Choosing Love
MatthewAyriss.com
@TheHealingMatt
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