Dr. Zhana is a powerful and brilliant woman who decided to channel the energy of her own interest in sex and sexuality towards debunking myths around sex and its psychological impacts on human beings. Her passion lies in the dissemination of accurate sex science information for the people that won’t read science journals.
Zhana is a PhD who has livicated her time to researching and writing about topics including Casual Sex, Intimacy vs. Romance vs. True Connection, nonmonogamy, how sexuality affects mental health and more.
Some of the questions she’s begun exploring are: Is Casual Sex bad? And if so, how is it bad? Or, is it bad at all?! And how do casual hook ups affect mental health?
Join Dr. Zhana and I as we dive deep into the HOT topic of Casual Sex, Intimacy, Shame, Juicy Sexual Encounters and more on Episode 21 of Ignite Intimacy!!
About Dr. Zhana:
Zhana Vrangalova, PhD, is a NYC-based sex researcher who studies casual sex, nonmonogamy, and sexual orientation. She holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Cornell University, and currently teaches human sexuality-related courses as an adjunct professor at New York University. Her scholarly work has been published in a number of academic journals, and she is also passionate about bringing accurate scientific information to the general audience. In working to disseminate sexual science to broader audiences, she also writes about sexuality for popular media (for e.g., Playboy, Alternet, NY Daily News, Teen Vogue, Psychology Today), shares new sex research on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, runs the Casual Sex Project (a place for people to share their true hookup stories), and does a weekly sex education show using the live video streaming platforms Periscope and Facebook Live. She is currently working on a book about the science of healthy hookups.
Connect with Dr. Zhana:
Anna Marti is a vet at this intimacy and sexuality thing. She’s got an energy and vibration that literally lights up a room, and a confidence that will surely inspire you.
Anna and I journey down a winding road which starts with her conservative upbringing, the illegal abortion that liberated her into adulthood, Tantra and the ‘Unwinding’... And the truth that there is no morality, no good or bad, right or wrong.
Join us as we continue to peel back the layers to the truth, whatever that is for each of us, on Episode 20 of the Ignite Intimacy podcast!
Anna Marti, an intimacy coach in Portland, Oregon for the past 20 years, is passionate about supporting men and women of all ages, all orientations, alone or partnered. As an ‘erotic evangelist’, she comes to this work in the hope that more love in the world be generated, with a deep intention that it become a more pleasurable, vibrant and peaceful place to live. Along with a private practice and mentoring, she has been a featured speaker at conferences and universities, providing a bridge between esoteric ‘tantric’ teaching and western psychotherapeutic and somatic practices that are congruent with personal values.
Teachers and influences include (but are not limited to) Daniel Odier, David Deida, Sunyata Saraswati, Bodhi Avinasha, Joseph Kramer, and every moment alive. Her most profound learning has been working with her teacher, Shambhavi Sarasvati, and the Jaya Kula community.
Her work and life are informed by the existential reality that is confirmed on every website and news portal – this could be my last day. Or yours. So I approach our time together with deep devotion and respect.
Connect with Anna:
Margot Anand - Tantric Practitioner: http://www.margotanand.com/
Diana Richardson’s books on Tantra: https://www.amazon.com/Diana-Richardson/e/B001KDM6NA
Elise Carr is on a mission to ignite women and men everywhere to live a more powerful and orgasmic life. She is a brilliant, well educated woman who was immersed in the world of fashion as a professional model as well as a journalist and budding author, living between Australia and Europe.
When her body began to deteriorate physically, and her relationship with her partner was draining her, she knew something had to change.
Join Elise Carr and I as we explore Tantra, Trauma, the Heroine’s Journey and Living Orgasmic on Episode 19 of Ignite Intimacy!
Elise Carr, M.A. The Trailblazing Woman behind StellaMuse.
Known as the ‘Pioneer of Yoni Power’ she is a Sacred Spirituality and Sexuality Director, Life Empowerment Mentor and Certified Holistic Health Coach, Writer, Speaker,Tantra practitioner, Reiki Master, Model, Artist, and Divine Feminine Trailblazer!
With unwavering enthusiasm, fierce dedication and spirited insight, she guides inspirational souls on a purpose driven passion filled mission, away from fear and dissatisfaction, and into courageous love and divine power; living life as their most authentic, nourished, empowered selves.
Connect with Elise:
Do you feel scared and anxious when you meet people who you think are prettier, more successful or sexier than you? Worried that your partner might like them better than you?
What do you do when you see that your partner has been liking sexy pictures of an ex on social media?
How do you let go of the past and past hurts and deceits to be fully present in your current relationship?
Kathy Labriola and I are diving into that ohhhh sooo uncomfortable emotion of Jealousy and how we can navigate the feelings that Jealousy stirs up within us so that we can have more powerful relationships with ourselves and our lovers and partners.
Kathy is sharing her tips and tricks for redefining our relationship to Jealousy in episode 18 of Ignite Intimacy!
Kathy Labriola is a nurse, counselor, and hypnotherapist in private practice in Berkeley, California, providing affordable mental health services to alternative communities. She has been a card-carrying bisexual and polyamorist for over 40 years. She is political activist and community organizer.
Get Kathy's Jealousy Workbook here: https://www.amazon.com/Jealousy-Workbook-Exercises-Insights-Relationships/dp/0937609633
She is extra crunchy, lives in a housing cooperative, rides a bike, and raises chickens and organic vegetables.
Contact Kathy at: (510) 841-5307
Loving Abundance by Kathy Labriola - https://www.amazon.com/Love-Abundance-Counselors-Advice-Relationships/dp/1890159778
The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy - https://www.amazon.com/Ethical-Slut-Practical-Relationships-Adventures/dp/1587613379
More Than Two - https://www.morethantwo.com/
Kissable agreements in open relationships by Dawn Davidson - http://www.loveoutsidethebox.com/kissable-agreements.html
Cat Maness - Berkeley CA online tool for couples to discuss agreements in relationships: http://www.catmaness.com/
Struggle with communication in the bedroom or in your relationship(s) in general?
Wish you knew how to express your needs in a way that won't turn your partner off or have them feeling insecure and sensitive about their ability to (or not to) pleasure you?
Feeling disconnected from your sex drive in middle age and need to reignite the juiciest parts of yourself?!
Well... we've got some super awesome tricks and tips for you. Author Walker Thornton is on a mission to create a group of sexuality awakened individuals.
Join us as we dive into sex and intimacy communication tips, her book Inviting Desire and why our pleasure matters on Episode 17 of Ignite Intimacy!
This is about YOU.. not about pleasing your partner first.
Walker Thornton is a sex educator, speaker, and sexual health writer. Her mission is to help women embrace their sexuality in a way that feels comfortable at each stage of life. Her writing has appeared on the American Sexual Health Association website, Huffington Post, Better After 50, Senior Planet, and other sites. She is the Sexual Health Columnist for Midlife Boulevard and writes about midlife sexuality at Kinkly.com. Walker currently serves on the Sexuality and Aging Consortium of Widener University’s Leadership Committee. She has presented at the Sexuality and Aging Symposium, CatalystCon, and in other venues across the country.
A former executive director of sexual assault crisis centers in Alabama and Virginia, with many years of nonprofit board experience at the local and state level, Walker now works to educate and support older women with sexuality-related issues. She lives in Charlottesville, VA, where she went to college at UVA in the early 70s. Walker has a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, and post-graduate work at North Carolina State University.
Get Walker's Book Inviting Desire Here:
Contact Walker online:
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/WalkerJThornton/
Have you or someone you know contracted an STD?
Not sure when or HOW to disclose to new partners about your STD status?
Sick of the stigmas around Herpes and other STD's?
Tired of potential partners (or current ones) not taking responsibility for their sexual health by NOT getting tested?!
Then this episode of Ignite Intimacy is for you..
Join the powerful and courageous Adrial, of H Opportunity, and I as we dive deep into the topics of STD's, Herpes diagnosis' and the POWER of Full Disclosure on Episode 16 of Ignite Intimacy!!
We're making disclosure sexy baby...
This episode is really powerful and very personal for me. We're going in on this one and honestly.. it's an episode everyone should tune in for.
Adrial specializes in helping people move through sexual shame into a full embrace of their lives. In his own life and from working with hundreds of people, he has seen how shame can cripple connection and intimacy. In his work with the herpes community through creating The Herpes Opportunity and in the broader application of relational practices, Adrial supports people in realizing that when they clear shame, they not only have more love and acceptance for themselves … they also have more love and acceptance for others. He is committed to helping people transcend whatever limitations they may imagine are holding them back from living rich fulfilling lives.
Learn more at:
H Opportunity main: https://herpesopportunity.com
Community Support: https://herpeslife.com/herpes-forum
Have you served in the Armed Forces and had to hide your sexual preference and desires for fear that you'd be reprimanded or dishonorably discharged from serving your country if 'found out' or caught in the act?
Are you living in a relationship paradigm that is old, stagnant and NOT what you truly desire to experience in intimate and/or sexual relationships?
Remember 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'?
Then join Psychologist, Military Service Vet and Sexpert Dr. Liz Powell and I as we dive deep into Sex, Service and getting to the heart of what we truly desire to experience in our Intimate and Sexual Relationships on Episode 15 of Ignite Intimacy!
Dr. Liz Powell is a psychologist and coach who works with people who feel like the regular dating world doesn't fit for them. She helps them learn how to tap into their authentic selves to create relationships that are their unique perfect fit and that make them feel worthy and deserving of love exactly how they are. There are no right or wrong relationship styles, just ones that work for us or don't.
Dr. Liz has presented at many national conferences, including the AASECT Conference, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, International Ms. Leather, and CatalystCon. In addition, she has taught classes on relationship styles and sexual communication at venues such as the San Francisco Armory, home of Kink.com, and Mission Control, the birthplace of Kinky Salon. Dr. Liz is also a decorated veteran with 5-years service as an Army Psychologist and one tour in Afghanistan.
Find out more about Dr. Liz at:
Twitter - @sexpospsych
Not sure where to begin with that 'birds and bees' conversation with your child?
Work with children or know someone who's children are reaching the tween years and they need support to have powerful conversations about sex and sexuality with their kids?
Do your children know about things like consent, asking permission and staying safe as they are entering the time in their lives when more intimate and sexual exploration begins?
Join Holistic Sex Educator Robin LaCross and I as we talk about that oh so tender and touchy subject... having the 'birds and the bees' conversation with our children while paving the way to shame-free, empowered communication about sex, intimacy and sexuality with our youth!
Robin LaCross is a holistic health practitioner who specializes in women’s reproductive health. She has been teaching fertility awareness skills for over 25 years to women looking for natural solutions to avoid getting pregnant without relying on hormonal birth control. Robin is a holistic sex educator who is passionate about helping moms feel confident when having the challenging conversations with their girls about growing up, sex, relationships and staying safe.
Check out Robin's work at:
Have you or someone close to you experienced sexual trauma at some point in their lives?
Does past sexual trauma create obstacles to creating the relationships and intimacy that you desire to experience with yourself and your partner(s)?
Curious about learning new powerful ways to communicate with your partner around sexual trauma, intimacy and deepening your love?
Then this episode of Ignite Intimacy is for you..
Join Relationship Alive podcast creator & coach Neil Sattin, his partner Chloe Urban and I as we dive into the deep waters of healing sexual trauma in order to deepen intimacy with yourself and your partner, while taking steps to shift the cultural dynamic around assault and trauma as it relates to our ability to deepen intimacy with ourselves and our loved ones on episode 12 of Ignite Intimacy.
Chloe Urban and Neil Sattin are the creators of The New Love Paradigm. They run a 7-week online course, Thriving Intimacy, which uses their signature system to deepen intimacy, improve communication, and turn your relationship into a source of energy and inspiration in your life.
Chloe and Neil are the authors of a forthcoming book for helping couples create profoundly deep intimacy when they are affected by sexual trauma. They work with couples and singles, both individually and together, to overcome obstacles to profound growth and connection in relationship.
Chloe Urban is an Infinity Practitioner, healer and dancer who grew up steeped in nature, creativity, shamanism, and the medicine wheel with over 10 years of experience in healing work.
Neil Sattin is a relationship coach, trained in Strategic Intervention and Conscious Uncoupling, a writer, and an Infinity Practitioner. He has over 15 years experience in the field of relationship coaching and healing and is also the host of the popular podcast Relationship Alive where he talks to the world’s experts on the topic of how to do love right.
Links & Resources:
TheNewLoveParadigm.com to receive our free guide and get more info about our work and course.
Or text the word "possible" to 33444 to receive a free guided mediation
Check out Neil's Podcast Relationship Alive at: neilsattin.com/podcast and text the word "relationship" to 33444 for Neil's PDF download "the single most important thing that can make or break your relationship.
Waking The Tiger by Peter Levine
Tantric Sex for Men by Diana Richardson and Michael Richardson
Also.. Tantric Orgasm for Women by Diana Richardson
Ever come across people that you feel an IMMEDIATE connection with?
Join my twin sistar and I as we dive deep into the topic of Soul relationships, Pussy Power and so much more on Episode 14 of Ignite Intimacy!!
To help her coaching and dance clients live and embody their best lives on and off the dance floor, Sarah created the Free to Be 5 Step Process: From Reactivity to Choice In Five Simple Steps.
And learn sooo much more about this POWERFUL Woman whom I'm honored and grateful to call my Twin Sistar!!!