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 Love, Romance, Intimacy, 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.
Are you, or is someone you know, feeling confused about sexuality or gender identity?
Do you feel pressured to fit into a gender or sexuality “checkbox”?
How can you work on feeling really authentic in your unique skin and bodies?
Get READY, get CURIOUS, and get INFORMED, with my special guest Rena McDaniel, MEd, and certified Clinical Sexologist. Join us as we discuss sex education, and the vast range of sexual and gender identities that fall until the LGBTQ umbrella.
Bio – Rena McDaniel
Rena McDaniel,MEd is a Certified Sexologist and graduate of the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program with specializations in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education. Through her pleasure-positive practice, Rena is focused on helping her clients find confidence and happiness in their own skin, sexuality, and relationships.
For more information about Rena and her work, please visit:
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!!
BIO – 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.
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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 – BIO
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
I have always been fascinated by the world of relational experiences. Wondering what makes two people come together, break apart, stay single, attract many suitors and long term relationships, or none at all, what makes some venture into the world of polyamory, while others were born into a culture and society where polygamy is common and if not a choice, something they learn to live with. I’ve been meditating on these topics for quite some time now when in January 2016 an energy larger than me began pulling me forward to explore all of these topics (and more) in an interactive and audio based conversation I could share with the public. Coming off of my first ever 6 month ‘man-pause’ (not menopause…. a MAN pause) I figured it was the perfect time to launch the Ignite Intimacy podcast!
What I believe to be true based on my experiences and conversations with others is that is that we as a collective society are not having enough transparent conversations about these topics, issues and desires. By bringing this conversation to a larger audience, with the intention to create more transparency and dialogue around these topics, there is a profound evolution that can (and will) occur. I know that our world will be a better place when more of us choose to stop living within the framework of a ‘lie’ and live in alignment with who we truly are at the core. I look forward to seeing a world where more of us choose to live ‘out’ about who we are as relational, intimate and sexual creatures, than ‘in’ where many choose to hide behind the guise of what is acceptable by society’s or our community’s standards. I have a feeling that when we can level the playing field and realize that most likely every human being has been impacted in some way shape or form by some aspect of this conversation, even if by a twinge of jealousy, that our world, and our relationships will benefit tremendously.
This podcast is for informational purposes only. Nothing in the podcast constitutes medical or other professional advice. Guests of this podcast express their own opinions, experiences, and conclusions. Their beliefs and views may not reflect our own. Ignite Intimacy deals with adult subject matter that may offend or trigger some listeners. Listener discretion is advised. This podcast is available for private, non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify, or redistribute this podcast. Ignite Intimacy assumes no liability for any of your activities in connection with this podcast or for your use of this podcast in connection with your website, computer, or playback device.