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Cutting-edge, pioneering conversations on holistic women's health, including sex, birth, motherhood, womanhood, intimacy and trauma with doula, certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, and author of Call of the Wild and the Fourth Trimester, Kimberly Ann Johnson.

Sex Birth Trauma with Kimberly Ann Johnson Kimberly Ann Johnson: Author, Vaginapractor, Co-founder of the School for Postpartum Care

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 223 Ratings

Cutting-edge, pioneering conversations on holistic women's health, including sex, birth, motherhood, womanhood, intimacy and trauma with doula, certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, and author of Call of the Wild and the Fourth Trimester, Kimberly Ann Johnson.

    Second Spring – Discernment, Intuition, and Healing During Perimenopause and Menopause with Kate Codrington

    Second Spring – Discernment, Intuition, and Healing During Perimenopause and Menopause with Kate Codrington

    In this episode, Kimberly and Kate discuss navigating the physical, spiritual, and lifestyle changes of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. They discuss the negative associations with perimenopause and menopause based on culture that condition us to view of these life cycles unfavorably. They also discuss parenting during these stages, tending to symptoms with curiosity and kindness, and using the pulls inward to bloom into seasons of second springs and second summers of life. Perimenopause and menopause can be powerful times of tending to ourselves more kindly, reintegrating and healing ourselves from previous life stages, and harnessing the power of intuition and discernment.
    Bio
    Kate Codrington is a menstrual and menopause mentor, speaker, workshop facilitator, writer, podcaster and former therapist for nearly 30 years. She is also an artist currently weaving textiles, words, story and stitch. Her first book Second Spring: the self-care guide to menopause is published by HarperCollins and she also has a variety of offerings such as yoga nidra, online classes, and more.
    What She Shares:
    —Identifying the perimenopause phase
    —Cultural anxieties around menopause
    —Defining perimenopause and menopause
    —Parenting while transitioning
    —Tending to extreme symptoms
    —Superpowers of menopause 
     
    What You’ll Hear:
    —Peri-menopause 
    —Cultural anxieties surrounding peri-menopause
    —Gaining weight and losing elasticity during perimenopause
    —Facing mortality through menopause
    —Peri-menopause time to examine and let go to life that doesn’t serve us
    —Shedding before moving into new phase of life
    —Culture making menopausal women invisible contributing to anxiety 
    —Healthcare uninformed generally around menopause
    —Perimenopause defined as “around menopause”
    —Symptoms are changes in menstruation from what is normal
    —More desire to be alone
    —Health costs to amount of working leading up to menopause
    —Perimenopause time ranges between months to many years
    —Negative connotations associated with “postpartum” and “menopause”
    —Interfering versus accepting peri-menopause and menopause
    —Parenting during perimenopause
    —Stages of menopause in relation to seasons and cycles
    —Oxytocin encouraging sociality in direct conflict with need to withdraw during menopause
    —Guilt over feelings of needing alone time while parenting 
    —Enormous call of turning inward 
    —Meeting conflict of needing alone time while parenting
    —Differences of rhythms and slowness within family systems
    —Changes in relationship to sex during peri-menopause and menopause
    —Embracing physical changes in vaginal tissue
    —Staying close to pleasure, safety, and kindness sexually
    —Endless variations of sexuality and meeting the moment
    —Post-menopause as “another country”
    —Reconnecting and reintegrating with former teenage self 
    —Disorientation during losing cycles of menstruation
    —Ritual, journaling, honoring loss and grief 
    —Being tender and sweet with ourselves moment by moment
    —Call for attention and kindness
    —Severe symptoms calling for attention and kindness for treatment
    —Menopausal super-powers of discernment, intuition, and spirituality
    —Second spring and second summer of life postmenopause
     
    Resources
    Website: https://www.katecodrington.co.uk/
    IG: @kate_codrington

    • 1 hr 5 min
    EP 159: Non-Dual Reality, Boundaries, Attachment & Core Energetics with Ishita Sharma

    EP 159: Non-Dual Reality, Boundaries, Attachment & Core Energetics with Ishita Sharma

    In this conversation, Kimberly and Ishita wonder together about non-dualism, embodiment, culture, ancestral heritage, and more. They discuss Ishita’s approach to non-dualism which holds both consciousness of energy while being connected to the body in the present moment. While many spiritual teachings dismiss the body, the body holds wisdom and energy, particularly through the nervous system. Ishita proposes that the nervous system is energy at its core, and we understand the energetic layers and boundaries of our nervous systems, energies, and others’. They also discuss spiritual teachings, cultural differences between India and the U.S., and varying cultural practices as evidence of universal principles.
     
    Bio
    Ishita Sharma serves as a mentor, mirror and activator to those who wish to better our world. She helps them embody their truest purpose while rising beyond ego-centric paradigms through her work of Come to Center. Ishita has coached leaders from Google, Harvard, MIT, Silicon Valley startups and multinationals. Clients come to her to grow and heal through their deepest challenges and longings while held in their perfect wholeness. They include seekers and scientists, therapists and coaches, visionaries and creatives, CEOs and incarcerated youth.
     
    What She Shares:
    —Non-duality and embodiment
    —Holding space for vulnerability and grief
    —Energy of the nervous system 
    —Culture and ancestral lineages 
     
    What You’ll Hear:
    --Holding space for others in grief and anger
    --Showing up naked and vulnerable
    --Recognition of one’s own suffering
    --Being honest and curious in the journey
    --Showing up vulnerable for ourselves and the moment
    --Non-dual awareness without spiritual bypassing
    --Growing up in India compared to living in the West
    --Dissociation, non-awakened states very problematic
    --Confusion around what awakening is
    --Many turn to spirituality to turn from trauma sometimes creating conflict
    --Energetics connecting with nervous system
    --Field to field interaction
    --Energy to energy interaction
    --Nervous system is electrical impulses
    --How to get with what is
    --Holding both particularities and universalities
    --Most of us lost in our ordinary minds (thoughts, emotions, physicality)
    --Holding messiness of being human
    --Body holding information versus being untrustworthy in spiritual circles
    --Dangers of speaking about truths that can only be experienced to be known
    --Masculine-focused spirituality bypassing wisdom of the body
    --Rejection of boundaries which should be honored (personal, interpersonal, physicality, etc)
    --Being in sync with what is not resisting
    --Over-valuing teachers and spiritual leaders
    --Lack of secure attachment in US culture
    --Lack of community, base to sit on, foundation in US culture as opposed to other cultures
    --Universe is here to support me not antagonize me
    --Lack of co-regulation in US culture
    --Ancestral influences in culture that lacks knowledge of ancestry
    --Void and absence over generations present in us now
    --Principles of universe across time and culture
    --Owning what we are ancestrally before learning others
    --Murmurations
    --Basics course for embodied meditation
     
    Resources
    Website: https://cometocenter.com/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    EP 158: Sexual and Non-Sexual Tantric Practices for Healing Trauma with Devi Ward Erickson

    EP 158: Sexual and Non-Sexual Tantric Practices for Healing Trauma with Devi Ward Erickson

    In this episode, Kimberly and Devi discuss healing trauma, embodiment, and various sexual and non-sexual healing spiritual traditions. Devi describes her background from stripping in Detroit to a spiritual journey of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism as well as various other spiritual practices and her current work of holistic sexual healing. Together, they discuss how some spiritual traditions are needed in various life stages but actually dissociate us from our bodies and pain. They discuss how trauma can be processed, healed, and repaired through Tantra practices and ultimately serve others through that wisdom and healing.  
    Bio
    Devi Ward Erickson is the Founder of The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education – the first and only government accredited professional training institute using the Tibetan Five Element Tantric practices for holistic sexual healing. She is also an ACS Certified Sexologist, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Meditation Instructor, and accomplished practitioner of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. She specializes in using Authentic Tantra® and “pleasure as medicine” to awaken more joy, more pleasure, more connection, more love in every area of life.
    What She Shares:
    —Growing up as a biracial woman
    —Journey from stripping to becoming a monk
    —Tibetan Tantra practices
    —Sexual and non-sexual practices for healing trauma
    —Repairing trauma cellularly through Tantra
     
    What You’ll Hear:
    –Neo-tantra, adaptation and appropriation ancient spiritual science from India thousands of years ago
    –Tantra originally a system of healing rooted in Africa then travelled to India
    –Devi shares her background as a biracial woman experiencing racial trauma and violence
    –Survivor of childhood domestic violence and other traumas
    –Tantra as path of healing and reclamation of humanity
    –Authentic tantra vs. neo-tantra
    –Regulate nervous systems through tantra, meditation, breath, and awareness
    –Tantra tool-kit for healing trauma with benefits of sexual pleasure
    –First practice of tantra is mindfulness, creating presence of body
    –Stigma and glorification of sex work
    –Serious suicide attempt as rock bottom
    –Devoted self to spiritual studies, herbal medicine, reiki, meditation, crystal healing, etc.
    –Moved to NC, took vows to become monk in Ishaya Order
    –Observing celibacy as part of vows
    –Sexuality during spiritual and yoga trainings
    –Describes addiction to dissociative form of meditation 
    –Turned to Tibetan five element tantra after experiencing health issue
    –”Running the elements” meditation practice as a powerful experience
    –Non-sexual and sexual Tibetan five element tantra 
    –Had to confront trauma directly for first time
    –Healing trauma through meditative sexual practices
    –Genital healing massage techniques
    –Boundaries in sexological body work and sexual healing traditions
    –Couples to be sexual healers for each other- sex with intention, focus and purpose
    –Intergenerational trauma, collective trauma
    –Creating spaciousness in body and mind to repair cells and trauma
    –Holding multiple truths with nervous system awareness and tantra practices
    –Greater capacity to hold apparent, contradictory opposites and serving others
     
    Resources
    Website: https://deviwardtantra.com/
    IG: @deviwardtantra

    • 58 min
    EP 157: Wreckage, Ritual, and Witnessing through Threshold Experiences with Day Schildkret

    EP 157: Wreckage, Ritual, and Witnessing through Threshold Experiences with Day Schildkret

    In this episode, Kimberly and Day discuss rituals and reflections for life-altering experiences. Our culture does not hold much space for processing how threshold events change us such as birth, postpartum, death, and all forms of comings and goings in our lives. Day describes what led him to his work of “Morning Altars” and newest book “Hello, Goodbye” which was a series of life-changing moments that he calls “wreckage” and how he pieced together rituals to acknowledge those experiences and their influence. Together, they discuss how to create rituals for all kinds of life moments, especially those which impact us deeply.
     
    Bio
    Day Schildkret is an internationally known artist, teacher, and author. His two books “Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit Through Nature, Art, and Ritual” and “Hello. Goodbye: 75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration, and Change” help readers connect with art, nature, and ritual. His work has been featured on NBC, CBS, as well as BuzzFeed, Vice, Well+Good, and more.
    What He Shares:
    –Personal roots behind “Morning Altars” work, when his mother forgot his name
    –Creating beauty in wreckage
    - Marking transitions 
    - He’s looking for a husband, if you know anyone!
    –Ritual, acknowledgement, and witnessing life’s impactful events
     
    What You’ll Hear:
    –Morning Altars came from early fascination with decorating nature
    –Morning Altars came after break-up with partner and father’s death
    –Low-stakes creativity and ritual in nature
    –”Being wrecked” and not turning away from the endings of things
    –”Wreckage” deeply connected to grief and loss and turning towards it
    –Continuing to live while walking in the world with wreckage
    –Wonderment and not taking life for granted
    –Making meaning with life, grief, art, relationships
    –Experience with mother’s dementia
    –Transforming grief and wreckage into something beautiful
    –Lit candles thinking of friends and family who loved mother
    –Creating ritual in pain
    –Art is putting pieces back together to make something meaningful
    –”Hello, Goodbye” newest book
    –Rituals for endings and beginnings
    –Ritual doesn’t lead to answers or solutions
    –Handing over dream of having a child to friends through ritual
    –Understanding comings and goings from nervous system perspective
    –Unacknowledgement of threshold experiences in culture
    –Unwillingness to slow down and reflect especially in difficult experiences
    –Rituals help us reorient to what is new and changing
    –Marking endings and witnessing to new beginnings
    –Crucial aspect of being witnessed and held during threshold experiences
    –Ritual allowing expression of feeling and witnessing from others
    –Loss of ritual in culture, ancestry, and families
    –”Hello, Goodbye” is a cookbook to awaken capacity to make ritual
     
    Resources
    Website: https://www.morningaltars.com/
    IG: @morningaltars

    • 54 min
    EP 156: Jaguar Alumni Stories - Jessika & Joanna

    EP 156: Jaguar Alumni Stories - Jessika & Joanna

    In this testimonial episode, Jaguar course alumni Jessika and Joanna share about their experiences of being part of the Jaguar community. These testimonies speak beautifully to the type of experience you might find in the upcoming 4 week course “Jaguars Uncaged – The Anatomy of Feminine Spirituality". Learn more here.

    • 14 min
    EP 155: Jaguar Alumni Story - Kaisa Tuominen

    EP 155: Jaguar Alumni Story - Kaisa Tuominen

    In this testimonial episode, Jaguar course alumni Kaisa speaks about how growing her knowledge and felt sense experience of the nervous sytem has affected her life, healing, and lens of the world. As Kimberly and her team prepare for the next round of Jaguar, this testimony speaks beautifully to the type of experience you might find in the upcoming 4 week course "Jaguars Uncaged – The Anatomy of Feminine Spirituality". Learn more here.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
223 Ratings

223 Ratings

Ajesshammer ,

Timely, important, great!

I’m consistently impressed by this podcast—the quality of guests, the examination of the language, politics and identity of this unique time we’re in—it’s excellent and I highly recommend it!

Varga49 ,

Episode 135 & 136 (edited)

Thank You for taking on these topics with the likes of “Esteban”, as I like to call him.
To understand the consequences of being on the receiving end of perhaps, more than you wanted to know, shows up at the end of both of these ,…. Let’s call it a “body of work”. Thank You for your due diligence! ps. Perhaps the closest description of the term “ the sound associated with awake, becoming awakened is called “wrecked on schedule”. And of course Stephen is not a doctor, thankfully!

sweetgirlshe ,

Kimberly is Awesome

I first learned about this podcast when I heard the interview Kimberly did on the Relationship School Podcast, and it really struck me and helped me to understand polyvagal theory in a way that really resonated with me. I’m now 7 months pregnant and I’m so thankful for the content offered here. I just listened to the episode on optimal nutrition for pregnancy, which was so so good and parallels the work of Sally Fallon Morrell, who first opened my eyes to the importance of eating well not just during pregnancy but beyond it as well. I’ve ordered Kimberly’s first book and am ordering the second. Next I’m heading to her website! This is just the medicine I’ve been looking for.

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