THE YOGA OF SEX: COURSE INFORMATION
Joseph Kramer, Ph.D., the founder of Sexological Bodywork, invites you to experience how humans learn sex. Profound embodied learning takes place when we repeat a practice mindfully over time. Erotic practice is fun, rewarding and transformational when we use this conscious, focused yoga model of education.
Although this course was designed for professional somatic sex educators, anyone committed to helping others to have better sex will benefit from this cutting-edge curriculum. Many individuals find the Yoga of Sex training materials and practices helpful for their work as sex coaches, therapists, sex educators, and sex workers. This might be the ideal course to take with a lover, allowing you to bring erotic bodywork into your lovemaking.
All professional Sexological Bodywork schools throughout the world use the Yoga of Sex materials as the foundation of their professional certification trainings. However, this home study course, upgraded each year, does not provide professional certification. Upon enrollment, you will have access for one year to all the materials including video teachings, an online course workbook, readings, and somatic assignments.
Students in the certification trainings are expected to spend 200 or more hours studying and practicing the Yoga of Sex curriculum. You can enroll in this course at anytime. Everyone chooses their own level of participation or non-participation. Home schooling has never been so much fun.
Dr. Kramer regularly hosts gatherings on Zoom that offer students the opportunity to connect with each other, ask questions and share somatic insights. The newly-created Community Forums allow for students to post about their erotic practice sessions and receive feedback from other students and Dr. Kramer.
One year enrollment in the Yoga of Sex (the Sexological Bodywork homestudy program) is normally $550 USD. The special sale price is $300. Students who enroll in the Yoga of Sex receive a $300 USD tuition credit toward any professional Sexological Bodywork training in the world. (Tuition must be used within three years.) More about the Yoga of Sex and enrollment information here.
Free Erotic Bodywork Mini-Course: Learning erotic skills is best done when your client is sexually aroused. This mini-course focuses on Solo Sex Coaching to break free of habits and Erotic Massage Dancing to regulate arousal within the body. This introduction to Yoga of Sex teachings has four short video demonstrations, fifteen minutes of reading, and several suggestions for somatic practice. By signing up for this mini-course, you are also signing up for the Yoga of Sex Newsletter.
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The Yoga of Sex Training Curriculum Is Divided Into Five Interwoven Courses
Course One: Orgasmic Yoga: Practicing Sex
Learning Materials: 20 videos (172 min), 5 essays (52 pages) and 7 practice sessions.
Humans learn sex through practice, especially solo erotic practice. Your clients will develop new sexual skills and capacities by regularly engaging in mindful, erotic exercises we call Orgasmic Yoga. Your clients may need Orgasmic Yoga coaching to make the best use of their breathing, sexual arousal, savoring, movement, touch, placement of attention, and awareness of intention. Just as you will help your clients choreograph their solo sex sessions, you are invited to create seven solo sex sessions for yourself.
Course Two: Coaching and Witnessing Mindful Masturbation
Learning Materials: 10 videos (103 min), 3 essays (120 pages), and 4 practice sessions.
Sexological Bodyworkers help their clients to choose mindful practices that transform long-term habits, routine sex lives, feelings of shame, difficulties in arousal, lack of sensation and chronic disembodiment. Body-based practices like Orgasmic Yoga are surprisingly effective and efficient in helping clients have better sex.
Witnessing a client’s solo sex sessions is one of the most powerful practices utilized by Sexological Bodyworkers. Witnessing requires an attitude of acceptance and kindness and provides a fertile space for the student to notice what is happening in their own body. Non-judgmental witnessing is the foundation for all Sexological Bodywork sessions.
Course Three: Professional Preparations & Anal Explorations
Learning Materials: 16 videos (354 min), 4 essays (95 pages), and 4 practice sessions.
Sexological Bodyworkers work with a “code of ethics that prohibits sexual and romantic relationships between practitioner and client. Our professional education includes hygiene standards, anatomical knowledge, sensitivity to issues of gender and sexual orientation, practice with empowering vulnerable clients, intake and assessment procedures and commitment to client-centered care.” (From Sexological Bodywork teacher Caffyn Jesse). In all Sexological Bodywork sessions, erotic touch is intended to be for the benefit, learning and pleasure of the client.
“Virtually anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can become more aware of the anal area, learn to relax anal-rectal muscles and expand their capacity to enjoy whichever types of anal stimulation may be desired. Required, however, is sufficient motivation, a little patience, and a clear idea of how to proceed. Most important is the willingness to devote regular time and attention to anal exploration and to carry it out with calm persistence.” Anal explorations as described by Jack Morin, PhD., co-creator of Sexological Bodywork and author of Anal Pleasure and Health.
Some Sexological Bodyworkers work on the anal area as a metaphor for waking up the whole body. This can be true and effective when working with any part of body, but it is especially effective when working with the anal area because that part of the body is so often shut down and disassociated. Often, the results of anal work are incredibly powerful.
Course Four: Erotic Bodywork
Learning Materials: 19 videos (171 min), 3 essays (8 pages), and 7 practice sessions.
Both Taoist Erotic Massage and Erotic Massage Dancing can be taught to your clients as pleasurable, intimate touch experiences for them to use with lovers and friends. These two massages also provide excellent opportunities for your clients to monitor their own arousal levels and to learn erotic self-regulation. Teaching your clients these massages can be truly transformative for their erotic education.
Taoist Erotic Massage is not intended to produce orgasms or ejaculation. This intention frees the receiver from chasingorgasm – the major habit of sex – and allows the focus to be on savoring pleasure.
Erotic Massage Dancing invites the receiver to “dance their arousal” by bringing more movement, sound, breathing and self-touch into their massage session. In addition, the receiver guides the bodyworker’s touch. These practices help the receiver to regulate their level of arousal and integrate it into all parts of their body.
Course Five: Trauma-Informed Erotic Touch & Genital Mapping
Learning Materials: 21 videos (322 min), 9 essays (124 pages), and 4 practice sessions.
Sexological Bodyworkers are not trauma therapists, rather we are trauma-informed somatic sex educators. “A trauma-informed practice means we have learned how to spot the living effects of trauma in a human body, to assess when a client is in acute distress and in need of more specific professional support and how to, above all, create a space and a way-of-being in our practices where we are eminently careful of and sensitive to the many ways trauma shows up and can be triggered.” From Trauma, Sexological Bodyworker Christiane Pelmas’ textbook available in this course. Sexological Bodywork trainings often begin with trauma-informed education.
Genital Mapping is a contemplative touch practice developed by Joseph Kramer that brings awareness and sensation to forgotten tissues. With the tip of one finger, the mapper touches points on the vulva, vaginal wall or penis. The receiver decides where the mapper touches, how long a point is held and with how much pressure. Using touch to consciously bring attention to specific tissues of the genitals is crucial for reclaiming and coming home to the body.
The loss of sensation from scar tissue, especially in the genital area, is accepted as normal. The good news is that massage on scar tissue overtime, especially with castor oil, can bring back erotic sensations. These regular touch sessions for remediating scar tissue are best done as a self-practice.
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