Kim Anami is travelling around the world lifting things with her vagina. Possibly more than you can lift with your biceps.
Anami, an intimacy coach who teaches, among other things, "vaginal kung fu," is a believer in the power every woman holds between her legs, and has set out to prove it.
She has travelled around the world, tagging Instagram photos with #thingsiliftwithmyvagina, demonstrating her unique abilities and seriously impressive vaginal muscles.
But this isn't just showboating. As Anami explains on her site, if you can't shoot ping pong balls out of your vagina, you're sexually disconnected and missing out on some of the wonders of your body.
As HuffPost blogger Joan Price writes, strengthened pelvic floor muscles can lead to better sex and stronger orgasms, and can also help with incontinence.
Last year, Anami put out an exercise video, explaining why it's important to lift weights with your vagina. Our advice? Don't start with a surfboard.
Check out Anami's pictures from her adventures here:
#thingsiliftwithmyvagina The LA Series. Yo! I lift weights too. With my vagina! At Muscle Beach in Venice, lifting with the Muscle Up Kings. They were super impressed with my mad skillz. If you didn’t know, the world record for vaginal weight lifting is 31 pounds, held by Tatiana Kozhevnikova, from Russia. P.S. You might be (justifiably) distracted by the eye candy in this shot—don't miss the weight between my legs. #thingsiliftwithmyvagina #vaginalkungfu #vaginalweightlifter
#thingsiliftwithmyvagina The Bali Series. Backbend with Lady Finger bananas. These tiny bananas, which grow in a fan shape, are the sweetest you’ll ever taste. One of my favourite tropical fruits. In Ubud, Bali. Lush, lush, lush. #thingsiliftwithmyvagina #tropicalfruitsiliftwithmyvagina #vaginalkungfu
#thingsiliftwithmyvagina Sunset with amethyst crystal, Venice Beach. The LA Series. Are you shining your inner light? Are you integrating your sexual energy into all that you do? Your sexual, life-force energy is your power source. It lights up everything that you do in the world. In a culture that separates sex from, well, life, it’s no surprise that people dissociate from their sexual organs. That dissociation manifests as body parts that, because they have been so disowned, end up being cut off. Literally. Wombs are removed, prostates taken out and breasts chopped off. Ah, if only we loved our body parts more. Maybe they’d stick around. The worst case scenario is people being so disconnected from their sexual organs that they shrivel away. The best case scenario is that you are so in tune with your sexuality and you love your genitals so much that they grow and shine. Breasts can grow. Penises can grow. Vaginas become strong and sentient. I’ve experienced it myself and seen it in my lovers. In fact, this light o’genitalia is what all spiritual leaders talk about when they try not to talk about sex. Surely, it’s what Marianne Williamson was talking about in her famous quote about shining your light: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. So let your light o’genitalia shine. #thingsiliftwithmyvagina #vaginalkungfu #lightogenitalia
#Things I Lift with My Vagina New year, new vagina. It’s that time you’ve all been waiting for: Vaginal Kung Fu 2015. The free video series is up, as a preview to the upcoming 8-week salon. If you haven’t watched them yet, you can sign up for access. Link in bio. In celebration of this year’s salon, and to raise vaginal power—and pleasure— awareness globally, I have embarked on a new campaign: #thingsiliftwithmyvagina This educational challenge features me traveling the world, lifting objects indigenous to various regions, with my vagina. Stay tuned for my vaginal adventures. This is me in Venice Beach, with my special new surfboard carrier: my vagina. #thingsiliftwithmyvagina #vaginalkkungfu
#thingsilitwithmyvagina The LA Series. Pillars and pomegranate. The pomegranate is thought to be the original apple from the Garden of Eden. Vaginal self-knowledge is crucial for every woman. The more familiar you are with your own sensual responses and comfortable with your body and anatomy, you bring that into bed with your lover. You are more confident in your life in general. Vaginal kung fu will give you the knowledge, skills and mastery to jettison your sex life into the stratosphere. Check it out! Link in bio. #thingsilitwithmyvagina #vaginalkungfu #vaginaltruth
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Simply put, "you're not going to feel horny if you don't get enough sleep," Laurie Mintz, a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Florida and author of "A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex" told HuffPost. More serious, persistent sleep problems like insomnia -- which can be short- or longterm and is characterized by trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or both -- can take a particularly heavy toll. And women are more likely than men to have insomnia, in part because of the hormonal changes that occur during menstruation, menopause and pregnancy and that can disrupt sleep. The irony, Mintz explained, is that in many cases, sex can actually help alleviate insomnia, as women find it relieves stress and makes them sleepy afterward.
More often than not, infertility is a wrenching experience for both partners, and one that can influence sexual desire for months, or even years. When couples struggle to have a baby, it's typical for sex to become highly scheduled and goal-oriented, Mintz said, and goal-oriented sex tends to be less pleasurable. After long stretches of trying to conceive, the feeling of "I want something really badly and my body is failing me" becomes wrapped up in sex and sexual pleasure, Mintz explained. Many women continue to associate sex with the sadness, shame and disappointment that often accompany infertility for years -- even after conceiving.
"After an affair, it's really hard for many people to have sex and not think, 'You did this with someone else,'" Mintz explained. It's not atypical for women to have sex issues after being cheated on and finding out about it, or after they themselves cheat (whether or not their partner knows). "After a woman has an affair, there can be guilt and stress and even fear of, 'If I do this differently [during sex], they'll figure it out.'" she added. Although some people actually report better sex during or after an affair, Mintz said cheating generally introduces feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety or anger into the mix, all of which can seriously lower libido.
There are plenty of reasons why, as a new mom, you might have zilch going on in the sexual desire arena. First, there's sheer exhaustion, Mintz said, but there are also hormonal changes that come with pregnancy and birth, and then there's the task of getting used to your body in its new form. Plus, some women can experience vaginal dryness while breastfeeding. (A recent study confirmed what may have seemed obvious to most: it's not just moms who are affected after a new baby's born -- dads also experience sexual ups and downs.) While all of these changes are perfectly normal, Mintz cautioned that it can be a slippery slope: Many of the couples she sees who are in "no-sex" marriages trace their longterm dry spell back to their baby's birth.
Whenever she sees a female client who recently experienced a sudden onset of low sexual desire, Mintz sends her to get her thyroid checked. The thyroid gland, which is located in the front of the neck, secretes several key hormones and can influence a person's sex life (male or female) if it's too active, or not active enough. According to the Mayo Clinic, women (particularly those over 60) are more likely to have "hypothyroidism," or an under-active thyroid, which can result in a slew of symptoms, including fatigue, feelings of depression and low libido.
Oftentimes, women don't realize that certain medications are altering their sexual desire and performance, Mintz said. Hormonal birth control is a biggie -- a major study from 2010 that looked at sexual function in more than 1,000 women found that those who were on hormonal birth control had lower levels of desire and arousal than those who were not, Time reported. Other medications, such as antidepressants, bladder control drugs and even antihistamines can also take a toll, Mintz said. The bottom line? Talk to your doctor about any medications or supplements you're taking, both prescription or over the counter, as they could affect your sex life.
"About 10 to 20 percent of my clients have body image issues that sabotage their sex lives," Amy Levine, a sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure, told HuffPost. Though men certainly have body insecurities, she tends to see more females than males who come to her struggling with body image. Many see not having sex as a way to hide body parts they feel insecure about. And that, in turn, can lead to overall diminished desire, Levine said.
Hormonally-speaking, women generally experience some pretty big highs and lows throughout the their lives, and those swings can have all sorts of effects. For many women, menopause can lead to a drop in sexual desire, as the body produces less estrogen. (Although, as Mintz explained, some menopausal women report that their sex drive actually increases.) And the aforementioned new mom-hood can be a biggie, as estrogen levels typically drop after birth, particularly among women who are breastfeeding. "We often tell patients that their vagina is in menopause when they're breastfeeding," Dr, Allison Hill, an OBGYN and author of "The Mommy Doc's Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth" once told Fox News.
Stagnation can mean many things when it comes to sex. Physical stagnation, or lack of movement, can take a toll on libido, Levine said. "It's important to move your body and get energy flowing," she explained, adding that although few scientific studies have addressed the connection between general movement and sex, it's easy to see how oxygenating the body and getting blood flowing, through yoga or a movement class can allow "tingly sensations to activate your erogenous areas." Then there's also boredom, which is another form of stagnation that can be equally, if not more, damaging. "It's easy to get in a rut and experience lack of interest," Levine said. She recommended new positions or "pleasure props" to help increase arousal and satisfaction.
"If you're regularly having sex and aren't ending up satisfied, you're not going to be very motivated to keep doing it," Mintz said. Surveys suggest that up to 70 percent of women have faked orgasms at one point or another, which -- as countless women's magazines have counseled -- can be problematic, because it leads your partner to believe (falsely) that what he or she is doing gets you there. The most important piece of sex advice Mintz said she can give anyone is to know what you like and be able to tell your partner. "It sounds simple -- and it is simple -- but it's also so complicated and can be hard to implement," she said.