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The Mindful Practice of Intimacy by David Yarian PhD

The Mindful Practice of Intimacy

(This article was originally published in the Summer 2015 issue of NPI Reflects, the quarterly journal of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.) Since becoming a certified sex therapist in 2004, I’ve worked with many couples who present with “low desire,” a rather subjective term. Remember Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall? A split-screen image [...]

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Spice Up Your Relationship in Three Easy Steps by David Yarian PhD

Reestablish your friendship. Remember what drew you together in the beginning. Make time to relax together. A weekend away from home/kids/responsibilities is an excellent way to start. Don’t feel pressured about sex. A hurried sexual experience at the end of a long day when you are tired is probably not going to be the most [...]

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The Heart Flow by David Yarian PhD

The Heart Flow

This is a lovely Intimacy Practice that invites contact and nourishes the participants with a profound flow of energy. Face your partner and make eye contact. You can be standing or sitting. Smile.  Pay attention to your breath as you drink in the energy of your partner’s presence. Notice what you see in your partner’s [...]

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Introduction to Intimacy Practices

Intimacy Practices are brief exercises performed with your partner, for the purpose of exploring, deepening, and enjoying your intimate connection. Intimacy here is not a euphemism for sex, but refers to a profound connection between two open hearts and two spirits. This connection takes place more in the heart and in the body than in [...]

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Deepen Your Intimacy with a Daily Connection by David Yarian PhD

Closeness and emotional connection require attention to maintain and deepen over time. Initially, two people who are drawn to each other may be swept away by the power of their mutual attraction and the pleasure of getting closer. The early days of a relationship can feel like a delightful whirlwind of powerful emotions. In a [...]

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