We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Avery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I believe health education empowers people to care for their bodies. I also believe yoga empowers people to feel connected to their bodies. They both worked really well for me, and my clients. I realized there was a huge benefit in combining the two, especially when it comes to sexual & reproductive health. So many of us were never encouraged to feel our bodies, use our muscles, or experience pleasure. I wanted to change the narrative, so I pursued a creative career to combine the two!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work combines sexual health education with yoga. I’m a yoga teacher, birth doula, and I have my Masters of Public Health. I use evidence-based research to explain the anatomy of pleasure, in combination with practices like breath work and movement from yogic philosophy. Empowering people of all genders to get to know and understand their pelvic floor muscles is one of my favorite things to do! This journey is not an easy one. With social media censorship cracking down extra hard on sex educators, growing my business has been challenging at times! I’ve learned to really diversify my message, never relying on one platform. I’ve also learned the importance of working and collaborating with others. Intimate Health Yoga empowers people to love and enjoy their sexuality. This message can be intimidating for those of us who were taught otherwise. I want the world to know that my career choice is definitely not the easy path, but it’s a path that continues to inspire people, and that’s my main focus.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For the best trip ever, we would meet early in the morning to hike the cliffs at Torrey Pines overlooking the stunning ocean, ending with a long walk along the beach. Afterwards, we would head straight to the Taco Stand in La Jolla for some delicious tacos, and then lounge on the beach for the rest of the afternoon, into the golden sunset hour. Eventually, we’d make our way up to El Pescador for a delicious meal of the freshest fish in San Diego. We’d have to go to the Little Italy Farmer’s market on Saturday, and visit the Cabrillo National Monument to enjoy the view of the bay, Coronado, and downtown. We’d try surfing at La Jolla Shores, and kayaking around the La Jolla Cove, and enjoy a beach bonfire at night at Mission Bay. We’d probably spend too much time on the beach, and I’m totally ok with that.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Ashley Manta, aka The @Cannasexual is a friend, and mentor, who courageously combines the cannabis industry with the sexual health education industry. She teaches people how to mindfully combine cannabis and intimacy. She’s a trailblazer in her field, and unapologetically shares her wisdom with the world. I’m lucky enough to call her a friend, and she encourages me to keep moving forward and be myself!