The Yoni Popping Pop-Up Experience with Nerissa Irving
By Chandra Meadows
When you think of Nerissa Irving-Olugbala, it’s impossible to just think of one thing. As a wife, mother, and entrepreneur, she’s a woman who cannot be defined by one title. The way she gracefully expresses the many layers of herself is inspiring. Nerissa designed what womanhood looked like to her and created an empire around it. As she explores different aspects of femininity and sensuality, she shares with the world her discoveries. Nerissa has created a massive platform where she provides healthier alternative options when it comes to feminine healthcare, sex health, and overall holistic wellness.
The Yoni Popping Pop-Up Tour is an extension of her platform. The traveling fitness workshop was created for women interested in holistically strengthening their core, or the alignment of their mind, body, and soul. It’s an open space exclusively curated by Nerissa and her team, that allows women to express themselves while channeling their feminine energy. So far, there has been pop-ups in Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, D.C., Brooklyn, Miami, Atlanta, and many more cities to come.
The women who attend these workshops, engage in full body workouts, intimate dialogue on femininity, sex, healing, fitness, and guided meditation provided by Nerissa’s husband, M-1 of the legendary hip hop group Dead Prez. Through the guided meditation, M-1 brings balance, the presence of masculine energy, and the alignment of the chakras. There is also a pop-up shop available before and after each class where attendees can shop for yoni popping products.
All women who attend are encouraged to focus on self-love, confidence, and soul healing. It’s a hands-on experience of free expression. There’s laughter, love, connection, and adornment.
Yoni Popping as an activity, is just another name for “kegels”, which involves repeatedly contracting your pelvic muscles (the muscles that control your urination flow). These kegel techniques are a fun way to enhance the full body workouts done during the Yoni Popping workshops. Lotus eggs can be used to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles as well. Lotus is the name Nerissa gave to her yoni/jade eggs, which are carved pieces of stones that are in the shape of an egg. They are basically “vagina weights” that come in small, medium, and large sizes. Every stone carries a set of healing properties. Using Lotus eggs can help bring awareness and connectedness to the body, as well as increase the chance of having an orgasmic sexual experience.
The Yoni Popping workshops are also very informational when it comes to proper feminine healthcare, and reaching higher levels of intimacy and understanding within ourselves and with our partners. Here are some of the most popular questions that are asked and discussed during the Yoni Popping sessions:
Can you have sex with your egg in?
Nerissa: Yes. You can even have sex with two inside. Many women have even said they have had their first vaginal orgasm by doing this.
Can all women squirt?
Nerissa: I think so, but I think we should focus more on having pleasurable sex than squirting. Sex is very mental. If you're in the bedroom saying, "will I squirt, will I squirt tonight?”, most likely you won't.
How can I get my partner to try new things?
Nerissa: Ask him!! Communication is still key. No one is a mind reader.
How many pounds can you lift with your yoni now?
Nerissa: Lol. 15 pounds.
How did you get into this business?
Nerissa: Everything I'm doing is a part of my life journey. I didn't see my mom or friends doing this to be inspired. It was just a collection of all my paths combined. I realized that a lot of women don't have a positive connection to their womb, and it starts from an early age. Many have a lack of knowledge when it comes to the menstrual cycle, sex, energy, and even the proper products they should use. So, I decided to find a way to make the topic fun and less dictionary.
Nerissa makes sure the women who attend the workshops feel safe enough to allow themselves to exhale. The classes are best when experienced with an open mind and the willingness to explore new things. Emphasis is placed on the connectedness of womanhood, being able to openly communicate with other women, and healing and loving of oneself. After each session, the women leave more aligned, sensual, educated and empowered, which often leads to better sex, higher self-esteem, and a more fulfilled life.
Nerissa via Instagram.