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Welcome to BDSM 101

BDSM has grown in popularity recently due to references in mainstream media like the 50 shades series. While 50 Shades helped to bring BDSM out of the shadows and into the spotlight, it also left many curious how to bring BDSM safely into their bedrooms and relationships.  This online workshop, “BDSM 101,” gives you a blow-by-blow (pun intended) of basics of BDSM.

Course instructor, Emily Anne is an author, sex blogger, and a kink and BDSM educator and coach, who specializes in personal expression, liberation and transformation through BDSM, kink and the exploration of deep intimacy. She is co-author of the Amazon bestseller A Couple's Shades of Grey, a book based on real-life BDSM scenes. Her upcoming memoir recounts her story of going from a sexless life to BDSM and kink. She coaches singles and couples on how to benefit from BDSM in their sex lives and also teaches in-person classes on femininity, feminism and BDSM. Emily created this course to answer the most frequently asked questions and cover the basics of responsible BDSM play.

BDSM 101 covers:

How to negotiate and execute a BDSM scene

Consent

Toys and tools

The basics of Bondage, Domination, Submission and Impact play

How to vet a potential dominant

How to dom your partner

How to submit to your partner

Troubleshooting

Emotional, mental and physical safety
... and much, much more.

This class is inclusive of all orientations and gender identities and benefits singles and couples alike!

The class will provide answers to all the most common questions for beginners in a safe and accessible way. 

So, if you are ready to jump in, start by scrolling down the page to the first video! Enjoy!

1

WHAT IS BDSM

This video gives an overview of BDSM and a primer for the entire course.

2

BASIC PRINCIPLES - TECHNIQUES & ETIQUETTE

This lesson covers the main elements of BDSM, giving you an overview of some of the terms and ideas and safety considerations, as well as generally accepted good practices and etiquette in the BDSM lifestyle and scene.

3

BONDAGE BASICS

“B” is for bondage. This video will cover the different types of bondage, how to incorporate it into a scene and safety tips.

4

IMPACT PLAY BASICS

Sadomasochism often involves “impact play,” which means someone in the scene is physically impacting another player. This video dives into the different types of impact play, the main implements, spanking and safety considerations.

5

ROLE PLAY FUNDAMENTALS

No BDSM play would be complete without a little role play. This video covers how to instigate role play with your partner, how to overcome embarrassment or shyness to fully enjoy your experience, including how dominant/submissive play is impacted by role play fundamentals.

6

HOW TO DOMINATE YOUR PARTNER

If you are ready to try a dom/sub dynamic (or have tried one and wanted to take it deeper), this video helps you do it the right way. The lesson includes tips and tricks for handling a scene, how to dominate in a safe and healthy way, and troubleshooting.

7

HOW TO SUBMIT TO YOUR PARTNER

Learn how to submit to your partner in this video, including tips for communicating desires to your dominant and how to deal with sub space, sub drop and other issues that come up for submissives.

8

ANATOMY OF A BDSM SCENE

Don’t know how to set up a BDSM scene? This video will set you on the right path to a hot, sexy and rewarding scene with your partner. The lesson covers pre-, during and post-scene instruction.

9

CONSENT

Consent is a cornerstone of safe and healthy BDSM play. This video dives into consent so that you can fully understand your limits, and communicate consent effectively with your partner.

10

HOW TO NEGOTIATE A SCENE

Before there is even a scene or a dom/sub relationship, there is “negotiation” between the players. This video dives deep into how you can communicate your desires and set firm boundaries with your play partner.

11

AFTERCARE

“Aftercare” is the responsibility of the top/dominant in BDSM play. Aftercare refers to the steps partners take after a BDSM scene has ended. Topics covered in this video include how to communicate aftercare needs and dealing with sub drop.

12

TROUBLESHOOTING AND SAFETY

Some activities in BDSM carry health and safety risks and as such, much caution is advised. Having a safety-conscious mindset is key to safe BDSM play. This video will cover troubleshooting when errors are made or miscommunications occur, as well as main tips for safety.

Bonus Training

1

BONUS #1 - FEMININE SUBMISSION

This video covers how to release and let go and feel the feminine energy behind submitting to a partner. The lesson also covers how this can benefit you by balancing your masculine/feminine energies (not gender specific).

2

BONUS #2 - HOW TO VET A DOMINANT

This video covers how to ask questions of a potential dominant prior to negotiating a scene. Topics such as aftercare and sexual preferences are covered, as well as top tips for spotting red flags and avoiding abusive partners.

3

BONUS #3 - SAYING NO: BDSM BOUNDARY SETTING

“No” can be the most powerful word in the universe. When used in setting sexual boundaries, it can be empowering for both partners. Boundary setting is a fundamental tenet of safe BDSM play. This video covers how to communicate your boundaries to a play partner.
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