A woman’s Instagram post went viral after she shared a photo of herself, completely naked, sunning her anus.
Meagan, from California, says her daily morning ritual of perineum sunning is the key to better sleep, increased energy and a higher sex drive.
In the pic, Meagan is totally naked, lying on her back, holding on to her feet and presenting her bum directly towards the sun. It looks like it might feel nice… but we had some questions for Meagan about her unorthodox morning routine.
‘I never feel self-conscious or embarrassed when I’m doing it because I prefer to be nude when I can,’ Meagan tells Metro.co.uk.
‘It’s our natural state. I’ve done a lot of work around eliminating the emotions of fear, shame and embarrassment from my life and reality.’
Meagan says she started perineum sunning after reading about it in her studies of Mantak Chia – a healing Taoist practice – and being inspired by her friends who were also doing it.
‘As a woman, it has connected me more to my womb space,’ Meagan adds. ‘It has also helped heal my relationship to my own sexuality and womb. It’s very empowering.
‘It feels so amazing, warm and life-giving.’
Writing on her viral post, Meagan said she had noticed she had ‘surges of energy almost immediately’ after the sunning.
Meagan also said she had better sleep, better connection with her ‘sexual energy’ and control of her ‘life force’.
She added that she now had more ‘creativity flowing through my life’.
In a follow-up post she added that ’30 seconds of sunlight on the perineum is equivalent to being in the sun all day with your clothes on.’
Sex and relationship coach Alila Grace agrees that perenium sunning and ‘yoni’ sunning (yoni means vagina), can have a wealth of benefits.
‘One of my favorite ways to connect with my yoni is yoni sunbathing,’ she explains. ‘This is one of the most ancient and potent tools for awakening dormant energies. Be prepared to shine light into the darkness, and love any hidden shadows.
‘Ancient Taoists called this “sunning” where you simply open your legs and have your yoni drink in the sunshine.
‘By exposing the darkest or most yin part of our bodies to yang sunlight, we bring harmony and balance to our energy system. It is also very invigorating and stimulating for our sexual energy.
‘I love to go nude in my backyard and bare my bottom to the sun for 10-15 minutes (gauge your time depending on how much sun exposure you are used to).
‘If you are in a cold winter zone, turn up the heat and catch the rays through a clear glass window.’
But is it safe to expose such a sensitive area of skin to full sunlight? For most of us, those areas rarely see the light of day – so it could be a shock to the system.
We asked the British Association of Dermatologists about this unusual practice and, perhaps unsurprisingly, they didn’t have much to say on the matter. But a spokesperson did reveal they were skeptical about any alleged benefits:
‘We are not aware of any health or medical benefits from this practice. Sunburn on any part of the skin can increase the risk of skin cancer.’
So definitely think about the dangers of UV rays before you start opening up your most intimate areas to be blessed by the sun.
And if you’re really desperate for some vitamin D, a walk in the afternoon sun will do the trick too – and might be less risky.
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