ligatures is a masochist with a weakness for boots, suffering, leather, and rough & tumble play. She is a RYT-200 yoga teacher, specializing in making yoga asana accessible for all bodies. As an active community builder in the Charlottesville, Virginia, scene, she seeks to make her local BDSM community a safer and more welcoming place for all. Her classes within the community are built around agency, consent, self-care, having fun with kink, and meeting yourself right where you are today.

ligatures's Workshops

BDSM 101

You've discovered that you're kinky and a whole world of possibilities are open to you. Congratulations! Now what? Let's get down to the basics of BDSM. What is it? What is it not? We'll cover some basic language that will help us talk about what it is that we do (labels, roles, and other vocabulary). We'll also explore the concepts of risk, consent, and safety. Safe words, safe calls, and safer sex practices will be discussed as well as basic scene negotiations and ethical concerns.

Type of workshop: Lecture, Discussion

Body Positive Yoga

Honor the body you bring to the mat today. Big bodies, creaky joints, non-yogis and beginners welcomed. This is low-pressure, judgment-free yoga taught by a big yogi who is passionate about adapting the practice to all bodies! Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. (If you have concerns about whether this class is appropriate for you, please message ligatures on Fetlife ahead of time.)

Type of workshop: Hands-On

Boot Play from a Bottom's Perspective

From shiny thigh high stilettos to well-worn steel toes and everything in between, boots are an extremely common fetish object for lots of folks. In this class, we'll explore many ways to use boots to create both pleasure and pain. A live demo will be interspersed with discussion on topics such as D/s elements and boot play, boot worship, being sadistic with your boots, how to incorporate bootblacking elements, and finally, sexual boot play from humping to harnesses. I'll discuss boot play from a bottom's perspective - what to look for in a top, how to negotiate this type of scene, mitigating risk, safety concerns, and aftercare.

Type of workshop: Discussion

Bootblacking Basics

We will discuss basic leather care techniques that work for boots, toys and garments, as well as a few other boot-related topics such as boot play, boot worship and bootblacking etiquette. Finally, we'll demonstrate how to care for both oil tan and high shine boots. There will be opportunities for questions - so if you have leather that you are unsure how to care for, bring it with you and we'll take a look!

Type of workshop: Discussion, Demo

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