Sasha Cagen grew up in New England as a “nice girl” who never uttered the word “pussy.” Now, she’s making up for lost time.
Cagen, a life coach and author of Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics, leads Solo Chica Tango Adventure tours for women in Buenos Aires. In 2012, she began teaching women how to “pussywalk” in her workshops.
What is Pussywalking?
Pussywalking is a tool for sensual mindfulness that has spread to several countries, and the pussywalkers themselves see it as a joyful movement. While some women are learning the technique directly from those who attended Cagen’s workshops, most are going directly to Cagen’s website to view videos and practice it on their own. Every woman’s body and gait is unique, so pussywalking will look and feel different for each individual. The consistent element is the mental focus on the pussy.
How Cagen Discovered Pussywalking
“For years, the word ‘pussy’ felt like porn to me,” says Cagen. It wasn’t until she was 38 and taking classes in female sexuality in San Francisco that she became more comfortable saying it out loud. “The term ‘pussywalking’ has a sense of fun and sexual energy,” she says, “and I think ‘pussy’ more accurately describes that whole region of the body versus clinical terms like ‘pelvic floor.’”
Cagen discovered pussywalking when she was called to interview for a position that felt far beyond her skill set and experience. “I knew that in order to ace that interview, I had to show a lot more confidence than I really felt,” she says. “I was determined to find a way to fake it.”
But faking it wasn’t necessary.
Preparing for the interview, Cagen thought of something a tango instructor had told her, that for women dancers, “the power is in the vagina.” She sent her breath downward until she could feel her pulse and power. Walking with confidence, she then made her way to the interview. “I had a sway,” she remembers, “and a sense of energy that continued after I sat down. It led to one of the most transformative moments of my career.” She got the job and started doing research on female anatomy and feminine energy. “I learned a lot about awakening the zucchini,” she says with a laugh, referring to the elongated area connected to the clitoris and its 8,000 nerve endings.
Moving With Our Organs Forward
Focusing attention on our sexual organs to connect with a source of power is a concept that shows up in dance, yoga, and acting. Dr. Evie Abat is a psychologist and actress in Los Angeles. As a facilitator for the Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM), she helps actors access emotions on a purely physical basis, bypassing personal memories. Leading with the relevant organ is a way to leverage the body’s emotional power. “Sexual organs deal with lust in general, including lust for life, experiences, or things,” Abat explains.
But unlike a male swagger that conveys cockiness, pussywalking is more like sauntering with a Mona Lisa smile. “Pussywalking is a subtle yet powerful way of taking up space as a woman,” says Abat, “and it’s a great tool for actors or anyone looking to embody strength and femininity.”
Pussywalking to Uncover Our Feminine Power In Daily Life
Cinthia Pacheco, an Argentine-Canadian SEO expert, loves pussywalking. “I liked the concept as soon as I heard about it, but I really underestimated how powerful it would be,” she says. Pacheco feels more grounded, present, and joyful when she pussywalks, and incorporates it into her daily life.
Pacheco pussywalks as she approaches a grocery check-out line or boards a bus. “I’ve had both men and women offer me a spot in line or a seat. That never happens to me normally, but with pussywalking, I’m emanating different energy, and that connects with people around me.”
She has also used pussywalking in meetings with clients. “Drawing my awareness down to my pussy helps me become more mindful and less reactive.” Even pussywalking at home when her partner is present can have an effect. “Whatever the circumstances, it changes the energy in the room, and people take notice.”
Pussywalking For Back Pain
J.M. Calverley, a New Zealander who writes murder mysteries set in Hawaii, says pussywalking reminds her to slow down and become more languid. “It’s a gorgeous feeling. It reminds me of those African women that seem to effortlessly carry things on their heads in perfect feline grace and balance.”
Calverley discovered that pussywalking alleviated her back pain. One day, she felt pain as she walked across a parking lot. “Just for fun, and to see if it made a difference, I shifted into pussywalk mode,” she explains. “My whole body moved into alignment.” The pain subsided. “Now, I remind myself to pussywalk whenever I’m frumping or thumping along. It’s a sensuous glide that makes me feel very female and feminine.”
Pussywalking As An Extension Of Yoga
Kätlin Armei, a Vinyasa yoga teacher and lifelong dancer from Estonia, adopted pussywalking immediately after reading about it on Cagen’s website. “At that time, there weren’t videos yet, but I was excited to try it on my own.” It came very naturally to her. “In yoga, there are certain asanas that activate the sacral or root chakra,” says Armei. “Pussywalking is a perfect way to continue to keep your awareness on that same place.”
Though she may have had a head start in body awareness due to yoga and dance, Armei insists that any woman with an open mind can enjoy the benefits of pussywalking. “You can begin with a meditation, just focusing on the sensations in this area. Then start walking, and notice how you are gaining power and energy as you move.”
Pussywalking To Heal From Sexual Abuse
Some women use pussywalking to take back the joy and energy of their bodies after sexual abuse or rape. Even those who have never been abused may habitually shrug their shoulders or minimize their breasts to gain a sense of safety in a threatening environment. “A classic posture of shame is to curl up in a ball when you’re sitting, or standing with your shoulders hunched,” says Cagen. “Pussywalking activates energy in the pelvic region that travels up the spine and naturally adjusts our posture to become more open and proud, even queenlike.”
Currently, at work on a memoir that includes her story of healing the impact of sexual abuse through sensuality, Cagen sees pussywalking as a way for women to live more fully in a sometimes hostile world. “There are a lot of sexually abusive elements in our culture that make us feel physically at risk. Pussywalking can give us the sense of strength we need to move confidently through any situation.”