Hey there, I’m Aria Vega.
I’m a cisgender queer Black woman (she/her). Taurus sun, Virgo rising. Under thirty. Witchy and wily. Incredibly blessed.
I’m a writer, sex educator, birth doula-in-training, and survivor. I don’t think this project would exist if not for all the trauma I’ve survived. When your physical, emotional, and spiritual selves have been shattered like glass, it can motivate you to pursue healing in a way you may not have otherwise. This was certainly the case for me, but pain and trauma are not a mandatory part of the process. There’s never a wrong time to pursue a better relationship with your body and sexuality.
I came up peddling dildos at a women-owned, queer-centric, education-driven sex shop in my home city. There, pleasure was paramount, and as relevant to wellness as flossing. I had little related experience, but applied for a job out of fierce curiosity and support for the mission. It happened to be the place where I’d bought my first vibrator years earlier, and a part of me really wanted to pay it forward. As fate would have it, the work was a perfect fit.
So what’s this all about?
For me, sexuality is the expression of spiritual energy that resonates most profoundly, but the body is the common thread running through many things that move me, like dance and yoga, childbirth, and touch as a love language. Bodies hold wisdom and strength beyond what we can fathom, and we can use them to better our lives.
I created Your Heavenly Body because there are still too many cultural and political forces out to convince us that the body is an unholy place. We are constantly told that pleasure is wrong, and that our bodies are unworthy of receiving love unless we change them somehow. Until entire industries can no longer profit from inventing our insecurities, we will always hear this nonsense, and perpetuate it by imposing those standards on each other. But we don’t have to fall into the trap.
If you think about it, our bodies are an endless source of miracles. They can move us through the world for over a century. They can heal from utter brokenness. They can grow within themselves an entire other human, even several at once! Most astounding to me, they are hard-wired for sexual pleasure (especially if you have a clitoris, which serves no other purpose). It’s hard not to see this truth as a cosmic gift. A birthright.
And it’s all yours to claim.
Welcome to Your Heavenly Body. I hope you’ll get to know it better!