Want better sex? How about more sex, longer lasting sex and sex that’s more intense? Of course, you do. Believe it or not, a regular yoga practice can help you achieve those goals.
Yoga improves your sex life in several ways. You’ll see an increase in stamina, better flexibility, improved circulation and an increase in your libido, just to name a few. You don’t have to study the Kama Sutra or participate in Tantric yoga to get the benefits. But you’ll want to commit to a regular yoga practice.
The Sex Benefits of Yoga
The benefits are so impressive that yoga might just be able to facilitate world peace. That is, if everyone would do it. There are almost too many benefits to list. But these are the benefits that are key to improving your sex life.
Ok, it’s a cliché. But better flexibility does make it easier and more comfortable to try new and exciting positions. Greater flexibility in your hips allows greater access to the pelvic floor, which can increase sensations in that area.
Better Body-Mind Connection
Yoga teaches you to be more present. You’ll also learn to eliminate distractions, which enhances your body awareness. You’ll be more aware of the sensorial cues your body is sending you and can integrate them into your conscious awareness.
Yoga regulates your hormones and boosts testosterone. Testosterone is not just a male hormone. Women also produce it, albeit at lower levels. Testosterone levels are directly responsible for sexual desire in both men and women.
Stress is a killer. A libido killer that is. When you’re worried or stressed out, you’re far less likely to be sexually interested. Yoga reduces your cortisol levels, which gives you a peaceful, easy feeling. You’re more likely to be in the mood when you’re relaxed.
Better circulation means an increase in blood flow to your genitals. This leads to increased sensation and stronger orgasms.
Curbs Premature Ejaculation
Men usually want to hold off on ejaculation for as long as possible to prolong sex. So premature ejaculation can cause it to rain on your parade. Researchers have found that yoga is a safe, effective and drug-free option to treat PE.
The 5 Best Yoga Postures for Sex
Yoga for better sex doesn’t have to be complicated. If you participate in a regular yoga practice, you will see an overall improvement in many areas of your life. Including your sex life. But these are the best postures to try to improve the quality of your sex life.
During cat-cow pose, you will flex and extend your spine. These movements will tone your hips and pelvis. They also increase blood flow to these areas and strengthen the muscles that support your genitals. The result? Better sexual function and performance.
Pigeon is a deep hip-opening posture. If your hips are tight, it can take weeks or even months of regular practice to get into the full expression of this pose. If you’re patient, however, you will reap the benefit of greater flexibility in the hip area.
This pose will tighten your glutes, open up your hip flexors and strengthen your pelvic floor. You’ll learn to engage mula bandha. Mula bandha is the act of tightening and drawing your pelvic floor up, very similar to Kegels.
Cobra is one of the best spine and core strengthening poses that yoga has to offer. A strong core will give you greater thrusting power and more control over your pelvis, which leads to better performance.
This balancing pose takes concentration, which will help you to learn to shut out distractions. It also increases blood circulation to the lower part of your body, more specifically to your pelvic region. The increase in your circulation leads to more powerful orgasms and better performance.
You don’t have to become a full-blown yogi to reap the powerful benefits that yoga has to offer. A little bit can go a long way. If you set aside 15 to 30 minutes a few times a week, it’s enough. You may organically find yourself wanting to practice more, eventually.
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”
Yoga was not meant to be an exercise class. Its purpose is to prepare your body and mind for meditation. To reap the full benefits of yoga for better sex, look for authentic yoga classes that incorporate breathwork, chanting, and meditation.
Form in yoga is extremely important. Learn the proper form of each pose and be mindful of your movements throughout your practice. Check with your health care professional to see if certain yoga poses are contraindicated by any health conditions you may have.
Janet Ashforth is a certified Personal Trainer, licensed Massage Therapist, and meditation instructor. She has been helping people regain their health and wellness for more than 14 years. Janet also writes about health, fitness, nutrition, cooking, and baking. She is a real food advocate and currently creating a wellness retreat.