Yoga has been the talk of the town for some time now, and perhaps there’s actually some method to this madness? It’s been said that yoga can be a great stress reliever, a way in which to better the health of your digestive system, lowersl your body’s inflammatory response, and keep the brain healthy with the release of the protein, BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor).
But can yoga aid in better sex? Bendy positions aside, here are a few ways that this mind and body practice can impact your sex life.
Increased Blood Flow, Lower Stress, and a Regulated Parasympathetic Nervous System
According to Dr Lori Brotto, A professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UBC, yoga helps us to regulate our breathing and lowers stress which opens up the arteries and encourages blood flow to the genitals, aiding in lubrication and erection.
“Stress contributes to sex problems, and sex problems cause stress. This can become a vicious cycle. Yoga reduces anxiety, so it enhances sex and helps prevent and treat sex problems,” according to sex therapist Marty Klein, Ph.D.
It also regulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part of the nervous system that tells our body to relax, and slows down our heart rate.
“All of these things are too associated with improvements in sexual response, so it is reasonable that yoga might also be associated with improvements in sexual health,” said Dr. Brotto.
Improved Orgasms and Overall Confidence
During the yoga practice, moola bandha, our posture strengthens our pelvic floor muscles and perineum, much like they would be during kegel exercises. And when we experience pelvic floor contractions, we are more likely to experience more intense orgasms.
Yoga too influences our orgasm by teaching us how to be mindful. If you’ve ever had a ‘wandering mind’ during sex, you probably know that it can be quite the mood killer. But when we start to live in the moment, and become more in-tune with our bodies, we can start paying more attention to all of our body parts, including the muscles used for orgasming.
Also, yoga can have the ability to make you feel stronger, more powerful, and confident. And being confident can directly influence how we feel about ourselves and our body, giving us a little boost during sex.
Yoga Poses to Enhance Your Sex Life
Cat Pose and Cow Pose
These two poses are often practiced together, and involves getting on all fours with your shoulders and knees in line with your hips. Inhale and look up as your stomach curves toward the floor, then exhale, tucking your chin into your chest and your spine rounding toward the ceiling.
This yoga pose has been said to be beneficial as it can lower levels of stress which can pave the way for feelings of arousal and relaxation.
This pose is used to strengthen the pelvic floor, and is done by lying on your back. Bend both knees and have them in line with your ankles, and keep your palms against the ground. Then, raise your pelvic region and torso off the ground for five seconds with your head and shoulders on the floor, and release.
This yoga pose helps strengthen the pelvic floor which, as mentioned, can help you achieve stronger orgasms.
When practiced, this yoga pose opens up the hips and induces a feeling of relaxation. It’s a simple yoga pose that entails kneeling on the floor with your knees hip-width apart. Exhale and lean forward while placing your hands in front of you and stretching out for 30 seconds. This will allow your upper body to relax between your legs.
Child’s pose can enhance your sex life as it encourages us to find deep relaxation, and to practice grounding. During this pose, the focus should be on resting and breathing, which can aid in lower levels of stress and anxiety.
Another pose that works on the pelvis, the cobra is great for spine and core-strengthening.
To do it, you’ll want to lie on your stomach and have your hands under your shoulders with your elbows pointing straight back, kneecaps pointing straight down, and toes touching the floor. Then press your pelvis into the floor and inhale, lifting your chest away forward and up from the floor.
By practicing this pose, you could gain more control over your pelvic thrusts which can equal better performance.
So while yoga itself isn’t practiced solely to improve one’s sex life, it is a practice that can contribute to a healthier you, mentally and physically. The fact that it can enhance one’s sex life is simply an added bonus that many of us definitely wouldnt mind. Happy yoga-ing!