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Oh, and by the way, practicing yoga will definitely improve your sex life as well. C’mon! Tell me you weren’t thinking that. And no, it’s not from the fact that your body starts looking damn good! You already know that the practice of yoga can lead to greater flexibility, better muscle tone, a surefire way to release stress, and maybe even enlightenment.
But better sex? Really? Of course it does! Yoga offers a myriad of physical and emotional benefits that add up to more fun between the sheets and a more fulfilling, meaningful sexual relationship with your partner.
Whether heating up your sex life is the main goal of your yoga practice or just a happy side effect, note this information down as yet another great reason to hop onto your yoga mat. Here are the major ways it works:
Sensuality: On a more subtle level, yoga helps you develop an awareness of sensations in your body. Learning to feel the weight rolling into the inside edges of your palms in downward dog, for example, teaches you to savor every sensation in your body — including the really delicious ones that happen during sex. It also helps keep you rooted in your body and out of your head, where your swirling thoughts can keep you from enjoying the experience at hand, whether it’s in class, out with friends or between the sheets.
Confidence & Energy: A recent study in the U.S. shows that people who practice yoga gain less weight as they age than people who don’t do yoga at all. And while feeling more fit is an undeniable turn-on, a sustained yoga practice also encourages you to develop a reverence for your body. Yoga gets your blood pumping to a variety of essential body parts for sex, but the most notable; your brain.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt so exhausted while having sex or felt the stirrings of arousal but were so tired you had to catch some z’s instead? According to a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation, a full third of women say tiredness causes them to cut back on sex. And a 2005 clinical study at Harvard Medical School showed that just eight weeks of a simple at-home yoga practice significantly improved sleep quality for the toughest audience—chronic insomniacs. It’s a simple exercise to connect the dots—practice yoga, sleep better, have more sex.
Intimacy: Yoga’s effects transcend the physical. It helps us become more comfortable in vulnerable positions—whether it’s a full backbend during class or a heart-to-heart conversation in bed at night.
Better Orgasms: On a purely physical level, many yoga poses—such as upavista konasana, or wide-legged straddle pose—increase blood flow to the pelvis. In our sedentary world, the muscles that run through the pelvis are chronically constricted. Another crucial aspect of yoga involves engaging and drawing up the muscles of the pelvic floor (known in Sanskrit as mula bandha, or root lock), which strengthens the muscles that play an integral role in orgasm.
In closing, remember that the practice of yoga is a constant journey and the learning never stops. Your experiences will change based on your teacher and genre of yoga you learn. Try as many classes as you can, look at the positive things you gain from teacher to teacher and rid of the negatives… the more you learn about yourself, the more you will discover what is best for you and how you can make your life better.
Even when it comes to your own weight training, watch as you’ll have beady range of motion, the pain will go away and start getting used to people saying. “Hey man, you’re looking taller these days”. :)
Keep an open mind, take time for yourself, really love yourself and your own time… everything else will fall into place in time.
-- Reprinted with Permission, March 2011 - Issue XI - Fit & Firm Magazine 181
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