Haven’t you always wondered why yoga instructors have that certain glow? Is it the vegan, gluten-free, raw diet they’re on? Or the hundreds of hours they’ve logged on their mats? Perhaps it’s the super organic skincare routine all yogis seems to follow? I’m going to take a wild guess and say the reason for the glow is their amazing sex lives.
From increased stamina and flexibility to better self-confidence and heightened body sensitivity, the connection between yoga and long lasting sex is crystal clear. Yoga can benefit both men and women in the bedroom, so if you and your partner are looking for a way to spice things up between the sheets, it may be time to head to the yoga studio.
How Does Yoga Help Improve Sex
It’s such a letdown to realize that you need to take a breather during sex because you simply don’t have the stamina to continue. Yoga employs techniques for building core stability and muscle control, all while making you breathe hard and build up a sweat. Your increased stamina can only lead to longer-lasting sex between you and your partner, and you’ll be thrilled to realize how much longer you can keep up with the rigorous demands of a healthy sex life.
Yoga teaches muscle control in all areas of the body, including the pelvis and groin. Men who experience the common problem of premature ejaculation will find that they can better control muscles in the groin and pelvis, which can lead to increased endurance during sexual performance. Women benefit from the same muscle control techniques, and many women find that female-dominant sex positions that were too difficult to hold for long in the past become easier after learning yoga.
Improves Strength and Flexibility
One of the most marked characteristics in people who practice yoga is a more advanced level of flexibility, which can really come in handy if you want to get a little more creative with your repertoire of sexual positions. If you’ve ever looked at a Kama Sutra and thought that some of the positions seemed outlandishly difficult, you might think again once yoga improves your range of motion and flexibility.
Mula Bandha is yogi talk for “doing lots of kegals”
You might not realize it, but yoga actually requires pretty much all of your muscles. When working on standing positions that force you to support your own body weight (like warrior and balancing poses), you’re increasing the strength of your sphincter muscle and the muscle that controls your urination. What this translates to is anywhere from 10-40 minutes of kegal exercises per yoga class — or repeatedly contracting the muscles used when you urinate. As we all know, daily kegals can give you much stronger orgasms, so if that’s not an incentive to break out the yoga mat, I’m not sure what is.
Viparita Karani Pose (Viparita Karani Pose)
This pose focuses on circulation in the pelvic area. Lie on your back on the floor with straight legs held in the air, perpendicular to the body. You may also use a wall to support the legs and help to keep them stick-straight.
Child’s Pose (Shishuasana)
This pose helps to relax both the mind and body, and can effectively clear away the stress of the day to allow you to focus on your partner. From a kneeling position, sit on your heels and let your back arch gently. You may stretch your arms out in front of you on the floor or bring them to rest with your palms beside your feet.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)
The Bridge Pose targets the muscles at the pelvic floor, which can lead to stronger, more controlled orgasms. To perform the bridge pose, begin on the floor on your back. Gently, with bent knees, lift your butt until your thighs are parallel to the floor, forming a bridge. Hold this pose for between 30 seconds and a minute.
Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
The lotus pose promotes flexibility of the hip and thigh muscles, which are central to most sexual positions. For the lotus pose, sit cross-legged on the floor and, with your hands, pull each of your feet up to rest on the top of the opposite thigh. You should feel a deep stretching of the thigh muscles for the duration of the pose.
Plow Pose (Halasana)
The plow pose increases blood flow to the brain to enhance alertness and stimulation. It also stretches the back to reduce the risk of injury during sex. Begin by lying face-up on the floor and gently bring your straightened legs up in the air over your body, bringing your toes to rest on the floor behind your head. You can either rest your arms against your back or push them gently into the floor by your side.
Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana)
Like the lotus pose, the lizard pose promotes flexibility in the hips and pelvis. From a downward dog pose, bring your right foot up to join the outside of the right wrist. Bend the right knee, keeping your thigh parallel to the floor. If possible, lower yourself gently onto your elbows.