The numerous benefits of yoga are well documented, from reducing stress, to improving flexibility and mobility, strengthening and supporting the body, and even helping with energy levels, metabolic conditions, sleep, and mental health. But did you know that yoga could also help improve your sex life?
According to one (albeit small) study which followed 40 women as they practiced yoga for 12 weeks, yoga may have a significant impact on women’s sex lives. The researchers found that almost 75% of the women reported feeling more satisfied with their sexual life following the yoga training.
Why? Well, many of the postures in yoga increase not only flexibility (particularly in the hips) but also circulation to the pelvic region, enabling better blood flow. This, combined with yoga’s associated pelvic floor exercises, may help increase libido.
Trish Whelan from Soul Adventures says: “Yoga helps to improve your sex life in the same way that is helps to improve your work life, your love life, your home life and basically all elements of your life. It allows you to connect within as opposed to looking with out, it makes you feel happy and connected and to heal, and that is for sure the best first step in improving your sex life.”
The stress busting benefits of the practice too cannot be understated – one of the main negative effects on the body of increased stress is a decrease in sexual desire. Furthermore, yoga helps maintain a healthy body image and self esteem (both essential for good sex) as well as encourage a better connection with yourself and the present moment, helping foster a clearer understanding of your likes and dislikes in the bedroom.
If you want to boost your sex life, try adding these postures into your daily routine. Remain in each for 5-10 breaths, or longer if that feels accessible and safe.
1. Reclined butterfly
This posture stretches the inner thighs and opens the hips, enabling a better range of motion. It also improves blood flow to the pelvic area, which is linked directly to higher levels of arousal.
The pressure in this pose increases blood flow and tone to the pelvic area; try combining with pelvic floor exercises (contracting and releasing the muscles as if you need to pee).
Bridge Pose not only provides an intense hip flexor stretch, it’s also similar to doing pelvic floor exercises because you squeeze the same pelvic muscles. This can help improve orgasms.
This more challenging balancing posture both stretches and strengthens the core, improving the overall tone of the hips and pelvic floor.
Tight hips make sex uncomfortable, and may keep you from trying different positions. Pigeon is the perfect posture for stretching and opening them up.
6. Childs pose
This posture is a great way to open the hips, while also grounding and resting – which can help melt away anxiety and stress.