It’s no secret that some yoga poses resemble sexual positions…ahem downward dog…but a study this year in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggest that yoga can actually enhance your sex life. After, or even during, yoga it’s not unnatural to feel a sense of calm, release and overall mind and body satisfaction—similar to the aftereffects of a good under-the-sheets session. Little did we know that the sensual sensations of yoga can actually translate to better sex. Over the years, the Journal of Sexual Medicine has done multiple studies on the connection between yoga and sex, but this most recent one exemplified that men and women who do regular yoga have increased sexual benefits.
In the study, women aged 22-55 completed a 12-week program in which they did an hour of yoga every day. The results indicated that women reported improvements in desire, orgasm and arousal with almost 20% improvement in sexual function. The results for men are similar. Sixty-five males aged 24-60 participated in the study and showed a significant increase in sexual benefits of yoga including improvements in desire, satisfaction, confidence and performance.
There’s no doubt that yoga has sensual properties, but how exactly does it make sex better? Researchers can’t exactly pinpoint the reason, but it could be from a number of things including increased awareness of breathing and helping to let go of mental distractions, which can translate to better sex. Research also suggests that certain poses such as the triangle pose or trikonasana help to strengthen pelvic muscle tone and increase blood flow to the nether-regions.
According Whole Living these poses are ones to try and were part of the studies’ routine:
“Start on hands and knees with shoulders over wrists and hips over knees. Round back and drop neck as you lift belly (like a frightened cat). Take several deep breaths, then release.”
Knee to Chest (Pavanmukatasana)
“Lie faceup, legs extended. Exhale as you bend your right leg, pulling your knee as you raise your head toward it. Take a few breaths, then switch sides.”
The primary principles of yoga teach a sense of acceptance, awareness and self-confidence. With body acceptance and confidence, comes better sex and gives you the freedom to open up in the bedroom without self-consciousness. I’d say it’s a win-win.