Yoga has become more and more popular over the years as its benefits have been revealed, and one of the less obvious benefits is what it can do for your sex life. Beyond the flexibility, health benefits, and feel-good endorphins that come along with a good workout, research has also shown that yoga can do wonders for your libido.
Yogis who practice regularly have more frequent and intense orgasms, higher sex drives, are aroused more easily, and report being more satisfied overall. Some of the reasons for it are deceptively simple. To have great sex, both partners need to be fully relaxed and present. You can’t enjoy yourself and bring pleasure to your partner if you are still thinking about work, are worried about deadlines or have your phone buzzing with new messages because your boss needs something from you urgently. Yoga, in large part, is about relaxation and presence, which is why it can be so beneficial to your sex life. It can teach you how to relax both your mind and your body. In addition to this, it can help you get in touch with your emotions better and be able to see the emotions that your spouse has.
If you’re looking to spice things up with your spouse in the bedroom, you might want to consider practicing yoga, perhaps even alongside your spouse. Whether you’re an experienced yogi or a complete novice, there are some poses you can master that will do wonders for your sex drive. Check out this list of the 4 best poses to ignite your libido. For best results, invite your spouse to practice these poses with you. The exercise will make for a great bonding ritual, and practicing in your bedroom might lead this activity to something more, once things heat up…
Baddha Konasana – Bound Angle Pose
Begin seated on the floor in what you may know as a “staff pose” – feet out in front of you, sitting straight with feet in front of you. Bend your knees and bring your heels in toward your pelvis. Then, keeping your feet together, let your knees fall to the side, and press the soles of your feet together.
Let gravity stretch your legs toward the ground, and bring your heels as close to your pelvis as you comfortably can. Hold this pose anywhere from one minute to five minutes, breathing deeply and allowing your muscles to slowly stretch.
After practicing the Bound Angle Pose regularly, you’ll find your hips and lower back looser, more open to motion, and more ready for action.
Mula Bandha – Root Lock Pose
The Root Lock pose is simple, but fundamental to practicing yoga, and an excellent pose for encouraging your libido. It engages physical muscles but is also said to be key to the practice of yoga by channeling energy.
To engage the Root Lock pose, stand with your pelvis in a completely neutral position, without putting the weight of your body on it. Next, breathe in deeply, and exhale while engaging your pelvic muscles between your tail and pubic bones – contracting gently, and releasing as you exhale. This can be a challenging pose to master – not because it requires strength, but because of the concentration required to engage the correct muscle group.
This practice tones your pelvic muscles, core muscles, and many other muscles in your lower body – keeping them tight, firm, and encouraging blood flow. All of these benefits heighten sexual sensation and ultimately, libido and satisfaction, and it can be quite sensual to practice alongside your spouse.
Viparita Karani – Legs Up the Wall Pose
It can feel a bit silly to get into the Legs Up the Wall pose, but it is a practice that will absolutely contribute good things to your sex life. To begin, lay on the floor with your dominant side facing the wall. Consider your positioning and know that this may not work out the first time. In one motion, rotate your body so your legs are up to the wall, your head and shoulders supporting you, with buttocks almost against the wall.
Once you have mastered landing the pose (and again, it may take a few tries), begin to relax into the pose. Keep your back straight and focus on supporting your legs. You might find this surprisingly tiring at first, but yogis encourage you to work up to being able to hold the pose comfortable for fifteen minutes. When you get some practice, you can vary the pose by moving your legs into a “v” shape – redistributing your weight and changing the challenge of the pose.
The Viparita Karani pose increases circulation, strengthens the core and pelvic muscles, and increases alertness. If your sex life is looking for an energy boost, be sure to build this yoga pose into your daily routine.
Dhanurasana – Bow Pose
To get into bow pose, lie flat on your stomach, weight evenly distributed over your sternum. Next, bend your legs, and reach your arms back. Grab on to your ankles while lifting your thighs, head, and chest up and away from the floor, and allow the tension between your legs and arms to hold you in place. Hold this pose for up to 30 seconds, breathing deeply and allowing your body to stretch.
The bow pose tones muscles, encourages relaxation, and importantly, will help to increase your flexibility and ultimately, sexual stamina.
If you’re looking for a way to spice things up in the bedroom, yoga may not be the most obvious choice. Even beyond the health and mood benefits, several studies have shown that practicing yoga is directly related to increased sexual satisfaction. Muscle tone, blood flow, and confidence all directly contribute to our sex drives, and these poses, in particular, are sure to get you ready for time in the bedroom. Build these four poses into your daily routine, and you’ll find yourself feeling more healthy, more confident, and sexier.