Ooooh yea. I’m going there. It’s officially February, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I’m going to be covering some of my favorite V-day recipes next week, but I want to start the month off with a romantic bang too!
I do yoga every day, and it has some seriously incredible health benefits. It goes so far beyond physical improvement and strength training, and reaches deep within your spirituality and mental state. I’m not an intense yogi, and I’m not easily wooed by om’s and chanting, but I have seen some of these benefits in myself.
One amazing benefit of yoga is it’s positive effect on your sex drive. By doing the right combination of moves, you can get a serious boost in your libido, making Valentine’s night all the more special. This is why I’m sharing these moves now, so you can take advantage and practice them all week!
Yoga has obvious sexual benefits: it increases flexibility, reduces stress, builds strength, even induces enlightenment. This wonder workout also has a number of poses that have emotional benefits, as well as some physical ones that are sure to directly fire up your bedroom poses. Unlike men, who hold their stress in their shoulders, women tend to keep stress locked up in our hips. This makes it difficult to enjoy sex when we’re under any sort of stress (read: all the time!), which is why we should devote time to releasing this negative stress in our bodies. Yoga affects libido from several different angles, mainly by increasing natural energy, confidence, sensuality, intimacy, and better orgasms physically.
It boosts energy by helping you achieve a higher quality of sleep, allowing you to spend more quality time awake in bed, if you know what I mean. I find that when I’m confident in my appearance, I enjoy sex much more than when I’m not feeling so hot. Yoga builds confidence by preventing weight gain and building lean muscle tone, amping up both your sex drive and your partner’s! Sensuality is a quality yoga provides that most other workouts can’t give you. A natural sensuality stems from the awareness of body sensation that yoga practice teaches you to savor. I can sometimes find myself in my head during sex rather than present in my body (you know, Did I lock my car? Oh shoot, I forgot the laundry! Hmm..I should update my to do list…). Yoga helps keep me in the moment and enjoying the experience between the sheets. Another essential element of libido achieved in yoga is intimacy. This is reached through the vulnerability of yoga positions. Many women find themselves uncomfortable in vulnerable positions in the bedroom, keeping them from relaxing and enjoying themselves. Let me tell you, if you can find yourself enjoying a full wheel in yoga shorts, you can find yourself enjoying any sexual position!
The more attainable physical qualities of yoga allow for another level of orgasms. Certain poses in yoga increase blood flow to the pelvis. If you’re a working woman who spends a lot of time sitting at a desk, the muscles that run through the pelvis can become chronically constricted. Yoga stretches these muscles out and allows the blood vessels to dilate, sending blood rushing to your pelvic area, with heat to follow. Additionally, yoga involves engaging the muscles of the pelvic floor. This strengthens muscles crucial to an orgasm. If you think about having an orgasm as flexing a muscle, yoga is pretty much the bicep curl for that muscle.
Not into an hour a day? That’s totally cool. The benefits of yoga like intimacy, energy, confidence, and sensuality are really only achieved in consistent classes, but better orgasms can be reached anywhere! Here’s a list of some poses you can do at home to improve the ‘strength’ of your orgasms, connect you with your pelvis, and boost intimate and sensual feelings:
- Adho Mukha Svasana (Downward Facing Dog)
- Upavistha Konasana (Wide-legged Straddle Pose)
- Salamba Bhujangasana (Sphinx Pose)
- Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
- Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
- Halasana (Plow Pose)
- Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
- Supta baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)
- Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Enjoy your yoga practice both in the bedroom and out of it!