It’s something we’ve all heard. Yoga helps improve your sex life. Does it really? Personally, I’d like to think so. Yoga helps to improve your sex life by making you more physically fit, improving your circulation, increasing bodily awareness (sensation), and helping you to connect on a deeper level with your partner. Here are my 10 favorite poses for better sex.
1) Half plank – You need to have the core strength and upper body endurance to be able to hold yourself up without getting tired. And you most certainly cannot sacrifice quantity (the number of up and down motions) for quality here, so you need to be able to control your body and keep a solid rhythm as you go through the motions.
2) Cobra – Cobra is awesome for your lower back strength, but it is also amazing for helping you to control your breathing. Cobra is a pose that forces you to breathe hard if you take your chest off the ground as high as you can, and being able to control your breathing in the heat of the moment is often the difference between experiencing the climax and pumping the brakes to try again later (and possibly killing the mood).
3) High Lunge – You are combining hip flexibility, core strength, endurance and balance all into one movement with the high lunge. Being able to develop the core strength and flexibility required to bring your butt slightly under your body in high lunge will greatly increase your hip mobility and endurance while teaching your core to contract, which means more power, control, and range of motion from your just above your knees to your chest. Think about it.
4) Haka (aka Goddess or Horse) – This pose gets deep into hip flexibility and mobility while testing your lower body endurance and forcing you to engage your core like crazy to keep the pressure out of your low back. It forces you to keep your body upright while working into hip flexibility, which is something that’s pretty necessary for any decent sexual encounter.
5) Crow – Unless you want to flop around like a fish during sex, you should be able to hold yourself up. Crow Pose helps you develop the strength to hold yourself up while forcing you to utilize your core strength and balance.
6) Bridge – It takes two to tango, so even if you’re on bottom you’re going to need to help your partner out while they are on top. Bridge helps you replicate the motion of lifting your body off the ground while lying on your back. The result will be a partner who’s satisfied because they aren’t doing all the work and a deeper connection because both of your bodies are moving.
7) Downdog Knee-to-Nose – Being able to contract your core is essential for getting an extra push in your thrust. Squeezing one knee at a time to your elbow or nose from a downdog position will tremendously improve your ability to squeeze your core and give your hips increased range of motion. An inch or two can really make the difference here.
8) Chair – Neither one of you wants to stop because your lower body endurance and balance can’t handle it when you’re standing up behind your partner. (More specifically, it’s not exactly a boost for your ego when you get tired here.) Chair pose gives your lower body more endurance and core strength so that you can hold your position and keep going by improving your balance and control with your legs bent. Keep your arms parallel to the ground and your feet spread hip-width distant to best apply this pose to the bedroom.
9) Standing Side Stretch (Crescent Moon) – Obviously you need to have hip mobility to move your body from front to back, but people can forget that adding a side-to-side element to your hip mobility can seriously improve your ability to be hit different spots, and therefore add a potentially whole new and creative dimension to your sex life.
10) Savasana (Corpse Pose) – Personally, I feel at my most vulnerable after orgasm, and it’s at this point, the obligatory post-coital 5-minute cuddle stage, that you can reach a level of intimacy as great, if not greater than, the orgasm itself. If you start fidgeting at this phase, it can make you and your partner feel extremely uncomfortable. Savasana teaches you to relax your body, and to minimize your fidgeting, which helps make you AND your partner feel more comfortable, and therefore to bond more deeply after sex. Just make sure to hold off on savasana until both you AND your partner have reached your climaxes – don’t be selfish, dude.
Men, practice and apply. Ladies – share this. Again, you’ll thank me later.
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