You've probably considered a yoga class once or twice — maybe a friend tried to convince you — but for one reason or another it never stuck and you're still skeptical. Consider, then, one huge bonus of the practice you may not be aware of: It can improve your sex life.

Here’s how it works: The key to yoga’s claim on your sex drive is in the breathing technique used during yoga, pranayama. It releases the same chemicals in the brain as sex does, meaning you can leave the studio post-yoga with enhanced sexual desire. Plus, during your practice, certain postures increase blood flow to the pelvic region, lighting up your sexual response. The heart rate of yogis in deep meditative states can even mirror that of frenzied lovers.

You don’t even need to go to a class to reap the benefits, either. Here are eleven poses you can do anywhere to get you started — in more ways than one.

1. Ustrasana or Camel Pose

This posture unblocks your whole body by opening your hips and spine, building better endurance. It also helps in de-stressing your whole system — you’ll feel lighter and relaxed, yet energetic enough to perform better in bed

How to do it: Stand on your knees, and slowly grip your heels with your hands pushing your hips forward, arching your back and dropping your head backwards. Breathe normally holding the posture for 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times.


2. Garudasana or Eagle Pose

To get the highest benefit from Eagle pose, it is important that you actively squeeze the inner thighs together. Upon release, fresh blood and oxygen rush to the pelvic region, preparing the cervix for a sexy romp in bed. Additionally, this pose requires steadiness and ease which is beneficial to reducing stress and anxiety. By drawing your drishti (your eyes’ point of focus) to one point, you not only gain balance in the pose, but in your emotional body as well.

How to do it: The major joints of your body should be aligned down the center. Gently lift your elbows towards the sky to help stretch the shoulders and the back of the heart. Draw your belly in towards your spine and your tailbone slightly downward. Ground down through all four corners of your standing foot.


3. Urdhva Dhanurasana or Wheel Pose

This pose – and backbends in general – are great for energizing the body. Backbends are energizing because they stimulate the nervous system by activating the metabolism and releasing adrenaline. Wheel pose is great for stretching the hip flexors, which can help in creating more intense orgasms. This pose is a heart opener as well, which can only be helpful once you are snuggled up next to your partner.

How to do it: Begin with your feet close to your glutes, hip-width distance apart. Place your hands alongside your ears shoulder-width apart, index fingers pointed towards your body. On an exhalation, press into your hands and feet and lift your hips skyward.


4. Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog

This pose simultaneously calms the mind and invigorates the body, both of which are important for sex. In Down Dog, your spine is elongated, which improves circulation and releases full-body tension. By drawing the navel into the spine you compress the spleen, liver, and kidneys which aids digestion, helping you feel refreshed. Down Dog can also boost muscle tone and confidence. Plus, if your honey is in viewing distance, shaking your booty in this pose is sure to get the fun started!

How to do it: Place your hands shoulder-width apart with the fingers spread wide – your index finger pointing towards the top of the mat. Feet are hip-distance apart and the legs are working towards being straight. Draw your shoulders away from your ears and gaze towards your thighs. Your body should be making an upside down “V” shape.


5. Setu Bandhasana or Bridge Pose

This pose strengthens your pelvic muscles and your core. It will also ensure a rush of blood to your genital area as it stimulates the basic chakra in your body, increasing your libido. Attempt to perform Kegel’s exercises in this position to strengthen your pelvic muscles further.

How to do it: Lie on your back with your knees bent, and bring your feet as close to your buttocks as possible. Squeeze your thighs and buttocks, then lift your torso and press down on your feet. Try to lift your navel as high as possible. Hold the position for at least 30 seconds and work your way up to 3 minutes. When you have completed the set, slowly lower your back to the mat one vertebra at a time until you are flat on your back with knees still bent. Repeat the exercise 3 times.


6. Utkatasana or Chair Pose

Chair pose engages your pelvic region by forcing you to lift your pelvic floor as you lower your tailbone. It’s the same muscles that are used in Kegel exercises and it leads to more intense control of sexual organs.

How to do it: Start with your feet together, toes touching. Sit your hips back and reach your arms alongside your years, like you are about to sit in a chair. Lengthen your tailbone down to keep from crunching in the low back, lifting the pelvic floor to elongate the spine.


7. Anjaneyasana or Low Lunge

Aside from stretching your thighs, this position strengthens your pelvic floor. The weight bearing on your pelvis will increase the blood flow to the area, aiding cellular regeneration (a process that slows down as you age, reducing your libido). It also helps increase your balance capabilities for standing postures.

How to do it: From a standing position, step your right leg forward a few feet, and bend your right knee keeping your left leg straight. Your knee should be at a right angle to the floor. Do not allow your knee to extend past your ankle. Your arms can rest on your hips or if you need support, place them on either side of your right foot. Feel the stretch in your inner left leg and the strengthening in your right leg. Take 10 slow deep breaths as you hold the position. Return to the standing position, and do the same on the other side, bringing your left foot forward into the lunge.


8. Upavistha Konasana or Seated Wide-Angle Forward Bend

This pose is very helpful for those with a low libido. There is a deep inner thigh and groin stretch with this pose, which promotes greater circulation to the pelvic region. The hips gain a wider range of motion with this pose, which can bring more fun into your sexual experiences. Seated Wide-Angle stretch is also helpful in calming the mind and shedding anxiety from the body which can help in creating intimacy.

How to do it: Before bending forward, sit up tall with a straight spine. Lengthen your torso forward with each exhale. Engage your core by drawing your navel towards your spine while lengthening forward. Keep your feet flexed back towards your face to release your hamstrings.


9. Padmasana or Lotus Pose

In Sanskrit, Padmasana is derived from the words padma (lotus) and sana (seat or throne). Sacred Hindu texts tell us that Padmasana destroys disease and awakens the Kundalini energy that rests at the base of the spine. Meditation may not seem to be a path to your sensuality and sexuality, but the reality is that meditation gives you the space and time to tap into these intensely personal and rich experiences. By taking the time to be present in the moment, you create a direct unfiltered connection to your true self – sexuality included.

How to do it: For Padmasana, cradle each leg into the arms with one elbow supporting the knee and the other supporting the ankle prior to placing the leg into Lotus position to increase range of motion in the hip socket and stretch the gluteal muscles. Sukhasana (Easy Seated pose) is a great alternative if Padmasana is not in your practice.


10. Mandukasan or Frog Pose

Staying in this asana takes some endurance, which will stand you in good stead when trying a position you are not comfortable with. It helps build flexibility in the groin and thigh area as well.

How to do it: Stay on the mat in a table pose. Keep your ankles behind your knees and turn your feet towards the sides. Keeping your palms pressed to the floor lower yourself on the elbows and arms. Exhale and press your hip backwards to feel the stretch in your hips and thighs. Breathe in and hold for 30 counts. Rock your hip forward as you relax your breath. Come back to normal position and repeat.


11. Salamba Sarvangasana or Shoulder Stand

Shoulder Stand aids in stimulating hormone production and balancing the thyroid and hypothalamus glands. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated, bringing a sense of calm and serenity to the heart and mind. The throat chakra is also ignited in this pose which aids in creativity and self-expression. This will help you express all of your desires and fantasies to your partner.

How to do it: Lift your chin slightly away from your chest – there should be a large enough gap between your neck and the floor to fit two fingers. This ensures that the weight of your body is upon your shoulders, not your neck. Place your hands, fingertips pointing up, on your lower back. Rotate your thighs inward and flex your feet.

Credits: Life n lesson 

Image: Shine on yoga 

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