Great sex is one of the ultimate mind-body experiences. So is great yoga.
Yoga can give you greater flexibility, boost body confidence, improve blood flow, build better muscle tone, increase energy levels, release stress, and calm the mind. Now, yogis and experts alike believe that it also just might put some extra “spice and all things nice” into your sex life.
After all, sex is a form of yoga.
How Exactly Does Yoga Help?
Yoga helps us reconnect and re-balance from the inside. We learn to integrate the mind, body, heart, and soul. When you learn to tap into self-love and acceptance, our inhibitions simply melt away. Self-doubt, body insecurities, and wondering how you are performing or what your partner may be thinking simply wash away.
All you are left with is happiness, sexiness, and an abundance of fabulous times with your partner above and between the sheets. This way, we are then able to take what we have learned on our yoga mat and use it to inject a new level of love, trust, depth, and openness into our relationships.
Increased Levels Of Intimacy
One of the many sexual benefits of yoga is that it allows us to become more comfortable in vulnerable positions—whether it is a crazy arm balance or inversion, or an intimate moment off the mat with our partners.
Yoga helps you open up the natural energy flow throughout your body, making you more naturally receptive to relationship intimacy. Here are my seven recommended yoga poses to help you connect deeper with your partner.
Lying on your back, bend your knees and place the feet hip width apart. Reach the hips and heart toward the sky, bringing your hands to support your lower back.
Benefits: Bridge gives an intense hip flexor stretch, which is great for all-around flexibility, while also toning the pelvic muscles and intensifying orgasms. The higher the legs are, the more energy will circulate in your body, heightening sensations.
2. Reclined Cobbler Pose
Lying on the mat, bring the soles of the feet together, dropping the knees gently to either side of the body. Connect with your breath and yourself before you even begin foreplay! Maintain eye contact with your partner, relax, and enjoy.
Benefits: This pose is great for low libido. It stretches the inner thighs and opens the hips for a wider range of motion. People often shed layers of anxiety here and tend to feel a natural openness and sense of intimacy.
It also improves blood flow to the pelvic area (where the blood goes, so does the energy and vitality). Further, circulation and increased blood flow are directly linked to level of arousal.
3. Bound Angle Special or Yab Yum
Just like Reclined Cobbler, but seated. Have your guy sit in Bound Angle with the knees drawn outward to the mattress. Sit on his lap facing him with your legs around his waist, and touch soles of your feet together. This keeps the energy cycling throughout your body. Put your arms around each other.
For ultimate intimacy, lean forward so that your hearts are touching, and have a little heart-to-heart.
Benefits: You’re going into a deeper and more intimate space here. By embracing the slowness, it gives you both the opportunity to savor this movement of the symphony: slow sections, the fast, the soft, the sweet, and the intense.
4. Sphinx Pose
Lie on your stomach with the legs extended behind you and the hands resting next to your chest. Raise the head, chest, and ribs from the mattress and extend the heart forward.
Coming to a comfortable shape, open up your heart to the moment as he mirrors your position from behind. Notice how this pose allows you to align your chakras, increasing the intimacy.
In the tantric version of missionary, prop yourself up on your elbows above her, bringing your hearts in alignment as you gently circle your hips around, bringing you both to a whole new level of pleasure and intimacy.
5. Tree Pose
Stand against a wall or in the shower (be careful not to slip!). Raise one foot and bend your knee, rotating your hip outward and placing the foot on the opposite inner thigh. Raise your hands straight above your head, or rest them on your partner’s shoulders, wall, bookshelf—whatever works. I will leave the rest to your imaginations!
Benefits: If you can keep your balance here, the novel sensation of standing up, rather than lying on the bed and passively receiving makes sex seem spectacularly fresh and exciting, once again increasing intimacy.
6. Supine Twist
Lying on your back, draw your knees into your chest and gently twist, bringing the knees toward one side of your body. Have your partner mirror your position from behind you, or combine his Sphinx Pose with your Supine Twist.
Benefits: This pose offers a deeper physical and emotional connection, allowing for strong eye contact throughout, while cleansing the body as all twists in yoga help inject a little detox into our worlds!
7. Happy Baby
Lying on your back, draw your knees towards your chest, separating the knees as the soles of the feet face toward sky. Hold onto your toes (Essentially you are throwing your legs over your head, bringing the knees close to your ears!)
Benefits: Happy Baby is great for low libido. It improves blood flow to the pelvic area, allows a deeper, more vigorous experience, and puts your man completely in control with deep access to some of those fabulously wonderful special places for the female orgasm.
Hit Pause - When you're close to orgasm, stop moving your bodies for a couple of minutes. Look into each other's eyes and breathe in sync. This creates fireworks in your connection, and makes sex feel emotional rather than goal-oriented.
And bonus pose...of course, end with Savasana. Use the afterglow time to lie back, close your eyes, connect your mind with your body, while wholeheartedly embracing feelings of gratitude.
Try out your Kegel muscle exercises during each of the above poses to enhance the sexual pleasure! Not only will it add to the moment, but it will also strengthen your Kegels, leading to even more fabulously mind-blowing future orgasms!