What do you think about when you hear the word yoga — women in tight spandex pants? No? Haven't seen the blog, have you (NSFW)? Do you think it's just a bunch of stretching and breathing? In either case, you're correct, but it's also so much more than that. In addition to helping you relax and increase your flexibility and circulation, it's also great for improving your sex life.
Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago in India, and has been helping people have a better sex life ever since. With a focus on hip openers and back bends, yoga helps you strengthen and elongate your muscles while simultaneously opening and stretching others. But how does this help your sex life? I'll tell ya.
One of the key components of yoga is relaxation — putting you in touch with yourself at the current moment. Yoga teaches you how to let things go, allow your mind to decompress and focus on the now, which can be crucial in bed. We often bring our stress to bed, which and substantially weaken our orgasms. By focusing on every little moment, touch and feel, you can make your orgasms much more powerful.
Yoga also increases your flexibility and strength — meaning you can get into funkier positions and hold yourself up longer. Everyone appreciates a man with a little creativity in bed, so see where your newfound flexibility can take you.
Yoga forces you to work your PC muscles — you know, the muscles responsible for keeping you from peeing your pants. Still confused? Go here. Flexing and strengthening your PC muscles not only help you in forward fold poses, but also can strengthen your erection, help cure erectile dysfunction and can even help out guys with premature ejaculation. These are the same muscles women use to tighten themselves around you when they are having sex. However, they can also use toys like ben wa balls from Adam & Eve to get a work out, while you'll have to do this exercise on your own. Takeaway from this? Do kegel exercises every day, with or without yoga.
But great. Now you know what yoga can do, but still don't know how to do it. You can always try a class. If you belong to a gym, they likely offer standard yoga classes for free. These typically serve as a good intro to yoga and will be a blend of all different styles. If you're looking for a little more of a challenge and work out, look for vinyasa classes, specifically with a "power" focus, and if you're looking for all of that with a little added sweat, check out traditional hot Bikram yoga. In all cases, you will be surrounded by lots of guys and girls in tight pants (and even less clothing in hot yoga), putting their butts in the air.
Downward facing dog: This pose can teach you to slow down, relax and focus on the moment. Think of this pose as your meditative pose. However, while it allows your mind to relax, it also ignites all of the muscles in the legs and shoulders, warming your body up and getting it ready for action.
Cat/Cow Stretch: This moving pose not only feels great on your back, it also forces you to work directly on your PC muscles.
Foward Fold: Forward folds lengthen your spine and distribute energy to your organs. This is another pose that allows you to work on your PC muscles. Instead of just hanging loosely from your waist, hold yourself up by tightening your PC muscles. This pose also increases the flexibility in your legs, giving you greater range of motion.
Cobra Pose: This pose is great if you're feeling a little tired, out of it and unsexy. As a heart opener pose, you will instantly feel reenergized and when done with a partner, it can make you feel immediately sexually connected.
Bridge/Wheel: These poses (two variations of each other) are great for your hip flexors which tend to stiffen up over the course of the day. Opening, stretching and relaxing your hip flexors gives you more mobility in them, allowing you to really work them during sex. This pose also serves as a great shoulder stretch and just feels great all around.
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