Sex Benefits of Yoga
October 23, 2020
How Can Yoga Improve Your Sex Life?
If you’ve ever met a person who does yoga, then you know they do yoga. People are more than willing to tell you all about how it changed their lives and list all the numerous benefits of yoga.
Now, while that might be annoying to those who haven’t discovered the wonders of yoga yet, it certainly explains a lot. People who have practiced yoga for years have a certain glow to them. You might have noticed it — they seem happier, more relaxed, and radiant. Is that all thanks to a few yoga classes every week, or are they secretly members of some secret club that gives them eternal youth?
The latter seems unlikely. Although their good looks might have come from Mother Nature, their glow is probably the result of regular yoga practice.
Yoga — A Transient Trend?
It seems like everyone’s doing yoga lately. Your friends, coworkers, even your grandma is talking about it, right?
There’s no doubt that yoga has become trendy over the past few years (or, better said, decades). However, unlike some other trends that will fall into the well of nothingness in a few months, yoga is here to stay.
Surely, you’ve heard all about the health benefits of yoga. First of all, it strengthens your muscles, betters your posture, and improves your balance. It’s a deceptively easy-looking form of exercise. Many people who lead active lives say that yoga poses work muscles they didn’t even know they had. So it’s a well-rounded form of exercise that works your entire body.
Furthermore, yoga is healing. It reduces stress and anxiety. In today’s fast-paced world, that’s a godsend. Aside from that, yoga improves your overall health and gives you a massive boost of energy.
However, did you know that yoga can also enhance your sexual experience and prowess? No? Well, buckle in then, while we tell you the tale of how yoga can improve all of our sex lives.
All Hail the Mighty Mula Bandha
Now that we got you all interested in yoga, we need to go over the exact yoga practices that offer many sex benefits. Sure, yoga, by its nature, will improve your sex life immensely. It improves your flexibility and muscle strength, thus increasing your overall sexual ability.
However, one specific yoga practice does even more for you. It’s called Mula Bandha, and if you’ve never heard of it before, prepare to get your mind blown.
What Is It?
Mula Bandha is a form of yoga that strengthens your pelvic region. The practice is named after one of three bandhas (the Mula Bandha, of course). All three direct the flow of life energy but are located in different areas of the body.
Mula Bandha lies between the pelvic floor and our sphincter. In other words, you’ll find it between the anal region and the genitals, which kind of intuitively points to its importance when it comes to sex.
The name Mula Bandha stems from two Sanskrit words. Mula means base or root, and it refers to the base of the torso, while bandha means lock. Mula Bandha is related to the root chakra. Engaging this chakra results in:
- Protecting the lower back muscles
- Strengthening the pelvic floor
- Building core strength
- Providing inner stability
- Improving mental clarity
How Does It Work?
When we engage Mula Bandha, we keep our life energy flowing through our body (instead of letting it flow out of it). If you’re more of a pragmatic person, aside from sorting out your energy, this particular yoga practice works by increasing blood flow and muscle tension in our pelvic region.
It’s actually quite hard to find exercises that exclusively work the pelvic floor. That’s why many people, even those who exercise regularly, have somewhat weak pelvic regions, which might have an impact on their sex lives.
Pelvic muscles are those that keep everything in place while we have sex (and do some other things). We actively use them during sex, which is why their health and vitality are essential for healthy sex life.
There’s more to yoga than simply strengthening the pelvic floor. Although that’s quite important, regularly practicing yoga can improve your sex life in ways you have never imagined.
At its core, yoga is more than just a set of exercises. It teaches us to be mindful of our own bodies. When we raise our own awareness of our bodies, we become more in tune with them.
Once we become mindful of our bodies, we stay that way. That isn’t something we can just turn off. As a result, we apply that mindfulness to everything in our lives, including sex.
Mindful sex allows us to be present in the moment. It increases our focus on our partner (and ourselves) and stops our minds from wandering.
Because we live our lives in a perpetual state of stress, it penetrates all aspects of our being. Therefore, it’s no wonder that we’ve all caught ourselves thinking about bills, school, work, etc., while we were supposed to be sharing the most intimate of moments with our partner.
Yoga teaches us how to sharpen our focus and shift it to what really matters. During sex, that’s the exchange of sexual energy with our partner, pleasure, and intimacy. So aside from improving our sexual function in a pragmatic way, it also makes us better lovers.
If you’re not into yoga but want to exercise mindful sex, you might want to read this Huffington article.
Looking Good (and Feeling Even Better)
Yoga is a spiritual journey. However, it’s undeniable that it affects our appearance in a positive way as well. Because yoga works so many of our muscles at the same time, our bodies become stronger, leaner, and more flexible, thanks to it.
We don’t have to tell you how looking good makes us feel, right? It might be vapid vanity talking, but when we shape our bodies, so they look the way we want them to, our self-esteem skyrockets. We feel invincible, infinitely more attractive, and confident.
On top of that, yoga helps us get stronger and more in tune with our inner world, so there are really no downsides to it.
But how does that help your sex life and sexual prowess? When you feel good, you exude positive energy. Therefore, you attract other people. Positive attitudes are infectious in the best way, so other people will respond to you.
Not to mention, when you feel attractive and confident, you’re more enthusiastic about sex. No matter what you approach with sheer enthusiasm and pure emotion, you’re bound to be excellent at it.
A Walk on the Wild Side — New Sex Positions
Finally, in the most physical way, yoga helps us get more limber, which means we can get more creative in bed. Yoga poses that work different muscles help you get more aware of the sensations your body produces when you engage them. Therefore, you get more aware of what your body can actually do.
If you’ve ever looked at a Kama Sutra pose that looks particularly adventurous and thought to yourself, “I could never do that!,” think again. You might be closer to it than you think. All you need is a few yoga classes that will get you limber and more flexible, and you can start working your way through the wild sex poses you could only dream of before.
A Few Parting Words
Overall, yoga is highly beneficial for your sex life. In short, here’s how you can benefit from practicing yoga regularly:
- It makes you more mindful, serene, and helps you stay in the moment.
- It improves your flexibility and thus increases your ability to try out different sex positions.
- Yoga strengthens your core and pelvic floor muscles, which will help you last longer in bed and have stronger orgasms.
- It makes you look good and thus feel great.
- It increases your overall energy levels, health and reduces stress and anxiety.