YOGA INCREASES STRENGTH AND SEXUAL PERFORMANCE
When most bodybuilders think of yoga, they visualize a yogi performing impossible pretzel-like acrobatics.
Others see yoga as those easy stretches their grandma does because she’s too frail for a “real workout.”
But as a modern bodybuilder living a holistic lifestyle, you should be visualizing yoga as the key to unlocking your highest potential in the gym and in the bedroom.
There are undeniable parallels between a healthy fitness life and a healthy sex life.
Both require physical endurance, mental focus, balanced hormones, and confidence.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine recently conducted a study involving 40 healthy women between the ages of 22 and 55 who described themselves as “sexually dissatisfied.”
The women were taught a series of 22 yoga poses believed to positively affect pelvic muscle tone, joint function, digestion, and mood. A Harvard Medical School publication reported that, “Nearly 75% of the women said they were more satisfied with their sexual life following the yoga training.”
This study focused on women, but similar studies with men have also shown higher levels of arousal, desire, confidence, and better orgasms. If you’re still skeptical about incorporating yoga into your fitness routine, here’s a few perks you might not have thought of. Are you ready to make your workouts start working for you?
Protect Yourself from Injury
One of the main goals of yoga is to maintain correct body posture and keep the spine in neutral alignment. According to a published International Association for the Study of Pain study, yoga poses can help realign, re-balance, and correct imbalances in your muscles.
If you have tight muscles while performing dynamic bodybuilding movements, you’re putting yourself at higher risk of injury. No one likes to talk about it, but both men and women frequently suffer from muscle pain and soreness after sex. With regular yoga practice, you can stop worrying about feeling pain or injury while experimenting with your partner.
Increase Your Endurance
Men’s Health magazine recently cited another Journal of Sexual Medicine study that found “men with premature-ejaculation problems lasted three times longer during sex after 12 weeks of practicing an hour of yoga daily.”
Advanced yoga practice often involves holding poses for long periods of time.
Specific yoga poses help to strengthen the pelvic muscles of both men and women.
If your muscles are stronger, you’ll be able to control better your orgasms and last longer for your partner.
Increase Your Hormonal Levels
There is no shortage of yoga research, and another study showed how yoga increased hormonal levels of gamma-amniobutyric in the brain. After a yoga session, most people describe a feeling of relaxation, serenity, and a renewed state of mind and body. A workout routine that keeps your hormones in check has great potential for keeping your sex drive and levels of arousal in check as well.
Heighten Your Sensitivity
When your senses are unstimulated, sexual encounters can feel dull, numb, and monotonous. Because yoga positions stimulate blood flow, they also help to heighten your body’s sensitivity. And no, this sensitivity isn’t only limited to the pelvic region. When oxygen is flowing to your muscles and blood is flowing through your veins, every touch from your fingertips to your toes feels a little more exciting.
Feel Confident About Your Body
Some bodybuilders admit it more readily than others, but everyone feels self-conscious about his or her body now and then. Whether you haven’t been hitting the gym as often as you like or you’re not sticking to your diet as you should, it’s common to scrutinize yourself and feel insecure about your naked body.
Yoga has proven dramatically effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression in men and women. Yoga practice requires you to be in tune with your body and pay attention to every part of it. Try incorporating yoga breathing exercises in your sex life to increase lung capacity, calm your nerves, and let you fully experience each moment.
Connect with Your Partner
According to psychologist and certified yoga instructor, Dr. Susan Walsh, PsyD, “Distance and resentment can develop in marriages over time. Partner yoga can clear this negative energy and help a couple reconnect and become comfortable with touch and intimacy.” The most common sexual problems in relationships are decreased libido, painful intercourse, inability to have an orgasm, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
In a holistic approach to common challenges that couples face in their relationships, Loyola University Health System offered 90-minute partner yoga sessions in its Sexual Wellness Clinic. Partner yoga aims to encourage intimacy by helping both people become vulnerable, maintain balance, and find fulfilment.
Experiment with New Positions
Not only do yoga poses help prepare your mind and body for sex, but they can also help you get creative with new positions in the bedroom. For a few “how to” guides on yoga-inspired sex positions, check out Fitness Magazine‘s article, “Sex Positions that Double as Exercise.”
If you’re ready for the kind of sex that’s good for your mind, body, and relationship, you’re going to have to spend some time on the mat. If you’re new to yoga, the following positions are a great place to start.
For the best results, practice these poses at least three times a week and hold each pose for about a minute. When you become more in tune with your body’s movements, you’ll be able to control them better and allow them to work for you, not against you.
Yoga Poses to Try
Wide-leged straddle pose (Upavistha Konasana)
- Improves low libido
- Stimulates blood flow to the pelvic area
Shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
- Relieves fatigue and stimulates digestion
- Lessons symptoms of anxiety and depression
Goddess pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
- Helps reproductive organs function properly
- Teaches you to get comfortable being vulnerable
Downward dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
- Calms the mind, invigorates the body
- Builds your endurance for standing positions
- Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
- Strengthens pelvic floor muscles
- Improves orgasms by toning pelvic muscles
Plow pose (Halasana)
- Promotes blood flow to the brain to boost energy
- Helps you visually connect to your own pelvic area
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