Need to heat things up in the bedroom? Try Yoga! According to Women’s Health Magazine, yoga can help you build a strong, supple body â€” and that leads to a lot more action in the bedroom, says Ellen Barrett, author of Sexy Yoga. “Yoga increases flexibility, which helps you to be free and just go for it in sex,” she says. Here are 7 reasons why Yoga could spice up your sex life:
1. It Increases Blood Flow
Yoga increases your overall blood flow, and some positions, such as the eagle pose, direct it straight toward your pelvis. When blood’s flowing to all the right places, it heightens your sensitivity and increases desire.
2. It Strengthens Your Core – And Lower
Yoga is a powerhouse core exercise – and that includes your pelvic floor. “The more you work these muscles, the greater range of motion you have,” says Becky Jeffers, fitness director at the Berman Center for female sexual health and menopause management in Chicago. “This gives you stronger contractions and releases, which can help you experience a more intense orgasm.”
3. It Builds Confidence
The physical parts of Yoga will make you happier with your toned body, but the mental and spiritual aspects of the practice will also help you become more aware of yourself â€” and your own needs. “When you’re present, you know what you need to feel fulfilled by your partner,” Jeffers says. “You can then translate and communicate this deeper understanding to your partner during sex.”
4. It Eases Pain
If you have hip and thigh tightness from running or other exercises, yoga can ease that pain by releasing that tension and relaxing your hips. “Tension in your hips can affect how your pelvic floor works,” Jeffers says. Yoga stretches you out and relaxes you, reaching muscles that sometimes get neglected with usual stretches.
5. It Makes You Adventurous
According to Eastern philosophy, your sex life is governed by these chakras, or your body’s energy centers surrounding your spine. “When your chakras are in healthy working order, you’ll find your sexual relations to be vibrant and healthy, too,” Barrett says. Exercising to support your chakras will promote openness and decrease sexual inhibition, so you won’t be afraid to try new things in the bedroom.
If that’s not enough, here are 2 more sexy reasons to roll out that Yoga mat, from Gaiam:
6. It Makes You Sensual
Yoga helps you develop an awareness of sensations in your body. Learning to feel the weight rolling into the inside edges of your palms in downward dog, for example, teaches you to savor every sensation in your body. Bringing these skills to the bedroom will make sex a whole different experience!
7. It Gives You Energy
You won’t be saying “I’m too tired” if you’re a regular Yoga practitioner! According to aÂ recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, a full third of women say tiredness causes them to cut back on sex. And aÂ 2004 clinical study at Harvard Medical School showed that just eight weeks of a simple at-home yoga practice significantly improved sleep quality for the toughest audience â€” chronic insomniacs. Yoga makes you sleep better, which will give you more energy during the day.