Best yoga poses for better sex!

Bianca Cheah, Kate Kendall, running stretches, sex stretches
Photographer Chris Lew | Health and fitness experts Bianca Cheah and Kate Kendall

The word on the vinyasa vine is that more yoga equals better sex. It’s not like you needed another reason to practice yoga, right?. But if you did, more fun under the covers might – in addition to the labyrinth of physical and emotional benefits yoga offers – just be it!

In this two-part feature we’ll take a closer look at the ways that yoga can improve your sex life. Beginning with the physical benefits that regular yoga practice can bring to the bedroom.

Strengthening the Big O muscles

The stretch and strengthening of the pelvic floor is a constant in yoga – Mula Bandha anyone? Engaging Mula Bandha, otherwise know as ‘root lock’ (because it’s located at the root of the spine, the pelvic floor, the perineum)  brings awareness to those ‘fun muscles’ we rely on for climax by encouraging circulation and therefore increasing arousal.

Increasing energy and flexibility

The 3000 year old practice of posturing ensures we become more in tune with our bodies and comfortable and confident in our own skin. So, you can leave the lights on! And, a regular workout improves your mood and also aids sleep giving you more energy for intimacy.

The best positions

So which poses specifically improve your sex life? Forward bends and hip openers are a good starting point.

“Svadhisthana Chakra, located at the sacrum, is said to be connected, among other things, to our sexual, sensual and reproductive energy,” says Claire Nettley, Vice President of Yoga Australia. “Certain postures including Badha Konasana (Cobblers pose) and Kapotasana (Pigeon pose) work this area. But above all, mindfulness and being present with your partner is key.”

Make sure you visit tomorrow for part two of this feature highlighting the mental benefits that yoga can bring to the bedroom.

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Kelli Armstrong is a journalist with 12 years experience writing about women’s lifestyle interests for print and online publications, including OK!, Women’s Health and Marie Claire. She also shares her passion for travel, fitness, organic beauty and wellbeing in her blog Currently living between Sydney and New York, Kelli is a yoga devotee and certified health coach who believes in bio-individuality and balance. During her travels uncovering healthy hotspots the world over, she celebrates the occasional taco and tequila as much as she does her daily green smoothie. She’s all about food as medicine and sharing that knowledge with a wider audience so they too can discover their inner wellness warrior and have fun while they’re at it.