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.”