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Yoga is an amazing stress reliever that will make you mentally and physically stronger as well as more agile and flexible, but did you know that yoga has the potency to enhance sexual performance and increase your ability to enjoy a more powerful orgasm? Sexual energy is one of the most powerful energies in the body, and yoga is the ultimate way to improve sexual health naturally.
Practiced correctly, yoga strengthens all the core muscles located in the pelvis and connected to the sexual organs. Doing yoga on a regular basis will also improve endurance, increase blood flow, and helps to naturally elevate the body-mind connection for a better sexual experience.
According to a study published by The Journal of Sexual Medicine, a regular yoga practice improves many aspects of sexual function, including desire, arousal, orgasm, and overall satisfaction.
For this article, I have partnered with Monika Werner, co-owner of Bold & Naked in New York City, to give you an in-depth look at some of the ways that yoga can improve your self-confidence and sex life.
Here are seven ways that practicing yoga may help heat up your sex life:
Learning how to breathe deeply into your lungs, stomach, and all the way down into your pelvic area will bring draw awareness to your sexual core muscles. Deep breathing releases tension and stress, which allows you to let go, relax, and be in the moment. And just imagine what deep yogic breathing through the nose can do for your kissing and other oral activities!
• BLOOD FLOW
Many yoga poses increase blood flow to the pelvis. In a mostly sedentary world, the muscles running through the pelvis are chronically constricted. As you begin your yoga practice, you'll begin working and stretching these neglected sexual core muscles, which will lead to improved circulation and help expose sensitive nerve endings for sexual stimulation. Better blood flow relaxes and opens arteries that carry blood into the genitals, for better erections and heightened sensations.
• DEEP RELAXATION
Great sex begins with deep relaxation. Yoga reduces anxiety and stress by reducing levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and elevates mood, which in return improves sexual function.
Yoga not only improves your staying power, but it helps lengthen and strengthen your orgasms. Orgasm involves rapid contractions of the pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises -- contraction and relaxation of the muscles that squeeze out the last drops of urine -- are used in Western medicine. In yoga, you strengthen the pelvic floor muscles by engaging the mula bandha -- root lock -- providing similar benefits. The neuromuscular root lock balances your sexual hormones while simultaneously exercising your muscles, giving you better control over your orgasm.
• FLEXIBILITY & STRENGTH
Many yoga poses require you to support your own body weight in new ways, and as a result you will get stronger and leaner muscles. Stretching your body in new ways will help you to become more flexible and bring greater range of motion to your muscles and joints. Not only will you be in better shape through yoga, but this will also enable you to try new positions.
Yoga teaches true mindfulness -- living only in the present moment. In a recent study by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that most people feel they have a problem remaining focused. Yoga helps to counteract the frantic, unfocused feelings created by our busy lives by promoting sense awareness in your body that teaches you to savor every sensation. As you learn to reel in your mind and listen, you will be more able to focus on sensations and respond to your partner, deepening your enjoyment of sex.
Nothing is sexier than confidence. Doing yoga (especially Naked Yoga) teaches you to accept and love your own body by allowing us to shed the masks we put on every day and show up as our authentic selves without judgment. Learning to embrace every part of your body will give you the confidence to be proud of your body and who you are, which makes you even sexier for your partner.
Everybody who practices yoga has a different reason for being on the mat, the positive mind, body and spiritual health benefits are endless. For whatever reason you decided to practice yoga, or may be considering practicing yoga, remember it's a life long loving natural process for healthy change.
Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D. is an expert in bridging the gap between sexuality and a lifestyle that focuses on holistic health of the mind, body and spirit. She is the author of Switch: Time for a Change, a memoir of her journey from holistic practitioner to professional dominatrix at 55 years old, and her passion and purpose is to empower others towards healthy authentic living. To learn more about Sandra and receive your FREE eBook "5 Steps for Better Communication, Sex, and Happiness (Did I mention better sex?) visit www.sandralamorgese.com.