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Turn your sex life around with these 5 yoga poses for beginners

Updated on:12 June 2020, 13:30pm IST
We all know that yoga reduces stress and contributes to overall physical health. But did you know that it can also help you have great sex?
Grace Bains
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Here’s how yoga can help you have great sex. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The benefits of yoga are as vivid as they are innumerable. This ancient Indian practice of physical, mental, and spiritual confluence has for centuries relieved its practitioners of physical and mental stress. Yoga reduces cortisol levels in our body which is a hormone that impacts the degree of stress one feels.

Regular indulgence in this wonderful practice brings heightened awareness towards your body apart from bringing clarity as well. No wonder then, yoga can make sex more pleasurable. 

But when it comes to sex, not all yoga asanas are the same. So, we decided to shortlist the top five yoga poses that can help you have great sex:

1. Setu bandha sarvangasana aka bridge pose
This pose helps strengthen your pelvic muscles, thereby reducing pain and fatigue during sex.

Bridge pose. Image courtesy: @theshilpashetty
    • Lie on your back.
    • Bend both knees and position your feet hip-width apart with your knees in line with your ankles.
    • Put your arms flat on the floor with your palms against the ground and spread your fingers.
    • Lift your pelvic region off the ground, allowing your torso to follow, but keep your shoulders and head on the floor.
    • Hold the pose for 5 seconds.
    • Release the pose.

2. Eka pada rajakapotasana aka one-legged pigeon
This pose will stretch and open up your hip muscles and boost flexibility. If you practice this pose, you may notice new-found abilities to try different sexual positions as this asana will open up your hip muscles and strengthen them.

  • Bring your right leg in front of your body so that your lower leg is at a 90-degree angle from your body.
  • Stretch your left leg out behind you on the floor with the top of your foot facing down and your toes pointing back.
  • Exhale as you lean forward, shifting your body weight. Use your arms to support your weight. If this is uncomfortable, try folding up a blanket or a pillow and putting it under your right hip to keep your hips level as you stretch.
  • Release and repeat on the other side.

3. Naukasana aka boat pose
Another pelvic muscle strengthening pose, this one is beginner-friendly and massively successful in building your stamina, something that we all can use during sex.

Paripurna navasana or the boat pose focuses on abdominal muscles and aids digestion. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  • Sit on the floor.
  • Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor with heels 1.5 to 2 feet away from the hips.
  • Lightly grip your knees with your hands, sit as upright as possible, and lean back slightly.
  • Keeping your torso lifted and still, squeeze your hip and abdominal muscles towards each other to engage the core.
  • Let go of the knees, and reach arms forward and up, palms up.
  • Continue to firmly engage your abdominal and hip muscles and slowly lift your feet off the floor and straighten your legs.
  • Pull the sternum (breast bone) towards the ceiling, while keeping the spine neutral. Hold the posture, inhaling as you lengthen the spine, and exhaling as you tighten the core. Hold for 30-90 seconds, for one to two sets.

4. Dhanurasana aka standing bow pose
This pose is marvellous if you want to attain bodily balance. Not just that, it also increases hip mobility, stretches torso and shoulder muscles, and strengthens the spine. If you are looking at strengthening your core for endurance, then place your bets on this one.

  • Stand straight with your big toes touching and your heels about one-inch apart.
  • Face your palms forward to open the torso.
  • Lift your left foot, bend the leg behind you, and squeeze the leg to pull your heel towards your glutes.
  • Reach back with your left hand and grasp the inside of your left foot.
  • Extend your right arm straight up.
  • Press into the floor with your right foot. Inhale as you lengthen your body and reach for your fingertips.
  • Exhale as you press your left foot firmly into your left hand, using this force to stretch the left hip muscle.
  • Hold the posture, inhaling as you lengthen the torso and exhaling as you press deeper.
  • Hold for 30-60 seconds, for one to two sets.
  • Repeat on the other side.

5. Savasana aka corpse pose
Since reducing stress and improving sex life is our goal here, this penultimate yoga pose that is performed at the end of a session helps meditate, relax and reduce the stress levels in our body.

  • Lay on your back with your feet spread and palms facing up.
  • Notice your breathing.
  • Relax every part of your body from your face to your fingers and toes.
  • Stay in this pose for as long as you want.

Who knew that apart from physical health, yoga can also take care of sexual wellness right? So practice these yoga poses for great sex.

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