In today’s fast-paced world filled with stress, prioritizing a healthy sex life and our overall sexual health often takes a backseat. However, research has revealed the significant benefits of maintaining a balanced sexual well-being, to enhance both our overall health and happiness levels.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution that only demands a minimum of 15 minutes of your daily time: incorporating yoga and meditation into your routine supports a thriving sex life. By embracing different types of movement, you can experience heightened pleasure, deeper intimacy, and a stronger connection with both yourself and your partner.
Are you ready to learn more? Let’s explore how these practices can positively impact your sexual journey and sexual health.
First of all, what is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice including physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), meditation, and philosophical principles for greater well-being and self-awareness.
In Sanskrit, yoga means union of the body, soul and mind. It is also the union of all the energies at play in your body, including your sexual energy. Because yes, we all have sexual energy within us! This energy, called kundalini energy, has the power to give life when it is expressed in union with a partner of the opposite gender with functional reproductive systems. Practicing yoga will cultivate this sexual energy, which is needed for a healthy sex life.
Maybe you’re wondering how you’ll fit this all in, but the good news is in our fast-paced world, you only need to incorporate three to four yoga poses in your daily routine to nurture this sexual energy. But if you have more time, go ahead and book a yoga class.
What style of yoga should I practice?
There are many styles of yoga such as hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga or ashtanga yoga. That’s a lot of style to remember for a beginner! So which style to choose if you want to improve your sex life?
Most people believe that the answer is tantra yoga. But contrary to popular belief, tantra yoga is not synonymous with sexual yoga. Tantra yoga is an ancient practice designed to support self-connection. It involves restorative yoga postures and deep relaxation phases. The goal is not to become more physically flexible but releasing emotional tension and blockages.
Sure, tantra yoga will help you untie those tensions that block the flow of your sexual energy. But choose a yoga style that really focuses on opening and balancing the second chakra, also known as the sacral chakra (aka, an energy point in your body). This is the chakra associated with sexuality, pleasure, and creativity and yin yoga could be perfect for working specifically on this chakra.
The best type of yoga to cultivate your sexual energy is not tantra yoga, but rather kundalini yoga, hatha yoga and yin yoga. Practicing specific yoga asanas that target the second chakra will help open and balance it, supporting a healthy sex life.
3 yoga poses to open and balance the second chakra
So now we know which yoga styles are best for sexual health, here are 3 yoga poses (asanas) to incorporate into your practice:
1. Butterfly pose
- Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you.
- Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, allowing your knees to fall open to the sides.
- You can use your hands to hold your feet or ankles.
Sit tall and gently press your thighs toward the floor.
- Stay in this pose for several breaths, feeling a gentle opening in the groin and hips.
The butterfly pose helps release tension in the pelvic area and promotes openness and receptivity. It also stretches the inner thighs and groin, increasing flexibility and circulation in the pelvic region.
2. Bridge pose
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet hip-distance apart.
- Place your arms alongside your body, palms facing down.
- Press your feet firmly into the ground, engaging your glutes and lift your hips off the mat.
- Keep your thighs parallel to each other and your chest open.
- Hold the pose for several breaths, feeling a gentle stretch in the hip flexors and the front of the body.
The bridge pose strengthens the pelvic floor muscles and enhances sexual vitality. Additionally, it opens the chest and shoulders to boost confidence.
3. Cat-cow pose
- Begin on your hands and knees in a tabletop position.
- Inhale, arch your back, and lift your tailbone. Gaze towards the ceiling, creating a gentle backbend (Cow Pose).
- Exhale, round your spine, tuck your tailbone, and gaze towards your navel, creating a gentle forward curve (Cat Pose).
- Flow smoothly between these two poses, synchronizing your breath with the movement.
- Repeat for several rounds, allowing the movement to be fluid and organic
The cat-cow pose promotes flexibility in the spine and hips while improving circulation in the pelvic area.
You can find these three asanas in most styles of yoga but ironically, not in tantra yoga and you only need 5 minutes to incorporate them into your daily life. Great news!
What about meditation?
Now, let’s talk about meditation.
Meditation comes in various forms, including mindfulness, guided visualization, and loving-kindness practices and all have a common goal: the cultivation of awareness in the present moment.
To have a better sex life, you need the ability to focus on the present moment and stay away from the worries of your everyday life. Meditation also helps better connect with your partner during love-making. When you stay present and focus on your partner during sex, it can only improve a sense of connection that your partner will appreciate.
Meditation also reduces stress, anxiety, and improves emotional resilience. Men experiencing performance anxiety need to incorporate meditation in their daily life.
Which meditation should I practice to increase my sex drive?
Human sexuality is dual. Sex drive can be increased by focusing on stimulating the genitals or by cultivating erotic mental imagery in our mind.
To improve your sex drive, find a guided meditation that focuses on increasing erotic thoughts. While there is no specific practice called “sexual meditation,” any individual can customize a guided meditation to enhance their sexual awareness or lower performance anxiety.
An easy, 4-step erotic guided meditation
Set a timer for 10 minutes daily and follow these steps:
- Find a comfortable and quiet space to sit or lie down.
- Begin with deep, slow breaths, allowing yourself to relax and letting go of any tension (this is best practice right after the 3 yoga poses described above)
- Take a deep breath in and relax your sexual organs. Feel the space that they occupy. They are a part of you. If you feel any tension in your sexual organs, imagine all the tension draining away, disappearing as you focus on it.
- Direct your thoughts towards sensuality, and imagine erotic sensations that arouse you. Stay present and observe any physical or emotional responses that arise without judgment.
Yoga and meditation are powerful practices that can greatly contribute to a healthy sex life. By incorporating them into your life, you can reclaim your sexual power and improve not only your sex life but also your sexual health. Take the time each day to invest in these practices and feel your connections become stronger not just with yourself but with your partner too!
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