Yoga has long been touted for its body benefits, like relaxing the mind and breath and boosting the immune system, but there's something you may not know: it can also improve your sex life. Score. By working on different poses and exercises during your yoga class, you're firing those muscles in your core and genital region, which translates into better time spent between the sheets. Strengthening areas critical for sexual function and performance will allow both you and your partner to enjoy the freedom to try different positions and maintain increased endurance and pleasure. Here are five yoga poses you (and your partner) could be doing for hotter, steamier sex and better orgasms.
"While men tend to store tension in their shoulders, women carry it in their hips. Pigeon pose, known as the king of the hip openers, works to relieve deep tension in the lower two chakras, the root and sacral chakras, which rule over relationships with ourselves and others, making you feel instantly more connected to your partner. It also increases external range of motion in the hip socket, which doesn't hurt on the sexual front either," said certified yoga instructor and Movement + Meditation coach, Kait Hurley to POPSUGAR. "Relax in the position and hold for 10 long, steady breaths," she says.
"Get out of your head and into your body by clearing the day's stressful energy with a restorative child's pose. Practicing mindfulness allows us to focus, relax, and tune into our sensual energy," said Hurley, and you can use this mentality in the bedroom, where you'll be better able to be present during sex and open to pleasure. Sometimes, getting too wrapped up in other things can take away from sex, so mindfulness practice in this exercise can really help. "Relax in the position for 20 long, steady breaths," she said.
"Downward dog is a restorative pose that promotes a sense of calmness, brings the attention inwards, and reconnects the body and mind. As one of yoga's most popular poses, downward dog is well known for its ability to open up the backs of the legs and increase flexibility. As an added bonus, a focus on breathing helps increase sexual stamina," says Hurley. "Relax into the pose for 10 deep, steady breaths," she says.
"In addition to providing a deep stretch for the hip flexors, bridge pose strengthens the pelvic floor muscles (aka your ticket to a stronger orgasm). Bridge pose also stimulates blood flow to your lady parts, increasing libido and sensitivity," says Hurley. "Hold for 10 long, steady breaths; [with the] option to practice kegal exercises in the pose to further build strength in the pelvic floor," she says.
"Like any exercise, it's important to make sure you are actually working the muscles you intend to and not just going through the motions. Engaging your pelvic floor easy to do. Just think of what muscles you use to stop the flow of urine. It's essentially a kegel, but paired up with more movement," says Katie Dunlop, certified personal trainer (NCCPT), group fitness instructor, and owner of Love Sweat Fitness. Doing a plank pose is great for engaging your core with a direct focus, so you'll have more strength in holding yourself up and lasting longer in the bed. "On your hands or forearms, holding a Plank Pose is one of the best exercises you can do to build endurance and stamina," she says. "You'll get the benefit of stronger, more intense sex while strengthening your entire body," she says.