Claire Grieve is a highly sought-after international yoga specialist, stretch therapist, plant-based health coach, and wellness writer. She underwent extensive yoga training with some of the world’s top yogis and has dedicated almost a decade to teaching and making yoga enjoyable and accessible to everyone. Below, she's sharing the moves that will help enhance your sexual experience, both physically and emotionally.
Some people head to yoga classes for the physical benefits, but yoga offers so much more, both on and off the mat. One of the most overlooked benefits of yoga is its power to enhance your sex life. One small study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who engaged in a 12-week yoga program reported better sexual function in all six stages: desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain.
In my experience, there are a few things at play here. Yoga really helps you to get in touch with your breath and body, which can help heighten sensation during sex. Yoga also increases flexibility, which can help you explore new positions—and with that, regular yoga practice will leave you stronger and more toned, which can increase your body confidence (though of course, the most important source of confidence comes from within). Finally, yoga helps to release built-up stress, which can lead to less inhibition in your sexual experiences.
To ignite an even deeper connection with your partner, try this yoga practice designed to help you flow your way to a more enhanced sexual experience. Make sure to connect to your breath during the practice—this will help you build to experiencing more intense sensations. Hold each pose for at least 60 seconds to reap the flexibility, focus, and strength benefits. I also believe that it is important to incorporate these poses into your daily routine, as a regular practice will expand your access to greater health in all facets of your life.
Beginning your practice with a gentle Cat-Cow flow will help loosen both your muscles and energy. This pose also activates the pelvic floor, which is helpful in achieving stronger orgasms.
Downward Dog helps to relieve stress by stretching your muscles and increasing the oxygen flow to your body. This pose will help you find fresh, vibrant energy.
Lizard pose is one of my favorite hip openers. Hip openers increase flexibility and also help to release any stagnant emotional energy that you may be holding onto around sex.
Straddle pose opens up your inner thighs and groin area. It will also activate your sacral chakra, which is the energy center for sexuality.
Eagle pose is a balancing act that requires major focus. Bringing this focus into the bedroom will make you more present and aware.
Happy Baby is a deep hip opener that will help with your emotional release and increased flexibility. It opens up your sacral chakra, the key to your passion and pleasure center.
Shoulder Stand helps to release tension from the lower body. It will also send a flow of blood to the brain, where pleasure is experienced.
Plow pose helps to keep your spine flexible. This pose can help prevent injuries from an athletic session between the sheets.
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