The key to a great sex life is yoga. Ellen Barrett, author of the book
, explained to Sexy Yoga Prevention that a great sex life and yoga are both based on mind-body connections, making them similar in practice.
“Not only is yoga an amazing stress reliever, but certain postures improve flexibility, increase blood flow, and open your heart—all of which are necessary for a hot sex life,” Barrett said.
So, whether you're
OMmmming or OhMyyyyy ying, mastering these five yoga poses is guaranteed to improve your performance between the sheets.
One-Legged Downward-Facing Dog
Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana, or the One-Legged Downward-Facing Dog Pose, offers all the benefits associated with the classic Downward-Facing Dog, while also adding another element—balance.
These two positions are great full-body poses, and offer several benefits, such as strengthening the arms, while also stretching the hamstrings.
They also stretch the
hip flexors, which tend to tighten due to prolonged sitting. Stretching these muscles = revamped sex life.
To perform the pose correctly, start in Downward-Facing Dog.
Yoga Journal offers step-by-step instructions, as well as a detailed video to guide beginners through the pose.
Once confident with the classic posture, challenge yourself by attempting the one-legged phase.
Slowly lift the right leg off the floor, raising it as high as possible without sacrificing balance. Do not tilt the pelvis or twist the spine, it's very important to maintain the square positioning of the pelvis and shoulders from the original Downward-Facing Dog posture.
Hold for two to three breaths and slowly release.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana—Upward-Facing Dog—strengthens the spine and arms, in addition to stretching the chest and abdomen. This pose also improves posture. Not to mention, readies the spine for bedroom-backbends. However, pregnant women and those who suffer from back injuries should be cautioned from performing this posture.
step-by-step instructions to perform the pose correctly, and watch this video for more guidance.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, or Bridge Pose, is easy enough for beginners to tackle, and can be modified for advanced practices. Additionally, the position calms the brain, stimulates various organs, and stretches the neck and spine. Not to mention, this pose screams SEX!
Before getting on the mat,
read how to correctly perform the pose, then watch for more guidance.
Halasana, or Plow Pose, is a great position for amping your sex life. The posture's name is even sexually charged. Considered an inversion, this pose should only be performed by intermediate or advanced yogis. Beginners should modify with props, such as a blanket support for the neck and a chair for the feet.
step-by-step guide before performing the pose, and watch the instructional video.