Normally, couples use physical loving as a stress-release mechanism. Instead, it can be more intimate and loving if the partners commit themselves to a daily 20-minute yoga practice. According to instructor Shobha Sehgal, who has been teaching yoga in Washington for the past 15 years, “Yoga helps you become aware of your love core. Focused breathing is a crucial part of awakening sensations. Proper breathing is essential for arousal.”
The spiritual and sexual connection between yoga and intimacy has been debated by Ellen Barrett in her book, Sexy Yoga. “Yoga means union in Sanskrit, and it focuses on bringing the body into harmony with the mind and spirit. The awareness of sexuality through yoga is deeper and more intimate. These are exercises, which are beneficial for you and your partner, which blend meditation, breath control and asanas. Yoga is about discovering the joys of elegant sexuality,” says Barrett.
The yogic way to enhanced and better loving has certainly found scores of takers. Kundalini yoga experts feel that yoga helps one in creating a balance. If one is stressed, yoga helps in calming the mind and strengthening the nerves, which in turn, help in improving one’s sex life.
For instance, Kundalini yoga helps to create bio-energy. It activates the love hormones. There’s a spiritual connection between yoga and love. You can either use yoga to express your sexuality or suppress it to attain celibacy. Kundalini yoga can rejuvenate a person through breathing exercises, which enhance the consciousness.
New York-based Ashtanga yoga teacher Aaron Star is the founder of Hot Yoga, an organisation where the students practice yoga asanas that combine Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga sessions. According to Star, “Here, students discover breathing techniques that help them relax. The practice involves the classic stretching postures and breathing exercises, co-ordinated with chanting and meditation to stimulate the release of the Kundalini energy which prepares them for complete enjoyment of the love experience.”
If mind and body are not in optimum health, an individual can not have fulfilling love life. Yoga asanas and breathing exercises provide help in obtaining the optimum health state. The healing power of Yoga is so strong that people who are physiologically weak and to some extent or fully impotent may get back potency as they regain their physical health through Yoga. There are many individuals who approach sexual matters with a nervous mind. Such people are helped greatly from Yogic exercises and breathing practices.
Yoga relaxes the mind as well as the body. Remaining relaxed is perhaps one of the most essential preconditions for a harmonious sex life.
Sexologist Dr Prakash Kothari also believes that Yoga is perfect for emotional, sexual and spiritual well-being. “For sexual disorders, I suggest certain yoga asanas before prescribing drugs. For instance, Bhramari Prayanam, the chanting of O m with the eyes and ears closed reduces anxiety and helps in contracting and expanding the nerves.”
According to experts, practicing Surya Namaskar every morning ushers in a sacred sexual connection. Surya Namaskar is a combination of 12 different poses, like back bends and forward bends. These maneuvers contract and expand the nerves to the pelvic girdle, which is your sexual core. This stimulates your hormones and helps achieve a new equilibrium.
Kundalini yoga is also beneficial for a better love life. For instance, Vakrasana, or the Scorpion pose, helps your reproductive organs. While Vajrasana helps in erectile dysfunctions, Vajroli and Ashwini Mudra can help pregnant women pursue a healthy love life after delivery. These mudras help the pelvic muscles.
Bhadrasana: Sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front. While maintaining the contact with the floor, draw both the legs nearer the body with the knees bent outward and the soles of the feet together. Inhale and bring the feet close to the genitals — touching the perineum, with the toes pointing outward. Palms outward, place the hand on respective knees placing them down. Hold the pose and then slowly return to normal while exhaling. Time: 15 seconds for each round.
Value: Exercises the pelvic organs, the groin, the unused thigh muscles and the sex organs.
The ‘bridge pose’ increases flexibility and elasticity of your body, strengthens the lower back, abdominal muscles and opens the chest. To start with lie down on your back with your knees up and hands at your side. Your feet should be placed near your hips and about six inches apart. Begin with gently raising and lowering your buttocks. Thereafter, raise the tailbone slowly and continue lifting the spine. Move one vertebra at a time until your entire back is vaulted upward. Give thrust with your feet and keep your knees straight and close together. Now inhale deeply into your chest. Hold your hands under your back and push against the ground. Take a couple of slow and deep breaths and repeat the process for some time. All these features make Sethu Bandhasana a complete asana.
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