How can doing yoga improve my sex life?

Yoga promotes relaxation, and it makes sense that anything that eases stress might also improve desire and your sex life. Yoga is an ancient form of movement with its roots in India and other Asian countries. It is also very popular in the United States, not only as a form of exercise, but as a way to relax and relieve stress. A study was published that specifically focuses on yoga's impact on sexual function.

In that one study, 40 women ages 22 to 55 enrolled in a yoga camp for 12 weeks. Researchers tested components of their sexual function including desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, sexual satisfaction, and pain before the camp began and after. Overall, they found the women experienced a nearly 20% improvement in all areas. Most of the women said they were more satisfied in their sex life after the yoga camp, with women 46 and older demonstrating the greatest improvements in all aspects of their sexual life.

The combo of stretching, toning, and deep breathing amps up a lot more than your joints. It also activates your vagus nerve, which helps boost levels of key feel-good chemicals in your brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. Yoga's deep breathing alone has been shown to ease stress and anxiety.

In addition, yoga eases musculoskeletal pain, which often gets in the way of good loving, not to mention the rest of your life. Have we put you in the mood? C'mon: Hit the mats and feel the love.

Flexibility, strength, good circulation, and a stress-free mind are key ingredients to better intimacy for both men and women. A poor libido can be the result of blockages in your body and mind that are easily removed through yoga. Incorporating a few simple stretches before bed not only puts your mind at ease, but also warms up the body, loosens up your joints, strengthens your abs, and tones your muscles. The cumulative effects are an increase in your vitality and sexual energy.

Focus your awareness into the part of the body that is being stretched. When you bring your awareness to one part of the body, energy begins to move there. When the mind is calm and the body is relaxed, you can better enjoy the intimacy of making love.

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