Better Sex Through Yoga: 10 Poses to Get You There
What better excuse to bust out your yoga mat?
Forget whipped cream and sexy mix CDs — if you really want to spice things up between the sheets, try one of these yoga poses that increase flexibility, blood flow, stamina, relaxation, and all of those other factors that take sex from good to better to best night ever. Remember to breathe!
1. Plank Pose
• Works back muscles
• Lengthens the spine
• Tones the abdomen and core
To do it: From Downward Facing Dog, walk your hands forward, stopping when your shoulders are over your wrist and your arms run perpendicular to the floor. Stay on your toes and keep your back in a straight line to your heels, not hunched or arched. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Get in-depth instructions here.
2. Upward Dog (or Upward Facing Dog)
• Increases energy and blood flow
• Strengthens butt and core muscles
To do it: From Plank Pose, lower down so that you’re lying belly-down on the floor. Inhale and put your hands palm-down under your shoulders, then exhale and lift up, arching your back as you lift your pelvis off the floor. Hold for 15 seconds. Get in-depth instructions here.
3. Cat-Cow Pose
• Lengthens the spine
• Engages pelvis (which helps with orgasms)
To do it: Starting on all fours with a flat back (“Tabletop” pose), breathe in and arch your back slightly as you lift your chest and butt up toward the ceiling. Don’t hunch your shoulders; keep your head straight ahead. Exhale as you round your back, then come back to Tabletop. Get in-depth instructions here and here.
4. Pigeon Pose
• Opens the hips
• Releases tension in the lower body
To do it: Start on all fours with your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Bring your right knee forward and then angle your shin so that it rests on the floor and your right foot leads your left knee. Bring your left leg back and then lower down so that you’re sitting more on your right side. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Get in-depth instructions here.
5. Bridge Pose
• Hips thrusting in the air… need we say more?
• Exercise your Kegel muscles while doing this for added benefit
To do it: Lying on your back, bend your knees and place your feet close to your sitting bones. Inhale, then exhale as you lift your hips toward the ceiling, lengthening the tailbone without arching your back. Lower slowly back to the ground. Hold for 30 second to 1 minute. Get in-depth instructions here.
6. Cobbler’s Pose
• Opens the hips and groin
To do it: Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Bring in the left leg, bending your knee and bringing your foot toward your pelvis. Keeping it there, do the same with your right leg. Put your thumb and first two fingers around your big toes, or place your hands around your ankles or calves. Hold for 1 to 3 minutes. Get in-depth instructions here.
7. Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose
• Lets the blood flow to the pelvic region
• Allows for deep breathing and relaxation
• Combine this with Cobber’s Pose for an even more effective move!
To do it: Lying on your back near a wall. Bring your sitting bones closer to the wall and then lift your legs and straighten them so that they’re resting against the wall. Your legs should be perpendicular to the floor. Hold for 5 minutes or more. Get in-depth instructions here.
8. Downward Facing Dog
• Stretches out the entire body
• Lengthens the spine and thigh muscles
To do it: From Tabletop, inhale and spread your palms a little further out and lift your knees off the floor, keeping them slightly bent and your heels off the floor. Exhale and draw your heels toward the floor, feeling the stretch in your thighs as you straighten your legs a little more. Keep your palms activated so that your feet aren’t carrying all of the weight. Hold for 1 minute. Get in-depth instructions here.
9. Happy Baby Pose
• Opens the hips and inner thighs
• Releases tension and stress
To do it: Lying on your back, exhale and draw your knees toward your stomach. Inhale and grab the outsides of your feet, bringing your knees apart a little more. Push against your hands with your feet for resistance. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Get in-depth instructions here.
10. Reclining Big Toe Pose
• Flexes and relaxes Kegel muscles
• Stretches hips, groin, and hamstrings
To do it: Lie on your back with your legs extended in front of you. Inhale, then exhale and bend your knee, bringing it toward your chest. Hug your thigh, then wrap a strap around your foot’s arch. While holding the strap, straighten your leg so that your heel reaches toward the ceiling and your elbows are extended. Activate the ball of the big toe. Bring your leg back down and repeat on the other side. Get in-depth instructions here.
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