Yoga for Better Sex: Bring Your Practice into the Bedroom

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Do you love sex (and yoga)? Explore yoga poses for better sex and tips on how to improve one of the most important aspects of your well-being, your love life.

It’s natural to let inhibitions like fear, self-criticism and doubt take away the pleasure of one of the most satisfying things you can do with your loved one.

These yoga poses for better sex will help you improve your flexibility, ability to breathe fully, and strength, as well as teach you to be more in tune with your partner. To open your heart is to open your body and with these movements, you will learn what it is like to both give yourself to another and be open to receiving.

Tone and Open Your Pelvic Floor

In a 48-minute video on how to gain sovereignty over your sexuality taught by instructor Ashleigh Sergeant that focuses on bringing energy into the pelvic-floor region through the act of opening and toning. In these yoga poses for better sex, the focus is awareness, particularly on the energetic awareness of the pelvic floor.

“Other forms of movement and exercise don’t necessarily target areas of the pelvis,” says yoga teacher and founder of Hamna Shida Yoga in Venice, California, Molly Mitchell-Hardt. “With sex, you’re going to want blood flow in the pelvic region and the whole body. Even Warrior One helps bring blood flow to the pelvis.”

Now Begins Your Yogasmic Journey

In a sexy 22-minute video, embark on a yogasmic journey taught by instructor Hemalayaa Behl. This practice focuses on opening up your inner channels with liberating movement and sound. It teaches you as a practitioner to let go of those inhibitions that you’re holding onto and gives you a chance to scream like a monkey. You might want to get your wild animal on alone for this video.

“In yoga, we sensitize ourselves to ourselves. We often try to desensitize ourselves in life, but in yoga, we are aware of breath, movement and sensation.”

Molly Mitchell-Hardt

Finding Balance and Creativity in Your Sacral Chakra

Learn how to create freedom in this relaxing 73-minute video taught by instructor Faith Hunter that focuses on the power of the second chakra, known most commonly as the Sacral Chakra. This creative energy center, governed by the element of water and located in the pelvis, near the sacrum, promotes our ability to enjoy life in physical ways.

“The second chakra is our creative center. It creates life, birth ideas and brings dreams to reality. It is the passageway into the ovaries and testicles. Your whole reproductive center is attached to the second chakra.”

Molly Mitchell-Hardt

Pranayama Breathing and the Holistic Benefits of Yoga

Explore tantric yoga in this gentle 51-minute video taught by instructor Pedro Franco that focuses on the breath and helps to activate the chakra system and kundalini energies within the body. You’re going to want to find a quiet space for this video so that you can focus on the sound of your breath in silence.

“Sit cross-legged in a comfortable seated position and create circles with your chest. This evokes sensuality but also awakens the root chakra. You have to wake up the root to wake up everything else.”

Molly Mitchell-Hardt

Yoga for Improving Your Sexual Health

Learn how to improve your sexual health in this fun 44-minute video taught by instructor Jesse Enright that focuses on movement, mobility and strength. Through a series of energetic practices, you will learn muscular control, body intelligence and how to channel sexual energy.

Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor Through Kundalini

Awaken your sexual side in this 31-minute Kundalini-inspired video taught by instructor Lindsey Lewis that focuses on the second chakra. You will learn how to tap into the power and awareness of Kundalini energy, which is often associated with the divine energy of Tantra, the idea of being “woven together” with God through both the physical and spiritual.

“Yoga is an opportunity to fall in love with yourself, not in a narcissistic way, but in a truly genuine way. It is an opportunity to enjoy yourself. As an extension of that, you can only truly enjoy the company of someone else in a fully uninhibited way.”

Molly Mitchell-Hardt

Strengthen Your Lower Core

Find your roots and dig deep in this foundational 26-minute video taught by instructor Cameron Gilley that focuses on strengthening and opening the Root Chakra. The Root Chakra is the first energy center of the body and is affiliated with the adrenal glands. In this video, you will complete a hatha flow and spend a lot of time focusing on the basics, working on finding balance and creating stability by charging up the power center of your body.

Get Your Om On and Optimize Your Sexual Pleasure

Enliven your sex life with this essential 46-minute video taught by instructor Samantha S. Brown, where you will bring attention to your heart’s center. Learning how to breathe through your pelvis and open your back, you will see how connection to nature and others comes from the inside out. Opening your lower back will offer you a greater capacity for pleasure.

“Fluid, liquid movements of the spine provoke sensuality.”

Molly Mitchell-Hardt

Become More Tuned In to Your Sexual Experience

Tune into your sexual experience with synchronicity in this subtle 23-minute video taught by instructor Ashley Turner, opening your body to range of motion and allowing you to become more tuned in to your sexual experience. You will be guided to understand the difference between having sex and making love. Through self-love and awareness, learn how to be a more generous lover and become more open to receiving love.

Feel Good in Your Own Body

Find the constant orgasm in this empowering 73-minute video taught by instructor Meghan Currie. In this sultry sequence, you will learn the power of feeling good in your own body and how being in the moment allows you to better connect with another. Be prepared to bend, tone, sweat and build stamina for a rockin’ sex life.

“Sex can feel very primal and animalistic, but we are also able to make love and unite in a deeper way.”

Molly Mitchell-Hardt

Beginner Level Partner Yoga

Explore partner yoga in this awakening 26-minute video taught by instructor Pedro Franco. You will learn how to connect with another through this beginner partner sequence. Get a greater sense of your own alignment through the movements of your partner. Play with a friend or loved one in this fun, introductory video.

In the name of love and better sex, build connection and intimacy with the yoga!



10 Ways Yoga Practice Can Lessen Your Holiday Stress

There is no better time to take your yoga practice “off the mat and into your life” than over the holidays! Whether you are a new student of yoga asana (movement) or a seasoned yogi, here’s a handy guide for using all the tools at your disposal–including breath, movement, and mindfulness–to limit stress and maximize happiness in the coming months:

1. Stay healthy.

Chronic health issues often flare ­up over the holidays, so don’t forget to use your yoga practice as preventive medicine. Keep persistent symptoms at bay with a daily dose of yoga. Drain your lymphatic system and increase blood circulation through postures and movement.

Try combating infections and colds by opening up your chest with a gentle fish, bridge, or bow pose. Don’t skimp on your yoga just because you are busy! Everyone has time for a quick round of sun salutations in the morning, a few standing forward bends at lunch, or some breathing techniques before bed–no mat or props needed. Remember the old saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Were they talking about yoga?

 

2. Be worry-­free

“I’m so stressed out. My mind is racing. Everything seems overwhelming. I just can’t stop thinking!” Are anxious feelings wearing down your holiday spirit? Politely excuse yourself from the party; turn off the computer – just take a break. Find a quiet, peaceful spot for some yogic mantra or meditation. You can quickly detach from worrisome thoughts by focusing on the individual sounds of the mantra or by simply following the breath – in and out.

Sometimes a longer exhalation or pausing at the end of your out-breath can calm a speedy mind. If time permits, do some asanas – child’s pose to really let go, balancing poses (like tree pose) to connect to earth and sky, or toe squat to stretch your feet and take the focus out of your mind and into your body. A restorative yoga session can be an hour well spent; your worries will literally melt into the mat and leave you feeling clear and refreshed.

 

3. Increase your concentration.

As if your life isn’t hectic enough, add in holidays with extended family, shopping, school recitals, the annual office party; the list goes on! All these distractions can wreak havoc on our memory, concentration, and problem­-solving. In order to stay productive, incorporate asanas that increase mental focus–like warrior I, II, III, dancer’s pose, eagle pose, or shoulder stand–into your practice. Activate your tired brain with a series of breathing exercises. You can do them anywhere, anytime, seated or standing.

Really crunched for time? Take a few moments sitting in a comfortable seat (eyes closed or with an unfocused gaze), or stand in mountain pose with your hands in anjali mudra (palms together in front of your chest). The simple act of remaining still with palms pressed together can help bring you back to your center.

 

4. Keep your body toned and fit.

Maybe you’ve done one yoga class, maybe one thousand. No matter your strength, flexibility, muscle tone, core stabilization, balance, cardio health, enhanced athletic performance–the benefits of yoga become apparent with that very first stretch or twist. You might have a consistent practice when November rolls around. Suddenly there’s no time to cook dinner, let alone squeeze in an entire yoga series.

What to do? Do something rather than nothing! Try adding a few minutes of yoga before or after a workout, run or walk. Strike a few powerful poses before the kids get up in the morning, or discretely activate your core with tummy ­toning exercises while sitting on the couch. During the holiday season, concentrate on the target areas most important to you, and the rest can wait. If you need shoulders flexibility, keep up your downward dogs; if your spine is an issue, don’t skimp on back-bends, forward bends, and twists; if tricep strength is what you’re after, practice chaturangas as often as you can during your yoga flow.

 

5. Keep your weight stable

Everyone knows a good yoga series burns calories, builds muscle, and provides your body with a systematic, holistic workout. More importantly, yoga practice helps you make friends with your body. This is no small statement. When you know your body, you eat more consciously, recognizing the difference between a food craving and actual hunger. You make more sensible food choices, and intuitively eat less because you know when you are actually full.

Over the holidays, even our most thoughtful meal­ planning can be disrupted, it’s hard to say no to grandma’s pumpkin pie, or your cousin might be eyeing your dinner plate to see if you’ve eaten all his homemade mashed potatoes. Try keeping your “yogi mind” at family dinners. Stay centered, drink plenty of water, and don’t forget to breathe deeply when you feel stressed or overwhelmed. You can also practice cardio yoga styles during the holidays– power vinyasa, warm or hot flow, sculpt with weights–to get maximum aerobic benefits in the shortest amount of time.

 

6. Lift your mood and maintain a positive outlook.

 


Yoga practice is a great way to boost sagging spirits and tame your depression. Yoga raises your heart rate and gets the blood flowing throughout the body.

If you are feeling blue, try stretching your arms overhead and spreading your toes wide in a simple raised­ arm mountain pose. Backbend in bridge or cobra, opening your chest, rib-cage, and heart. Any inversion that gets your head lower than your heart–supported headstand, legs-­up-­the-­wall pose, shoulder stand, or handstand–can have a positive effect on mood. If the holidays have really got you down, remember to take care of yourself.

Relax and rejuvenate in your favorite restorative pose; don’t skimp on any blankets or props needed for extra comfort. For mental stimulation, use a breathing exercise like bellow’s breath to stir your prana – it’s better than a cup of coffee! Let your yoga practice serve as a physical reminder that your mood won’t stay low forever. Change happens all by itself if you stay on your mat, breath, and follow the sequence of poses.

7. Sleep more

Work is stressful and your parents are coming for an extended holiday stay. You’re worried and anxious so it’s hard to fall asleep. You toss and turn all night, and now you’re cranky and irritated at breakfast. The sleep deprivation cycle begins and with it all the troubling symptoms; insomnia, exhaustion, over­stimulated nervous system, chronic stress, sensory overload, muscle tightening, tension headaches, and more.

How can yoga help? Get in a rigorous session during the day, so your body is tired by nightfall, or try a gentle yoga series before bed. Deep exhalations allow your nervous system to relax and your breathing to slow down. Use poses that relieve physical tension such as spinal twists (seated or supine), plow, or a gentle forward fold (let your head hang). Turn out the lights, turn off the day. Climb into bed and let it all go with a final savasana.

 

8. Improve your vitality and energy

What happens when you follow a sequence of yoga movements choreographed to the rhythm of your breath? Your blood flow increases, more oxygen gets delivered to your cells and tissues, red blood cell and hemoglobin counts rise. You feel rejuvenated. What about when you’re tired? A series of sun salutations can warm and stimulate both the body and the mind. Chair and eagle are also energizing poses you can do anytime; hold them longer to generate more heat and internal energy.

Be sure to make an extra effort to keep your yoga practice going over the holidays; you’ll be rewarded with more vibrancy and stamina to enjoy the whole winter season. Did you overindulge in turkey, stuffing or green bean casserole at Thanksgiving dinner? You’re not alone. Intestinal symptoms like indigestion, acid reflux, bloating and constipation can sap your energy. Wind removing pose (wide leg, legs together, or one leg at a time to target different segments of your colon), twisting poses (to massage your abdomen), reclining bound angle pose (for all your abdominal organs), or some gentle cat­-cow movements can offer instant relief for intestinal distress.

 

9. Maintain your mind-­body connection

First, you cut your thumb chopping walnuts for the holiday cookies. Then you trip in your new high heels, twisting your ankle, and minutes later you spill wine on the carpet. Why are we so clumsy and accident-prone during the holiday season? Blame it on the stress- feeling overwhelmed can make you move too fast, lose your mind-body connection, and react with a fight­-or­-flight response to ordinary situations.

After bandaging your thumb, soaking your ankle, and cleaning the wine stain, cut the cycle of mindlessness- come back to your yoga! Try breathing exercises, balancing poses, or seated meditation. The mindfulness coupled with the physical embodiment your yoga brings can help you recover faster, protect you from further injury, improve your coordination and reaction time, and help you balance better (especially in those heels).

 

10. Be centered, present, and in the moment

Your commitment to yoga practice is the most precious gift you can give to yourself. Don’t hesitate to use all of your yoga tools– breath, movement, and mindfulness– to keep your holiday season stress­-free. Enjoy. Appreciate. Celebrate. Mourn. Rejoice. Connect. Forgive. Extend. Radiate. When you are centered, present, and in the moment, you can give and receive, love and be loved, touch and be touched back. Happy Holidays and Happy Yoga.

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