The health benefits of se.x have been well-documented. Se.x can improve cardiovascular health, and according to a study at Scotland’s Royal Edinburgh Hospital, people in their 40s who reported having se.x at least three times per week were judged by a panel of strangers to be seven to 13 years younger than their actual age. Researchers believe this is due to the release of the DHEA hormone during se.x. DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands and has anti-aging properties that can increase collagen production.
So we know se.x is good for you, but what if you want to have better se.x? One way to improve your se.x life is to practice yoga (for both men and women). According to a study publishedonline in The Journal of Se.xual Medicine, regular yoga practice improves se.xual function in women, including desire, arousal, orgasm, and overall satisfaction.
1) Bound Angle. This pose heats the groin area and opens the hips for a wider range of motion.
*To Practice: In seated position, bring soles of feet together and put hands on ankles. Allow knees to relax toward floor, and hinge forward at hips as far as you can. Hold for 10 to 15 breaths.
2) Shoulder Stand. This pose increases blood flow to your hips and brain—an instant energy boost. “You’re also physically looking at your hips,” a reminder of your body’s many physical and se.xual capabilities.
*To Practice: Lie on back with feet flat on floor about hip-width apart, arms along sides of body, palms up. Bend knees in toward chest, and roll hips up and over until legs straighten and toes come to floor behind head. Place hands on low back for support, with fingertips facing up. Lift right leg toward ceiling, then lift left leg toward ceiling and press (straight) legs into each other. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths.
3) Downward Facing Dog. This is a great pre-se.x pose because it slowly warms up your body and helps you tune into the moment.”
*To Practice: Start on all fours with wrists 6 to 12 inches in front of shoulders. Separate knees hip-width apart and curl toes under. Pushing evenly into palms, lift knees off floor. Lift your tailbone toward ceiling and push top of thighs back so body looks like an inverted V.
Improve your Saturday night one workout at a time. When you’re done with these awesome exercises, find a partner to share them with. (the exercises, I mean.)