Yoga practitioners and gurus, if allowed to, will tell you that it is a solution to just about every other problem. Yoga is a wonderful practice that improves your flexibility, health, digestion, and much much more with a few exercises at home. And, not surprisingly, yoga improves your sexual life as well.
Different poses in yoga target different parts of the body, focusing on strengthening them. And many of these target your pelvic region, improve your libido, and even calm down your mind to have a relaxed evening every day. Here are a few poses that are sure to transform your sex life a lot more than you can imagine.
10 Yoga Poses That Improve Your Libido
1. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
This pose is good for any kind of hormonal imbalance but will take a little bit of practice to get it right. In this inverted pose, you stimulate your nervous system, helping you completely calm down and relax. The shoulder stand also stimulates the Vishuddha (throat) chakra, healing any issues in that region and helping you be more vocal about your desires.
- Lie flat on your back with your hands beside your body. Your palms should face downward.
- As much as possible, keep your legs straight and lift up your hips and lower back.
- The legs should remain straight in the inverted position.
- Place your hands beneath your lower back (in the same way you would hold a bowl) and provide support.
- Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds.
A word of caution: If you’re a beginner, you can take support by doing it next to a wall. Always practice this pose under the guidance of a teacher. Also, avoid this if you’ve high blood pressure, cardiac issues, glaucoma, menstruation issues, spondylitis, and if you’re pregnant.
2. The Plow
If you can perfectly manage the shoulder stand, you might find it easy to get into the plow. You will need a lot of practice to perfect the plow, which strengthens your back muscles, stretches your hips, increases blood flow throughout the body. It also helps you calm down and relax into a good mood the rest of the day.
- Follow all the steps in the shoulder stand.
- From the last step, bring the legs toward your head and try to touch the floor with your toes. If this isn’t possible, place a chair behind you to rest the feet on. Keep your knees straight.
- If you think your body can do without the support, lower your hands under your back and clasp them.
- Slowly move your feet apart and remain there as long as possible.
- Replace the hands on your back and roll back on the floor (from the neck and shoulder to the feet).
- Do 3–6 reps.
A word of caution: Practice under the guidance of a professional instructor till you get it right. Avoid the pose if you’re pregnant or have a neck injury, high blood pressure, diarrhea, spinal injuries, or menstrual issues.
3. The Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana)
The bound angle pose is a beginner level pose that opens up your hips and stretches your thighs. It stimulates the blood flow to the pelvic area, thus providing more energy. This helps you feel more open, intimate, and shy of anxiety with your loved one.
- Sit down comfortably with your legs straight in front of you.
- Inhale, exhale, bend your legs, and bring your heels close to your pelvis.
- Drop the knees to the sides as close to the floor as possible.
- Grasp the big toe of both legs with your hands.
- Hold the pose for about 30 seconds.
A word of caution: You might take a few days of practice before you can flex your hips to the maximum level. Do not apply more pressure than is necessary. Avoid if you have an injury to the groin or knee. Use a towel to support the knee if in the recovery stage.
4. The Cat/Cow Pose (Marjariasana/Bitilasana)
These beginner level poses are quite easy to follow. The cat/cow pose involves moving gracefully from the cat pose to the cow pose and back. The exercises strengthen the pelvic muscles or the mula bandha, thereby giving you more control over orgasms.
- Keep your shoulders directly over your wrists and hips over your knees.
- Inhale, arch back into the cat pose, and pull your tummy into your spine.
- Exhale and get into the cow pose, dropping your tummy and moving your chest forward and up.
- Repeat as many times as required.
A word of caution: Avoid if you’re pregnant or have a neck, back, or knee injury.
5. The Pigeon (Kapotasana)
This is a beginner-level version of the pigeon pose. Here, you stretch your thighs, opens your hips, and releases bodily tension. This helps both your body and mind relax into an intimate mood and makes you more aware of the present.
- Go on all fours
- Keep your left shin parallel to the top of the mat. Keep the heel close to the groin.
- Your right leg should be in a straight line behind you.
- Now, lower your arms and rest your head on the mat.
- Hold the pose for about 30 seconds.
A word of caution: Be careful while practicing this pose if you’ve had an injury to your knees, back, or hips.
6. The Bridge Pose (Setubandhasana)
The bridge, an intermediate level pose, is quite similar to Kegel exercises. Holding the pose will flex your hips, strengthen the muscles around the vagina, and even tone your thighs and butt. This is one of the poses that can improve the quality of and your control over orgasms.
- Lie on your back and bend your knees. Keep your feet hip-width apart.
- As you inhale, lift your hips upward.
- Intertwine your fingers right beneath your hips.
- Hold this pose for about 30 seconds and breath slowly.
A word of caution: Avoid doing this pose if you’re suffering or recovering from a neck or back injury.
7. The Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
This pose is easy to follow if you have a flexible back. It strengthens your back, your nervous system, and improves your body’s digestive abilities. Alongside these, it stretches your hips, facilitating really intense orgasms.
- Lie on your back and bend your knees, with the feet hip-width apart.
- Place your hands next to your ears, shoulder-width apart. The index fingers should point toward yourself.
- Inhale and, on exhalation, lift your hips upward using your hands and feet.
- Hold the pose for at least 10 seconds.
A word of caution: Support yourself against a wall and take it slowly from there if you do not have a flexible back. Also, avoid this pose if you suffer from any neck or back injuries, carpal tunner syndrome, high blood pressure, or headache.
8. The Eagle (Garudasana)
This beginner level pose is all about balancing, both your mind and body. In the eagle pose, when you hold your leg tight and release, the blood gushes into your cervical region, stimulating your sexual needs. The de-stressing and balancing also help you calm down and ease any tension in the body or mind.
- Stand erect and lift one leg.
- Twist the leg near the hip joint and the knee, and twine it around the other leg.
- Maintain balance on one leg by focusing at some point in the front.
- With the toes of the twisted leg, lock the ankle of the other leg. Keep the body straight.
- Once steady, twine your arms around the other. Likewise, twine your hands from the wrists and join the palms against each other. Hold this pose for 5-10 seconds.
- Repeat with the other leg and hand.
A word of caution: Avoid practicing this pose if you’re suffering from any neck, shoulder, or knee injury.
9. The Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose is easy to practice even if you have just started to experiment with yoga and calms down your body and mind. It also energizes your body, tones the muscles, eases tension in the body, and gets you in the mood for some action. It also improves your confidence and helps you be more vocal about what you want and need.
- Go on all fours and keep your feet hip-width apart.
- Draw the heels toward the floor and spread your hands wide.
- Pull your tailbone to the back of the mat, stretch and lengthen your spine, and make a V shape with your body.
- Draw your shoulders away from your ears and relax. There should be no pressure on your neck.
- Hold the pose for about 30 seconds.
A word of caution: Avoid this pose if you’re pregnant or suffer from diarrhea, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, or a headache.
10. Seated Wide-Angle Forward Bend (Upavistha Konasana)
Anybody can practice this pose; the extent to which you can split your legs will improve with practice. If you’ve been suffering lately from a lowered libido, this pose will do you good. It gives a wonderful stretch for your groin, thighs, and pelvic muscles. By doing this, among other poses, you also improve the flexibility of your hips. There is thus a wider range of exciting possibilities to have fun.
- Sit with a straight back and legs stretched in front of you.
- Get into a split from this position, splitting your legs to the sides as much as possible.
- With each exhale, bend a little forward by stretching your spine.
- Draw your navel inward and engage your body in every movement.
- Your feet should be toward your face so that you stretch your hamstrings completely.
- Hold the maximum stretch for about 30 seconds.
A word of caution: Avoid this pose if you have had any back injury. Also, do not force your body to split more than you can and hurt yourself.