You've likely heard the benefits of yoga touted on repeat. Sure, your weekly yoga session can help you increase your focus and mental clarity, reduce anxiety, gain flexibility and prevent injuries. But did you also know that it can give your libido a boost?
That's right! When it comes to igniting your sex drive and taking your romps between the sheets to the next level, these nine yoga poses are your best bets.
1. Cat-Cow Pose (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana)
In addition to helping with spinal mobility, this simple but therapeutic flow helps engage and strengthen the muscles of the core — including the pelvic floor. The contraction of these "Kegel" muscles are responsible for the female climax! Practicing Cat-Cow not only improves spinal health, but can also help create more intense and enjoyable experiences during intimacy.
HOW TO DO IT: Start on all fours. On an inhale, drop your belly toward the floor as you arch your back. On an exhale, round your back up to the ceiling like a scared cat. Slowly repeat this pattern back and forth on each inhale and exhale.
2. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
This classic yoga pose is a liberating heart opener, which makes it perfect for romance! A solid backbend, bridge helps relieve fatigue and stimulates the adrenals, giving you a vibrant burst of energy for your day — or your night.
HOW TO DO IT: Lie on your back and bring your heels toward your butt, knees pointing to the ceiling. Pressing into your feet, lift your butt and back off the floor. Bring your hands together under your back. Press into your shoulders and maintain a straight body line from shoulders to knees.
3. Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
This easy supine stretch opens your hips and allows you to feel connected to this powerful region. Happy Baby pose improves flexibility and calms the nervous system, allowing you to feel liberated. As the name suggests, it offers a sense of youthful joy and fun, which helps you be both more relaxed and more adventurous in the bedroom.
HOW TO DO IT: Lie on your back and bend your knees up toward your armpits. Grab your feet with your hands and pull your knees closer to your armpits, keeping your shins perpendicular to the floor.
4. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
A prostrate pose intended to honor your body and soul, Child's pose can reduce stress and anxiety while calming your mind and turning your attention inward. It also draws your attention to your core. When you're centered, relaxed and introspective, you're more liberated to enjoy your experiences — both on and off the mat.
HOW TO DO IT: Start kneeling, and then fold forward, extending your arms out in front of you along the floor. Separate your knees and bring your torso toward the mat. Hold this pose for as long as feels comfortable, taking in big, deep breaths.
5. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
This strong standing pose encourages engagement of the pelvic floor and the inner thighs and draws power and attention to the hips and pelvis. It improves circulation and blood flow to this important reproductive region.
HOW TO DO IT: Start standing with your feet together. Bend your knees and hinge at the hips to squat down several inches. Engage your core, and refrain from arching your lower back. Raise your arms above your head.
6. Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
This pose is in the Kama Sutra! It promotes blood flow to the cervix (which helps with climax) and allows you to wrap yourself up in your own attention.
When you block your external gaze, you turn your energy inward and are able to more deeply tune into your personal needs and desires. This powerful internal connection and awareness can empower you to focus on satisfying your sexual desires as well.
HOW TO DO IT: Start standing and cross your right leg over and around your left leg as you bend down a few inches. Then cross your arms so that your left arm is above your right arm.
7. Exalted Warrior Pose (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
This grounded Warrior pose helps you stand in your power! It provides a twist to aid in organ function and blood flow while simultaneously offering a heart-opening backbend, making this an ideal pose for a substantial libido boost! Exalting yourself is the first step to a deeply satisfying experience in the bedroom.
HOW TO DO IT: Step your left foot in front of your right a few feet. Bend your left knee to 90 degrees. Reach your left arm back behind you to grab your right calf. Reach your right arm up to the sky as you twist to the left. Make sure to repeat on the other side.
8. Butterfly Pose (Badhakonasana)
By stretching your sexual meridians, this gentle pose can increase sensitivity and blood flow to the sex and reproductive organs. It also cultivates a heart-opening presence and allows you to become more limber and capable of new and exciting positions in the bedroom.
HOW TO DO IT: Start seated and bring the soles of your feet together in front of you, bending at the knees. Keeping your knees out to the side, grab your feet and pull your torso toward your feet and your feet toward you.
9. Goddess Pose
Channeling your inner goddess helps strengthen your libido by dropping you solidly into your own divine feminine power. This pose opens the mind, heart and groin, creating space for a more liberated libido.
Cultivating a strong and confident demeanor (and a healthy relationship with yourself) enables you to pursue a more profoundly healthy relationship with your partner as well.
HOW TO DO IT: Get in a very wide stance. Point your feet out toward the side and bend both of your knees to sink your hips down between your knees. Bring your hands to the center of your chest in prayer, or extend your arms out to the side and level with your shoulders.