Sex may permeate our popular culture, but conversations about it are still associated with stigma and shame in Indian homes. As a result, most people facing sexual health issues or trying to find information about sex often resort to unverified online sources or follow unscientific advice from their friends.

To combat widespread sex misinformation, News18.com publishes this weekly sex column, “Let’s Talk Sex”. We hope to start conversations about sex through this column and address sexual health issues with scientific insight and nuance.

The column is authored by sexologist Prof (Dr) Saransh Jain. In today’s column, Dr. Jain discusses how yoga can help overcome sexual dysfunctions and improve sexual health.

There is no doubt that yoga is growing in popularity around the world, with millions of active practitioners, and more being added on a regular basis. It has been shown to relieve anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, improve joint pain, relieve pain, and many other mental and physical disorders. It is not surprising that yoga can also be used to improve sexual functions in both men and women.

Everyone knows that exercising can improve your sex life, but with yoga you get all those benefits plus some improvements in your love life that you never could have imagined. Whether you just want a fun new form of exercise or are always looking for ways to spice up your sex life, yoga could be the answer to it all.

Yoga counteracts stress, fatigue, and poor self-image, all of which can suppress your libido. You will also benefit from improved physical fitness, especially your strength, flexibility and muscle control. Some of the benefits are:

Yoga relaxes the body and mind

One of the most beneficial things yoga does, especially for women, is to reduce stress levels that can prevent sexual arousal. Men have sex to relax, but women need to be relaxed to have sex. As a moving meditation, yoga helps calm the body and mind.

Female sexual interest is rooted partly in their hormonal balance but more significantly in the level of their stress hormonal balance. When stress hormones are lowered, it opens the door to more sexual thoughts and desire.

Although many men don’t need the same level of relaxation to become sexually aroused, being relaxed can help them enjoy it more.

Reduce premature ejaculation and increase sexual stamina

The body releases chemicals and hormones in a state of anxiety. When you perform sex in this state, the hormones released into the blood work against you to bring your body back into a state of chemical balance. The result is premature ejaculation.

Yoga will allow you to control your anxiety. It is by controlling your breath that you control the flow of energy within your body. Mastering certain breathing exercises or pranayama will allow you to get rid of anxiety, control your bodily functions and inhibit the production of chemicals that affect your sexual stamina.

Another very effective technique to combat symptoms like premature ejaculation is “yogic asanas”. They increase blood circulation, thereby decreasing tension in the body and improving sexual vigor.

Improve your body image

Feeling good about yourself and your body is key to a healthy and fulfilling sex life. When you do yoga, you become intimately familiar with your body and what it can do. You also learn to accept and be sensitive to your body as it is today. At the same time, you’ll build strength and muscle tone, so you’ll also look and feel better.

Reduces erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a particular symptom of impotence that can occur gradually or suddenly. Like premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction is also largely due to psychological factors that can be controlled through yoga.

You can try Viagra anytime, but if you want a holistic treatment method that elevates your mind, body, and soul and allows you to reach your true potential, yoga is the best bet.

Increase your flexibility, sensitivity and control

Flexibility is increased through poses like hip openers, which allow for a greater range of motion. Assuming these types of positions, which compensate for the hours you spend each day sitting in the car or in front of a computer, can also improve circulation and blood flow in the pelvis, thereby increasing sensitivity. Instruction in ‘mula bandha’ (the root lock), which is the inward and upward drawing of the pelvic floor, much like a Kegel, can create awareness and control of this area as well as strengthening those new muscles.

Helps relieve your menstrual symptoms and increase your libido

A study shows that women who maintain a regular yoga routine have lower levels of follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, and prolactin, leading to less severe menstrual symptoms. Therefore, if you are not bothered by cramps and back pain, you will be more likely to have an orgasm, which will also help relieve period pain.

Try new sex positions

Today’s yoga poses are tomorrow’s sex positions. Your newfound ability to touch your toes and wrap one leg behind your head can definitely be put to good use. Now you can walk through the Kama Sutra with confidence that you can conquer virtually any position. Focusing on a few key yoga poses can really help improve your sexual skills.

Yoga techniques can improve physical activities and sexual satisfaction function for both men and women. If your partner does yoga or is ready to try it, you may find a spark in practicing together. So maybe it’s time to get ready and do some yoga.

Keep in mind that there are cases in which sexual dysfunction needs to be treated by a doctor or therapist.

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