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Got Viagra? Why not try yoga instead?

Posted by Juliette Oliva on 9/27/2013
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Nothin' like a little sexual healing to amp up your relationship, elevate your mood, and release a few of those all-natural endorphins. What happens if you can't get in the mood, day after day. Days turn to weeks which turns into moths: now you have a problem that needs requires attention.

According to Dr. Susan Walsh, who is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, resentments and distance can build up in relationships over time, and, "Partner yoga can clear this negative energy and help a couple reconnect and become comfortable with touch and intimacy."

Partner yoga classes, also known as couples yoga, is typically a Hatha-style class with a partner who supports you and works with your every pose. Whether your personal problem is painful intercourse, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, or premature ejaculation, a one-on-one class that involves couples massage, tantric breathing techniques, and mutually beneficial asanas sounds a little more natural, more exciting, and less depressing than couples therapy, or pills like cialis and viagra. Women can be helped by yoga as well. Results of clinical trials published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that sexually dissatisfied women who started practicing yoga regularly reported elevated levels of desire, arousal, and stronger orgasms. Flexibility building yields increased blood flow to the pelvis, making the reproductive muscles surrounding the Swadisthana (second/orange) Chakra more sensitive. Once Swadisthana is stimulated, the sex hormones and reproductive cycle are activated. Kegel exercises help out in this area as well, tightening and strengthening the vaginal wall.

Tantra and tantric sex are two of the possibly hardest concepts to define. Tantra deals with several yogic aspects, most specifically: asana (yoga poses), pranayama (controlled breathing), meditation (focus inward), and mantra (chanting). Tantric Sex is the westernized and sexualized version of tantra, commonly known as Maithuna. If you're into kind of weird or off the wall stuff (sexually), here's a basic run through of how Tantric Sex is performed.

Want to do some simple asanas to activate the second chakra right away? Here's a great article from Women's Day that overviews several asanas that target the pelvic floor and makes for a great pre-date night ritual!

After class the healing benefits carry over into daily life. Increased self-awareness, more exercise, better eating habits, and improved mood -- coupled with empathy harnessed from regular yoga practice -- can create the perfect conditions for the ideal relationship. Why not give it a shot?

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