Has your love life gone from sizzle to fizzle? You don’t have to memorize the Kama Sutra to spice things up between the sheets. In fact, it’s the positions you assume outside the bedroom that could really heat things up. According to research in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, sexually dissatisfied women who took up yoga and practiced mindfulness techniques reported higher levels of arousal and desire, and better orgasms. To reap similar benefits, perform the 10 poses below at least three times a week, spending a minute or so in each position. If this is your first time practicing yoga, don’t worry; we’ve linked each pose to a video tutorial so you can learn them at your own pace.
“This move is good for low libido,” says yoga instructor Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide. “It improves blood flow to the pelvic area, and where the blood goes, so do energy and vitality.” Research shows that below-the-belt circulation is directly linked to arousal. The more blood coursing through your veins, the higher your “state of enlightenment.” See the move here. Photo: Shutterstock
Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
Sagging skin isn’t the only effect of the Earth’s downward pull. The lower half of your body is more likely to suffer from sluggish circulation because the blood returning to your heart faces an uphill climb. Beat gravity at its own game by flipping upside-down. According to Hanley, this pose works on many woes that can plague a healthy sex life. “It relieves fatigue, calms the mind, lessens symptoms of depression and anxiety, and eases digestive problems,” she says. See the move here. Photo: Shutterstock
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