People suffering from physical and mental strain find that the stress of an unfit body manifests in the bedroom as well. Such people find it difficult to enjoy sex.That is where yoga steps in to ease the mind and tone the body.
Some of the sexual problems which can be treated through Yoga include erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and lack of libido. Sex isn’t just a union of two bodies, It is a confluence of mind, body and soul Straining each one adversely can lead to sexual disorders. When a person is stressed, the sympathetic nervous system gets stimulated, seen as increased heart rate, blood pressure, mental excitement and the res piratory rate. Yoga helps create equilibrium between the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The latter controls the limbic system of the body responsible for controlling emotion.
Improving the functioning of these systems, says Petkar, can help train sensory receptors to reduce strain to the brain.Keeping the nervous system functioning at par will ensure sexual efficiency.
Moreover, yoga exercises keep lazy lower abdomen and genital muscles toned so they function at optimal capacity during the act. Certain yogic poses reduce fat in this body region, increasing reflexes.This also directly improves endocrine function to up testosterone secretion.
Lie face down, placing your palms on the floor beside your chest. Place the top of your feet against the floor and tuck your tailbone down. Slowly raise your chin and lift your chest up while you inhale. Go only till where you feel comfortable and try to keep the shoulders up. Focussing on your naval area, take five deep breaths and then slowly lower yourself down while exhaling until your face is flat against the mat again. Repeat ten times.HELPS: Erectile dysfunction
NOUKASANA OR BOAT POSE
Inhale slowly and simultaneously raise your legs, head and abdomen to stop at 45-degree angle. Hold your breath and in the same position raise your shoulders and back.Hold the toes of the legs with both hands and continue breathing. If you are unable to reach your toes, hold the legs at the ankles but make sure you don’t bend the knees. Slowly return to the original position and repeat the asana five times.
Sit in Padmasana (Lotus position) or any other comfortable position.Keep your hand on your knees, close the eyes, relax and breathe through the nose. Inhale and hold your breath. Try to draw the sexual organs upward by pulling and tensing the lower abdomen while concentrating on the pelvic floor muscles. Exhale and relax simultaneously. Repeat it for 10 to 20 times.HELPS: Premature ejaculation
Shut your eyes and sit in Padmasana.Inhale deeply and bend you head to fix the chin in the jugular notch (Jalandhar Bandha or Chin lock Position) holding your breath. Then contract and relax anal sphincter five to 10 times.HELPS: Premature ejaculation
HASTPADASANA OR FORWARD BEND POSTURE
Inhale slowly and simultaneously raise your legs, head and abdomen to stop at 45-degree angle. Hold your breath and in the same position raise your shoulders and back. Hold the toes of the legs with both hands and continue breathing. If you are unable to reach your toes, hold the legs at the ankles but make sure you don’t bend the knees. Slowly return to the original position and repeat the asana five times. HELPS: Strengthens the lower abdomen muscles which helps sexual capacity.
Lie on your back with your arms besides you, palms pressed to the floor. As you inhale, use your abdominal muscles to lift your feet off the floor, raising your legs vertically at a 90-degree angle.Continue to breathe normally.By supporting your hips and back with your hands, lift them off the ground. Allow your legs to sweep in a 180-degree angle over your head till your toes touch the floor. Your back should be perpendicular to the floor. Stay in that position for ten seconds and slowly return to your original position.Repeat five times.HELPS: Increase sexual drive in men and women Asanas described here should be practised strictly under the supervision of a yoga expert.