Slip on something more comfortable — and then get into bridge pose to get that bod ultimately primed. You’ll never look at tree pose the same way again, after these tips from osteopath and celeb body worker, Dr. Liza Egbogah. Try her easy, but effective yoga-inspired movements for better sex…
There’s a great big secret between our sheets, yet we rarely talk about it: Research shows that 40% of women and 30% of men report sexual dysfunction, including painful intercourse and inadequate (or absence of) orgasms.
Myofascial restrictions and trigger points in the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding area are often to blame for pain, inhibited orgasmic capability and poor overall sexual response. And as we age, blood flow to the clitoris and G-spot can be decreased, making it harder to orgasm. It sounds like a drag, but here’s the good news: Factors keeping us from sexual euphoria are often fairly straightforward to fix. Myofascial release, osteopathic techniques and simple exercises you’ll recognize from your yoga practice can significantly up the pleasure factor in the bedroom by increasing blood flow to your reproductive organs and brain. It’s also been clinically proven that manual soft-tissue therapy improves mobility, elasticity and distensibility by breaking down adhesions (deposits of fibrous tissue that form as a natural response to tissue injury after infection, inflammation, surgery, overuse or trauma) that restrict blood flow and cause pain and dysfunction, including inhibited orgasm.
Need more of an incentive? Increased muscle and joint flexibility also help us assume those pleasurable positions: opening your hips in particular gives you a wider range of motion in your nether regions, allowing for more direct stimulation in just the right spots. After all, one micro-movement in missionary is sometimes all it takes to ring the bell.
My Bedroom Fix (often paired with professional osteopathy) helps to intensify or bring back your orgasm naturally. This series of seemingly unassuming movements not only help improve hip mobility and increase blood flow to the clitoris and G-spot, they also improve sex drive. As an added bonus, some of these poses actually double as positions (wink wink):
Come onto the floor on your hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your palms, index fingers parallel or slightly turned out, and turn your toes under. Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. At first, keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted away from the floor. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of your pelvis and press it lightly toward the pubis. Against this resistance, lift the sitting bones toward the ceiling, and from your inner ankles draw the inner legs up into the groins. Then with an exhalation, push your top thighs back and stretch your heels onto or down toward the floor. Straighten your knees but be sure not to lock them. Firm the outer thighs and roll the upper thighs inward slightly.
Benefits: Downward dog calms the mind and invigorates the body, both important ingredients for good sex. This pose not only boosts confidence and muscle tone, but it’s also kind of sexy in itself as your butt is lifting in the air and you’re feeling super strong, long and relaxed. You’re also kind of looking straight at your hips and groin and connecting to that area visually, which could be an awesome aphrodisiac. Downward dog will ease muscle tension in your back and improve overall flexibility.
Start by sitting on your knees. Bring your palms to the floor beside your hips on both sides and use them for support. Extend your right leg forward and slowly slide forward as the back leg (left leg) also slowly straightens. Try to keep the same amount of bend in the front and back leg as your straighten. You should feel a stretch in your groin. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, try to go a little deeper into the splits.
Benefits: This move is good for low libido, improving blood flow to the pelvic area and increasing energy. The splits can be a huge turn on, so why not try incorporating them into your foreplay.
Stand with your feet together. Shift your weight slightly onto the left foot, keeping the inner foot firm to the floor and bend your right knee. Reach down with your left hand and clasp your right ankle. Draw your right foot up and place your foot at the front of your left hip. As you continue to hold your right foot with your left hand, bring your right hand up to the center of your chest. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Bring your foot back down to the ground with an exhalation and repeat for the same length of time with the legs reversed.
Benefits: Tree pose provides a great stretch for the hip flexors and groin, so not only does it improve blood flow to your reproductive organs, it also improves overall alignment and posture. Your core muscles are also working in this pose, which means a tighter midsection and better ability to support yourself in certain positions.
Lie on your back, bend your knees and place your feet hip-width apart and 5 inches beneath buttocks. Inhale and lift your hips up towards the sky. Interlace fingers beneath the hips, drawing shoulder blades together and keeping both on the mat. Hold for 10 breaths, taking deep inhales and exhales.
Benefits: Bridge pose not only provides an intense hip flexor stretch, it also tones the vagina and improves orgasms. Holding bridge is similar to doing a Kegel, because you squeeze the same pelvic muscles.
Stand with your feet together. Bend your knees slightly, lift your left foot up and, balancing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor, press the foot back, and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf. Balance on the right foot. Stretch your arms straight forward and cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left, then bend your elbows. Snug the right elbow into the crook of the left, and raise the forearms perpendicular to the floor. Press the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left, so that the palms are now facing each other. The thumb of the right hand should pass in front of the little finger of the left. Now press the palms together (as much as is possible for you). Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, then unwind the legs and arms and repeat for the same length of time with the arms and legs reversed.
Benefits: Eagle pose is so sexy, it’s even in the Kama Sutra. When you release the legs, all of the blood comes rushing through your pelvic area, which helps not only break up adhesions but also to intensify orgasms. Holding the pose itself requires poise and steadiness, which is beneficial if you’re stressed. Your mind has to focus, helping you to slow life down a little, allowing you to stay present and enjoy the breathtaking moments to follow.
Learn ways to boost your libido naturally with these simple tips.