Yoga and Sex
More men are showing up to yoga. Why has a practice that has been so unanimously adopted by western women only now starting to attract equal attention from their male counter parts? The answer might surprise you.
The comments are always the same; “Soooo many hotties in there!” … “Did you see that wheel pose bro?” … “Thank the Lord for Lulu Lemon”. I think we can all agree that the number one reason straight guys first set foot in a yoga studio is to see and meet girls. But what keeps them coming back for more? By now most girls are on to our little ploy and most of the time the post-savasana “hey what’s up” approach fails miserably in a tumult of garbled half tones and obscure conversation. So if we’re getting rejected on the regular, why are we still showing up to class? I decided to push a little deeper into this subject.
After sitting down and talking with 10 fine gentlemen who recently began practicing Power Yoga I noticed an answer was common in all of their responses… better sex.
So is there a direct correlation between yoga and sex? A broad and highly unscientific analysis of the top 7 ways Yoga improves sexual performance in Men.
1. Improved Cardio Equals Extended Endurance
For men, being good at having sex is important, but it can also be exhausting. Believe it or not ladies, a large number of us CAN actually control the timing of our orgasms and often times we choose not to. Why you may ask? Because holding plank position for two minutes in yoga class is one thing, but throw in some aerobics and a 118-pound koala bear clinging to your chest and the feat becomes a bit more challenging. To put it more eloquently, sex can be extremely tiresome for men and for that reason; it sometimes ends more quickly than it needs to .
But don’t give up on us babes, because we’re going to yoga!
Certain yoga practices have been scientifically proven to improve cardiovascular functionality, stamina and endurance. Power Yoga for example includes the continual repetition of specific movements such as Surya Namaskar A,B over the course of a one-hour class. Cardio exercises also release endorphins in the brain that produce feelings of euphoria and pleasure. So not only will we be able to last longer in the sack, we’ll be happier about it too.
Not convinced by the science? How about the numbers… 100% of our male interviewees reported that their physical endurance during sex increased exponentially after they started practicing yoga.
2. Better Circulation and Improved Blood Flow.
Prescription drugs are not the only solution for erectile dysfunction, enter Yoga.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are associated with erectile dysfunction. Two studies published in the British medical journal The Lancet, showed that simply practicing the yoga pose Savasana (Corpse Pose) for three months led to a 26- point drop in systolic blood pressure and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure.
This is a pretty simply concept here guys. The lower you’re blood pressure is the more freely blood can flow to every limb and/or member of your body. Having good blood flow and circulation not only helps in the process of arousal but also helps maintain it.
“Dude, I’ve been taking subscriptions for this problem since I was 24. Take a minute to let that sink in. A 24-year-old professional athlete in his prime who can’t get it up, FML right? … I don’t know how it works but I’ve been going twice a week (to yoga) and I haven’t been back to the doctor in over a year.” -Anonymous
3. Mastering the Pose and Mastering the Position
It’s said that men think about sex every 7 seconds. If the average yoga class is about an hour in length then that means men think about sex 514 times per class. That’s actually quite frightening. But if that is the case, isn’t it plausible to assume that at least one of those thoughts might be “hey, I could make this pose really hot if my girlfriend were here”. It’s more than just plausible, it’s factual. 100% of our interviewee’s reported that not only did they bring yoga poses into the bedroom; but that they’re respected partners reacted favorably to it.
“She was like, ‘whoa, oh my god, where did you learn that!?’” -Anonymous
“I’ve never experienced sex like that before because I never thought my body could actually do that.” –Anonymous
Our interviewees were asked to list the yoga poses that most improved upon their sexual performance. These were their top five answers:
4. Control the Breath and You Control the Mind(s)
This one is HUGE. Premature ejaculation is a rather common medical condition; some professionals in this sphere consider that approximately one-third of all men experience PE. However the actual number of males suffering from this condition is impossible to estimate due to the private character of the disease. Now, I’m not saying that Yoga will cure you of this problem, but take a look at some of the responses we received from our interviewees.
“It’s absolutely amazing. Before I started going to yoga I would last maybe, 2, 3 minutes max. Now, I have the ability to wait until we’re both ready to experience that moment together.”
“Every time I feel myself getting closer to (explicit), I start focusing on my breath and everything just slows down. She gets chills from it too, because I’m breathing right into her ear and neck, its rad.”
“You know when you hear about those people who are able to have like 30 minute orgasms? I’m almost positive that I can do that now. I’m pretty sure it has to do with breathing.”
5. No More Cramping
Have you ever been rudely interrupted by a painful cramp in your calf right at the climax of your practice? Me too, it sucks. It totally kills the experience and you have to start all over again from the beginning and most of the time you can’t even make it across the finish line… and yes we’re talking about sex, not yoga.
One of the body’s main physical reactions to practicing yoga is improved flexibility. Medical authorities such as Dr. Melissa Copler agree that consistent stretching will help prevent serious cramping. Guys, if you want to avoid these frustrating and sometimes embarrassing moments in the sack, get into Yoga.
6. Improved Self-Confidence – both from yoga and sex
Go do 108 days of Yoga and take a look in the mirror. You should see Superman staring back at you. Do you know how many girls want to sleep with Superman? A shit ton of them.
Self-confidence is a sexual magnet. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, studied data from more than 3,200 men and women ages 18 to 26, analyzing the association between self-esteem and sexual pleasure among those in established heterosexual relationships of longer than three months. It was discovered that high self-esteem in men was among the top 3 contributors to an improved sexual experience.
Even products like The Ultimate Yogi are so sure that practicing yoga will improve self-confidence that they offer a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.
“We used to always make love with the lights off because she (wife) was so much prettier than I was. Now the lights are on and she can’t take her hands off me… She’ll always be prettier than me tho.”
“Yo man, how’s this for self confidence (literally takes off his shirt and stands up in the middle of the Urth Café patio)”
7. Becoming Mindful
This is the most important one. Every one of our interviewees responded with a comment that suggested their sexual experiences were most dramatically improved upon because they became more present during the act. The culmination of all of the benefits of yoga funnel together to achieve a heightened sense of awareness one’s self and of others.
“Its so much more beautiful now, like I truly feel as if I’m experiencing the act of making love as opposed to just having sex.”
“Sex used to be all about me and what I wanted because I thought it would feel the best if I was in control. It turns out that’s actually not the case. The moment I stopped trying to direct the experience was the moment it started becoming more than just a physical thing.”
“Dude, the best sex I’ve ever had was this morning. It just keeps getting better and better and its because we both really dig what’s going on.”
“Becoming entangled with someone in a moment of passion is one thing. Becoming One with someone in a moment of love is something quite different”
Yoga and Sex
So if you are having a little trouble in the sack and have not wanted to bring it up – encourage your man to attend the next yoga class you go to. You will be surprised at how much it improves not just sex but everything. So instead of trying to separate yoga and sex unite them.
By RL Edie