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Yep, it’s true: loose women have better sex. Limbering up with yoga will help you build a strong, supple body – and that leads to a lot more action in the bedroom, says Ellen Barrett, fitness instructor and author of Sexy Yoga.
“Yoga increases flexibility, which helps you to be free and just go for it in sex,” she says. Here are a bunch more reasons you should hit the mat
It helps you flow
Yoga increases your overall blood flow and some positions, such as the eagle pose (see right), direct it straight towards your pelvis. When all that blood rushes to your bits, it makes you hot – literally. That heat, combined with a Viagra-like stimulation (as the blood swells your button), heightens your sensitivity and increases desire.
It tones your pelvic floor
Yoga strengthens your entire core – which includes your pelvic floor. “The more you work these muscles, the greater range of motion you have,” says Becky Jeffers, fitness director at the Berman Centre for female sexual health and menopause management in Chicago. “This gives you stronger contractions and releases, which can help you experience a more intense orgasm.”
It breeds confidence
Clearing your mind and focusing on your breath during a pose helps you become more aware of yourself. This mindfulness comes in handy in the bedroom. “You know what you need to feel fulfilled by your partner,” Jeffers says. “You can then communicate this deeper understanding to them during sex.” Knowing and expressing your desires will make you feel good – psychologically as well as sexually.
It boosts your mojo
According to Eastern philosophy, your sex life is governed by chakras – your body’s energy centres, in yoga-speak. Poses like the seated open angle and the triangle stimulate these chakras. “When your chakras are in healthy working order, your sexual relations will be vibrant and healthy too,” Barrett says. Your three “sexiest” chakras are the root chakra (located at your perineum – the area between your pubic bone and anus), the sacral chakra (centre of your lower abdomen) and the heart chakra.
Get loose – and let loose – with these poses. Yoga expert Ellen Barrett advises doing these exercises twice a week, after a light cardio warm-up, like10 minutes of jogging or biking.
Photo by Women's Health Dec 2, 2010