September 9, 2013
More Yoga = Better Sex
According to the Yoga Health Foundation website, September is National Yoga Month. This is a month-long event to celebrate the beauty of yoga and to encourage more people to experience the benefits of yoga. Yoga Health Foundation states that this month is a national observance designated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) As part of my effort for this month, I wanted to write a blog explaining some of the benefits of and reasons to do yoga. Yoga is one of my favorite activities both for my physical and emotional health. I hope that through this discussion of the benefits, some may find the same inspiration I did to try yoga out.
redOrbit lists the majority of benefits of yoga as:
- more energy
- lower blood pressure levels
- less stress or anxiety
- improved immunity
- increased flexibility
- increased range of motion
- improved concentration
- better cardiovascular health and endurance
- toned and strengthened muscles
- better respiratory capacity
- improved posture
- possible weight loss
Additionally, Yoga Health Foundation shows that yoga helps with the following:
- pain relief
- inner peace
- focusing on the present
And Men’s Fitness states that yoga improves sex. Let’s breakdown some of these and discuss them more thoroughly.
Benefit #1—Stress Relief
Americans are stressed for a variety of reasons including work, family, social, personal, financial, and the list just goes on and on. We could all use some stress relief, and yoga is a perfect activity for that. As Men’s Fitness magazine says, “Yoga, on the other hand, employs a number of relaxation techniques, which, with regular practice, can make you calmer overall.” Where high-intensity workouts and weight lifting can actually amp up our aggressions, yoga employs more calming actions to help stretch and breathe stress away.
Benefit #2—Better Physical Health
Many of the above listed reasons deal with physical health from lower blood pressure levels to better cardiovascular health and even weight loss. Because yoga does a variety of poses, we use our own body to stretch, burn calories, and tone. Yogic breathing and stretches help to lower our resting heart rate, move oxygenated blood, increase endurance, and generally helps with our physical health.
Benefit #3—Improved Sex Life
Who doesn’t want better, longer sex? Men’s Fitness identifies that yoga leads to better sex when people translate all the relaxation and breathing techniques. Specifically, the article states, “these strengthened concentration skills will help you focus your mind and better channel your sexual energy, helping to prevent premature ejaculation.” It only makes sense that an activity like yoga, which focuses on control and concentration, would naturally lead to a better sex life.
Benefit #4—Inner Peace and Focus
Because part of yoga is focusing on what our muscles are doing and how we are breathing, it almost commands us to focus on the here and now, what is happening in that moment. That kind of focus can help us remember to enjoy this moment as opposed to worrying about the next. Obviously, that kind of focus leads to an inner peace. Yoga further contributes to our inner peace via the mediation that comes with it. As Yoga Health Foundation puts it, “The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.”
All of the reasons to do and benefits of yoga are compelling and absolutely true. As a practitioner of yoga, I can attest to each one of the above lists and to these four specific benefits. For me, yoga has also contributed to my spiritual health, particularly through the meditation (prayer for many). So, if you have never tried yoga, this September you should check it out. On the Yoga Health Foundation, you can find an offer for one free week of yoga at over 2,000 locations nationwide. Use it and find all these benefits right away.
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