The 6 Best Yoga Poses For Sex

Sexual satisfaction requires a complex combination of mental, physical, and spiritual health. If our bodies aren't flexible or accustomed to physical activity, it can be difficult to be an active participant in our sex lives. And, if our minds are racing in a thousand directions — constantly pinging from that unsent email to that disagreement with a friend — we won't be fully present in a sexual experience. While this physical-mental balance seems elusive, the practice of yoga can help open the body and center the mind. We asked expert yogi and founder of Strala Tara Stiles to showcase six yoga poses that support sexual pleasure. Ahead, asanas to help folks of all fitness levels get in the mood.
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Seated Meditation

Sit with your legs crossed, or however you can sit comfortably. This pose will help to calm your mind, lessen anxiety, and focus your attention. Sometimes the mind latches onto our everyday stresses — those to-do lists and work commitments — to the detriment of our sexual satisfaction and relaxation. Even taking five deep breaths in this pose can help release tension in your body so you're relaxed and ready to have a good time. Get in the zone, not in your head.
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Seated Twist

Inhale deeply and reach your left arm up towards the ceiling while placing your right arm straight behind your back.
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Now, gently twist at the waist and place your right hand on your knee. Remain here for five deep breaths. This position also helps to combat anxiety, and it provides a great stretch through the waist (always useful in the bedroom).
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Dancer Pose

This position is "a fun one," says Stiles. And, loosening up and being open to playing around is key in your sex life. As you practice this position, start with this easy version. Plant your right foot on the ground while bringing your left foot up straight behind you. Grab your left foot with your left hand; keep your wrist facing away from your body. Focus on balance as you move your leg up as high as you feel comfortable. Once you're able to reach a steady balance, remain in this position for five deep breaths.
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After mastering the "easy" version of the position, work your way up to "medium" difficulty. Still focus on your balance and take care not to overextend your back leg beyond what is comfortable.
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After ample practice you can attempt the dancer pose with your left leg extended and your foot as high above your hips as you are able. This advanced pose works on your balance and opens up your hips — it's also a great stretch for your hamstrings and back. Working on openness and flexibility is great for trying more "advanced" positions in the bedroom as well.
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Royal Pigeon

Bring the shin on one leg forward on the ground while placing your other leg behind you with the knee down. If this feels good, bend at the back knee, too. Stiles emphasizes that this is one of the absolute best poses for sexual function because it’s both relaxing and loosens the hips.
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Split

A grounded split will help you with hip and hamstring flexibility, for sure — but the mental element of the practice is just as important. Stiles advises you not to force yourself to stretch into this pose. Just relax your body and go where it feels good to move. Start with your forward leg straight and your back leg bent, and sink as low as you can while still feeling comfortable.
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As you increase your flexibility, move your back leg out behind you further, still taking care not to force your muscles into an uncomfortable action.
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After a lot of training, you can attempt the full split. The benefits of this pose are both physical and mental. If you try to force this position, it just creates more tension — similar to forcing sexual pleasure or orgasm. So, stay easy. Once you're in the pose, take five deep breaths.
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Ankle To Knee

In this position, you'll stack your ankles and knees on one another. This pose is amazing for both your hips and your lower back. Many people experience back pain, and this position can help to work out this physical tension (which often translates to emotional tension).
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