Okay, so we know we’re fond of saying that our sex advice requires neither a yoga mat nor a devotion to ’90s Sting. It’s not that we have anything against yogis, we just think that the ability to wrap one’s legs around one’s head isn’t necessarily the answer to everyone’s sex problems. That said, we feel it is our duty to report on a recent finding that sexually unsatisfied women who practiced mindfulness and yoga experienced increased levels of arousal and desire and better orgasms. Aw yeah. (Plus, yoga can help guys with premature ejaculation, too.)
This research actually makes total sense to us, given that the key factor seems to be the kind of mindfulness that yoga can nurture. In other words, yoga doesn’t improve your sex life because it makes you more bendy, it improves your sex life because it helps you stay focused. Women are notoriously easily distracted during sex — whereas men on the road to an orgasm generally find it much easier to maintain a one-track mind. (Why do you think so many women just aren’t that into porn — all we can think about is how bad the dialogue or dye-job is!) A woman might be having a grand old time in bed and suddenly she notices that she hasn’t shaved her legs or she hears the phone ring or she remembers that she left her Blackberry at work and — oh, there goes her orgasm. Better luck next time.
So, if your 2009 resolution is to have better sex, turns out there are worse things you could do than to break out that yoga mat. Just watch out for Inappropriate Yoga Guy.