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 won’t deny science: a review of findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, concluded that women who practiced the Eastern techniques of mindfulness and yoga experienced increased levels of arousal and desire and better orgasms. Aw yeah. Plus, at least one study found that yoga can help guys with premature ejaculation, too! And a recent meta-analysis of mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) on female sexual dysfunction found “All aspects of sexual function and subjective sexual well-being exhibited significant improvement during MBT.”
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 necessarily improve your sex life because it makes you more bendy, it improves your sex life because it helps you stay focused.
Generally speaking, 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 phone at work and — oh, there goes her orgasm. Better luck next time.
But plenty of guys are plagued by invasive negative thoughts during sex, too. Am I big enough, am I hard enough, am I going long enough? Training to live in the moment, focus on the sensations at hand, and dismiss invasive thoughts can only help things — with or without saying “Namaste” after your sexual session.
So, if you’re interested in having better sex, turns out there are worse things you could do than to break out that yoga mat. If you resisted the trend until now, you might want to consider giving it a try. Just watch out for Inappropriate Yoga Guy.