One of the easiest ways to improve your performance in the bedroom is to get stronger and more flexible. Flexibility allows you to discover new positions that aren’t possible when your hips and joints are tight. And strength allows you to hold these poses for longer. If you’ve ever glanced at the pages of a glossy magazine and wondered why you can’t try a position like the standing wheelbarrow or the butter churner, these yoga poses can help.
Yoga helps to strengthen your core muscles through low impact exercises. While some yoga poses are relaxing and help to stretch out stiff joints, others will test your strength and might even cause you to break a sweat. It’s an excellent workout choice that will help to make you stronger and more flexible while also learning how to breathe deeply. This is another skill that is essential for good sex, as deep breathing helps to oxygenate your blood and increase sensations.
If you’re ready to upgrade your bedroom antics with these powerful yoga positions, get your yoga mat ready and try these challenging poses.
This is an excellent way to open up tight hips and stretch out your leg muscles. Legs and hips can get tight and lazy from sitting at a desk all day, so this is a great way to loosen everything up. Lay on you back and lift your legs in the air, bending the knees and grabbing the bottom of your feet with your hands. You can lay still in this pose or introduce some movement to allow you to give your lower back a gentle massage. As you practice this move more frequently, you may discover that your hips feel less sore and you can stretch your legs out straight while keeping your tailbone on the ground.
Another great hip opener that will allow you to enjoy greater penetration during sex. The cobbler’s pose involves sitting up straight with your feet bent in front of you. The bottom of your feet should be touching and your knees should be bent. When you first try this pose, you might struggle to bring your feet into your body or touch your knees to the ground. Don’t worry, this is a deep stretch that will help to loosen up your hips over time. Focus on sitting up tall and gradually inching your feet towards your body while keeping your knees as close to the ground as possible.
An excellent pose for increasing your core strength, the bridge pose will also tighten your pelvic floor. Lay on your yoga mat with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Push into your feet and your shoulders, lifting your pelvis from the floor to create a bridge shape. Over time, you should be able to lift your chest from the floor and interlock your hands under your body. Keep your knees at the same height as your hips to maximise this move.
If you struggle to bend your hips into interesting positions, the pigeon pose will help. The upward pigeon pose stands on all fours. Bring one leg forward so that your shin is horizontal across the mat, stretch the other leg out behind you and sit into your pelvis, trying to keep the pelvis facing forward and not tilting to the side. You can practice both sides and focus on sitting deeper into this stretch every time. As this stretch gets easier, try making it more difficult by leaning forward over your front leg.
Reclining big toe pose
Any position that requires you to keep your legs in the air not only requires flexibility but also strength. Keeping your legs straight up for any amount of time is not easy, but this pose will help you practice. You might need a yoga band to achieve this pose. Lay flat on your back and lift one leg in the air. Hook your band over your big toe and pull the leg towards you. You’re aiming for a deep stretch in your hamstring. Alternate between your legs and practice this over time to stretch out your tight muscles. Eventually, you should be able to keep your leg straight up with your toes above your head, but don’t worry if you can barely make it past your hips.