Yoga is an ancient Indian practice of movement and breathing and well-known around the world. There are many types of Yoga, with many different aims, but in this chapter we will not cover those. Instead we’re going to talk about what Yoga can offer when it comes to questions relating to our sexuality in general and genital organs in particular.
In fact, it all comes down to doing certain Yoga poses (or Yoga Asanas). Different poses have different effects and results, and there are exercises to alleviate or cure a variety of sexual dysfunctions but also exercises that support the pregnancy period or the postpartum period.
Let’s take a look at some topics. By the way, this is certainly not an all-inclusive discussion (but just some examples) of what Yoga can offer with regard to our sexuality.
Benign Prostate Enlargement
Normal Prostate Enlargement or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia may cause problems with urination, for example, needing to go very frequently to the toilet. It’s usually caused by changes in hormone levels as a man gets older. It’s a normal part of the aging process.
Some studies have shown that exercise may help reduce the risk of Benign Prostatic Enlargement. In our case, doing certain Yoga exercises may be helpful in preventing the condition.
Yoga may also help improve the symptoms by helping to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and at the same time also reducing pelvic tension can help improve bladder control.
The following yoga poses are good for strengthening the pelvic floor and may help improve symptoms: Cobbler Pose (Baddha Konasana), Hero Pose (Virasana), Reclining Big Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana), Head-to-Knee Pose (Janusirsasana), Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), and the Shoulder Stand (Biparitkarani Mudra).
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
There can be many causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) such as a restricted blood flow, certain medications, lifestyle habits, or psychological and emotional issues, to name some factors. Some causes of ED require contemporary medical treatment, but others can be alleviated or cured with traditional, alternative or complementary medicine techniques such as Yoga.
Yoga poses that improve blood circulation and at the same time reduce blood pressure, body mass index and heart rate seem to be beneficial in improving ED symptoms.
Examples of recommended poses are: Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes), Siddasana (Perfect Pose), Garduasana (Eagle Pose), Pavanamuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose ), Shavasana (Corpse Pose), Paschimottanasana (Forward Bend), and Kumbhakasana (Plank Pose).
Yoga during the pregnancy period is a rather well-known activity and practiced all around the world. These are mainly exercises that keep the body in shape and supply it with energy, relieve and strengthen the back, legs and pelvic floor muscles, but also breathing exercises preparing the mother for childbirth.
The body of the mother after childbirth needs replenishment. Most women are exhausted and need lots of rest. In Asia, normally, no exercises are done during the confinement period, but after that, of course, exercises can be very beneficial to support returning back to the pre-pregnancy state of the body.
Yoga can help loosen tight muscles, release tension, calm the nerves, and replenish and rebuild pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
Some poses recommended are Child’s Pose, Navasana Pose, Warrior Poses, Locust Pose, Camel Pose, Rabbit Pose, and Bridge Poses.
On the other hand, it’s recommended not to do certain Yoga poses in the afterbirth period while one is still recovering. Think of avoiding the Cobra Pose, Spinal Twists, Malasana Pose, Cat and Cow Poses, Bow Pose, Splits, Inversions (Like shoulder stand).
In any case, when starting Yoga after childbirth, it’s advised to get a medical okay from a physician, and a competent Yoga Pregnancy & Postpartum teacher.
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