People who suffer from chronic or long term stress can experience symptoms like anxiety, depression and sleep problems. People who suffer from chronic or long term stress can experience symptoms like anxiety, depression and sleep problems. Stress and anxiety are everywhere. If they're getting the best of you, you might want to hit the mat and give yoga a try. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate.
You already know that yoga can tone your body and de-stress your mind, but as it turns out, practicing yoga regularly may also boost your libido, according to a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. “High blood pressure and high blood sugar, both symptoms of metabolic syndrome, can interfere with circulation, which means that blood flow is compromised to all organs, including pelvic organs,” says Ray Sahelian, M.D., author of Natural Sex Boosters, who was not involved with the study. “A yoga program can help increase blood flow.” But that’s not just for metabolic patients—the additional below-the-belt blood-flow can also enhance the arousal of healthy women, says Sahelian.
What's more, regularly getting your Downward Dog on may have mental benefits that link directly to your libido. “Yoga has been shown in other studies to improve sexual function,” says Timothy McCall, M.D., author of Yoga as Medicine, who was also not affiliated with the study). “Lowered stress and increased relaxation may also be mechanisms contributing to the boost. Ready to hit the mat? These yoga poses to help you have good sex are a great place to start.