How do you get ready for love? Some people love to pamper themselves by having their hair done, taking a long luxurious bath, or setting aside a little shopping trip before a sexy rendezvous.
While all of these rituals are great, I personally make sure that I do not skip my yoga practice before a hot date. I need to take the time to mindfully align with my highest intention, release some of those nervous-excited butterflies and revitalize my tight and sore muscles from a long day of anticipation.
After a sweaty vinyasa sesh, I always feel a boost of confidence, a greater willingness to connect intimately, and that glorious post-yoga radiance certainly inspires me to share the love with that special someone.
In fact, many of my favorite yoga poses translate just as powerfully in the bedroom as they do in my yoga class. I am not only referring to the mere physicality of yoga and sex, either.
When you feel a sense of well-being and love for the self, you will enhance your lovemaking and strengthen the partnership with your beloved. Here are five sexy yoga poses that you can incorporate as creatively as you like on and off the mat, or wherever you happen to be when the mood strikes!
1. Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)
The undulation of the spine allows for greater flexibility, increased blood flow, and openness in both the heart and the nether regions of the pelvis. You can practice this pose with your partner from all angles, so feel free to explore your cat-like curiosity.
2. Foot-Behind-the-Head Pose (Supta Eka Pada Sirsasana)
You need a bit of flexibility and a playful spirit to pull this off, but in the end, your hamstrings won’t be the only part of your body thankful for your extra effort. Make sure that amidst the throes of passion you switch sides, otherwise you might need to set up for round two to keep everything in balance.
3. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Practice reciprocity! Ask for what you need. This pose requires some thigh action that will draw some heat up toward your center point of connection. If you get a little weary through the arms and shoulders, place a firm pillow or two beneath the lumbar spine so you can lie back, relax, and RECEIVE.
4. Reclining Belly Twist (Jathara Parivartanasana)
If you prefer face-to-face contact, spooning, or just lying back and enjoying some divine entanglement as you cuddle up with your love, you can do it all in this restorative pose. Just like love flows naturally without effort, this twist will help you embrace the moment and each other a little longer.
5. Yab Yum
In Tantra, Yab Yum, a partner version of Baddha Konasana, creates the ultimate Shakti and Shiva flow. When you face one another and practice this pose, you can breathe, move, and embody the rhythm of your special “dance” together.
Keep in mind that a passionate sexual union can involve eye contact, touching “uncommon” erogenous zones such as the hands, the nape of the neck and the feet. You may never even get to the point of intercourse to experience feelings of contentment and satisfaction.
Yoga teaches awareness, the ability to stay present in the NOW without distraction. When you invite that level of attention into your relationships, you allow for intimacy to blossom and grow just like a lotus. I hope you bring your love of yoga into everything you do and find the bliss you desire.