As we move into the Zoomer years, our hormones are downshifting and one area that can really be impacted is our libido. Perhaps the spirit is willing, but… Perhaps it’s that we can’t seem to get into the mood or maybe we can’t truly enjoy the experience when we do finally engage in intimate relations.
Many people enjoy sex well into their elder years, and yet, the sex they have in their later years is more enjoyable than ever! What is their secret?
How Yoga Helps
Relaxation is the key to performance and enjoyment of sex, and Yoga helps us RELAX!
As Mae West says, “Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.” Our Gentle Yoga practice slows us down and brings a sense of awareness and of being in the present moment. This creates a cascade of feel-good chemicals and endorphins.
With our asana practice, the poses bring awareness to, and create balance in the second chakra, the Svadisthana chakra, our energetic center of reproduction, creativity, and flow. We also bring awareness to, and create balance in the fourth chakra, the Anahata chakra, the Heart Centre.
In our practice we lift the perineum, or the pelvic floor, with Mula Bandha, the Root Lock. This is very similar to Kegel exercises, and provides many benefits, including increased blood supply to the area, which increases the thickness of the vaginal wall and encourages lubrication.
The movements and breath in our practice help improve our flexibility, circulation, and our brain functioning, which happens to be the primary organ of sex.
Yoga helps us see others and ourselves as we truly are, and accept each other and ourselves unconditionally. This is Ahimsa in action, the yogic principle of compassion and love.
Brahmacharya is a Sanskrit word for a yogic concept that describes sexual restraint. We are taught to reserve our energies so they can be directed toward higher purposes. This is not to say that we cannot enjoy the pleasures of the flesh, rather it is just warning us not to become enslaved to these pleasures and let them identify who we are, or run our lives.
As Zoomers, we want to keep the engines revving, but we don’t want to adopt hook-up culture values embraced by the kids. Through our Yoga practice we exercise discernment and wisdom, and consult with our intuition and our hearts.
Shatavari Root: This root has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years. It acts as a tonic for the feminine reproductive system, and is also used as an aphrodisiac. Consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner to learn more.
Supplements and Pharmaceuticals: Speak to your physician and others on your health care team to diagnose any issues, and ask about supplements or drugs that may help you enjoy sex.
Read the Kama Sutras for inspiration: Perhaps reading it with your partner will spark a spontaneous combusion!
Engage in safe sex practices: The Centres for Disease Control published startling statistic about the high rates of STD’s among Zoomers.
A Gentle Yoga practice will naturally help improve our arousal levels through increased body awareness, and relaxation of the nervous system.
The true meaning of the word Yoga is union, and we can use this as a metaphor for a joyful joining with our intimate partner, enjoying the kind of euphoria that only this kind of pleasure can deliver !
Mae West had the right idea when she said, “I like restraint as long as it doesn’t go too far.”
WATCH: Deborah Shows You Some Libido-Friendly Breathing Exercises
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