If you’re wondering how yoga can improve your relationship with your partner, here are some tips to start now. If you already have a loving relationship, these principles can help maintain the magnitude of a loving relationship by allowing growth on many levels. So get your partner & begin today.
1. Principles of Yoga reinforce your partnership
The first of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga are the Yamas. These encompass universal morality and respect for all living things, or Ahimsa (non violence). This means that kindness and friendliness should be exhibited in all situations dealing with living beings. Kindness is contagious, and if you’re able to treat complete strangers with empathy and respect, it will be that much easier to do the same with your partner.
Deceit and lies are two common elements of bad marriages and relationships. They’re detrimental in broken relationships and have the potential to shatter the love. Satya refers to speaking the truth as long as it does not hurt someone. When combined with Ahimsa, honesty trumps deliberate deception. For instance, telling your partner about an extra-marital affair would be extremely hurtful, but carrying on a fake relationship is harmful to all, including the third party individual.
2. Sexual Vitality increases through yoga practice
A 2010 Harvard University study found that women experienced more pleasure and arousal after 12 weeks of yoga practice. Psychology Today cited a study from a yoga camp that found men ages 24 to 60 experience similar benefits after several yoga sessions. A yoga date every week can improve your relationship it seems! At the end of the study, the researchers found improvements in the women’s sexual-function scores in the six domains that were assessed (desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, pain, and overall satisfaction), particularly among women over age 45, who showed the greatest improvements in arousal, lubrication, and pain. Nearly 75% of the women said they were more satisfied with their sexual life following the yoga training.
3. Actually do yoga during or before sex.
Get into a pose or two before or during sex—or both! Before sex: Try a plow pose. Lie on your back and lift your legs up and over your head until your toes touch the floor (if they don’t reach—and for most people, they won’t–just get them as close to the floor as you can). Place your hands on your lower back to support it. This position stretches your back and brings blood to your brain and pelvic area, which helps spark desire. More Gumby-like ladies could also try a backbend or bridge pose, which strengthens the pelvic muscles the same way Kegels do. Taking a few deep breaths while you’re upside down will also help you feel aroused, because you’re increasing the oxygen in the blood, which helps fuel desire.
During sex: What’s known as the bound angle or reclining goddess pose is also an ideal sex position. Lie on your back and put a rolled-up towel or small blanket under the base of your spine. Then place your arms out to the side, put your feet together so your soles are touching (your legs should form a diamond shape), and have him get on top of you. This position increases blood flow to the pelvis and genitals, while at the same time opening up the hips and relaxing the spine.
Lets get out there and practice yoga/love.