Interested in yoga for erectile dysfunction? Then read on to learn about the different poses that may help ease your bedroom problems.
In this article:
- Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)
- Boat Pose (Naukasana)
- Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
- Bound Angle or Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)
- Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
Yoga and Erectile Dysfunction: 5 Poses That May Help Heat Things Up in the Bedroom
1. Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)
This pose helps relax and promote blood flow in your pelvic and perineal muscles. Remember, it’s a rush of blood that causes the penis to harden when men are aroused.
Sometimes, erectile dysfunction is caused by impaired blood flow. This pose also helps improve overall endurance and strength—which is always useful in the bedroom.
- Sit on a yoga mat with your legs extended in front of you.
- Flex your toes towards you.
- Inhale and slowly raise your arms over your head.
- Exhale as you slowly lean forward and reach for your toes. It’s fine if you don’t reach them, just go as far as you can with your hands.
- As you lean forward, you’ll feel your tailbone stretch and lengthen. Hold this pose for 1-3 minutes.
- Inhale and slowly move back to the first position.
Tip: Don’t feel bad if you can’t reach your toes on the first try. If you practice enough, you may even be able to reach beyond your toes one day!
2. Boat Pose (Naukasana)
This basic pose helps strengthen pelvic, thigh, hips, and butt muscles. Doing so may help you last longer in bed.
In fact, one study shows that strengthening men’s pelvic floor muscles may help improve symptoms of male sexual dysfunction. In addition, treating pelvic floor dysfunction helps improve sexual health in men.
- Sit on a yoga mat and roll your shoulders back so you’re seated with good posture.
- Bend your knees so that they’re pointing upwards while your feet are flat on the mat.
- Put your hands at the back of your upper thigh.
- Inhale and as you exhale slowly lift up your right leg off the mat so that it makes a straight line from your knees. Your right toes should be pointing forward.
- Once you’re comfortable and you feel stable enough, do the same for the left leg while the right leg is still up.
- If you’re comfortable, you can remove your arms from under your thighs and stretch them out next to your legs.
- Take deep breaths as you maintain the pose for a few seconds.
- Slowly exhale and return back to the first position.
Tip: For this pose, it’s important to find a stable position. So don’t hesitate to adjust the way you’re sitting if you need to because it’ll help you hold the pose.
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3. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Anxiety and ED go hand-in-hand. Performance anxiety and the anxiety one may feel after unsuccessful sexual experiences create a vicious cycle for men with ED.
This is another basic pose that’s easy to incorporate in your exercise routine. It stimulates the abdominal area, and yogis believe that it helps promote relaxation and, ultimately, helps ease anxiety.
- Roll out your yoga mat and stand on it.
- Keep your back straight and your hands on your hips.
- Exhale and bend your torso forward and towards the mat. You should feel your torso stretch and lengthen.
- Take your hands from your hips and point them downwards to the mat. Make sure that your arms are making a straight line down from your shoulders.
- Relax, but try to keep your knees straight as you hold this pose for 30 seconds to one minute.
Tip: When you’re holding the pose, lengthen your torso with each inhale. With each exhale, relax into the stretch.
4. Bound Angle or Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)
This pose helps stretch your groin and inner thighs. It also stimulates the abdominal organs, prostate gland, and bladder.
- Sit on your yoga mat.
- Bring the heels of your feet together. Then, bring them as close to your pelvis as you can.
- Hold your feet with your hands.
- Try to drop your knees as close to the mat as you can.
- You can hold this pose for 1-5 minutes.
- If you want to extend this pose, you can also lower your torso forward and try to make your forehead touch the floor. Don’t forget to keep breathing.
Tip: Make sure to maintain proper posture as you hold this pose. It helps if you imagine a string pulling you upwards from the top of your head.
5. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
This pose helps stimulate and improve blood flow in reproductive organs. It also stretches the groin and thigh muscles.
Yogis believe that this pose helps improve libido because the rush of blood to the gentiles allows for more intense orgasms.
- Lay stomach and face down on your yoga mat.
- Keep your feet apart.
- Raise your legs towards your butt.
- Take your right hand and hold the front of your right ankle. Do the same for your left hand and left ankle.
- Inhale and lift your chest from the floor while pulling your legs up at the same time.
- Hold this pose for 15-20 seconds. Take deep breaths as you hold the pose.
- Exhale and slowly release the pose.
Tip: You can repeat this pose a couple more times or for as long as you’re at ease with it.
Yoga may help promote better blood flow and it’s a tool to help manage stress and anxiety, but can you use yoga for ED? One preliminary study shows that yoga can help improve sexual function in healthy men, but more studies are needed to prove that it can effectively treat ED.
For now, it seems like it’s a great complementary activity to help ease some of its effects. If you’re serious about finding solutions for ED though, it’s best to stick with effective and FDA-approved treatments: tadalafil and sildenafil.
Tadalafil (or generic Cialis) is usually taken once a day and helps men achieve and maintain erections when they’re sexually stimulated. On the other hand, sildenafil citrate is the active ingredient in Viagra, so most men will experience its effects within an hour of taking it.
Don’t let ED keep you down. Try one of these FDA-approved treatments for ED and reclaim your sex life today!
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