Yoga Positions for Better Sex (DRAWINGS.)

Researchers in various parts of India studied the effects of a 12-week yoga class on men’s sexuality (well, they call it a “yoga camp” but I think the closest US term is “class” as it doesn’t seem they all had live in a certain place, sing songs or eat s’mores). There was no control or comparison group so it’s difficult to say how much other men would have improved in the same amount of time compared to the 65 men who took the yoga class, so you might consider this to be preliminary research, but it is interesting and in line with other research that has shown that yoga may be able to help men with premature ejaculation.

What I particularly liked about this study is that they were very specific about the types of yoga asana (positions) that men were instructed to do. A few men had asanas modified for them based on health or physical ability issues but mostly the drawings (see above, from the JSM article) – as well as some careful descriptions in the paper, which was recently published in the online version of the Journal of Sexual Medicine - suggest what the men were asked to do during the 12 week period.

Some people speculate that yoga may help with sexual issues because it can help to calm and center people, to lower blood pressure and to enhance men’s and women’s sense of body awareness, which can be particularly helpful for issues such as ejaculation and orgasm. Read the full study on the Journal of Sexual Medicine’s web site and click on the image to see the positions more clearly. For more information about better sex, pleasure, positions and enhancement, check out my book, Because It Feels Good. And for yoga-specific information, one of my favorite books is Beyond Power Yoga, which teaches positions as well as some of the ideas related to spiritual practice and meditation.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.