Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: February 9, 2024

sexual pleasure

Yoga has been practiced for centuries to promote physical and mental well-being. But did you know that it can also have a positive effect on your sexual health? Missing the Big O? By incorporating specific yoga poses into your daily routine, you can enhance pleasure and achieve better orgasms.

Interestingly, yoga can positively impact our sex lives in various ways, and it doesn’t require complex Kama Sutra-like poses. The primary advantage of yoga, both on and off the mat, lies in its ability to reduce stress. Numerous studies suggest that regular yoga practice lowers cortisol levels, thereby reducing stress levels in the body. Since heightened stress can adversely affect our well-being, including our sexual desire, the stress-reducing effects of yoga can be transformative.

Moreover, yoga may enhance overall sexual function. A study conducted on 40 women who practiced yoga for 12 weeks revealed significant improvements in their sex lives. Although this study represents a small sample size, it offers promising evidence of the connection between yoga and a fulfilling sex life. According to Lauren Zoeller, a certified yoga instructor and Whole Living Life Coach, yoga teaches us to attune to our bodies and control our minds. This self-awareness allows us to better understand our preferences and communicate them effectively to our partners. Zoeller emphasizes that both sex and yoga have physical, mental, and emotional benefits. By incorporating these practices into our routine, we gain access to feeling our absolute best.

“Based on my research, the anecdotal evidence is that women who are happiest with their sex lives tend to do some sort of mind-body practice like yoga. Women who practice yoga may have more sensation because yoga supports spine health, which in turn supports circulation and engorgement. Yoga integrates the spirit and the body, and that is very therapeutic—especially for women who’ve experienced sexual abuse. I think yoga supports better sex in a holistic way—certainly in women, and I would be surprised if that weren’t true for men as well.”

Naomi Wolf, PhD, Author of Vagina: A New Biography

Enhance Your Sex Life with Yoga Poses:

Here are seven yoga poses to help you improve your sexual well-being and experience enhanced pleasure and orgasms:


Cat Pose (Marjaryasana) and Cow Pose (Bitilasana)

Performing these poses together helps relax and loosen up the spine, reducing stress levels and enhancing mood.

  • Start on all fours with your wrists under your shoulders and knees in line with your hips. Maintain a neutral spine and distribute weight evenly.
  • Inhale, lifting your gaze, chin, and chest towards the ceiling.
  • Exhale, rounding your spine towards the ceiling, tucking your chin into your chest.
  • Then transition between the two poses for one minute.


Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This pose strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, reducing discomfort during sex and enhancing pleasure.

  • Lie on your back.
  • Bend both knees, placing your feet hip-width apart with knees aligned with ankles.
  • Place your palms on the floor, fingers spread, and lift your pelvis off the ground while keeping your shoulders and head on the floor.
  • Hold the pose for five seconds, then release.


Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)

This pose stretches the glutes and lower back, providing relaxation and variation to the missionary position.

  • Lie on your back.
  • Exhale, bringing your knees towards your stomach.
  • Inhale, reaching for the outside of your feet and widening your knees. Use a belt or towel if needed.
  • Flex your feet, pushing your heels up while pulling down with your hands to stretch.


One-Legged Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) 

Pigeon pose variations open up and stretch the hips, promoting comfort and flexibility for different sexual positions.

  • Begin on all fours.
  • Bring your right leg forward, creating a 90-degree angle with your lower leg.
  • Stretch your left leg back with the top of your foot facing down and your toes pointing back.
  • Exhale as you lean forward, using your arms for support. If needed, place a blanket or pillow under your right hip for balance.
  • Repeat on the other side.


Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This grounding pose helps open the hips and induces deep relaxation, regardless of flexibility.

  • Start by kneeling on the floor, with knees hip-width apart and big toes touching.
  • Exhale and lean forward, resting your upper body between your legs. You can place your forehead on the mat or use a block or pillow for support.
  • Relax in this position for 30 seconds to a few minutes.


Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Savasana is a vital relaxation and meditation practice that releases stress and promotes well-being.

  • Lie on your back, feet spread apart, and palms facing up. Relax every part of your body, from head to toe.
  • Remain in this pose for as long as desired, embracing tranquility.


Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)

The final pose helps increase blood flow to the pelvic region, promoting arousal and improved orgasms.

  • Sit on the floor with your spine straight and legs extended in front of you.
  • Bend knees, bringing feet towards the pelvis, soles touching each other.
  • Gently press your knees down towards the floor while holding onto your feet. You can also use blocks or pillows for support.
  • Take deep breaths and hold the pose for one minute.

Enhance your sexual well-being with these transformative yoga poses that cultivate a harmonious union of physical and emotional connection. While certain yoga postures can immediately invigorate your sex life, the most profound change lies in alleviating stress. This not only yields a myriad of benefits but also allows you to unwind and savor the pleasures of intimacy, elevating the experience to unparalleled heights. In essence, the practice of yoga bestows a plethora of advantages that extend far beyond stress relief. Its potential to enrich our sexual lives, diminish stress, and cultivate self-awareness and profound connection renders it invaluable to our holistic well-being.