Vinyasa Flow (power yoga) is an active style of yoga which uses breath and movement to help the body detox, gain strength, flexibility and muscle tone. Learning how to use your breath actively means you get more out of the practice and are able to deepen into postures. It also enhances creativity and mindfulness and acts as a moving meditation to help you accelerate change and deal with challenges.
Yoga also improves and enhances our sexual health and body image. ‘ Mula bandha ‘ (‘mula’ – root, ‘bandha’ – bondage) is a posture in which you contract and lift the body from the anus to the spine. It strengthens your core muscles in the pelvic and abdominal area, improves blood flow to the genitals and prostate, and enhances arousal and orgasms.
A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (2008) examined the effect of Eastern approaches (yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture) on female sexuality and dysfunction. Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver found that ‘mindfulness significantly improves several aspects of sexual response and reduces sexual distress in women with sexual desire and arousal disorders. In women with provoked vestibulodynia, acupuncture significantly reduces pain and improves quality of life. There is also a case series of acupuncture significantly improving desire among women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Although yoga has only been empirically examined and found to be effective for treating sexual dysfunction (premature ejaculation) in men, numerous historical books cite the benefits of yoga for women’s sexuality.’