With recent allegations that yoga does all sorts of evil things like injure the body and slow the metabolism, of course The New York Times couldn't resist scandalizing it even more by placing the ancient act in the realm of sexual eroticism.
Healthy, with matching sex-drive
We already know that yoga calms the mind and relieves stress. Now that we know it helps you become more aware of your body's sensations, strengths and limitations-all of which lend to a healthy sex life-let's delve into which poses can give you the most bang for your buck.
Improve your flexibility and strengthen your pelvic muscles with these four yogic asanas.
Seated Cat/Cow. Sitting with legs crossed, alternately arch your back as you inhale, and round your back as you exhale. Flow in and out of each arch as you please.
Camel. Kneel with an upright torso. Lean back, stretch your hips forward and touch your hands to your heels. Look up. Take deep breaths and stay in this position for one to two minutes.
Shoulder Stand. Lying on your back, lift legs over your head so that most of your weight rests on your head and shoulders. Pushing your shoulder into the mat and supporting your lower back with your hands, lift your legs so that your feet reach up toward the ceiling. Remember to breathe, and hold for 30 to 60 seconds.
Bow Pose. Lie on your stomach, placing a blanket underneath the hips if you'd like extra padding. Reach your hands back and take hold of your ankles. Inhale and draw your torso and legs off the floor, balancing your body on your thighs if possible. Draw your feet closer together.