10 reasons to practice yoga (including sex)

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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The origins of yoga, born in India as a discipline capable of involving both the body and the spirit, have been lost over the centuries. Its westernization has certainly contributed to highlighting its benefits from a physical point of view, leaving out, at least in part, those aspects related most to the inner life of each of us. The practice of asanas, the positions of yoga, however, cannot be separated from acting in a beneficial way both on the body and on the mind, from multiple points of view.



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The origins of yoga, born in India as a discipline capable of involving both the body and the spirit, are lost over the centuries. Its westernization has certainly contributed to highlight its benefits from a physical point of view, leaving out, at least in part, those aspects related most to the inner life of each of us. The practice of asana, the positions of yoga, however, cannot ignore theact in a beneficial way both on the body and on the mind, from multiple points of view.


Lo yoga can be practiced at all ages. Some positions may have contraindications, which a good teacher will certainly be able to indicate, but i proven benefits of this ancient discipline certainly surpass any doubt or perplexity that may still be had towards it. Let's find out some of them.

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Improve sports performance

Yoga is believed to be capable of increase the flexibility and mobility of our body, making it a suitable discipline to assist the training of those who practice sport at a competitive level. Those who consider yoga as a purely athletic discipline would like to include it among the Olympic sports. In reality, yoga was born as an activity capable of taking care of the body and mind at the same time, accompanied by a very specific philosophy. Raise it to Olympic sport, as proposed in recent times, it would mean debase him from the spiritual side, but nothing prevents athletes from combining it with their normal workouts in order to improve sports performance.

Get to sleep

Yoga includes the performance of particularrelaxation exercises which can allow the body to approach with greater serenity at the moment of rest. Your teacher will surely be able to suggest the best practice to do in case of insomnia. Even thinking about practicing yoga in the middle of the night to get back to sleep more quickly is considered by many to be an effective method. Scientific studies have also found how 20 minutes of yoga a day are able to help those who have survived serious illnesses fall asleep faster.

Improve your sex life

Practicing yoga allows you to first and foremost improve the relationship with your body, obtaining greater strength and flexibility and learning to accept one's limits and at the same time ad love each other more. To love oneself more also means to prove more predisposed to the encounter with the other, even from a physical point of view. A study conducted at Harvard found that 75% of women addicted to the practice of yoga experienced more pleasurable orgasms. As for men, a study carried out in 2007 showed that yoga can in some cases be more effective than Prozac in countering premature ejaculation.


Breathe better

Those who do not practice yoga may not be aware of how the movements performed during dynamic exercises, such as the "Salute to the Sun“, Are precisely guided by the breath and the cycles of inspiration and exhalation. Yoga also includes the practice of "full breathing“, Which involves the use of both the abdomen and the chest, involved in extension movements. THE deep breaths taken during the asanas of relaxation promote better oxygenation of the body, including the skin, giving those who practice a better appearance.

Detoxify the body

Dynamic exercises, static postures and breathing practices throughout the asanas are often aimed at massage the internal organs through the breath and from improve blood circulation and lymphatic system of the organism. It is therefore a complex of beneficial actions that contribute to improving the body's ability to free itself from toxins, which is also expressed by sweating, which can occur especially in the performance of those exercises that require greater movement. (read also Do you want to detox? Try the diet of the yoga masters)

Slow down aging

Practicing regular exercise throughout life would help us keep us younger and to age better. Less complex yoga poses can be practiced throughout a lifetime, even by those who believe they have a weak physical constitution. Who practices yoga regularly he can prove to be nine years younger than their biological age. Often some yoga teachers already in old age appear younger, in strength and flexibility, than their younger students.

Defeat back pain

Appropriate and constant yoga sessions, for those suffering from back pain, could prove to be a real panacea, able to prevent the onset of pain and reduce the need to take medicines or to give injections. Numerous yoga exercises are involved in improving the mobility and elasticity of the spine, favoring the relaxation of the muscles caused by tensions and the habit of assuming incorrect postures.


Improve concentration

Yoga, by combining the movements of the body with the practice of meditation, proves capable of improve our ability to concentrate, not only in carrying out the exercises, but also in daily life. Practice some yoga positions correctly, with particular reference to those that require Balance, it requires a high effort of concentration on the mind, in order to improve one's execution of the position and to keep it stable for the time required for it to be effective. There he will gradually learn to concentrate more easily, and not to be distracted, even in carrying out daily activities.

Improve fertility

If in the couple there are fertility problems, you have difficulties in conceiving or you simply want to strengthen the relationship, there is the possibility of enrolling in special courses intended for those who wish to change their relationship, cementing the union also thanks to the practice of a common physical activity. In the United States, medical centers dealing with infertility problems often combine medication-based treatments with special yoga sessions, the practice of which is believed to have positive effects on the chances of conception.

Give birth with peace of mind

Even in our country it is possible to identify yoga courses specially dedicated to pregnant women. They are based first of all on the ability of yoga to restore greater harmony within the female organism and on the practice of positions capable of facilitating the smooth descent of the unborn child during childbirth. Exercises for the perineum and breathing and relaxation exercises can be performed which can be put into practice directly by the woman from the very first contractions, in order to promote a calm state of mind at the time of delivery.

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