"Celibacy is to a yogi what electricity is to a light bulb," say some esoteric practitioners of spirituality. But we say, yoga can be to a couple with a fading sexual relationship what throwing a switch is to a light bulb.
Researchers at Loyola University in Chicago have noted that "partnered yoga" can ease some of the problems couples have as a result of decreased libido, painful intercourse, inability to have an orgasm, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
If you're having these kinds of relationship problems, massage, breathing exercises and mutually beneficial yoga postures may help re-establish trust, increase comfort with each other's body (and your own) and rekindle feelings of intimacy. Although statistics on how common these problems are vary wildly, it's fair to say that when couples' sexual difficulties arise, some are temporary as a result of illness or stress, while others are more long-lasting. In either case, it's important to find solutions or workarounds.
Partnered yoga can help you do just that. But remember you must strike a balance between your two levels of flexibility, strength and stamina so that you both enjoy every move. Then yoga can ease muscle and joint pain that often gets in the way of a robust sex life. And when done together, you'll each activate your vagus nerve, which affects heartbeat, muscle movement and breathing, and boosts feel-good brain chemicals.
For more info on yoga benefits (try a partnered warrior pose and tree pose) check out www.sharecare.com and "You: The Owner's Manual, Revised."
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