Healthy Hollywood: The Big ‘Ohm’
First Published: June 24, 2010 3:20 PM EDT Credit: Arthur Cohen
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Need another reason to spend more time on the mat? More yoga equals hotter sex. Yup! Reality star and new mom Bethenny Frankel says yoga revved up her sex life.
“Yoga is good for the libido, but I don’t need a libido right now. I can’t have sex until six weeks after (birth of baby) so the clock is ticking and it’s almost time so I can start doing yoga again,” she says.
Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, and Cameron Diaz also know yoga does a mind, body – and libido good.
“Not only does yoga strengthen the key muscles used during sex, it also teaches us self-acceptance which helps us lose our inhibitions,” declares Bethenny’s yoga teacher, Kristin McGee, whose also works with Tina Fey. “When our pelvic floor muscles, inner thighs, lower abs, and back are strong; and our breath is connected and deep, our orgasms intensify and are easier to achieve.”
Now, maybe that yogi-shy partner of yours will re-consider hitting the mat.
Kristin’s 3 favorite yoga moves to get you in the best sex shape ever:
Sit on the floor with knees together and bent. Lift feet until shins are parallel to the floor, keeping knees bent. Raise hands, palm up, until level with knees. Inhale to a count of 5 as you straighten your legs to a V shape. Lower legs and torso to the floor then exhale back up to the bent knee boat position and repeat straightening legs and lowering down and continue for a set 10.
Strengthens pelvic floor, lower abdomens, and inner thighs.
Begin on your hands and knees; walk your knees out to the sides as far as comfortable. Bring elbows and forearms to the floor. Slowly exhale and press your hips back until you feel a stretch in our inner thighs. Hold for 8 to 10 slow deep breaths in and out of your nose. To release, rock your hip forward and press up to hands and knees.
Opens up your hips and increase flexibility. Allows us to try more adventurous positions.
Bridge with Kegel:
Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor and heels as close to your butt as possible. Place arms on floor, palms down, fingertips pointing towards helps. Exhale, pressing feet ad back or triceps into the floor, and push your hips up toward the ceiling. Hold and begin Kegel exercises: contract the pelvic floor (as if you were holding pee) hold for 1 to 2 counts, then release; repeat 10 times. Slowly lower hips to the floor, then repeat whole sequence 2 times.
Strengthens nether regions. Opens chest for better breathing.
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