Yoga sex is the use of traditional yoga positions during sexual activity. Most often, one person holds the pose, while another person stimulates or penetrates them. However, in yoga sex, both or multiple partners might also hold the same yoga pose or a different one.
Beyond the specific practice of yoga sex, yoga can have a broader impact on sexual activity and sexual health. One study found that 40 women experienced improvement across all of the categories covered by the Female Sexual Functioning Index (FSFI), with older women experiencing a more significant improvement than younger ones.
The FSFI is a psychometric instrument used in clinical studies. It consists of a self-report that covers the following aspects of female sexual function:
Yoga has also been shown to have a positive impact on men’s sexual and reproductive health, decreasing anxiety and related infertility problems.
Yoga sex, which is sometimes simply called “flexible sex,” can bring its own health benefits, giving participants the opportunity to increase flexibility, strength, or balance through sexual activity.
What’s the Difference Between Yoga Sex, Orgasmic Yoga, Tantric Yoga, and Kink Yoga?
Yoga sex is not the same as fuller yoga practices or classes that have a sensual or sexual dimension.
Tantric sex is only one part of tantra, a discipline designed to increase self and body-awareness, emotional wellbeing, and physical health. Traditionally, there are two components to tantra: red tantra, a sexual technique which is practiced with a partner, and white tantra, a solo practice of meditation and yoga.
There’s still a sexual element to tantric yoga, but it relates to heightening the senses. The goal is to move through your body, reaching a mental release rather than a physical, sexual one.
Some yoga studios have started offering orgasmic yoga classes. Drawing heavily on tantra practices, these classes focus students on breath and micro movements designed to relax and stimulate the body.
Kink yoga is another recent practice offered by certain studios. It draws from both bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism (BDSM) play and yoga practice, connecting them through specific physical movements and activity, a focus on breath, and using yoga practice to control anxiety that can be engendered through the constrictive clothing and techniques in BDSM.
How to Explore Yoga Sex
Several yoga positions lend themselves to sexual activity. Here are a few experts recommend:
One partner lies on their back with their knees bent and pulled into their chest. They straighten their legs, brace their lower back with their hands at their hips and extend their legs parallel to the floor or bed. Their partner stands or kneels behind them. This position should allow for deep penetration. It may not be for those who find cervical contact uncomfortable or have a particularly large partner.
Downward facing dog
One partner starts on all fours, hands braced in front of shoulders and knees under their hips. They slowly raise to an upside-down V. Their partner stands behind them. This position should allow stimulation of the front vaginal wall.
One partner lies on their back with their knees bent and feet at least hip-width apart. Keeping their head down, they raise their hips to form a straight line between their knees and shoulders. Bridge pose engages pelvic floor muscles, similar to a Kegel exercise, and can increase pleasure for both partners.
One partner lies face down. They place their palms on the bed outside their shoulders and pull their elbows in near their torso. Pressing down with their hands, they raise their upper body only. Legs should be about a foot apart to allow room for a partner. The angle of cobra pose might help open the lower back and provide access to the G spot on the vaginal wall.
Safety Concerns and Special Considerations
Take care when you start any kind of new physical exercise. Make sure your muscles are limber and that you don’t strain them in reaching or holding a certain yoga pose. If a pose hurts, stop right away and try something different.