Yoga and female sexual function

In a small preliminary study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, women ages 22 to 55 who were enrolled in a 12-week yoga program experienced improvements in several aspects of sexual function, including desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain. For one hour a day, the women practiced 22 yoga postures (asanas) believed to have positive effects on abdominal and pelvic muscle tone, digestion, joint function, and mood. The specific asanas used in the study are listed in the chart below.

Yoga postures (asanas)

Sanskrit name

Also known as


cleansing breath


diamond throne

yoga mudra

symbol of yoga


cat’s posture


hanging in the air

viparita karani mudra

legs up the wall


fish posture


plow posture

ardha matsyendrasana

half spinal twist


back stretching posture


mountain posture


snake posture


locust posture


boat posture


bow posture


preliminary headstand


swan posture


wheel posture


triangle posture

uddiyana bandha

abdominal lock


breath control


dead posture

Source: Journal of Sexual Medicine, Feb. 2010, pp. 964-970.

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