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"I know of no studies showing that yoga directly helps prevent and treat ED," says Hank Wuh, M.D., author of Sexual Fitness (Putnam, 2001), who also practices Ashtanga Yoga. "But it's certainly conceivable. Yoga is deeply relaxing and it improves cardiovascular fitness, both of which clearly improve sexual health."
What poses are best for ED? San Francisco yoga teacher Jason Crandell suggests asanas that enhance focus and energy and are believed to increase blood flow into the pelvic area, among them Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose), and Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose). Also, Wuh suggests couples yoga. "In addition to being relaxing and improving sexual fitness, yoga strengthens a couple's connection," he says. "That contributes to intimacy and sexual enjoyment."
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