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5 Ways Yoga Improves Your Love Life

Everyone benefits from a little more lovin' in their lives. Here's how yoga can help.

By Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman

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1. Yoga gets you more in touch with your body. Yoga helps you become more acquainted with your body and what makes you tick— and the more intimacy you have with yourself, the better intimacy you can have with someone else, says NYC-based yoga teacher Kristin McGee, who works with celebs like Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel, and LeAnn Rimes Cibrian. "The more aware you are of sensations and feelings, the more you feel and experience everything going on during intercourse," she says. Striking a pose can also boost sexual confidence. "Yoga makes you more intimate with all the parts of your body and you cherish your body more, so you don't have a lot of the insecurities that can hold women back in the bedroom," McGee explains.

Get more intimate with:
Hip-openers! Hip-opening poses increase blood flow to the pelvic region, improve flexibility, and offer greater access to the pelvic floor, allowing more openness in that region, McGee says. Her favorites include Pigeon Pose, Crescent Lunges and Baddha Konasana.

2. It helps you focus. If you find yourself mentally going through your "laundry list" when making love, maybe you need help focusing. Yoga helps you tune out distractions and be present with the moment, bringing your mind back to your partner, McGee says.

Learn to tune out the noise with:
Tree pose, or any standing balance pose.

3. It improves flexibility. It's not just a cliché: Being more flexible will allow you to experiment more and get into positions without being uncomfortable, McGee promises.

Get more flexibility in your spine with:
Upward Facing Dog, Triangle, and Bridge poses.

4. It boosts stamina. Feeling too lazy for lovemaking, even on Valentine's Day? There's a pose for that, according to McGee.

Pump up your endurance and strengthen the muscles in your legs and hips with:
Any yoga squat and Warrior poses.

5. It builds core strength. Stronger abs will help with stamina. The pelvic floor muscles are also related to the transversus abdominis, which help you find that "lift-up" action (think mula bandha), leading to increased sensation in the pelvic region.

Get strong and sensitive in:
Boat and Plank poses.

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