8 yoga poses that also work as sex positions

You may already be aware of the benefits of practicing yoga, including better flexibility and quality sleep. What you might not know is that when you’re deep in the trenches of a sex rut, yoga-inspired sex positions might help you break out.

These yoga poses are less intimidating than cracking open the Kama Sutra and can insert some much-needed novelty into your sex life while improving your strength and flexibility at the same time. Talk about a win-win!

1Downward dog


Just like doggy style is some couples go-to sex position, downward dog is a mainstay of yoga sun salutations. As an inversion pose, downward facing dog can clear your head and give you a “glow,” thanks to all the blood rushing towards your head. It also presents an opportunity to ditch the bed and try a rear entry position while on the floor.

2Happy baby


It might be weird to think about babies in conjunction with a sex sesh, but don’t let the awkwardly innocent name dissuade you from trying this position. The happy baby is often used at the end of a yoga class to stretch the hamstrings and release lower back tension, but as a sex position, it’s a twist on missionary with the receiving partner’s legs up.

3Plow pose


If you’re looking for a position that will get your partner on board with the whole “let’s try yoga sex” initiative, may we suggest the aptly named plow pose? Some say that it “invigorates and renews the whole body.” This position requires the receiving partner to raise their legs over their head while laying on the floor, so make sure you gently attempt this pose or avoid all together if you have a bad back.

4Cobra pose


If you’re constantly arching your back during certain sex positions, cobra pose can bring some balance to your sex life. It also supposedly stimulates your body’s “sexual centers” as well.

5Bridge pose


If bridge pose looks familiar, it might be because you already have it in your sex playbook. If not, definitely give this more advanced version of missionary position a go.

6Forward bend


While there are several types of forward bends in yoga, the one with the most application for knocking boots is the standing forward bend. It can be a great position for rear entry or even for oral sex. Make sure there are some yoga blocks nearby if you find you’re wobbly attempting this position. Even the best sex is not worth an injury!

7Reclining butterfly


Does any sex position sound as relaxing as a reclining butterfly? If you’re looking for a comfy sex position where both partners may be able to last a while, this one might be it. As a bonus, this position allows for extra deep penetration, too.

8Standing split


For more advanced yogis who can maintain a standing split without feeling like they will topple over, this position has the advantages of doggy style while allowing the receiving partner to show off their gymnast-like flexibility. For yoga newbies who want to give the sex position a whirl, it might be a good idea to hold onto a bed poster or another sturdy object while you attempt to stand on one leg.

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