In a day and age when high stress is a way of life, we inadvertently demand a lot of our female bodies, and tend to neglect our intimate health and wellness.
Dear vagina owner, please know that your vaginal health plays a pivotal role in your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. It has an impact on your lifestyle, the quality of your sexual relationships, and your confidence.
We are looking at Yoga as a form of self-love and keeping your vagina healthy and resilient. Your uterus rests below most of your organs and the effects of gravity can take a toll, as does sitting extensively if you have a desk job.
Interestingly, pressure from sitting blocks blood circulation, pelvic floor muscles, lymph vessels, and lymph nodes. Circulation is a key factor to metabolism and health too. Additionally, sitting affects the main pelvic organs like the ovaries, uterus, bladder, rectum, and the delicate trusses of the vulva.
This means that deliberate exercises for your vagina are essential. It’s not just about sex and enhancing your sexual pleasure – it’s more to do with your overall physical wellbeing... although better sex is always a welcome perk!
Yoga is known to alleviate menstrual symptoms like headaches, cramping, and anxiety. It’s a great way to improve your overall vaginal health too! Yoga improves blood circulation to the entire reproductive system, while stretching your hips encourages the blood flow to the pelvic region.
Here are some easy-to-try yoga asana’s that are simple enough to incorporate into your stretching routine; they can be done safely at home, and have plenty of YouTube instructions on how to do the same safely.
Supine Thunderbolt Pose (Supta Vajrasana): In addition to gently and completely stretching your lower back, this move tones the spinal nerves and muscles. The thigh muscles are stretched, improving flexibility, and helps reverse the effects of extended sitting and improper spine curvature.
Bound Angle Pose or Cobbler's Pose (Baddha Konasana): This move helps stimulate the abdominal organs, ovaries, bladder, and kidneys, while stretching the inner thighs and groin. This works wonders for menstrual discomfort and relieves the symptoms of menopause.
Butterfly Pose (Titli asana): A level-up on the bound angle to deepen the stretch.
Chair Pose (Utkatasana): Great for strengthening the vaginal wall, inner thighs, when you concentrate on engaging your pelvic floor.
Wide Stance Forward Bend (Prasaritha Padottanasana): This strengthening stretch works the inner and back or the entire leg, spine and tones the abdominal organs. So bend away…
Wide-Legged Straddle Pose (Upavistha Konasana): Another great stretch to increase the blood flow to the pelvic area and your hips. An increased libido is a definitive pro.
Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana): This one is for the hamstrings, groin, and hip flexors and is renowned for stimulating and encouraging blood flow to the internal organs.
Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana): Apart from being a great chest and heart opener, this one is great to increase the blood flow to the abdominal area, and relieves tension in the hips.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana): Here is one for the back, buttocks, hamstrings, and pelvic floor. This one is great to tone to vagina and is said to improve orgasms. This is a great substitute for a Kegel, and you work more muscle groups at the same time.
And for those of you who are more advanced in your yoga practice and like a flow, Suriya Namaskar(Sun Salutation) or the ultimate asana, will strengthen your muscles, improve your blood flow and thereby metabolism, and helps to regulate your menstrual cycle and has anti-ageing properties.
The key to strengthening and looking after your vagina is ensuring your pelvic floor muscles are toned and have good circulation. Your pelvic floor is the muscular area that's between your vagina and anus. Remember if you have a pre-existing condition, please consult a doctor before changing up your exercise routine. Also, with yoga if you are not comfortable in a pose, look for modifications to fit your level of comfort. As with all exercise, stay hydrated and make sure you adhere to vulva care after exercise!
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