Guest post by Emily Apple.

Yoga practice offers you many different benefits. It’s a surefire way to improve your flexibility, breathing, and build muscle strength. Through yoga, you can perfect your posture, lose weight, and improve on your circulation. All of which are extremely necessary as you grow older. And when your age begins to creep up on you, your yoga practice will help you protect your bones and spine and lower your blood sugar and your blood pressure.

There’s a reason why A-list celebrities like Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, and Robert Downey Jr all swear by yoga. Yoga boosts your immune system, helps you to sleep better and releases tension. Celebrities need this considering the pressured lives they lead. And, of course, if you want to look like the age-defying Demi Moore at 54 years old then include yoga in your weekly workout routine.

Whether you’re married or single, you’ve probably spent quite a bit of time contemplating your intimate life. Intimacy is a forever trending topic with a wealth of content surrounding how to optimise this part of your life with your partner, in your marriage and with yourself. People have turned to many different solutions for increasing intimacy in their relationships. Couples have engaged with sex toys and the like to increase their sexual pleasure. But sex is only one part of intimacy. Yoga has been identified as the ideal exercise and practice to ensure you and your body responds positively to intimacy of various kinds. You see, yoga has the ability to centre you and allow you to be completely present in your practice. It helps you to physically align your body but there’s also a mind, soul and heart alignment that’s said to take place when you commit to regular yoga practice.

To reap the benefits of yoga in your intimate life you don’t need to sign up for tantric classes or delve into spaces in which you feel vulnerable. Nor do you have to be a professional ‘yogi’, beginners can enjoy the benefits as much the veterans.

Here are four key ways your intimate life will benefit from yoga.

You’ll have optimal spinal health

Poor spinal health will eventually leave you in chronic pain and cause stiffness. This is because when your spine is misaligned, the natural curvature of the spine is weakened. Yoga will release the tension in the spine and strengthen the muscles surrounding it to prevent any stiffness and lack of mobility.

You will be stronger

Using your body to be physically affectionate with your partner in any capacity requires mobility and strength. When you’re lacking either of these you’ll feel discomfort when in an embrace and that’s a mood killer if ever there was one. Many women lack upper body strength and their pelvic floor muscles weaken as they grow older. Just about every form of yoga will increase strength in both of these areas of the body.

Better flexibility

You’re going to feel stiff whenever you move your body in a way that isn’t regular walking or sitting if you lack flexibility. By not exercising, you end up with tight joints and hamstrings and when you do engage in some active affection and loving you could end up with a cramp. Yoga helps to lubricate all joints and because many of the foundation exercises are stretches, your body will become more and more flexible over time.

Better body confidence

This is a biggie. In today’s society, there’s a lot of pressure on both men and women to have a better body. Better than what? Well, no one knows for sure but, lately, unless you have muscle definition, you’re less than perfect. In recent years, there’s been an upsurge in body positivity ambassadors. This is great in theory but many people still don’t like themselves naked. If you don’t love your body you won’t easily allow anyone else to. The result is diminished interest in physical affection. Yoga will help boost body confidence and the physical exertion will start transforming your body into its best and healthiest shape. This means having someone else touch, even just hold you around your waist, will be completely okay.

Yoga can also help you with your mental health and it certainly assists with processing stress and your negative emotions. It’s a form of moving meditation really and because yoga is often performed in a quiet space and at a slow pace you will likely find it helps you clear your head. Stress and anxiety, negative emotions and trauma are often the reasons why some people are emotionally shut down and this impacts their ability to physically connect with their partner. When you’re consumed with unhappiness there’s very little space for love and affection and through a dedicated yoga practice you can clear out the negativity to make space for only the good.

Photo by Kristina Litvjak @kristinali