Posted by: eveyoga | March 9, 2010

Let’s Talk About Sex

All of a sudden sex is coming across my desk. Who am I to ignore it?

Actually it started a little while ago in the form of emails arriving from Human Awareness Australia announcing two workshops to be held in the latter part of March – “The Joy of Couples: Creating Depth in Relationship” and “Love is a Miracle”.

Daniel and I met in one of these sorts of workshops. I daresay we wouldn’t be together after 18 years if we hadn’t learned a thing or two in the various levels of these workshops. They do a wonderful job of educating about love, intimacy and sexuality. So, I don’t mind getting announcement emails. Sometimes Daniel and I still participate in the workshops. They are good places to source yourself, if that idea means anything to you – like putting a plug in a power point.

Then, a book arrived, hot off the press, from a friend who is an inspiring authority on women’s sacred sexuality, Diane Riley. The book is titled Sexy and Sacred: Sexual Secrets for Women. Well, they aren’t really secrets if they are in the book which incorporates chapters on such things as “What Your Mother Never Told You,” “Sweeter, Longer Orgasms”, and “Differences in Desire.” I highly recommend Diane, her book, and her workshops: http://www.sexyandsacred.com.au

The last thing which appeared as a document forwarded to me by another friend who works in the area of sexual counselling: “Yoga and Sexual Functioning: A Review”. I read it. It was interesting in that there is a relative dearth of material on yoga and sex. However, this “review” could only say, in the end, there’s very little in the way of empirical data “to suggest that yoga and sex are not only linked but mutually beneficial.” Sigh. Of course, there is much anecdotal information demonstrating benefits.

Even yoga authorities as esteemed as Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha) and B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Yoga) have suggested combinations of yoga tools to prevent sexual problems and maintain overall sexual health.

What is patently clear to yoga practitioners is that this ancient practice contributes to our overall well-being and physical health, and that would then, of course, include our sexual health.

Daniel & Eve 2004

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