“Problems related to sex can very well be handled with Yoga”, four scholars at the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Ayurveda and Hospital in Karnataka (India) point out in a review article “Yogic Intervention in Sexual Dysfunction” published in Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences.
It concluded: By regular practice of Yoga, Pranayama, Bandhas and Mudra the person will awaken the Kundalini Shakti in him which eases the flow of Prana Vayu all over the body resulting in good physical and mental stability by which most of the sexual dysfunctions get reduced.
This review indicates: In the domain of sexual response, Yoga has also been touted as a method for…enhancing erectile capacity, extending the longevity of intercourse and fundamentally, of enhancing sexual pleasure.
The scholars in this review describe sexual dysfunction or sexual malfunction as: the difficulty experienced by an individual or couple during any stages of normal sexual activity, which includes physical pleasure, desire, arousal and orgasm; and adds that causes can be physical and psychological. Sexual dysfunctions in men are listed as: erectile dysfunction, ejaculation problems, low libido; and sexual dysfunctions in women are given as: vaginal dryness, difficulty achieving orgasm, dysperunia.
Under yogic interventions, it lists ten asanas: Ardha Matsyendrasana, Paschimottanasana, Siddasana, Baddakonasana, Garudasana, Setubhandasana, Halasana, Pavanamuktasana, Supta Vajrasana, Shavasana. One specific practice in Yoga, the Moola Bandha, bears particular promise in the treatment of sexual problems, especially for women…, it adds.
The scholars involved with this study included: Rakshith K. R., Shivakumar, Kaushal Sinha and Vijeth Kumar L. A. They propose future research avenues focusing on Yoga as a treatment for sexual disorder.
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, called this review looking into usage of yoga in treating/reducing sexual dysfunctions “a step in the positive direction”. Zed urged all major world educational institutions and hospitals to explore various benefits yoga offered.
Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted.
Rajan Zed further said that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.
According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.