December 28, 2017
Problems related to sex can well-handled with Yoga, scholars have said.
Four scholars at the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Ayurveda and Hospital in Karnataka have commented on the subject in a review article titled, “Yogic Intervention in Sexual Dysfunction” published in Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences.
“By regular practice of Yoga, Pranayama, Bandhas and Mudra, a person can 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.
Among the scholars were 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.
This review indicates that 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, dyspareunia.”
Ten Asanas help
Under yogic interventions, it lists ten asanas as important. They are 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.”
Nevada (USA) based Universal Society of Hinduism President Raj Zed described this review a step in the positive direction.’
He urged all major world educational institutions and hospitals to explore various benefits that Yoga offered.
He issued the following statement.
Yoga, referred as ‘A living fossil,’ is a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit. Its traces go back to around 2000 BC to Indus Valley civilisation.
Yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was is heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilised by all.
According to Patanjali, who codified it in Yoga Sutra, Yoga is a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.
Method to Relax
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.
‘2016 Yoga in America Study’ said that about 37 million Americans (including Celebrities) now practice Yoga; and Yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self- image.
Yoga is the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche.
Photo Caption: Rajen Zed