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J Sex Marital Ther. 2009;35(5):378-90. doi: 10.1080/00926230903065955.

Yoga and sexual functioning: a review.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia, Canada. lori.brotto@vch.ca

Abstract

Yoga is an ancient practice with Eastern roots that involves both physical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayamas). There is also a cognitive component focusing on meditation and concentration, which aids in achieving the goal of union between the self and the spiritual. Although numerous empirical studies have found a beneficial effect of yoga on different aspects of physical and psychological functioning, claims of yoga's beneficial effects on sexuality derive from a rich but nonempirical literature. The goal of this article is to review the philosophy and forms of yoga, to review the nonempirical and (limited) empirical literatures linking yoga with enhanced sexuality, and to propose some future research avenues focusinging on yoga as a treatment for sexual complaints.

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20183005
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10.1080/00926230903065955
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