Yogic Intervention in Sexual Dysfunction: Indian Scholars Point Out That Problems Related to Sex Can be Handled With Yoga

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Rajan Zed

WALTHAM, MA—Please consult with your physician before you try this out, but 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” that problems related to sex can very well be handled with Yoga.

The article, which was published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, concluded that by regular practice of Yoga, Pranayama, Bandhas and Mudra the person will awaken the Kundalini Shakti in him (her) 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.

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, US-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed called this review looking into usage of yoga in treating and reducing sexual dysfunctions “a step in the positive direction.”

Zed urged all major world educational institutions and hospitals to explore various benefits yoga offered.

Rajan Zed

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, said Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism.

Zed further added that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all.

Zed said that review article 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, Zed statement said. 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, the statement said.

“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 statement said.

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.

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