Posted by christina on Aug 29, 2012
This posting isn’t meant to belittle the practice of yoga or to try to stuff it into a nifty tantric box, but the orgasm of yoga, the ‘yogasm,’ has been experienced by enough practitioners to be given some more scrutinized attention. With a sense of humor, I offer, also that scrutinium (the latin root for scrutiny) rhymes with perineum, a set of muscles we will explore more fully to understand how a yogasm is possible.
While yogasm can happen in classes that never even touch on the topic of tantra or sex, it is possible that they are even more frequent in practices that do focus on tantra. We will leave that discussion aside for now, and focus instead on some simple anatomy.
In many schools of yoga: Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, and Yin, just to name a few, students are taught to engage mula bhanda. The muscles used in this energetic lock include the those near the genitalia, or the PC muscles. Also known as the pubococcygeus muscle. They are a group of muscle fibers that stretch like a canvas from the coccyx (tailbone) to the pubic bone forming the pelvic floor. The shape of the bones of the pelvis can have a large effect on how the pelvis is situated in the torso, and bone structure is somewhat irrelevant to the possibility of experiencing the big O while doing yoga, but it helps if you are more aware of the body, rather than less.
The mula bhanda is essentially a kegel exercise, which most women are familiar with, since it is utilized after child birth to re-tone the vaginal walls. It can also be used; however, to redirect kundalini Shakti energy (a creative, sexual force) which lies dormant in the lower chakras, primarily the root – Muladhara chakra (sometimes spelled Mooladhara). It is thought to have the frequency of red or the hottest temperature (aside from infrared) on the spectrum of electromagnetic light. The fire of our loins is an expression with more significance than many of us realize.
Sometimes, through a greater acceptance of the body, and thus the self, along with breathing exercises (pranayama) which aim at lifting this dormant kundalini energy, as with the use of the yogic kegel or mula bhanda, the G-spot or a collection of highly activated nerves in the vaginal wall or perineum (in men) becomes flush with blood. You can blame it on a heightened sense of awareness combined with a greater love of self, along with the pure physiology of the body for creating an Orgasm – sometimes right in the middle of downward facing dog.
Advanced yogis engage the bhandas at different times during their practice, and do not just practice asana alone. In some yogic practices, not only mula bhanda but also uddiyana bhanda and jhalandara bhanda are engaged – the triple lock.
If you haven’t yet experienced a Yogasm while practicing, don’t sweat it. This isn’t really the point of yoga, but you can count on a better sex life as you engage the muscles of the PC area, and practice mula bhanda more often in your asanas. Over time, these muscles become stronger and more vitalized with life force and blood so that you can orgasm with greater control and force than if you weren’t using them at all. Either inside a yoga class or outside of one, you will find your big O finds new dimensions and frequency.
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.
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