“Can you make a yoga sequence to cure erectile dysfunction?” A friend of my asked me this through my Facebook a little while ago. I like using yoga for medical and mental problems and I like a challenge, so I said I would make something. I came up with a nice, little series (see video), but this series on it’s own won’t solve the problem.
This series consists of yoga poses (asanas) and a breathing exercise. But there is more to yoga than just this. Yoga is asking ourselves why we do what we do, why we act the way we act and why we feel the way we feel.
I’ve got a little inside in my friends life. A little, because who really knows what is going on inside somebody else’s head? I know he split up with his girlfriend not so long ago, met a new girlfriend, is deeply in love, works way to hard, owns his own company and – as part of his work – drinks beer and he smokes. He’s a pretty relaxed guy. Yet, looking at his lifestyle it is not the healthiest one and looking at his work it’s not stress free. Far from that. I think in our society we are so used to stress we don’t even experience anymore having it.
The last thing is his new girlfriend. He’s got a pretty rough past when it comes down to sex. She had a pretty boring sex life. A husband who will have an orgasm in no-time and roll over to fall asleep. My friend wants to show her how amazing sex can be. But at this moment he can only do that partly, because of impotence.
It’s only adding to stress and that might be the main problem. Age use to be the main problem for impotence. As we man get older this body parts starts to function less. Nowadays stress has taken over as the main cause of erectile dysfunction. But stress and age are not the only problems.
Causes of erectile dysfunction
- Stress: We already talked about this and will talk about it a little more later in this blog.
- Age: If we like it or not: the older we get, the harder it gets for our body to deliver ‘peak performances’. That’s just another reason to do yoga: we age slower.
- Neurological and nerve disorders: Nerve conditions affect the brain’s ability to communicate with the reproductive system. This can prevent a person from achieving an erection. Neurological disorders that are associated with impotence are: Alzheimer, Parkinson, brain or spinal tumors, multiple sclerosis and stroke.
- Cycling: This might be an odd one in here. Yet cyclist (long distance) can experience (temporary) impotence due to the repeated pressure on the buttocks and genitals that affects the function of the nerves. Now you know why I don’t like to be on a bicycle for a long time.
- Endocrine system: the endocrine system produces hormones that regulate metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, mood among others. Problems with this system can cause erectile dysfunction. For example: Diabetes affects the body’s ability to utilize the hormone insulin. One of the side effects associated with chronic diabetes is nerve damage. If nerves are damaged in the penis sensations are less and an erections won’t happen. Impaired blood flow and hormone levels are also a result of diabetes. Both factors can contribute to impotence.
- Heart problems: If the heart has problems pumping blood around it can cause impotence. Without good blood flow to the penis, there is no erection. For example: Atherosclerosis – a condition that causes the blood vessels to become clogged – can cause erectile dysfunction. High blood pressure or too high cholesterol can also cause impotence.
- Medication: Medication is often the answer of Western doctors for all kinds of diseases and conditions. But a lot of medication have side effects. Impotence is among them.
Yoga is actually a lifestyle. Looking at it from that point of view it can be a solution for erectile dysfunction. Yoga reduces stress for starters. It involves exercising which is good for the heart. Most yogis start to drink less overtime and quit smoking or reduce it at some point of time. They don’t feel the need anymore and start to respect their body, which means they don’t want to poison it. And by looking in the mirror every day they start to understand where their fears and emotions are coming from and are able to let go.
But with everything it always starts with the first step. Maybe this little yoga sequence can be the first step. Especially doing it five times a week; lengthening the breathing exercise at the end with one round more than the week before. Up until a total of 25 rounds is reached.
- Alanasana – High lunge
- Virabhadrasana II- Warrior II
- Trikonasana – triangle pose
- Warrior II
- Parsvakonasana – extended side angle pose
- Utkatasana – Chair
- Parivrtta Utkatasana – Chair twist
- Janu Sirsasana – Head to knee
- Marichyasana III
- Supta Virasana – Reclined hero
- Krounchasana – Heron
- Ardha Matsyendrasana – Half Lord of the fishes
- Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward dog
- Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward dog split
- Anjaneyasana – Low lunge
- Half hanuman
- Sarvangasana – shoulder stand
- Supta Baddha Konasana – bound angle posture
- Nadi Sodhana pranayama 5 breaths
In Mahamudra – part of this sequence – we engage our perineum muscles. In tantra there is a lot of focus on our perineum muscles. Keeping them healthy will help us to stay away or recover from erectile dysfunction as well. But more about that for another time. Have fun with this sequence first.