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5 yoga positions to help erectile dysfunction.

Practicing yoga on a daily or a frequent basis may help men overcome erectile dysfunction (ED), according to experts.

They say the relaxing, ancient practice is an effective alternative to medicine that works because the condition is often psychological.

Researchers from Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Ayurveda and Hospital in Karnataka, India, note that there is a lack of research but suggest yoga should be considered as a treatment for the sexual disorder.

Writing in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, the India team said: ‘Problems related to sex can very well be handled with Yoga as most often these problems are more related to the mind than body.

Yoga may help with impotency because the condition is often psychological, according to experts (stock image)

‘Either they are caused by lack of confidence or stress or fatigue or fear and very few times some physical cause is there.

‘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.’

Based on their recommendations, Pennsylvania-based personal trainer Daniel Bubnis has suggested five poses to help ED – which is said to affect 60 per cent of men over the age of 60.

Writing for Medical News Today, he points to previous research published in 2010 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine which looked at 65 men aged 24 to 60 who carried out 12 weeks of yoga sessions.

At the end of the period,  the men reported increases in ejaculatory control, erection, and orgasm.

Here are Mr Bubnis’ recommended positions for men to try…

Mr Bubnis explains that this pose is said to promote digestion and blood flow to major organs, including the liver, spleen, pancreas, and pelvic region.

This yoga position is known as ardha matsyendrasana or half lord of the fishes (stock image)

How to do it:

Mr Bubnis says this classic yoga position, sometimes called the perfect pose, can be maintained for a long period. He says it stimulates the pelvic region and promotes flexibility.

The siddhasana or perfect pose position stimulates the pelvic region (stock image)

How to do it:

This standing position is called garduasana or the eagle pose

The eagle pose – also called garudasana – is a standing yoga pose that challenges balance and focus while opening the shoulder.

If you feel a little unsteady you can perform it near a wall or some furniture for support.

This position is believed to boost blood flow to the pelvis, making it potentially helpful for ED sufferers, according to Mr Bubnis.

How to do it:

The pavanamuktasana, or wind-relieving pose, gently massages the abdominal organs, offering relief from gas and constipation problems.

Furthermore, it helps to mobilise and warm the pelvic muscles and reproductive organs, claims Mr Bubnis.

The pavanamuktasana is said to offer relief from gas and constipation problems (stock image)

How to do it:

The corpse pose is usually done at the end of a yoga practice. You lie flat on your back with your heels spread as wide as the yoga mat and your arms a few inches away from the body, with palms facing upwards.

Mr Bubnis says that while it’s technically an easy position, the skill is being able to be quiet, introspective, and focus on your breathing.

The corpse pose may look easy but the skill is quietening your mind (stock image)

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