The Yogasm Is Enjoying Its 15 Minutes
Yogasms have been discussed among practitioners of yoga and orgasms (quietly and behind closed doors!) for a while, but it is only now that they are truly getting their time in the sun, with devotees finally coming forward to talk about what happens during class. The Daily Beast can be credited with a thorough investigation into this phenomenon, which lends itself quite naturally to a 2-page piece, "Are Yogasms Real?". (Some say yes!) A yogasm, if you haven't gotten it already, is when a women has an orgasm -- spur of the moment, without any touching or anything! -- while doing yoga.
Yogasms have happened during forward bends, lotus poses, and even in the New York City yoga studio Pure Yoga, which is owned by Equinox, in a class taught by Marco Rojas, who apparently smells of patchouli. While once people who experienced yogasms might have been embarrassed or anxious, there's a new openness to yogasms (and smelling like patchouli) that leads to empowering confessionals and the freedom to share yogasm tales willy-nilly, even if no one really wants to know about your yogasm. Plus, it's driving further scientific research into the mysterious yogasm:
Rumors of the elusive yoga orgasm have circulated for years, but recently, teachers and students have begun discussing the phenomenon more openly. Sex researchers are also honing in on the subject: "It's another way that a woman can bring herself to orgasm without touching herself," says sexologist Dr. Jeffre TallTrees.
"Students open up to me about it all the time!" says Bonnie Saldivar-Jones, a teacher at Ginseng Yoga in San Diego.
Rojas says, "I have found that my faithful students have improved their ability to love themselves and ultimately, to give themselves pleasure."
How does this happen? Um...exercising the muscles down there, which happens in yoga. And even if your yogasm doesn't happen IN CLASS, apparently this exercise is good for after-class stuff, too. And it works for men.
According to South African tantric master Alan Finger, founder of ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) Yoga. When a man draws his sexual energy in, and up toward his navel, says Finger, he increases his ability to prolong his stamina in the bedroom.
Lest you think all this yogasm talk is simply scandalous sexified page-view mongering, know that a yoga-orgasm is just as hippie-dippie and pure and meditative as yoga itself -- not one of those base, fleeting moments of carnal pleasure, but "an expression of compassion, kindness, and enlightenment."
Here is a nugget to haunt you forever: The laughing Buddha is supposedly laughing because he has been having an eternal orgasm ever since his enlightenment. He is probably all yoga-ed out.
Are Yogasms Real? [Daily Beast]
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