Exercise

3 Exercises to Boost Your Libido

There are three complaints that come strolling through my office on a regular basis:

1. Weight gain (you can read more about how to lose 5 pounds here)

2. Hair loss (want thick, beautiful hair and wrinkle free skin? Check this out)

3. Sex drive

Of the three, numbers 1 and 2 are fairly straightforward; number 3 on the other hand is loaded.

Sexuality and libido is a complicated topic. There are many layers of ourselves that go into our sexuality. There’s personal issues (history and trauma), power struggles within relationship, metabolic and hormonal factors, as well as structural factors (whether the pelvis and hips are open or locked) that can overlay our desires in the boudoir.

The trick to dealing with libido is by being gentle and kind with ourselves and approaching each layer as we can.

Want to learn how to open your pelvis safely? Read on.

It’s All Connected

Tight hips can have an impact on your hormones and your desire because darlin’, it’s all connected.

Tight hips can restrict blood flow. The femoral artery is a major artery that runs just inside the pelvis and provides blood for the ovaries and uterus. Tight hips will decrease the flow of blood to this area. Less blood flow means less hormonal input.

Less hormonal input, means less desire.

Now, it’s not just less hormonal input to the ovaries. There’s a bigger picture here. Because, you know from reading my work that your hormones are made by the endocrine system. Now when I say “system”, I mean system.

There’s not one gland that’s more important than another when it comes to your endocrine system. They all work together.

Often, practitioners will point to the thyroid or even the adrenals when a client says, “my sex drive is not what it used to be”. Honestly speaking, it takes all the glands [thyroid, pituitary, adrenals and ovaries/pancreas] to be functioning well to feel “in the mood again”.

An under-nourished ovary due to the lack of blood can be a big player in a hormonal meltdown. Your thyroid and adrenals can’t take all the blame.

Opening the Pelvis Can Be Key

There’s no denying that the pelvis is a hot spot when it comes to sexuality.

The pelvis is the seat of our reproductive organs and the center of the 1st chakra. It’s our foundation and in groovy terms, it can be viewed as the “seat of our soul”.

We tend to store our emotional/ sexual baggage here. Sometimes it’s hard to know if our stiffness and guardedness is a result of our lifestyle and inflexibility, or if the tightness is a result of our thoughts and traumas.

Sometimes it doesn’t really matter what tipped off the restrictions, sometimes it’s just more important to open the pelvis and get back in the flow again.

The following three exercises should be practiced as a sequence. Start with the first one and end with the last. All together, the exercises should take about 15 minutes. Be patient with the exercises and hold them. Stretching in and out (also known as “bouncing”) doesn’t create lasting change for the structure. Gently holding a pose will relax the nervous system and allow for a deeper shift in the system.

Practicing these 3 gems, 3 times a week will begin the process of unlocking your pelvis and boosting your desire.

Here's to open hips, connection, and  romance

~ Kristin

PS. Feel free to pass this tip along to a close friend. Because more love in the world is a good thing. XO

legs up the wall
legs up the wall

Legs Up the Wall

1. Lay on your back with your hips anywhere from 6-12 inches away from the wall. If your hamstrings are very tight, you might need to be further away from the wall.

2. Legs extend up the wall with the knees extended straight.

3. Support your head with a bolster.

4. Clasp your hands under the bolster if you can. If you can’t clasp your hands, hold the sides of the bolster.

5. Close your eyes, relax and breathe. Rest in the pose for 5 minutes.

spread legs up the wall
spread legs up the wall

Spread Legs Up the Wall

1. Switch the interlock of your hands (if your hands are clasped, otherwise just leave them as is holding the sides of the bolster.)

2. Spread legs into a V shape.

3. Relax your feet. Rotate your inner thigh so that your heel is in full contact with the wall. Your foot should not be rotated.

4. Close your eyes, relax and breathe. Rest in the pose for 5 minutes.

bent knees
bent knees

Bent Knees Spread Legs up the Wall

1. If your shoulders are sore, remove your arms. Do not stretch your arms or massage your shoulders, just bring them down to your side. Let your shoulders adjust. If there is no pain in your shoulders, then slide your hands under your bolster and extend your arms along the floor overhead. Stretch your hands and fingers under the bolster and extend your arms straight.

2. Bend your knees so that the soles of your feet contact the wall. Knees will be spread. This position is like a squat at the wall.

3. Close your eyes, relax and breathe. Although this pose can be uncomfortable for many, relax into the pose and hold for 3-5 minutes.

The ONE Habit that can Help Your Hormones for Good (...seriously)

adrenals rest
adrenals rest

Between my one-on-one clients and skype sessions, there is one question that

comes up in my office over and over and over again.

Even after going through the diet and the supplements, everyone wants to know,

“What can I do right now (to help my hormones)?”

Over the course of years (by years, I mean the 13 that I’ve been in practice- eeeeks where has the time gone?),

I’ve come up with one simple habit that can make all the difference in your hormones.

A Bit of Background Before We Start

When the “h-word” comes up, it’s really tempting to put all the attention on the thyroid gland.

Some may say the thyroid is a movie star of sorts when it comes to the endocrine system for two reasons:

1. Easy to Test. Blood tests are routinely used to check

thyroid status (...even if they’re not foolproof.)

2. Easy to Treat. There are meds that are easily prescribed to deal with

thyroid concerns (although the meds might not be the only answer for you.)

Even with this sort of “star power”, you need to understand that your thyroid is not your endocrine system.

Ahem….did you get that?

Your thyroid isnotyour endocrine system.

In fact, there are 8 glands in all that make-up your endocrine system, 

and 4 that are the big players. I call them the: 

4 Corners of Your Endocrine House. 

They are the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and ovaries in childbearing women-

or the pancreas in menopausal ladies.

If you want to be the master of your “Endocrine House”, then all four of these glands need to be

communicating in a healthy way. In particular, the relationship between the

adrenal glands and thyroid is muy importante (note: too much cortisol depresses thyroid function in a snap.)

Get Your Legs Up The Wall

legs up wall
legs up wall

Getting your legs up the wall has many benefits:

• Calms the mind (Can I have an hallelujah?)

• Adrenals rest and recalibrate so that they can communicate with your thyroid gland better

• Takes pressure off the venous return (That’s fancy speak for, “it helps varicose veins".)

• The heart has to pump stronger to get the blood back up the legs (So, you’re exercising while resting.)

This is not one of those it-sounds-too-good-to-be-true tips. Trust me on this; it works.

Here’s what to do:

Set the stage: Make sure that you’re in a quiet place and you’ve got at least 10 minutes. You’re going to want to be able to close your eyes and deeply relax. Legs Up the Wall doesn’t have the same effect if you’re chatting away on the phone or flipping through messages, so make sure to create the space to give your adrenals the love that they need.

Step 1: Lay on your back with your hips about 6 – 12 inches away from the wall. Tip: Bend your knees and put your feet on the wall. If your thighs are at a right angle to your back, then your hips will be the perfect distance from the wall.

Step 2: Straighten your legs up the wall, so that your heels are making contact. Keep your knees straight and your legs relaxed.

Step 3: Place a pillow under your head. You should feel really comfy here.

Step 4: Clasp your hands and place them either under your head OR under the pillow.

Step 5: Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breath. Inhale for a count of 2 and exhale for a count of 4.

Step 6: “Hang out” here with your eyes closed for 10 minutes and breathe in the adrenal love.

That's it. Now go ahead and give it a try, and make sure to let me know how it goes in the comments section.

Psssst…..pass it on

If you liked this post and you've got a friend who is overworked or has too much on their plate, make sure to spread the adrenal love by hitting the share button of your choice to the lower left. It's amazing how one little trick can make a big difference over time.

Here's to happy, rested adrenals!

~ Kristin