And now for the topic that arouses everyone’s interest (no pun intended—ok, maybe a little): sex. Yoga enhances sexual energy flow and vastly improves the quality of sex and orgasms. Just like food and sleep, too little or too much sex can throw one’s wellness center off. We live in a sex-obsessed culture, but one in which we are told that sex is taboo. However, in ancient Indian scriptures, sex is put into perspective: it is depicted as a part of life that can be used to bolster one’s health, and contribute to mental and physical growth. In tantra, sexual union is viewed as raising spiritual energy and elevating oneself to a cosmic level of awareness. Not only does yoga enhance emotional and spiritual health, it amplifies physical strength, flexibility, and balance, which all translate to better performance and endurance. Stronger core muscles lead to better orgasms, higher energy levels, and better blood flow to the sexy places in the body—which in turn boosts confidence and well-being. Some great yoga poses for enhanced sexual activity include setu bandha sarvangasana, bhujangasana, and garudasana.

To establish and maintain core wellness and fitness, where the mind, body and spirit are in sync, it is essential to nurture all of the primordial functions of life which allow us to live, breathe, and reproduce. Food, sleep, and sex represent the basic roots of our survival, and yoga intertwines them all together. Life extension relies upon nurturing the mind, body, and spirit, and if even one component is imbalanced, everything is thrown off.

So what’s the recipe for increased wellness, fitness, mindfulness, and healthfulness? Get back to the basics by treating your mind and body with respect. Eat well, sleep sound, have amazing sex, and do yoga!

Deepa B. Verma, MD, ABIHM, is double board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. Her practice, Syngeristiq Integrative Health, is located in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Verma believes that healthy and holistic living is the key to happiness and aging gracefully. Follow her on Twitter @DrDeepaVerma and subscribe to her Youtube Channel.