Enhancing sexual satisfaction is an important part of wellbeing. As I mentioned in my blog Sexual Rejuvenation for Women, lack of sexual satisfaction is quite a common complaint among women attending our clinic. Yet a rich and fulfilling sex life brings health benefits on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
Last week we offered some recipes and remedies to improve libido and ojas. Today, let's take a look at some other resources that can help us fulfill our sexual potential. In the ancient world, female orgasm was believed to be necessary for conception, so the woman's sexual satisfaction was regarded as essential. And sex-ed in ancient times did not consist--as it seems to do today--merely of information on sexually transmitted diseases and how not to get pregnant. Erotic education was seen as important for all women and was imparted to teenage girls by way of instruction by an older aunt and by richly illustrated pillow books that could be helpful even to those who could not read. Today, many wonderful resources are available to women who wish to tap in to some of this ancient sexual wisdom.
Resource list for women's sexual health
Understand your anatomy in a new way, to maximize orgasmic potential.
Women's Anatomy of Arousal by Sheri Winston is the must-have book for women who want to increase their sexual pleasure through understanding thier own bodies.
Ayurvedic texts recognize that women can ejaculate--in fact, female ejaculation was considered normal and necessary for sexual health in ancient times. Today it is recognized that 'some' women do ejaculate but often forgotten that all women have this potential.
Female Ejaculation and the G Spot by Deborah Sundahl is a helpful step-by-step guide for women who want to develop the ability to ejaculate.
Cultivate your sexual energy through the Healing Tao.
Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy by Mantak and Maneewan Chia offers guidance in the Taoist techniques that enable women to cultivate and enhance their sexual energy and includes strategies for making menstruation more easeful.
Support sexual and reproductive health with Jade egg practices. Every woman, young or old, sexually active or not, should own and use a jade egg to enhance sexual health and reduce menstrual and menopausal problems.
Emergence of the Sensual Woman: Awakening our erotic innocence by Siada Desilets is the best book I have found for learning and developing this important practice. Ideally, obtain the Jade Egg Essentials triad--the book, the jade egg itself and a CD that is really helpful to talk you through your practice. Do your jade egg practices at least twice a week for optimal wellbeing.
Develop intimacy with your partner by setting aside time each week to get to know yourself and each other better.
The Art of Sexual Ecstasy: The path of sacred sexuality for western lovers by Margo Anand offers intimacy-building exercises to do together week by week. Each study session could culminate in lovemaking--but it doesn't have to. Many couples have found this resource helpful in building sexual, sensual and emotional intimacy and enriching their connexion.
Learn Taost sexual practices together using a CD set
Sounds True offers a great CD set Taoist Sexual Secrets taught by Rachel Carlton Abrams and Lee Holden. Good not only for women's wellness but also for helping men learn ejaculatory control.
Resources like these listed here can help you enhance your wellbeing through supporting intimacy, ecstasy and reproductive health!
Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is an Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.
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