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Sex yoga. It’s not about being kinky or bendy

‘Yoga for Better Sex' is Lauren Rudick's most popular class -- for reasons many women might understand, and many men might want to take note of.

The globetrotting yogi based out of Montreal, Canada, stopped by Bermuda last week where she offered the women-only workshop to yoga enthusiasts for the first time on the Island.

The class, she said, teaches women how to empower themselves both on the yoga mat and in the bedroom.

“It starts off with a conversation about yoga and sex, and how they interplay in the modern world,” said Ms Rudick, who is working with ‘Lotus' yoga studio while in Bermuda.

“It's not about being kinky, or bendy, or dominant or submissive, it is about feeling a thousand percent confident in who you are [as a woman].”

Ms Rudick said her class — not to be confused with tantric yoga — aims to reclaim the sexuality of women who practice yoga in a society where the two have become increasingly intertwined.

“When I first started teaching, I felt like I would tell men I was a yoga teacher and they would look at me and think, ‘Ooh, hyper-flexible porn star!' [They] just wanted to get into my stretchy-pants. They just wanted to get into my Lulu Lemons.

“That made me feel very uncomfortable and I felt like I wasn't being taken seriously as an instructor, in a job that is my career. I just felt ‘illegitimised'.

“And then I thought, ‘Hey, I could probably use this to my advantage.'”

Ms Rudick said she realised that in a world where many women harbour body-issues and go through life unhappy in their own skin, she and other women could reclaim those insecurities, “using yoga as a tool of empowerment, instead of a tool for objectification.”

“As women we can actually use our yoga practice to feel confident, to feel beautiful, and take those qualities and bring them to the bedroom and have better sex.”

“If we cannot at first love ourselves during this process, how can we expect to use it as a expression of love to [one] another?”

Ms Rudick leaves the Island today.

In position: Yoga instructor Lauren Rudick

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Published June 10, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated June 10, 2014 at 1:07 am)

Sex yoga. It’s not about being kinky or bendy

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