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Jade Eggs for Yoni Yoga

A thousand years before Dr. Kegel, Taoist’s created this sensually healing practice


Illustration Credit: Venus de Ova, Elena Ray

Back in 1948, USC gynecologist Arnold Kegel, MD, announced the health benefits of strengthening the pelvic floor with what became known as Kegel exercises. As it turned out, practicing the simple PC muscle contractions not only helped cure urinary incontinence, it helped women have orgasms—some for the first time. And while Kegels are great exercises, the concept is at least a thousand years older, and the original Taoist version using Jade Eggs has some real advantages. In my intimacy workshops, I refer to this practice as “yoni yoga.”  More than Kegels, Jade Eggs help you to really get to know your yoni.Start by purchasing a Jade Egg, a smooth, egg-shaped stone typically made of jade but sometimes made of rose quartz or obsidian. You can find them online, or at your local sex shop. Most women start with a jade stone known as nephrite, which is said to have cleansing and clearing powers. Eggs come in different sizes. The larger sizes are typically for beginners, and even then a woman may have to lie down to keep one inside. With practice, a woman can learn to use a smaller stone throughout the day …

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