According to a recent study at the University of Kansas, religion still puts a real a damper on sex. Apparently, the church does a pretty good job of making people feel guilty during and after sex, preventing them from feeling satisfied or discussing their sexual fantasies (which is hard enough without communal shame). The good news? You can still be saved: The study shows that people who switched to atheism after leading religious lives experienced growing satisfaction with sex.
In some ways, it seems like religion is doing exactly the job that every parent with a teenager wishes they could do, but the devil is in the details: Both religious and non-religious groups were having sex equally often; religious couples just weren’t enjoying it as much, and felt racked with guilt even weeks after having sex. According to one of the study’s authors, psychologist Darrel Ray:
Our data shows that people feel very guilty about their sexual behavior when they are religious, but that does not stop them: it just makes them feel bad.
The good news, for anyone whose sex lives are getting screwed by the cross, is that people who became atheist after being religious started to feel better about sex. Ray said:
We did think that religion would have residual effects in people after they left but our data did not show this. That was a very pleasant surprise. The vast majority seem to shake it off and get on with their sexual lives pretty well.
Hmmmm. Now, by no means would we suggest that yoga is a religion, but many believe Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.38 strictly forbids sexual activities for the budding yogi.
Makes us wonder… Could the study of the Sutras as a set of dogmatic beliefs put a damper on your sex life? How does brahmacharya and yoga in general affect your intimate time in the bedroom?