Another breathing trick is what Ava Cadell, Ph.D., a Los Angeles sex counselor, calls “alternate nostril breathing.” This exercise involves breathing through one nostril at a time and helps you take deeper breaths, which is relaxing and also oxygenates the blood—a process that increases sexual energy and desire. Since syncing your breathing with your partner’s can make you feel more connected, Cadell suggests doing nostril breathing together (she has her patients do this during couples counseling). Here’s how: Each of you should block one nostril and draw in air all the way to your pubic bone while looking directly at each other. Repeat this anywhere from five to 10 times.

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