I said I was going to write a post summarizing Sweeney's views on female sexual issues, as a complement to my earlier post on his views on male sexual issues. So here goes. As I have no first-hand experiential knowledge of female sexual issues (for obvious reasons :-)), I'm pretty much just going to report what he says here. Any commentary on my part will be quite minimal.
The general recommendations that he makes about Brahmacharya apply to females as well (see my earlier post on male sexual issues on more details on this). Sweeney writes:
"For women, intercourse combines both prana (intake) and apana (discharge). The four basic phases of the moon greatly influence the degree to which a woman is feeling sexual. The asana practice should support and coincide with each of these phases, with a slightly (or greatly) different emphasis for each.
With improved practice, also including various pevic floor/meditation exercises, a woman can increase her awareness of menstruation and ovulation. Both of these cycles will become more refined and ideally pain free. In particular, the depletion of energy associated with the loss of blood will become less and less. Blood flow should still occur (until menopause) but without the negative mental and physical side effects. Do not focus solely on the menstruation aspect of the cycle. Place equal emphasis on ovulation. As your awareness of both halves of your cycle increases your system will harmonise.
During intercourse pay more attention to the cervix, the mula bandha and the ovaries. Accentuate the upward movement of your energy on the inhalation. Through awareness of this lower region and the lower two chakra, you can begin to access the microcosmic orbit, channelling your sexual energy to the higher centres. As you begin to balance a healthy sense of your own boundaries with surrender to your own primal energy, right-relationship manifests. That is, as you begin to fully trust yourself, trust in your sexual partner will then develop correspondingly." (Sweeney, page 22)
I really feel that these last two sentences are very insightful, and apply equally to both males and females. Sweeney then concludes:
"The integration of your lunar polarities is the feminine aspect of raising kundalini. Sexually this will tend to manifest as multiple, sustained orgasms. The combination of the refined masculine and feminine sexual process co-creates more choices regarding sexual activity and conception.
The asana practice can adversely affect your sexual capacity. Through continuous practice, profuse sweating and intense concentration, you might often feel tired, depleted and unmotivated sexually. Alternatively you may feel a heightened sense of sexuality and be tempted to perceive the practice in a purely sexual manner. These are passing phases, but if they persist it is important to either change the practice, or at least change your attitude to the practice. Do not use the practice as an escape from dealing with what is, from dealing with your own sexual and sensual issues. Come into contact with your own sexual experience and enjoy the process as it is."
I hope all this is beneficial and helpful to you in some way. May the Force be with you.