A recent, rather upsetting study out of Kings College in London reveals that people in the LGBT community are “one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and substance abuse problems than straight people, and twice as likely to attempt suicide.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s most recent ad campaign is a series of graphic TV ads called “Tips From Former Smokers” that outline—in gritty detail—the negative effects of smoking. They include Terrie, a 40-year-old woman diagnosed with oral and throat cancer; Amanda, a 30-year-old woman whose smoking during pregnancy resulted in a premature birth; and Brian, a 45-year-old gay man who suffered a stroke as a result of complications from smoking and being HIV-positive. (Check out his video above.)
First of all, let me state for the record that I am not saying you have to wax or laser your butt. If you’re the au naturel kind of gay, then bully for you. (Lord knows a razor or wax strip has never come near my nether regions.) However, if you like your bum smooth, then pay close attention.
Lots of people say they have it easy, but being a top is hard work. Think of all that hip action—at top speed and (if you’re doing it right) in some of the most precarious positions. It can be exhausting, and you don’t want to be huffing and puffing after a few minutes. (Or maybe you do—but not because you’ve petered out too soon.) To stay on your a-game, you’ve got to build your strength, flexibility and endurance so you keep strong, therefore keeping him happy.
To aid you on this journey to better topping, I’ve laid out five yoga poses to incorporate into your weekly workout routine that will help you hone the physical tools you need you need for mind-blowing romps in the hay. The reigning Mr. Gay Philadelphia, Lou Cutler, demonstrates in the slideshow below. (You’re welcome, bottoms.)
Anjaneyasna: Crescent Lunge
For tops, this asana is everything. It strengthens the quads and glutes, which are key to hip-thrusting. It expands the chest and lungs, allowing for better oxygen intake. And it helps develop stamina and endurance in the thighs, so you can keep going and going and going. (Again, you're welcome, bottoms.)
Chaturanga: Low Push Up
Tops need strong arms and core. After all, they have to hold themselves up for what every bottom hopes is an extended period of time. This asana develops strength in the arms, shoulders and legs. It has a very stabilizing affect on the core, too.
This one builds strength in the hip flexors so you can keep your hips swaying. Camel also builds strength in the shoulders, upper back, thighs and arms. It expands the chest capacity for great oxygen intake to help fuel longer, more-fulfilling sessions.
Purvottanasana: Upward Plank
If the top somehow ends up on the bottom, this asana will make sure he can get the job done from underneath. This helps to strengthen the triceps and legs to keep you going without fatigue.
Virabhadrasana II: Warrior II
This asana stretches out the legs, hips, chest and shoulders. It increases stamina and improves balance for when you feel like doing it standing up.
G Philly would like to welcome our newest health contributor, Barry Eichner. Today, he gets thing started with a bang: Good sex is something everyone wants. But it takes work. Don’t forget that sex is a physical activity that requires strength, stamina, and flexibility, so it only makes sense that the more flexibility, strength and stamina you have, the better your experience will be … well, in theory. Today, with the help of model Brian Swope, I’m sharing a few yoga poses that will help you open up your body to give you the physical tools needed to make bottoming more enjoyable. Incorporate these poses into your weekly workout routine for a lifetime of romps in the sack void of leg cramps, numb thighs, and a sore back.
Ananda Balasana: Happy Baby
I like to refer to this pose as Happy Bottom ASSana. It doesn’t need much explanation, but if you can’t glean from the photo, this asana opens the hips, the inner groin, and — maybe most importantly — calms the mind.
Malasana: Yoga Squat
This posture puts the bottom on top, opens the hips, and strengthens and tones the belly.
Bitilasana: Cow Pose
If you’re doing it doggie style, making sure you're able to arch your back is crucial. This pose stretches the front torso and neck, it helps to open your front body so arching your back becomes almost second nature.
Prasarita Padottanasana: Wide-Legged Forward Fold
This pose stretches the inner and back legs, because, lets face it, if you’re going to have your legs apart for an extended period of time, it’s best to make sure they are prepped with a good stretch.
Upavistha Konasana B: Wide Leg Stretch
This is the “power-bottom pose” of yoga. It's more of an advanced asana that will open the inner leg and lower back, and tighten that belly, giving you strength, flexibility and the ever important endurance.
Not exactly a pose, but taking deep breaths is essential to happy, healthy anal.