What Do I Do With My Boobs? Tips for the Busty Yogi

Okay, ladies, now that the men have learned where to put their balls, it’s time we big-breasted yoginis have a talk.

First of all, let me say that there is no “one size fits all” yoga pose. Your practice should be as beautiful and unique as you are. Rather than trying to replicate your teacher’s pose in what is honestly the most elaborate game of adult Simon Says ever, understand that it is perfectly acceptable to modify postures to fit your body, and its abilities and attributes.

If you need to physically lift your girls to get them out of the way, do it. If you need to use a block, strap, towel, or blanket to help modify, do it. At the end of the day, breath is the most important part of your practice, not its aesthetics. That being said, these tips and tricks should help alleviate mammary frustrations in your practice.

Cobra Pose: Get Your Boobs Up Off the Floor

It’s easy to feel like you’re not making progress in this posture when you have a chest that is damn near impossible to get off the mat. You can be engaging all the right muscles and still be grounded. While this is a perfectly fine place to stay, if you’re determined to clear the earth, there are variations you can take.

Start by interlacing your fingers behind your back, then using your triceps to keep your palms together, begin to lift your chest off the earth while drawing your knuckles back towards your feet. If your prefer to keep your palms grounded, place them underneath your shoulders and gradually being to apply weight into your hands. You can play with walking your hands forward and out, all the way up to high cobra if you would like and are able.
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Don’t Bridge Your Boobs Into Your Face

Bridge is a beautifully restorative posture that can become very uncomfortable very quickly when your sweaty bosom falls onto the lower half of your face, smothering your chin and lips.

A simple way to prevent what I call “The Smother Effect”, or eliminate it altogether, is to pull your chin away from your chest while keeping your gaze up towards the sky. Don’t look left or right because it puts your cervical spine at risk of injury in the position. Another option is to use a block or bolster under your sacrum for your pelvis to rest on. This will lessen the backbend and allow for more space between your chin and chest.

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Shoulder Stand – Grab Your Towel

In addition to being fun, inversions like shoulder stand are energizing, improve circulation, and help prevent illness. That’s great and all, but when you have a larger chest, shoulder stand results in your breasts literally trying to suffocate you.

To prevent boob suffocation, it can be helpful to use a towel or blanket positioned beneath you right at the top of your shoulders. The cushion will protect the vertebrae of your neck and you will have more room to invert comfortably without fear of asphyxiation.

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Rabbit Pose: Don’t Burrow in Your Breasts

This is a beautiful counter pose to back bending that helps to lengthen the spine and stretch the back, arms, and shoulders. But much like shoulder stand, this posture positions bigger breasts directly at the nostrils, thereby blocking off one’s oxygen supply.

An alternative I find helpful is to come to sitting on your heels, interlace your fingers at the base of your skull, and allow your chin to drop down towards your chest. Though admittedly this will reduce stretching of the arms and shoulders, gravity will help lengthen through the spine and stretch the back with a sensation identical to rabbit.

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General Tips for Girls with Big Boobs Practicing Yoga

  1. Invest in a good sports bra. I know high-end yoga tops are cute, but as someone who wears a D-cup, let me tell you, anything with “built-in support” is a joke. Strap those puppies down.
  2. Be sure to keep your chest proud and your shoulders open in your asanas. Rounding into your chest under the weight of your boobs not only compromises your form, but it puts you at increased risk of back pain and injury.
  3. Strengthen. Your. Core. And no, I don’t just mean your abs, I mean your obliques and lower back extensors too! These muscles play an important role in providing stability and will help reduce pain from carrying weight on your chest day in and day out.
  4. Own it. Don’t let the envy and/or ridicule of others (or yourself) prevent you from enjoying your body the way it was intended. Love your body. Love your yoga.