Yoga Practice

My Sister’s Boobies Can’t Do Yoga?!

I feel like I am forever nagging my sister to do some yoga with me because I know how much she’ll benefit from even a short Hatha session, let alone a daily Ashtanga workout. I’ve given her a yoga mat, a book on mediation, another book on mindfulness, all in the quest to find her some of the zen that I am currently wallowing in with my practice.

The tricky thing is, you know how we’re always saying yoga is for EVERYBODY and EVERYBODY should do yoga? And that Every. Body. Is. Capable. (see what I did there!). Well, I’m here to correct you (kinda).

Now, I appreciate that you can find a modification or a workaround for someone with a bad knee when doing warrior poses or a wrist injury in down dog but what on earth am I supposed to do for my sister and her chest issue….

You see, I don’t have massive knockers… they are barely on the boob-ometer, to be honest, so I have never even noticed that this is an actual thing. That some people really struggle to get themselves into child’s pose without using both hands to squish their boobs out of the way (kind of destroys the relaxing nature of the pose right?), that down dog can even cause a little suffocation, and that fish pose is simply out of the question.

I honestly couldn’t imagine this experience, but to put yourself into the “I can’t do yoga” category because of it seems extreme when the benefits of a yoga practice are also, um, gigantic!

I want to tell all of you folks whose boobies “can’t do yoga” that you can try yoga, even just the little bits that you are able to. There are so many asanas that could transform your back, chest and sides (well, you are lugging those things round all day, after all)! Please talk to your local instructor and ask for a one-on-one to give you the starting point you need away from a busy class.

Please do yoga. Your boobies will thank you for it.

OK, large-boobed friends, how do you modify your yoga practice so that it’s comfortable for you? Share your tips in the comments!

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    January 27, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    It’s definitely a game of trial and error for the modifications. In child’s pose I keep my knees together and relax into my lap. It’s about finding a balance between honoring the intent of the pose and physical limitations. For the record yes I am also a big boobed girl.

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    January 31, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Ah yes – the struggle is real!! I adapt my childs pose by taking my knees out wide and allowing my chest to drop through the middle. I also tend to move my chest to one side when working with low lunges, taking both hands to the inside of my foot and turning it into more of a lizard pose. I have yet to find a way to comfortably practice shoulderstand or plough without feeling as though I’m going to suffocate though! xx

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    Pála Margrét

    February 4, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Yes! Thank you! It is thanks to my boobs that my chaturanga will be that of a superhuman – when I finally achieve it – with all this extra weight!

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    February 11, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I agree with everything Gemma says! Wide leg child’s pose is a winner but I really can’t do plough for very long without thinking I’m going to pass out because my boobs are crushing my wind pipe! I also really struggle with eagle arm pose – less from a suffocation point of view and more because I can’t get my boobs out the way to get my hands together – one modification my yoga teacher gave me for this was to try the wrap but then put hands on opposite shoulders instead of trying to hold hands together. Obviously a very good sports bra is essential too… none of these beautiful but impractical lulu lemon bras that I can barely fit a nipple in! I’ve been doing yoga for over 10 years and make it work 99% of the time so it’s definitely possible for your sister.

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    Rachel D

    March 9, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    A good sports bra is definitely key. Gotta try and keep them in place. Haha!

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