Bikram Yoga or Bust (Yoga with Big Boobs)

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Cartoon Woman doing Standing Bow Pulling PoseWhen you’re a woman and well-endowed, Awkward Pose isn’t the most uncomfortable posture in the Bikram Yoga series. Female yogis blessed up top may find several of the floor poses, or postures that require touching head to knee, somewhat challenging. If this is a problem you can relate to, read on … we’ve got words of wisdom that may help!

You’re Not Alone

Do a quick Google search for “Bikram Yoga” and “Big Boobs” and you’ll find that many ladies are in the same boat – or bra, as it were. Here’s an excerpt from a blog post entitled, “Not a Bikram Body”:

“The real problem is that some of the Bikram poses are just not designed for big boobs. And, in order to get half as far as someone else (e.g., a guy or a small-breasted gal), I have to work that much harder to (to name just a few) a) lift my chest off the towel (Cobra/Bhujangasana); b) get my forehead to my shins (Hands to Feet/Padahastasana); and c) find cute outfits. (OK, the last one is vanity, but still, it’s true.) And by the way, while everyone else is looking at their bellybuttons, I’m being smothered in my own cleavage. Not as fun as it may sound.”

Problematic Postures

We asked students what poses are particularly difficult to do with a large bust – and why:

  • Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose: the sweat from mine drips right into my eyes – every time! Yuck!
  • For me it’s Rabbit Pose. I can’t do it properly because, if I do, I’m suffocating myself!
  • My nose is nestled right in my cleavage for Rabbit Pose.
  • I’m a 32D and have problems getting my boobs to move out of the way to get deeper into poses. It is funny and sad all at once. I see the smaller-busted ladies doing just fine while I’m manipulating my body to get out of the way of my boobs. If only I had a C cup!
  • I’m a 38D and feel like my boobs constantly get in the way when the teacher tells us to touch our head to our knee. I feel better knowing it’s a big-boobed thing rather than an “I’m not flexible and can’t do the pose” thing.
  • I’m an H cup, trying to get more active, but “the girls” seem to get in the way of everything I try! Oh well, we can only work with what we have!

Simple Solutions

While it’s true that “we can only work with what we have,” there may be some fast fixes that can help make your practice more comfortable:

  • Wear a fitted, supportive bra/top that helps keep every part of your body in place.
  • If you’re experiencing great pain or discomfort, ask the teacher before or after class if there are any special modifications you can do while you work to improve your practice.
  • Have patience! As you continue to do Bikram Yoga, you may find yourself gaining flexibility and/or losing weight from your chest. Both can help improve your performance during your practice.

Got any more advice for your fellow yoginis? Please leave a comment below this post!

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    Dear big boobs ladies,

    First of all, embrace your beauty with that one of the great representations of a goodness. This way, the boobs will already stop to be a “problem” to you, then everything else will just come to you gracefully.

    Second, stretch further than others. This is actually your advantage to gain stronger long back and long neck practices. Now you don’t need to round your back like a mad cat during standing head to keen, but flex your feet back more, lock your standing keen more, hips down in one line, stretch lower back nicely, and just enjoy a bit of chin down. As long as you pay attention to the detail of YOUR body. Don’t worry about how the small boobies girls do! Who cares?!!!

    Every posture is designed to help you gain strength on the part of your body which you don’t normally work on in day-to-day life. Therefore, have been able to even just work on the smallest improvement on those challenge postures is a benefit gained.

    Love your body, love your yoga. Keep on loving what you do and do what you love!

    For all beautiful you~~

  40. Tina says:

    I always wondered if the boobs were preventing me from going deeper into my postures. I got frustrated but had to change my mindset – if I’m giving 100% into the pose, I’m getting the benefits.

  41. hiena says:

    I have this problem too! For me it’s all the head to knee poses. I’m so glad to know I’m not alone 🙂 The advice about wearing a supportive bra is good – I wear a t-shirt over a bra, and the t-shirt creates a suffocating mono-boob. The future is always bright, maybe this problem will be solved. For now, it’s comforting that other women have the same experience.

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