One of the yoga sites I like , Kinetic Vigilantes posted an insightful and amusing article about practicing yoga with the more then average sized bust. The article is called Yoga or Bust! 3 Tricks to to help you stop fighting your boobs during yoga. As a well endowed woman, I totally identify with the feelings of suffocation brought on during plow pose. I know I have to adjust my body through practice to accomodate my chest and I pick out tops that keep the “girls” under control. This article also got me thinking about how breast size becomes a real concern during pregnancy and even more so, after, when they are filled with milk to feed our babies. During and after pregnancy the boobies can expand to unwieldy proportions or give a normally moderate sized bust line a big boost. You may go from an A to a D cup, for instance–or a C to a DD(!!!!) No matter–The weight and girth of these girls will put stress on the upper back, shoulders and chest. In order to adjust to our new proportions, it is important to find some postures to alleviate the pressure, keep the area strong, and keep the heart space open.
Here are some exercises that can help alleviate some of the strain. They can be practiced during pregnancy and then continued after. After you have your baby, you will find there is more of a strain in the shoulders and upper back, due to nursing and holding baby. The heart opening postures are even more important at this time to counter-balance the rounding of the shoulders.
Standing or in a comfortable seated space. Grow long and tall in the spine. Slowly lift the shoulders and roll them back, articulating each movement as you go. Breathe in and out through the nose, deep and full as you move.
Alternate side shoulder openers with clasp: Seated or standing. Right arm reaches to the sky. Left arm lengthens and is brought up the back, back of hand between the shoulder blades. Right arm bend and finds a clasp with left. This can be done with a towel or strap if the you cannot reach. Elbows travel back, as if towards each other. Spine remains tall and long. Neck is lengthened. Breathe in deep and full, inhaling length and exahling softness. Release and repeat on the opposite side.
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