Yoga, Boobs & Not Taking Ourselves too Seriously.

Via Kate Bartolotta
on Jan 3, 2013
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Tip of the day:

Your practice should be tailored to meet the needs of your body (and heart).

I have big boobs.

Whew, now that I have that off my chest! Ha ha! Sorry, but in America we seem to be kind of silly and goofy where breasts are concerned.

The fact is, while I firmly believe yoga is for every-body, every body has different strengths, weaknesses and needs. Someone who is sedentary much of the time would benefit from extra work with hip opening postures. Runners may benefit from postures that help with core strength. Your practice should be the practice that you need—in and out of class. To me, the mark of a great teacher is one who is both hands-on and non-judgmental with his or her adjustments and can speak intelligently about the purpose of different asanas.

If you have larger breasts, they can take their toll on your back and also can lead to tightened pectoral muscles and over-stretched rhomboids, since many of us will round our shoulders forward instead of pulling them back and keeping our chest open and forward. This is also true for anyone (male or female) who spends a lot of time working on a laptop or any other type of work that encourages a “head forward” posture.

If this is you, make sure you are including some wonderful chest opening asanas in your practice on a regular basis. I love dhanurasana (bow pose) for the way it opens my chest and shoulders. Ustrasana, or camel pose, is another great chest opener (and heart opener as well). Many teachers will plan to focus on certain areas in a particular class sequence, so if you’ve found a studio and teacher you love, ask if there is a class that will be a great fit for your needs.

In other news, it’s really ridiculously hard to take pictures of your yoga practice with the Mac photo booth. Reee-dick-u-lous.

I discovered there is no way I could make it into a handstand in the three seconds after hitting the button to take the picture without falling to an untimely death. Almost, but not quite.

So, since I often do my home practice on my own, my asana portraiture will be limited to when I’m either at a class (with folks I don’t mind bugging to take my picture like a dork), home practice with a friend or more attempts at Photoboothasana, with hopes that I do not fall and break anything in the process.

Sulking in frustration at my thwarted photography efforts.


What was your practice like today? Are you doing #yogaeverydamnday this month? Check back for my updates and follow along on Twitter @kate_bartolotta and Pinterest.


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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven. She also writes for Huffington Post, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga+ Health, a beauty full mind, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Kate's books are now available on and Barnes & She is passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook and Instagram.


15 Responses to “Yoga, Boobs & Not Taking Ourselves too Seriously.”

  1. slsimms says:

    My boobs are thin so they can be squished without too much issue.

    We'll see how this practice holds up to going back to work next week though!

  2. iambethanne says:

    Too funny, loved this!

  3. LynnBonelli says:

    I suffer from toobigboobitis as well. Oh how I would LOVE to be able to walk around bra-less sometimes. I find myself having to push these bad boys outta the way to deepen some of the poses. But, I guess there are worse things in life…P.S. so far my yoga photos for the challenge have been of my feet, my cat on the yoga mat and my shadow during meditation. I need a friend!!

  4. I definitely don't have this problem. Great post and I think the photos are, too. Keepin' it real.

  5. Thanks Lynn! You definitely need to try acroyoga btw!

  6. I suppose there are worse problems, but yes, they do get in the way! Love those picture ideas, sound so cute!

  7. Thanks Bethanne 🙂

  8. Well, even a few Sun Salutations before you get in the shower is better than not at all. You can do it!

  9. SOFLY_Anna says:

    Hi Kate,

    Great work!
    I've been practicing yoga at home daily (yes! no matter what…) for quite a few years now – the benefits are outrageous! Luckily, I have really good teachers and my practice is tailored to me.

    Best Regards,

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  11. Michelle Marchildon says:

    I have big girls too. They are not helpful in yoga. Bravo Kate.

  12. Thanks MM. They are definitely not, but I like them anyway.

  13. Yes! I think a home practice, plus good teachers is perfect. They complement each other wonderfully.

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  15. Lisa says:

    I loved this! I used to have unmanageable boobs – I have a short, very narrow torso with almost no shoulders and I was a 34FF! I loved yoga as it was a form of exercise I could actually do I had tried jogging and the like but they were painful even with a sport bra and I was in danger of giving myself a black eye! Having learned my spine was at risk from the weight, I had them reduced to an easy C cup. Years of hunching forward had taken their toll, though, and I still love to do these chest opening stretches!