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I downloaded a yoga ap today.  It's been a few years since I did daily yoga.  Now I remember why I gave it up.  Many of the poses were difficult with big breasts.  I'm currently a G cup, as in gee, those must be heavy.  Everyone I see doing yoga in videos is an A cup of flatter.

I would like to do yoga everyday, but I need to find some way to do this without feeling like I've been punched in the chest.  

Any suggestions, or is yoga with not possible for busty people?
 
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Hey R,
I feel ya. The trick is to find a minimizing sports bra. Packing in the girls, I suggest sweat wicking too, helps with the inversion poses. Unfortunately they’re not cheap and I’m not sure about your size being available, but I’ve found them on clearance at Lucy and Athleta. If the problem is more about them getting in the way a yoga strap or a tea towel can help you get around the girls. Hope this helps.
 
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It might be worth working with an open and experienced teacher to learn variations of the poses that work with your body.  There seems to be multiple ways to do each one depending on  your abilities and your goals.  I'd encourage you to keep at it!  - learning the adaptations that work for you might help you identify successful movement patterns that will come in useful in other situations.

Is it the weight on the front of you, the sensation of  squishing or do they shift?  I don't have a size issue, but some days a sports bra with a goodly layer of padding helps sensitivity issues.
 
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Finding a sports bra with so small a ribcage and so large a cup has been problematic.  Even normal bras are special order as most 34s only go up to DD.  

I'm also trying to avoid synthetic fabric against my skin.

But right now, I cannot wear a bra due to other health reasons.  Thus the desire to take up yoga again to make up for the more vigorous exercise I'm missing.

The weight is fine, as I'm used to balancing with them.  It's the sheer mass that makes any of the front down poses like child pose impossible.  I don't even attempt upside down poses.

When I look up the problem, the advice is for D cup people.  D cups don't have the same mass issues as a G.
 
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Maybe look into Iyengar yoga? Its one that promotes the use of bricks/blocks to enable one to do adapted poses to still do the work in a pose.

I thought of this because I have a bad hip so struggle with childs pose- however in iyengar I use a block under my head and hips so I'm not leaning as much- would this way of creating more space be useful to you?

Obviously plastic foam bricks/blocks aren't ideal! But appropriately shaped blocks of wood would also work! The original blocks used in india were wooden!
 
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I hear you on bra issues. I don't know if it's my Stomach Issues or my Wonky Cartilage Issues but I can't wear any of my old bras anymore without wondering if I'm about to simply just break in half straight across my diaphragm. There is only so much I can do in what I usually consider a "sleep bra" with minimal support.
As for the poses, when I'm not swamped with work I do a lot of pilates and used to be big into yoga. A lot of these positions are just not good for your back if you're arching up on top of your breasts. I would suggest looking for adaptations that do the same thing (like instead of child's pose there is another one where you are on hands and knees, like cow, and then you go back with your arms extended all the way in front of you, it also lengthens and relaxes your lower back).

You can find some good info on modifications if you look around, as long as you ignore the 500 results that come from "yoga to get bigger boobs" which is frankly sort of disconcerting.... for example, https://www.yogajournal.com/practice-section/5-easy-adjustments-for-poses-that-can-be-uncomfortable-or-impossible-for-women-with-large-breasts
I imagine it would be easier to find better adaptations working with a teacher, but not sure if that is among your options or not.

A good point I see in these discussions, and I wish I had thought about this years back as I was trying to breathe while being smothered by my own boobs doing handstands, is that yoga was invented by men, for men's bodies. I think it's easy to get into feelings of good and bad and ability and non-ability (i'm hyperflexible and I get a lot of kudos from teachers. it has nothing to do with my ability. a smart teacher will see right through me and make me do adapted moves with slight flexion, which are about 99% harder), and I wish that weren't the case.
 
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Raven, my wife has a similar issue and she told me I have to send you to look at Panache bras at Bare Necessities.  They go up to 34O and have sports bras.  She has no idea where you'd get your size in natural fabric.  Worst case, might lining with a natural fabric to keep the synthetics off your skin be an option?
 
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Another option (since you mentioned that bras are currently an issue for you, anyway) might be to just wrap the girls as snugly as you can tolerate. A wide-ish, long strip of sturdy fabric, wrapped around, ought to at least be worth a shot?
 
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Would a bodice work instead of a bra? It might be hard to find one in your size, but they aren't all that difficult to make. They can be worn over a shirt, and the utilitarian ones seem to do a fair job of keeping the girls in place.
 
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