YOGA & EXERCISE AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY – 12 Weeks Post Op

At the 3 month point I am feeling very comfortable with my enhanced breasts. I still have a minor loss of sensation above the incision areas on both sides but I expect this will eventually return. I’ve had no discomfort in running as a result of the surgery and increased breast size.

Yoga blog

Yoga Practice:

There are still some limitations in my yoga practice as my strength and flexibility is still not at 100% of my pre-surgery ability. For example, while I can now easily do handstands (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), forearm balances (Pinca Mayurasana) and deeper backbends, the press-up type movements (Chaturanga Dandasana) still feel too strong across my chest muscles, so I only do these to a halfway point. I have not attempted to do vinyasa style jump backs or jump through connecting movements, standing backbend drop-backs or drop-overs for this reason.

Poses requiring deep chest expansion with shoulder rotation are still difficult, and I can still only just catch my fingers in poses like Pasasana, Maricyasana 4, Supta Kurmasana and Supta Bandha Padmasana.

It is unlikely that I will ever be able to do a few of my favourite balances again because of the placement of the implants. For example: Mayurasana and Padma Mayurasana (Peacock variations) as I cannot place my elbows in the right position under my sternum now; Viparita Salabhasana and Ganda Berundasana (Scorpion variations) because of the need to lie on my chest and squeeze my arms together underneath my breasts.

I’ve found it an interesting experience to be in a beginner’s mind again, as I had lost some confidence and have had to reacquaint myself with relearning movements that I used to be able to do without thinking about all the individual parts of the pose.

At my 12 week check-up with the nurse I asked whether I would be able to regain all my flexibility, or whether the implants may reduce my ability to stretch as fully in my chest area when doing yoga now. She assured me that my muscles will eventually return to their pre-surgery state once they have healed.

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