What to Wear for Yoga — For Beginners and Beyond
Have you taken a Yoga class yet? Not that you’re expected to participate in Yoga to live a green lifestyle — but if you haven’t hopped in a class, why not? There is no better way to start the day than a Sun Salutation. Regardless of your workout regimen (you do have a work out regimen, yes?), Yoga can fit nicely into your routine.
Now that you’re convinced, what exactly should you wear, or what’s most appropriate to wear when you are participating in Yoga? There’s a sufficient amount of mystique surrounding Yoga for someone who may never have tried it — so showing up with the right gear and in proper clothing can be a big deal. Here are some tips on Yoga clothes.
Good Clothing to Wear for Yoga
When you step into a Yoga class, or a one-on-one session, you want to have three things with you: a Yoga mat, a towel and comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.
Regarding the mat, you can find them at any sporting goods place, or Yoga specialty shop. Many dance supply stores also carry mats. As for the towel, if your gym doesn’t carry them, you can probably find one in your bathroom or closet. When it comes to clothes, however, there’s not a Yoga “uniform” per se, yet throughout time, trends have dictated a certain look and style.
Generally, you want to consider the activity you’ll be participating in to find the best clothing for performance. When you think of certain Yoga poses such as Downward Facing Dog, or other inverted postures, it’s easy to see that you want something form-fitting on top, regardless of whether you’re male or female. This will keep your shirt out of your face, and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
When considering pants, many women choose the cotton/Lycra blend, or “Yoga” pants. Yoga pants derive from the age-old, classic fishing pant that you can find throughout the Asian continent. Regardless of what you choose, you want to be sure that your movement is unrestricted — almost as if you were naked, yet NOT naked.
Fabric Options Regarding Yoga Clothes
Nowadays, we have so many options for fabrics. Many of the premier sporting brands have lines of clothing specifically for activities such as Yoga and dance. Adidas and Nike offer materials that help wick the sweat from your skin, as opposed to absorbing it into a layer of sweaty fabric. Even if you’re not a “sweat-er,” expect to sweat while participating in Yoga. If you are looking to be as green as Kermit, however, organic cotton is the way to go.
If you’re comfortable with your surroundings, you may find that the less clothing, the better. There’ve been Bikram classes in which every woman in the class is in a sports bra and trunks — and the dudes — well, they sport nothing but shorts that still allow ’em to feel like dudes, I suppose. So much of it depends on your class level, the environment and personal comfort level.
Why Wear “Special” Clothes for Yoga
These days, I prefer my Thai Fisherman pants (organic cotton, of course), and a tight t-shirt or tank top. I highly recommend something in the variety of a “Thai” pant, or pant that fits snug at the waist and non-restrictive through the buttocks, hips, thighs, knees and on down to the toes.
Why? Really, there’s no other reason than the fact that you need to be able to move freely. Such pants can be pulled, rolled up to the knees and manipulated, while offering unrestricted movement. Regardless of your modesty level, such a pant will allow you to feel comfortable in any surrounding, even if you’re taking a class at the local YMCA and there happens to be a flock of pre-teens giving Yoga a try. If you begin to lose weight, or bulk up that lean mass, these pants fit waist sizes from 10 inches to 60+ inches.
Where to Find Yoga Clothes
Simply put, “Yoga clothes” are everywhere online. You can find sportswear that will suffice at your local department or sporting goods store, but that’s where you’ll run into the problem of finding organic-wear. Consider an excellent source for all things Yoga: Yoga Tribe and Culture. Check out the “Where to Buy” link, and you’ll find a great comprehensive list by state.
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