Yoga has a host of benefits for both body and mind, including better flexibility, more muscle tone and a sense of greater relaxation. But yoga can also be a confusing sport. It’s not the sort of thing that’s embedded deeply into our culture yet, so approaching it can sometimes seem difficult.
One of the most important questions is; what to wear? Here’s a rundown of some of the do’s and don’ts.
Avoid Shirts That Are Too Big
In general, wearing loose clothing is a good idea at yoga. But you don’t want it to be too loose, especially if you’re doing any poses that require you to be upside down. Pick yoga tops that are breathable and allow you to move around freely, but try to avoid tops that are too loose and likely to ride up during a workout. Having a loose top can be distracting and take your attention away from the yoga itself, defeating the purpose of the exercise.
Wear A Sports Bra
While you might see low-cut tops on models doing yoga poses in the magazines, in general, it’s not a good idea. Avoiding nip slip should be a priority, especially if you’re planning on doing things like headstands or down dog.
Many tops come with inbuilt shelf bras, but these aren’t usually the best option for the movements involved in yoga. Your best bet is to stick with a regular sports bra: one that hugs your frame tightly and keeps everything packed in where it should be.
Go With Long Yoga Pants Leggings
Many women choose to wear short sweat shorts while doing yoga. But while these are ideal for doing sports like running, they’re a nightmare when you’re trying to do yoga moves. The good news is that there are specific yoga pants which guarantee that you won’t have a wardrobe malfunction and will allow you to do yoga practice in comfort, all at the same time.
Be warned, though: the price range of yoga pants is extreme. You can pick up a pair of yoga pants from your local sports discount store for about $20. But some pants are upwards of $900.
The great thing about yoga pants is that they help to wick sweat away from your body. This is especially important if you’re prone to things like UTIs, in which case, any sweat you can remove from your skin during a long 90-minute workout is a bonus.
Avoid Cotton Underwear
Cotton is great for comfort, but when it comes to exercise gear, it leaves a lot to be desired. You’d never wear a cotton top or cotton pants to yoga class, so why would you wear cotton undies?
The good news is that there are plenty of sweat-wicking undies out there that’ll keep you dry during yoga class. Alternatively, with the right choice of leggings, you can skip the panties altogether.
So there you have it, the weird and wonderful world of yoga attire. What will you be wearing to your next class?