Imagine downward facing dog in a sauna as sweat drips down your back. As you step into warrior one, your feet are slipping down the mat. It’s 95 degrees in here and you’re thinking, “I’ve never sweat this much in my life!” Or perhaps you’re thinking, “I am totally wearing the wrong clothes for this.” Don’t worry, I got you boo.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, chances are you might have walked out saying “never again” or were instantly hooked. If you didn’t love it the first time, I encourage you to keep going, it just might grow on you! While doing yoga in a hot room doesn’t necessarily “detoxify” your body, it is good for your muscles and stretching deeper and further. You might just fall in love over time. That’s what happened to me.
I’ve been practicing hot yoga for many years now and it’s given me the opportunity to shop around for yoga pants, yoga tops, and yoga sports bras. When taking a hot yoga class breathability is key and less is more. Everything should be dry-fit or quick-dry because, like I said, you’re going to sweat…a lot.
Here are some tips on what to wear to a hot yoga class… or, since summer is just around the corner, just in general as temperatures begin to rise!:
Mesh yoga tops
If you don’t feel comfortable practicing in just a sports bra, go with a super light weight, breathable top like this mesh, short sleeve tee by Campeak. Because of the mesh back it feels great when you walk out of yoga and you can instantly feel the wind on your back.
Capri yoga pants
When sweating out in hot yoga, you might think of buying the tiniest shorts known to man. But that would be a mistake. Yoga pants- especially those designed for hot yoga- can actually assist you in some poses like twists or crow. These are poses were you might need to grip your leg and if you’re wearing shorts you will probably go slipping and sliding around.
My favorite hot yoga pants are ones that are breathable, quick to stay dry, and cute. But although cute is important, functionality is imperative. When shopping for hot yoga pants you need to read reviews!
My recommendation is the Baeleaf Women’s Capri Yoga pants. Their “non see-through, moisture-wicking, breathable and stretchy fabric provides complete coverage.” Customers cannot say enough good things about these pants and they are ideal for a sweaty, hot yoga class because they keep the sweat at bay, they don’t roll at the waist (super annoying) and unlike some well-known yoga brands, they are not going to show off your goodies to the person behind you.
Comfy yet sweat-proof sports bra
Getting the right sports bra is so important when taking a hot yoga class. You don’t want a bra to leave you feeling sweaty and uncomfortable all through class. That’s why I always recommend you get a sports bra that is quick-dry and comfortable at the same time. The CharmLeaks sports bra is not only great for keeping you dry, but it’s comfortable too. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty stylish too.
A great headband to keep sweat out of your face
Look for yoga headbands that have a grip. That way when you start sweating, they will stay in place and keep your hair and sweat out of your face. My favorite is the Gaiam Sure-Grip Headband. It’s cute and does the job right.
A mat specifically designed for hot yoga
It’s true that all yoga mats are not created equal. While some mats can take a little bit of sweat, you’ll want to consider a mat specifically designed for hot yoga. They are typically called “combo mats” because they have a built-in towel-like surface that absorbs sweat with its open-cell technology. ZURA yoga mats are a great example of this, and as a bonus, they are all natural, made of eco-friendly materials AND machine washable!
A hot yoga mat towel
Not ready to splurge on a new mat yet? Go the economical route by getting a a mat towel. You need a hot yoga towel to prevent yourself from slipping and sliding all over your yoga mat. Also you will probably want something to wipe yourself down with after class. There are a ton of cute and fun hot yoga towels out there but I always go for functionality. That’s why I like the Shandali Go Sweat yoga towel. It’s microfiber, super soft and very absorbable.
Give hot yoga a try if you’ve never done it before. Just make sure you wear the right clothes and bring the right equipment to make the best of your hot yoga class!