SECRETS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT YOGA CLOTHES
The main objective of choosing the right yoga wear is so you can just forget about it during yoga practice. At dawn, when the rest of the world is still and quiet, I reserve special yoga-time for a series of gentle Yoga asanas, pranayamas (yoga breathing techniques) and meditation. It is a sacred hour of peace before I start the day. Paying attention to simple details like which yoga clothes to wear helps to keep this time focused on what is most important – the yoga. Here are some tips on choosing the right clothes for your practice.
SECRET #1: BE YOURSELF
Yoga practice is different from other kinds of workouts. It’s not about the competition. It’s not about opinions and beauty standards. Yoga is a process of getting to know oneself, whatever the journey may look like. You are invited to wear whatever makes you feel beautiful, gracious and honoured. Have fun.
Secret #2: Choose yoga wear that hugs your body shape, and allows for easy movement.
Yoga tops: Choose yoga wear that is comfortable, with modest coverage that will not reveal too much. You won’t want to constantly tug at your clothes during yoga class. Stretchable cotton-blend tank tops or tees that hug the torso work well for both men and women. Avoid tops with loose necklines or collars; they get irritating during inversions, such as in my shoulder stand experience. Women should look for bra support built into a yoga top.
Choosing yoga pants: Yoga pants with an elastic waist and that conform to the body’s shape are best. For women, yoga pants are available with a foldable waist for extra comfort and warmth. Capri-style yoga pants are also popular for both men and women. For men – men’s board shorts; the kind surfers wear to the beach, are long enough and look great.
Getting stylish: Yoga wear comes in a variety of natural fibres like organic cotton, bamboo and linen for eco-conscious yogis. Light colours and earthy tones harmonize well with yoga’s Zen effect. For fashion divas, yoga clothing can be found with design details like rhinestones, prints and embroidery.
Yoga wear to avoid: Beginners can feel just as comfortable as seasoned yogis by avoiding the following items: Overly loose pants can slide and get in the way of yoga poses. Drawstring pants are uncomfortable when lying on the stomach. Avoid wearing shorts because they can bunch up in upside-down poses.
Secret #3: Layering your yoga clothing beats yoga class micro-climates.
Early morning yoga can get chilly before a warm-up. Likewise after a cool-down yoga sequence that leads into meditation. To avoid the cold, wear yoga clothing in layers to stay cosy and warm. A wrap or lightweight wool shawl thrown over a light zip-up sweatshirt is as handy as your yoga mat. Plus, your shawl doubles as a blanket during yoga nidra, the lying-down relaxation. How’s that for efficiency?
Secret #4: With some skilful planning, yoga clothes can go from the office to the yoga mat.
It is no secret that yoga can benefit work life and relieve stress. As more businesses offer yoga at the workplace, employers have noticed the benefits, like higher employee satisfaction ratings and more productivity, but they don’t have to notice your yoga pants. Yoga pants are quietly showing up in business casual office wear for women.
Work-at-home entrepreneurs and executives who practice yoga have discovered that yoga pants are also perfect to wear to meetings, grocery shopping and picking up the kids. Transition yoga pants to office wear through pairing with some simple fashion know-how. Outside of yoga class, yoga pants are best incognito, so think of them as leggings. Yoga pants made of thicker fabrics like stretchy tweeds or structured knits also blend easily in the office. Wear a longer length top that layers over the waist, to the mid-thigh. Tunics look great, as well as loose sheath or A-line dresses in blends of cotton, linen or silk.