Okay, I’ll admit, when asked to write about what to wear for yoga practice, I faced a bit of a dilemma. If you practice yoga frequently, get into the philosophy and try to live by it, you should not be getting attached to a pair of cool yoga tights and certainly not be judging others by what they are wearing…. or coveting their cool yoga tights.
When at home, I am known to practice yoga in my pyjamas. But, on a practical level (how embarrassing would it be to turn up to a yoga studio in PJs?!) there are some things you need to know about what (or what not!) to wear in class.
The practice of yoga takes the body through its full range of movement, from flexion to extension to rotation to side bending to inversion. You need to be comfortable and able to move freely in your clothes. Full length, stretchy leggings or capris with a mid-rise or high waist are good. Zips, often found on work out wear, can become painful on the mat so are best avoided.
For your top half, go for something that will not end up over your face when you take down dog. A fitted yoga or work out vest is better than a loose t-shirt, unless you have abs of steel and fancy showing them off in a cropped yoga top in that heated yoga studio! A supportive sports bra is a must, you may think your top fits just fine while walking around but once you are bending, twisting and going upside down, things happen!
If you have a dynamic practice such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Bikram, you will need to wear sweat wicking fabrics, and that goes for underwear too! It is better to wear no pants at all than to wear a cotton pair that will stay wet for the whole 90 minute practice (but do note my next bullet!!). You can buy breathable sports pants if you are horrified at the thought of going commando.
Believe me, you may think your comfy old leggings are opaque but I have seen enough while adjusting students in downwards facing dog to know that many fabrics become see through when stretched….. It is well worth investing in a good pair of opaque yoga leggings from one of the more expensive yoga brands. The price tag may sting but they will save your dignity in many an asana!
I didn't actually realise that places like H&M and F&F were any good for sportswear. Always assumed you had to go for the brands like Sweaty Betty etc, which can be crazy expensive. So good to know that the cheaper stuff will do just as well.
Thanks for the links - I'm a bit sick of my plain grey and black yoga kit and have seen people wearing great prints and didn't know where they go them - now I do!
Personally, I rather like those see-through fabrics ladies wear doing yoga. And ok, yes I'm a fella who does yoga. I admit it!
Brilliant tips for yoga clothes - thanks. I especially like the links to the shops so I can see what's about.