Yoga isn’t as simple as black and white. There are many different styles and variations, all that have characteristics that make wearing the right clothes important. The last thing you want to be doing is fussing with your outfit mid-pose. There are a few basic principles we can apply that will make choosing the right yoga outfit easy.
If you are asking yourself “What do I wear to Yoga Class”, you’ve come to the right place. As you read, keep in mind that comfort is the most important aspect of choosing an outfit!
Avoid T-shirt, short, or loose fitting shirts. T-shirts are probably the worst option, they will fall right over your head over time you in are the downward facing dog position! If you are not comfortable with letting your belly show, don’t go with short tops either. Many poses in Yoga involve putting your arms above your head. SO make sure that the top isn’t too revealing with your arms lifted.
Also, avoid light colored tops if you think you are going to sweat during class. You don’t want yoga to turn into a wet t-shirt contest.
Your best bet it to wear long, fitted tank tops for yoga. You’ll want to choose a top that will keep you covered while you move, twist and bend. I Love wearing bright colored tops! It adds personality to your outfit so go crazy! Just make sure they are made of good quality material and aren’t see through. If you aren’t sure where to find those checkout YogaOutlet.com , they are far cheaper than your local shops and fitness shop.
Proper Chest Support
Make sure your breasts are getting the right amount of support. You should be wearing a shorts bar or a sports top with a built in bra if you are smaller chested. If you are big-busted, avoid V-necks or light weight sports bars. Some tops might make you think you have the right support but it’s better to be safe than have a nip-slip incident.
Avoid Wearing Short shorts or spandex
This is the ultimate “no” when it comes to yoga class. While shorts might be the best option for most other workouts, we want to avoid it in yoga. In yoga, you will be doing a lot of bending over and some posing you might find your legs up in the air. You don’t want to be in a pose and wonder if someone can see you private business. Not only that but shorts tend to bunch up as you move. Save yourself from pulling down and adjusting your shorts every five minutes.
Wear Cropped or Full-length Leggings
The term “yoga pants” truly does mean pants for yoga. You can’t go wrong with this classic choice. Not only are they comfortable and will also you to move freely but they will also absorb sweat. Yoga pants will also make it easier to do poses that require you to balance against your legs by providing traction.
Avoid wearing that favorite pair of leggings that you’ve had since high school. Chances are your old clothing has started to wear and the material around the crotch area has started to thin out. Also, avoid super light colored bottoms because these tend to be see through when stretched out. Slip on a pair of black, navy or other dark colored bottoms that are made of a good material. If you have been buying cheap clothing to save a few bucks you might want to invest in a solid pair of yoga pants. No one knows yoga quite like Yoga Outlet, they have the best yoga styles and their yoga clothing is made from quality materials.
What about undies?
Cotton or lacy underwear doesn’t breath well and doesn’t dry well. This may not be important depending on the type of yoga you are doing. With hot yoga or yoga that will make you work up a sweat, you’ll want to invest in some moister-wicking briefs or even go undie-free. Do whatever feels good and stays in place!
Buns are my ultimate favorite or a french braid. If depends on how long your hair is. If you have long hair like me, avoid high pony tails, they might look super cute but if will only get in the way and smack your face. For those of you with bangs, be sure to use booby pins to help keep it out of your face.
If you find yourself in yoga class spending more time thinking about your outfit than your breath and balancing, then you are wearing the wrong outfit and need to read over this guide one more time.
The Yoga Mat
The most obvious yoga item that you will need for class is a Yoga Mat! If you haven’t bought one yet, you can call ahead to see if yoga mats will be supplied. Otherwise (and i recommend this option) buy yourself a mat! There are endless options when it comes to yoga mats. Yoga mats come in all colors, sizes, thickness, etc. Here is one of my favorites, especially for beginners and you can get two-day shipping from Amazon if you are in a time crunch.
This is a great mat and it comes with a carrying strap for easy transportation. Not only that but considering some yoga mats can run over $100, this option is very budget friendly with a number of color options!
Yoga Blocks and Straps
If you are a beginner, you will find blocks to be very useful in helping you achieve the right form. Some classes will provide a limited number of blocks to use or you can bring your own. During the class, instructors will let you know when and how to use yoga blocks. If you are not sure you’re class provides yoga block or would rather just have your own, you can buy them at YogaOutlet.com or this set from amazon.
If you buy yoga blocks, be sure to get a set as some poses will require two blocks. This package from Amazon includes two yoga blocks and a yoga strap! Plus they match the yoga mat I recommended above.
Towel and Water
Always bring a water bottle with water to class. Please be a good human being and instead of bringing a disposable water bottle, go for an nature-friendly option! Water bottles can be fun! Liberty Bottleworks is a Made in the USA company that allows you to customize your own bottle! Other than water, the only other thing you might find useful is a light towel for sweat.
Alright ladies, be sure to get all the supplies you need and have a wonderful yoga session!