To get the most from your yoga class, it’s best to wear stretchy, close fitting clothing that moves with you. When deciding what to wear to yoga, layers are always best! Then you can regulate your own body temperature throughout the class. Steer away from baggy clothes or hoods that might fall down over your head when you bend over.
I’m all for self expression, looking good and feeling great. I actively encourage all students to ‘find their yoga style’ ! There are some really funky leggings and short dresses/long tops that look fabulous.
However, just thought I’d give you a few tips on what fashion looks to avoid when coming to yoga…
The rude bottom – female
Leggings come in all thicknesses. Most are great for wearing under dresses and long tops, but it’s best to buy a proper sports brand if you are going to wear them with a short top! Some leggings are very thin and can show your pants through. Test your leggings by standing with your back to a mirror, bend over and have a good look – can you see your pants – or even worse your bottom?
The rude bottom – male
Wide legged postures are a disaster for men’s shorts! Think about cycle shorts or tracksuit bottoms. Bring layers. It’s really important to be warm when we come to the relaxation or meditation phase – even for men!
The Ouch – That’s gonna dig in
Beware of any buttons, embroidery or ties on any part of you. Embellishments, particularly on the back, will cause irritation when we do postures that involve that part being on the floor.
The Puppy Pop Out
Ladies, ensure your bosom is under control. It’s really important to wear a correct fitting bra to yoga. One that holds you firm in all postures – you can feel claustrophobic in downward dog if your puppies dangle loose. The best test is to bend forward and if there is escapage try a different bra.
The Bike Park
We do a fair amount of bending forwards. If your leggings slip down this will give the student behind you a view of your buttock ‘clevage’. This applies to both sexes and needs to be addressed by adding a longer t-shirt or dress (if you’re a lady).
The Hair Monster
Please use a hair bobble – plaits or ponies will do – if not, I might not be able to tell which way you’re facing!