To get the most out of your yoga class, it’s best to wear stretchy, close fitting clothing that isn’t going to fall down over your head when you bend over. Layers are always best, so that you can regulate your own body temperature throughout the class.
I’m all for self expression, looking good and feeling great. I actively encourage all students to ‘find their yoga style’ – go for it – there are some really funky leggins and short dresses/long tops around right now 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! Test your yoga pants by standing with your back to a mirror, bend over and have a good look – can you see your bottom?
The rude bottom – male
Wide legged postures will spell danger for this chap! Think about cycle shorts or leggings and wear 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 any buttons, embroidery or ties on any part of you – particularly the back – which will cause irritation when we do postures that involve that part being on the floor.
The Puppy Pop Out
Ladies, get your bosom under control – it’s really important to wear a correct fitting bra to yoga. One that holds you firm in all postures – trust me you can feel claustrophobic in shoulder stand if your puppies come loose. The best test is to do a forward bend and if there is escapage try a different bra.
The Bike Park
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
You can try gel or a hair bobble – plaits, ponies or up-dos – just give this one a miss or I can’t tell which way you’re facing!