Things To Consider When Choosing What To Wear For Yoga

July 26, 2012 · Posted in Sports 

As the popularity of yoga continues to increase all over the world, more and more people are taking their first yoga class, or buying their first yoga book for practice at home. What to wear for yoga is a question being asked more and more.

You should take into account several factors when deciding what clothes to wear for your first yoga workout.

There are obviously practical considerations to be made but also, fashion is no stranger in the yoga studio and people are starting to think that it is not only important to feel good with what you wear, but also too LOOK GOOD as this will ultimately make you feel better about yourself.

With movie stars and pop stars advocating yoga the fashions within yoga are starting to reflect that.

This makes it a little more difficult when you are a beginner because your body is probably not the shape that you desire it to be, especially if you are starting yoga in order to try and lose some weight.

However, once a yoga class has begun, those around you will be far too focused on their practice to be noticing what you are wearing.

In fact, yoga is actually practiced by people of all shapes and sizes. You can not tell if someone practices yoga simply by their body shape.

You will probably sweat during your yoga workout, even more true if you are doing hot yoga or power yoga. Wearing any thick clothing is therefore not advisable.

Of course, when it comes to clothes you are totally free to wear whatever you like but it might help beginners to think about some important things which might not be so obvious.

You don’t want your clothes to restrict your movement in any way. anything that is tight on the knees or elbows should be avoided.

The opposite is also true in that you do not want your clothes to be too slack or baggy. When you twist and bend yourself into all sorts of amazing positions and postures, the last thing you need is your top falling up and covering your face. As well as restricting your view, this type of miss-hap would spoil your concentration and put you off.

You also need to pay attention to the type of material any clothes are made of. Some materials can be itchy on your skin which is not a good thing. Other materials do not allow the skin to breathe so easily and sweat is not absorbed which results in your skin becoming wet beneath your clothes, and then the clothes might start to stick to your body, which again, can become uncomfortable.

A common yoga related injury is a scuff on the skin to either the knees or the elbows, especially when trying to learn a new pose, so you may also want to consider a top with longer sleeves to cover the elbows, and a pair of yoga pants to protect the legs.

You do not have to wear shoes if you don’t want when practicing yoga but it is advisable to wear something light on the feet, especially if your going to a yoga class or studio.

You wouldn’t want to slip and injure yourself on a hard floor that has got slippy with condensation or sweat.

At the end of the day, make sure your clothes are practical for yoga and are in line with the above guidelines.

As long as you feel good in your clothes and are sure that you will not be distracted by them, and that they wont distract others, then you should be free to enjoy your yoga sessions with your mind fully focused on nothing but YOGA.

Elizabeth Pennington has been practicing yoga since 1993. Let her share her vast knowledge with you about what to wear for yoga and find out even more great tips on yoga for beginners at her website Yoga Body and Mind

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