Criteria for Buying Your First Yoga Outfit
The tenets of Yoga combine relaxation, exercise, and overall fitness. You will achieve very little if you are not comfortable or your clothing will not allow you to move the way you need to. Before you begin, treat yourself to a Yoga outfit that will help you be successful in your attempts to get the most out of your Yoga activities.
First, choose a sports bra that fits well. Be sure to try it on before you buy it. The straps should fit snug enough that they do not fall down your arms, but should not bite into your flesh either. Stretch and bounce in the bra to see if it rides up or shifts positions uncomfortably, and to ensure that it offers substantial support for all of your activities.
Consider a Yoga tank top with a built in sports bra. These tops are often made from fabric that breathes and also wicks away moisture for your comfort, and you won’t spend your work out worrying about whether or not your bra straps are showing. Again, be sure to try on a couple before making a final choice. The moisture wicking feature is also important because it can prevent chafing and rashes, and even embarrassing moments.
Choose pants that fit around the waist but give you room to move and stretch in the hips and thighs. Simple sweat pants are often too heavy and warm; pants that were made specifically for Yoga are made of a lightweight breathable material that, like the top, wicks away moisture. Like the tops, pants made with moisture wicking material will not only keep you comfortable, it will also prevent irritation and possibly embarrassment.
When you try on Yoga pants, try low rise pants, pants with wide waistbands, and pants with traditional waistlines. Move around in them, and stretch in them. It’s nice to choose Yoga pants that look really cute, but it’s more important to choose pants that will allow you to move the way you need to when performing Yoga stretches and exercises.
While Yoga shoes may look like traditional sneakers, there are some important differences. The tops of the shoes are light and thin to allow air flow for comfort; the soles are thin and flexible. Many Yoga instructors will advise you to perform Yoga in bare feet. Yoga shoes are designed to mimic the comfort and flexibility of not wearing any shoes at all. Pair your Yoga shoes with a pair of Yoga socks. Yoga socks fit your feet like a pair of latex gloves. Light and airy, Yoga socks are form fitting so that they don’t bunch or feel uncomfortably thick inside your shoes. In fact, the goal is for you not to feel them at all.
Put together an ensemble that you are comfortable wearing, can move freely in, and that is made of quality fabrics that will help you remain cool and comfortably dry. With the right clothes, you will feel good about performing Yoga and will be more likely to continue with your routines.