Beware: Yoga Fashion Trap
Loose or tight, short or long, famous brand or any label? Forums are full of “What do I wear for yoga?” threads. But don’t fall into this yoga fashion trap: it’s not your pants or top that defines your ultimate success on the mat. So be bold and be different: you don’t need other people’s opinions to pick the right outfit for yourself.
It’s true that the variety of styles is amazing and confusing at the same time. As far as pants go, you can choose from classic cuts or something as extravagant as palazzo and harem pants. Interestingly enough, we aren’t that puzzled buying another pair of jeans. Whether boot cut or skinny, high or low waist, somehow we know which styles suit us and avoid the unflattering ones.
However, when it comes to picking yoga pants, we suddenly complicate things. Surely, yoga involves specific moves, but most of us have already been involved in physical activities requiring at least some freedom of movement. So even if it’s deep inside, we already know pretty well what type of pants to go for.
Likewise, there’s no need to go out of your way to find an appropriate top. Of course, there’s always a warning that doing reversed poses in a T-shirt is not the best idea. But that’s about the only significant aspect you should take into consideration. Everything else is merely subject to individual taste, just as when you go shopping any other day.
There’s no need to seek advice on footwear, because the best part of yoga is that you don’t need any! Keeping in mind that those who generally sweat a lot complain about their feet slipping in certain poses, if you don’t have perspiration issues then being barefoot is generally the best option. So basically you’re the only one who knows what’s right for you.
You’ll see people asking what they should wear under their yoga wear. Or should they wear anything at all. The funniest thing is that they get dozens of answers: “I wear boxers”, “I wear thongs”, “I hate thongs and love panties. Go get some panties!” But then again there’s this huge “panty lines” disaster, which leads to never ending debates.
What really matters?
Such overwhelming problems make the primary purpose of doing yoga secondary. Shift your focus back to yoga and just relax. When you shop for yoga clothing, keep the following pointers in mind:
- Try wearing something you already have to your first classes (leggings, capris, jogging pants). Once you’ve had a few classes you’ll learn what suits you best;
- Consider your own preferences, not someone else’s;
- Keep your yoga wear neat and clean. It’s good on any outfit and it makes you confident;
- Think about yoga, not your looks. Worrying about the style of your yoga wear leaves no room for complete relaxation and detachment, thus defeating the purpose of yoga altogether.
But of course if you’re really stuck on the question of what to wear, you can always try nude yoga. ;)