Yoga clothes and mats
Yoga is exercise for both mind and body. In order for your mind to get all the benefits yoga has to offer, your body should be properly equipped.
The first pieces of equipment you should think about when starting to do yoga are clothes and a mat. They can define your attitude to yoga from the very beginning, so it’s crucial to take into account every little detail.
When it comes to yoga apparel, the most important thing that you should care about is comfort. The clothes should not limit your movements even during deep stretches, twists or bends.
Besides, your yoga clothes should absorb sweat and dry quickly. This is especially important during Bikram or power yoga sessions. So stay away from synthetic yoga clothes and go for cotton, bamboo or hemp instead. These fabrics breathe, and you do know how important breath is in yoga. Wool or flannel clothing is recommendable for the winter season workouts.
Close-fitting or loose clothing? Go for close-fitting pants if you want to have a full view of your legs to ensure proper alignment. If you choose loose cotton pants, make sure you can freely bend, twist and stretch as far as you can wearing them.
When shopping for a yoga top, keep in mind that it should allow you to take inverted poses without falling on your face. It also should be short enough not to cover your lower body.
You might not need yoga shoes if you practice indoors, but you’ll definitely need a pair of nice footwear if you decide to practice outdoors. Check out popular sports brands for special yoga shoes with flexible soles.
Now let’s look at the wide variety of yoga mats. They differ in thickness and material. Sticky mats are thin and prevent you from slipping. Double-thick sticky mats are practically the same but thicker for more cushioning. Cotton mats are the best choice for sweaty yoga sessions, such as Bikram, because they absorb sweat and prevent you from slipping. It is recommended to damp a cotton mat before practice for a better feeling.
Choose your clothes and mats wisely for beneficial and pleasant yoga sessions!