What to Wear to a Yoga Class?
If you are thinking about going to your first yoga class, it is completely understandable that you have doubts about how to prepare for it. You probably have your favorite workout combination, but still yoga class etiquette and exercises are somewhat specific, and might require you to adjust a little.
That is why we have prepared this 101 guide for yoga clothes to make sure that this tiny ’issue’ does not dissuade you from going.
What to Wear?
First thing you should have in mind is that yoga is all about feeling comfortable in your skin and controlling your body and mind. You cannot expect to achieve this if, for a start, you do not feel comfortable in the clothes you are wearing. Your attire should enable you to move freely and concentrate on the poses rather than on a top that’s too tight.
Generally speaking, yoga attire should be stretchy, form fitting, and soft, and should offer you unrestricted movement. Nowadays you can find manufacturers that focus on designing yoga-specific clothing and lately Ryderwear stands out among them for the quality of the materials they use.
Yoga tops come in all forms – from short-sleeved, to long-sleeved or tanks, and the only difference is in the level of comfort you personally feel in each one of them. As for the materials, cotton or linen are an acceptable choice but, although yoga poses do not seem very dynamic, you will still sweat a lot, so quick-drying athletic gear that wicks away moisture is a much better option. Layers may also keep you warm during the final relaxation exercise when your body is starting to cool down.
What Not to Wear?
As you will notice soon after arriving, shoes are not permitted in a yoga class, because they interfere with your connection to the ground. Also, many people do not wear socks, because they might make you unstable in some poses. But if you are cold, you can keep the socks on.
The clothing should not be baggy. Firstly because in inversion poses, like Downward Dog or Handstand, your loose T-shirt will come down over your head letting your belly show. Secondly, because your instructor will not be able to check your alignment. A short and loose shorts is a thing to be avoided if you do not want everyone to see your private parts when you bend forward or lift your leg up in the air.
Bottoms with drawstring waist might cause discomfort in poses that require you to lie face down, so choose a bottom with elastic waistband. Make sure the pants are not too long or else you might trip and fall.
Take off all the jewelry. This way, you will move more freely, not worrying about breaking, losing, or scratching anything.
The most important piece of equipment you will need for a yoga class is a mat. If you do not have a mat, call the yoga studio and ask them if you can borrow one during the class. We definitely recommend buying your own mat, but not until you are really serious about practicing. Make sure to unroll the mat facing the instructor.
Blocks and straps can also come in handy if you are new to yoga, but most studios provide them. Bring some water and a towel, too.
Keep in mind that yoga is not focusing on how you look, but how you feel, so this should be your priority, as well. Arrive to your class earlier so you have enough time to change to your yoga clothes, slow down and get ready to relax.
Are you ready to do yoga? I love yoga, it is such a great and exhilarating feeling!!
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, lifestyle and health blogger. She is very passionate about yoga, organic food and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at Ripped.me.