As yoga clothes become more popular and mainstream, there are positive and negative side effects. Luckily, there is a much larger variety of designs and styles to choose from than ever before! However, some “yoga clothes” are made to look fashionable rather than to be practical. They are made to look pretty and give the aura of a yoga lifestyle to the wearer, but would not be comfortable yoga clothes if you actually wore them to a class.
If you are not familiar with them, do a web search and see what they usually design. If you see a lot of activewear and other types of workout clothes, chances are good that they can be trusted. But if the designer is more known for streetwear or casual wear, it might be better suited for wearing around the house and might not be practical yoga clothing.
Another factor to consider is the type of fabric.
The most important element to consider for the fabric is the comfort level. If it does not feel good against your skin, it is not going to be effective yoga clothing. And while a little stretch in your fabric and leggings is expected, clothes that are too tight or restricting can have a negative effect on your yoga stretches. You never want to be worrying about your clothes holding you back from excelling.
The cost is also important.
A major factor to determine when considering yoga clothing is how much they cost since the old adage “you get what you pay for” holds true when shopping for yoga clothing. While you may want to go for the cheapest pair of leggings you can find, there is usually a reason they are so cheap. The stitching is usually not as tightly sewn or the fabric can sometimes be too thin. Besides worrying about them ripping during class, you actually end up spending more on cheap leggings over and over again instead of investing in a more solid yet slightly expensive pair. It is also much better for the environment to invest in something heavy-duty instead of using and throwing away cheaper pairs.
One last factor to take into account is what type of yoga class you are dressing for.
If you are going to a hot Bikram Yoga class, you will want to dress differently than if you are just going to a standard Vinyasa Yoga class. Wearing heavier clothes to a Bikram class could be a big mistake if it becomes too overwhelming. Adversely, if you are going to a Kundalini Yoga class with a period of relaxation at the end, then something a bit warmer would be a smart choice so you don’t feel cold as you wind down.
After all, is said and done, the most important factor is how yoga clothes make you feel. If you feel comfortable, confident and relaxed, that is all that matters at the end of the day. Wear what is going to