Most people wear whatever is comfortable when they work out. Though favorite threadbare t-shirts, baggy sweats and old gym shorts are common sights in the gym, these may not be the best choices for yoga clothes. When it comes to this form of exercise, the clothes you wear can make a difference in your workout.
First, yoga clothes have to be comfortable. Soft, stretchy materials that skim the body work best. They can’t be too loose or too tight. If they’re too loose, they’ll get in the way. If they’re too tight, they can restrict your movement and constrict your circulation. They need to be worry-free and take you through a yoga class with ease. Whether you’re sitting, standing or stretching, you shouldn’t have to think about your clothing.
Modern materials help yoga clothes hold their shape through the most active yoga class. Stretchy materials such as LYCRA® conform to your shape for a perfect fit. Biodegradable materials such as TENCEL® naturally wick sweat away from your body and reduce bacteria growth in the material. Organic cottons are eco-friendly while being soft and comfortable. Some fabrics even feature odor-neutralizing properties, so you can feel confident when you work out.
Yoga clothes today offer many benefits to the wearer, whether they’re beginners or they’re seasoned yogis. Their form-fitting silhouette offers style and comfort. Flat seams provide a smooth fit where fabric comes together. Many pieces feature gussets, or diamond-shaped inserts where seams meet, to provide additional reinforcement and flexibility. Some styles of pants feature gusseted crotches while some long-sleeved yoga shirts feature them under the arm.
Fold-over waists are typical of yoga pants because they won’t pinch around your middle while you move. They’re also versatile enough to flatter any figure. Many styles of yoga pants have gently flared bottoms, which add another measure of flattery. This style helps balance a curvy figure. The body-hugging fit ensures that they’ll move comfortably with you through every pose. Yoga shorts are longer and close-fitting to allow for freedom of movement while maintaining modesty.
Yoga tops generally have built-in bras so you don’t have to worry about straps falling down or hooks digging in. Their sleek lines and close fit show off your yoga-toned body. They’re stretchy, but not too stretchy. They provide support where you need it. Some offer adjustable straps for a custom fit from your first pose to your last.
Though yoga clothes are designed and constructed to see you through any yoga class, they’re stylish enough to wear to pick up your after-yoga snack and rugged enough to cross-train in them. The durable, flexible materials; high-tech, sweat-wicking fabrics and sleek lines look great in the weight room or on fitness machines, too.