Practicing yoga is all about postures and breathing; therefore you want to be at your most comfortable in terms of clothing. Apparel you can move and flow in is key since you could be in “Downward Dog” one minute and “Warrior 2” the next. For this reason, stretchy pants, sports bras or sports tanks, tank tops and clothes with breathability are favored when practicing yoga. Whether male or female, the right clothing for your practice is out there.
Yoga Pants: Usually with a thick waistband, these pants are made for major stretching and movement. Tighter around the hips and thighs, flaring out from the knee to the ankle, yoga pants are made of a cotton and spandex blend. You can opt for the typical yoga pant, which is full length and sits right on the foot, or the crop which fits more like a legging and stops at the shin. Yoga pants cost between $18-$100 depending on your preference.
Yoga Shorts: Made from the same material as yoga pants, the shorts come in handy for those practicing hot yoga or practicing in hot climates, such as retreats in India or the Caribbean. The shorts also offer the wide waistband for support.
Yoga Bra: Important for women who practice, the yoga bra offers support but is not as binding as a sports bra one may use for trail running or other intense sports. Yoga bras just ensure that the chest is being held in place throughout all movements and offers support to prevent injury. As with most sports bras, a yoga bra can range between $20-$60, depending on your support level and style preference.
Yoga Tank Top: Again, yoga apparel is all about comfort and yoga tanks are no exception. Usually made of a light weight, but semi-form fitting material, yoga tank tops offer coverage without inhibiting the body’s movement. Often times the silhouette of the shirt will move with you and will allow breathability and ventilation for those sweat-inducing yoga practices.
What you wear to yoga should be about functionality. Your clothing should move with you—not bind, pinch, squeeze, push out or dig in all the wrong places. The last thing you want when trying to clear your mind and concentrate on your practice is to worry about how your clothing fits. Wearing the right yoga clothing is essential.