There’s a few hard and fast rules when it comes to what to wear to yoga class. Ask before you attend your first class and the answer is often just wear any nonrestrictive clothing.
Now that’s all very well if you have zero inhibitions, but some of us have body parts we’d rather keep under wraps. Your favorite sportswear outfit may not be quite so flattering when you’re inverted in downward dog.
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Read on for my tips and advice on what to wear to yoga class…
What To Wear To Your First Yoga Class
If you already run, work out in the gym or take fitness classes, it’s likely you’ll have most of the clothing you need for yoga.
Now of course if you’re looking for an excuse to buy a whole new yoga outfit – please go ahead. Don’t let me stop you! It’s just that unless you’re heading to some super trendy yoga studio you may not need to splash the cash.
The first item for any female yogi is a good sports bra. By good, I mean a bra that’s supportive and gives decent coverage. You don’t want to be popping out in the middle of a pose!
It doesn’t have to be as supportive as a running bra but it does need to hold you in place. Your sports bra needs to be comfortable. You don’t want to be distracted during your yoga workout.
These bras from prAna work really well. They have good support, full coverage and use high wicking fabrics.
Leggings Or Yoga Pants
Wearing leggings or looser fit yoga pants is down to personal choice. Leggings started taking over the yoga bottom scene about ten years ago. Now yoga leggings are everywhere! I can’t remember the last time I saw anyone wearing yoga pants in class.
The leggings you already have in your closet may be good enough for a yoga class. Just get a good friend to help you check. Strike a downward dog pose and see if your leggings stay opaque. Trust me on this! See through leggings is just not a good look.
If your leggings pass the opaque test, make sure they keep your belly in check! Leggings that slip down when you strike an upside down pose can be really distracting. You want to be focusing on your yoga, not trying to pull up your leggings mid pose.
These are a few favorites. (I’m wearing the high waist full length leggings right now! I use them for hiking when it’s not too cold as well as for yoga). Look for supportive, opaque leggings that don’t slip down.
You can get away with any top for yoga if you’re breaking out a few moves in your bedroom. In class it’s a different story.
You need a top that won’t slip down over your head when you’re inverted. A loose fitting top just won’t do. Your yoga top needs to be fitted and long enough to fully cover your torso when you stretch. Make sure it doesn’t ride up.
Now it may look cute with your top falling over your head if you have a body to die for. With mine, I’d rather keep most of that flesh neatly hidden away.
These are some of my top picks for yoga tops…
What To Wear To Yoga Depends On The Type Of Class
You may not be aware as a beginner that there are several different yoga styles. Some styles focus on holding poses and some like to turn up the heat. The style of class will affect what you wear.
Typically beginner yoga classes will be Hatha or Vinyasa. Hatha tends to be at a slower pace and Vinyasa focuses more on movement. I find in my Vinyasa classes I may start off a little cold but I soon warm up.
Some yoga classes, Bikram and Hot Yoga, take place in a heated room with the intention of making you sweat. You’ll need to wear fast wicking fabrics that don’t leave sweat marks and close fitting shorts or cropped leggings.
If you opt for shorts just make sure they’re long enough. Really short shorts is a big no when it comes to yoga. (Any men reading this post should also take note).
Unless you want to give your classmates an eyeful, (please don’t), go for longer fitted shorts or capri length leggings. Avoid loose fitting shorts. Running shorts have no place in a yoga class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Wear clothing that won’t restrict your movement. Leggings that stay opaque, long fitted tops that won’t ride up or flop over your head in downward dog, and sports bras that give good support.
Yoga is practiced with bare feet to allow your body to adjust to uneven surfaces or just grip the floor better. You can buy yoga socks if you really dislike the idea of going barefoot. These socks have grips on them and are usually toeless.
Avoid short shorts or loose tops which can flop over your head when you’re inverted. Make sure your clothing doesn’t restrict your movement.
Yes you can wear sweatpants. Thick sweatpants may cause you to overheat.