5 Tips on What to Wear to Yoga

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AUTHORED BY: Lynn Koves, Unlimited Yoga

PHOTOGRAPHED BY: Kylie Fitts, Kylie Fitts Photography

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Inspired to try yoga, but not at all sure what to wear? It might sound obvious to some, but often for people new to the practice, figuring out ‘what to wear’ can be part of the confusion that comes with trying yoga.

While there are a lot of types of yoga classes and yoga experiences available in Denver, one main factor to consider about any class when determining what to wear is what the temperature will be, and how much you think you will sweat. Some classes are heated and you will be moving from pose to pose relatively quickly (like power yoga or sculpt), where as others are room temperature and very slow moving (like restorative).

Either way, here are 5 tips to make sure you are prepared for any type of yoga class:

  1. Wear work out clothes that allow you to move: Like most other workout activities, you should wear clothes that don't restrict your range of movement, are stretchy, and comfortable, but at the same time give you some support.
  2. Clothes that allow you to sweat: Since you will likely be sweating, you’re going to want to wear materials that allow your body to breathe and are quick-dry so that you can recover and cool down when you have a second to do so. Most people wear tank tops, and either shorts or work out pants to yoga. Bras and going shirtless (for guys) are also acceptable if that’s going to be the most comfortable for you.
  3. Clothes that are somewhat form-fitting: Since there are positions where you will be in an inversion, like downward dog, you will want to wear clothes that aren’t super loose. This is so that your clothes don’t fall in your face and get in the way or expose your stomach or underwear, if you’re not feeling that.
  4. Take off any accessories: Long necklaces, dangling bracelets, and watches aren’t recommended for class because they shift when you move. Keep them at home or take them off before class so that you don't have to think about them or be distracted by them during class.
  5. Wear clothing that you feel good in: It helps to be able to wear work out clothes that make you feel good, that you love and feel cute in! In Colorado we have several local yoga clothing brands to choose from, too. I was lucky enough to be provided Colorado Threads for this post (shown in pic) which offer unique Colorado art on their pants - like the Colorado flag, Red Rocks, the Broncos, and Maroon Bells, which are super fun to wear (and comfortable to lounge in as well). They are also made of recycled plastic bottles, so there’s that added benefit too.

Lastly, don’t forget to bring your mat if you have one (most studios also rent them), some water, and a small towel to wipe your sweat. Happy practicing!