What you wear to yoga is as important as the workout itself. Far too many mishaps happen because of badly assembled yoga outfits. The simplest advice is to make sure it fits tightly.
Bev Slauck is the resident yoga expert at Commander HQ, an online active wear store that also stocks the trendy Ali August printed leggings. In her own yoga studio, Bev has seen it all. She shares some of her most cringe-worthy moments as a yoga instructor.
Hanging free and baggy pants
There are many women who enjoy the freedom of no underwear but in a yoga class? It’s definitely not recommended if you’re planning to squat and balance on your haunches, knees pointing out in the Garland pose, or while attempting the Crow pose. Perched on your elbows and the back of your knees will require your buttocks to point outward. It’s a position that demands underwear, trust me.
Unflattering G-strings, bikini tops, and baggy T-shirts
These are three of the worst things women wear to yoga. One must remember that the way your body moves between poses will not only change the position of your clothing but cause a lot of discomfort throughout your practice if you’re wearing the incorrect clothing. From wedges, runaway breasts and muffin tops; you’ll wish you wore something else.
Not all black leggings are created equal
A pair of fitted, long black yoga pants is considered the little black dress of the fitness world. But not all black leggings are the same. When stretched, some reveal more than you may want them to. The trick is to try before you buy and do the mirror test at the store. I suggest you get down on all fours and check in the mirror to see that nothing is showing. Another tip is to choose leggings made from nylon and spandex. This helps with the density of the fabric. If it’s breathable and provides wicking you’re guaranteed it won’t leave any sweat marks either.
Purple hair-dye + sweat = big mess
Yes, people who do yoga tend to enjoy dying their hair unusual colours. Yoga means you sweat, but imagine recently dyed purple hair in a hot yoga studio? The beauty of yoga is being able to relax while your body works hard. If you can neutralise your surroundings, starting with your own body and personal space, eliminating any annoyances that will distract you from your yoga workout. You are then guaranteed to get the most out of your practice.
Not all perfume masks bad body odour
Perfume is lovely, but not when you’re breathing deeply using the Ujjayi breathing technique. The scent can be overwhelming and terribly suffocating. Many people worry about their body odour, especially if they tend to sweat a lot, but choosing to mask it with perfume isn’t the best solution. A scent free deodorant can better do the trick.
This is yoga, not Kamasutra
Too many couples join the class and end up literally sitting on top of each other. While yoga is a sensual workout, it isn’t the place for kissing and groping, leave that for the bedroom. Yoga is, however, a really great way to connect with your significant other. By giving yourself and each other the time to connect with your own body, mind, and spirit, together it can restore calm to a relationship and provide the space to rest and breathe. “Om…!”
Commander HQ is the go-to online store for essential yoga fashion and other active wear. Their in-house stylist is ready to assist you to finding the perfect match for your body type and chosen activity. Dedicated to enabling people to live a balanced and healthy life, Commander HQ offers customers access to top quality active wear at ridiculously great prices. Bev says: “The secret to having the ultimate yoga experience is to eliminate all external hindrances like noise, bright light, uncomfortable clothing and accessories, and most importantly technology for the duration of your practice. Namaste. To find your ideal yoga outfit or contact Commander HQ’s in-house stylist go to www.commanderstore.com.
Author: Mariska du Plessis
Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, Bootcamp Instructor, Writer, Photographer and Wellness Blogger.
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