When I went to sign up for my yoga classes I couldn’t help casting a sidelong glance at my expected new yoga classmates and I admit I remained a little bit puzzled: they all seemed to me to be unnecessarily technologically dressed up. “C’mon – I thought – nobody here is a pro and yoga itself is not artistic gymnastic, so there should be no need of such a technical attire”.
Thus, first time I got there very matter-of-factly wearing my short tracksuit bottom and a long, baggy t-shirt to cover it all. My yoga classmates looked at me with more than a hint of perplexity. And then I understood why: I spent half of the time up side down trying to tuck my t-shirt into the tracksuit bottom to prevent it from slipping down.
Second time I almost hit the target with a pair of leggings and a high-necked vest. Almost. They were made of cotton and – worst of all – they were grey, so after an hour or so – to my dismay – my attire was noticeably soaking wet. My yoga classmates proved a great sensitivity deliberately refraining from looking at me at all and I felt very thankful for that.
Therefore I thought it stood to reason that the best thing to do next was to wear my super-tech-hyper-breathable-very-fluo running attire. And my yoga classmates looked at me quite worriedly. And though the brainwave about the breathable fabric was basically right, mine was a winter running outfit and – no matter how breathable it is – a vinyasa practice in a crowded gym can prove to be fatal if you’re in a winter running outfit. I almost passed out.
Well, to cut a long story short, after several other attempts, I eventually got to the conclusion that the perfect yoga attire should consist of the following items:
- I sincerely recommend spending some money on specific sport underwear (you can find as much as you want online but if you have a decathlon shop within reach it’s way better to drop by and try it on because they can fit very differently from “normal” underwear);
- Leggings (either cropped or long) but not in light colours nor too thin. Bear in mind that you’re supposed to be tossing your legs in the air and/or sticking out your buttock every other minute: you don’t want your underwear to show through. I’ve even spotted some nice baggy trousers but make sure that they close in on the ankles, otherwise they’ll roll up to your groin (see the picture above? Forget it: no flare cut to yoga);
- A tight high-necked vest. You need it to be tight to prevent it from bunching up and you need it high-necked cause you’ll be bending forward often right in the face of your mat neighbour or your teacher and you don’t really want them to get to know you so well so rapidly, do you?
- If you’re sensitive to cold you can opt for one or more very thin either long and/or short sleeves sweatshirts to go one on top of the other, so that you can easily put them on and take them off depending on the intensity of the practice.
Consider that there is a huge difference between the outfits to wear to the different kind of yoga. For instance what’s fine for Ashtanga may be too light for Kundalini and so on.
I strongly recommend breathable fabric: personally I feel very comfortable with the Asic’s technical sportswear: I put the summer vest and leggings underneath and the winter hoodie and jacket above, and take them off as soon as I get there and start warming up.
Well. At the end of the day what’s really noteworthy is that actually I ended up wearing more or less the same outfit of my mates!
You see? We’re all one in Yoga! 😏 … Namastè