For centuries, Yoga has been helping people relax and fine tune both their minds and bodies. The perfect blend of tranquility and intensity, yoga is meant to be performed in the way that is most comfortable to those engaging in it. Yet people do find it difficult to fully enjoy and appreciate such a relaxing experience when they are restricted from doing so by any additional discomforts.
One of the most common complaints from novice Yoga students is the discomfort they feel from clothing that is too restricting to be truly conducive to Yoga’s exercises. While doing Yoga at home affords one the privacy and ability to wear anything they please, taking a Yoga class is a bit more challenging in terms of finding attire that is fitting. One does not simply show up in pajama pants to yoga class after all.
However, that is not to say that one must look stylish when showing up to Yoga class. The clothing should be socially acceptable of course, buy beyond that, it is paramount that they be extremely comfortable. Clothing that is too tight will be overly restricting of the movements that Yoga based exercises will require. These restrictions will be nothing but frustrations, and those frustrations will lead to a lack of focus and mental clarity, the very thing that Yoga is meant to deliver. Yoga movements are always centered around leg movements, so good yoga pants are a must.
Comfort is not just a physical feeling, but a mental one too. You should certainly feel comfortable with the way you look in a crowd of people, as you should feel comfortable with the lightweight clothing that will allow you to derive physical comfort in any Yoga activities. For that reason, you need to prepare ahead of time. Select some of your most elastic and comfortable, loose fitting clothing. This is especially critical when selecting a shirt. Tight shirts will make one very uncomfortable due to many of the poses and stands requiring a range of fluid movement, something tight clothing would make problematic. That being said, clothing that is too loose is also a poor choice for Yoga class as shirts that are too big can actually get in your way during stretches.
With pants, the conversation is a bit different. The elasticity of your pants will directly correlate to how well you are able to stretch. Pants that are tight are sure to not be in your way, so those of an elastic variety are recommended. However, not everyone is comfortable in the way they look in such pants, so sweatpants tend to work well as well, as long as they aren’t overly baggy, and have a waistband that is sure to keep them from falling or slipping down. If you are not confident in your pants staying up, you will surely fail to achieve the clarity you seek from Yoga.
Finally there are shoes to consider, and when it comes to those, comfort is once again important, but not as important as safety. People tend to find flip flops very comfortable, yet those are certainly not a good choice for Yoga practice, as they are overly unsafe for balance and stability during stretching exercises.
A Yoga class can refresh your mind while exercising the body, providing one with more inner peace and lesser muscle tension. To make these goals possible, comfortable, lightweight clothes that induce zero worries about slippage or lack of safety are paramount. Greater comfort promotes greater confidence, and confidence allows one to achieve their desired result. Namaste!