If you are looking to get back in shape or improve your workout routine, there are many alternative ways to exercise and stay active. Many go the conventional route of joining a gym, but others have chosen more innovative paths such as hot yoga.
When starting hot yoga, you need to be prepared with the right gear. You’re about to spend 90 minutes in a 104-degree room performing 26 different postures that work all of your muscles, so choosing the right hot yoga clothes to get through the workout is important. Here are some dos and don’ts to make sure you’re wearing the right attire.
Ninety minutes is a long time to perform any physical activity. You’ll be moving your body in and out of different and often awkward positions, so comfortable clothing is a must. Uncomfortable clothing can potentially constrict flexibility and inhibit your performance.
Form-Fitting or Loose?
Most hot yoga disciples wear form-fitting clothes as opposed to loose-fitting attire. Form-fitted clothing moves with your body instead of hanging off it. You should be focused solely on your form, balance, and breathing, not on whether you’re giving other class participants a distracting view. Loose-fitting wear is fine for a more relaxing type of yoga, such as gentle flow.
Needless to say, sweating in a hot yoga class is as common as using a yoga mat. It’s going to happen. A lot. Choose a material that wicks sweat away from your body, such as a polyester blend. Wicking is the process by which the material pulls moisture away from your body to the outside of your shirt, making it easier for the sweat to evaporate.
Coming Out on Top
It is not uncommon for men to go shirtless for hot yoga, though they can wear lightweight, breathable T-shirts or tank tops if they are more modest. It’s merely a comfort choice.
When choosing the right yoga clothes for women, sports bras are a very popular choice. They provide support while allowing the torso to breathe. For more coverage, consider wearing a moisture-wicking tank top so you won’t need to worry about pushing back your sleeves during poses. There are many options available that provide a comfortable fit during your practice.
Legs: To Cover or Not?
Men tend to choose some type of athletic shorts (not necessarily spandex or form-fitting), but women have a few other options. Spandex shorts are a popular choice for keeping cool in a 104 degree environment. However, for better grip or more support and coverage during your practice try long pants or capris that wick away sweat.
Hot Yoga Don’ts
Cotton is a lightweight, comfortable, and breathable material, which means it will absorb the sweat your body produces. Unfortunately, like a sponge does with water, cotton clothing holds onto the sweat it absorbs. Sweat-soaked clothes become heavy and can stick to the body, making for a less-than-pleasant yoga experience.
Keeping Cool with Long Hair
When trying to maintain your balance in Tree Pose, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair getting in the way. Pull your hair into a ponytail or bun, and don’t forget to wear a headband. Your focus should be on proper form instead of keeping hair out of your eyes.
Accessorize to Maximize
Wearing the right clothing can make a huge difference in a hot yoga class, but it is important to know what other things to bring with you. Because of the temperature, it is advised to bring at least one water bottle to stay hydrated. Towels are also a must-have hot yoga accessory to keep your sweat under control.
Do you practice hot yoga? If so, what type of hot yoga clothes work best for you? Let us know in the comments!
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