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Let Your Yoga Attire Take You Higher

Before you head to your next yoga class, you shouldn’t overlook one of the fundamental essentials—yoga attire. The clothes that you wear to a yoga class can say a lot about you and your confidence as a student.

Researchers have a theory known as enclothed cognition, which describes the psychological processes you undergo when you wear certain types of clothing. Many researchers believe that the clothing you wear has the ability to influence your behavior. So, the next time you’re feeling a little unmotivated, try purchasing a few new pieces of yoga attire and see how your mood changes.

Here are a few tips to help you decide on the right types of yoga attire to better escalate your practice!

Don’t Sweat It

Most people who attend yoga class, particularly women, wear tank tops made of a mixture of cotton and spandex. Tank tops made of a sweat-wicking material are great for yoga because they can absorb perspiration quickly.

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If you have a tendency to sweat a lot during class (we’ve all been there!), try to look for materials that prevent excess sweat from getting into your eyes and on your mat such as lycra. Also, you want to try to steer clear of loose t-shirts as they have a tendency get in the way of your body’s movement.

Hand It Over

Many yogis practice yoga with their bare hands and feet. However, there are some who prefer to wear feet gloves as well as hand gloves while practicing yoga because it provides a better grip on the surface of the yoga mat.

Wearing hand gloves can prevent you from slipping, especially if you have sweaty palms. Feet gloves are also super helpful because they are cut out around the toes, so you still have traction as you flow. You will want to look for hand and feet gloves that are made out of stretchy and lightweight material, these will usually come with rubberized dots that hinder movement, assuring that you won’t slip while flowing through your favorite sequence.

The Bottom Line

If you see other yoga students wearing harem pants to class, chances are it’s because they’re used to flowing through more advanced poses. If you’re attending your first or second yoga class, go for something a little more close fitting such as yoga pants or leggings.

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As a beginner, you probably won’t have to flow through extremely difficult poses that an intermediate student might be practicing. It’s best to go with pants that fit close to your body, but also offer a bit of stretch. You’ll find it easier to check the alignment of your knees, hips, and legs when you’re practicing different yoga poses.

Comfort Matters

When shopping for yoga attire or any workout clothes for that matter, comfort should be a top priority. However, you can’t go around picking up clothes that only provide comfort, you should also consider the material used as well as the fit. Look for clothes that stretch enough to withstand the different poses that you will be practicing.

There are plenty of stores that offer stylish, affordable, and durable clothing for any yoga practice. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on yoga attire, especially if you’re a beginner.

With an increasing number of people purchasing yoga gear, you can easily find clothing that matches your style and level of yoga expertise. Dressing for a yoga class shouldn’t be difficult or time consuming. The clothes you wear for your next yoga class should allow you to move more freely through poses and embrace your confidence whether you’re a student or an instructor.

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