What Should I Wear To Yoga Class?

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you’re new to yoga, you may wonder what to expect when you take your first class. One of the things you may ponder is what to wear to yoga class. The answer, for the most part, is whatever you’re comfortable wearing! That said, there are a few things you might want to consider when choosing yoga attire.

Wear yoga clothing that works when you’re upside down.

While you probably won’t be doing handstands or headstands in your first class, there’s a good change your head will be below your waist at times in forward bends or downward-facing dog pose, for example. For that reason, make sure your top is snug. There’s nothing more annoying than having your face inside your tee shirt—or worse, having it fall over your head, revealing parts of your anatomy that you’d rather keep covered. Also consider that very wide pants will tend to slide down your legs when your legs are above your head. While that’s not a problem for everyone, others may find it less than comfortable.

Wear yoga clothing you can move in.

This probably goes without saying. You will be moving in yoga class, so while you want something snug, don’t wear clothing so skin-tight that you can’t move freely from pose to pose. Also watch the length of yoga pants. If they’re too long, you may find yourself tripping over them while attempt to flow from one pose to the next.

Don’t let your yoga clothing distract your neighbor. 

There are a few ways that your clothing choice can be distracting. If you’re practicing with members of the opposite sex (or perhaps the same sex)—well, you can probably figure this out for yourself. And while loud neon colors work well for nighttime bike rides, you may want to choose something mellower for a practice that’s intended to calm the mind and take one within.

Don’t let your neighbor influence your yoga clothing choice.

Yoga is big business these days, and that means there is lots of designer yoga clothing out there. If it’s within your budget and you like the fashions, there’s nothing wrong with splurging on some great yoga clothing that you feel great wearing. But there’s also nothing wrong with wearing a basic tee shirt and a pair of sweatpants to class. There’s no need to keep up with the Yogi Joneses. Wear what you want to wear.

Keep your feet bare.

The etiquette in almost all yoga studios is to remove your shoes before you roll out your mat. The same is true, for the most part, with socks. Yoga is best practiced with bare feet for a few reasons. First, you’ll want to be connected with the earth, and socks will only get in the way. It’s also a bit dangerous to practice with your socks on since you’re much more likely to slip, and it will be difficult to move well when you’re worried about losing your balance.

After a few classes, you’ll be able to choose your wardrobe easily. After many classes, you’ll probably notice that you have some cool new clothing that you didn’t have before you started your yoga practice. As with any wardrobe, your yoga wardrobe should be a reflection of you and you should feel comfortable wearing it.

DownDog Boutique: More than a Great Place to Buy Yoga Clothing

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I’m not usually a big shopper, and I don’t typically get excited about buying things, but once in a while, I have a shopping experience worth talking (or writing) about. Recently, I had this kind of experience while shopping for yoga clothing on a site called DownDog Boutique. When I found the site, it didn’t take long before I “liked” it on Facebook, followed it on Twitter and signed up for its newsletter (another thing I rarely do). Why? Two simple reasons: customer service and genuinely enjoyable social media interaction. I even entered… and won… an email contest sponsored by DownDog Boutique! My prize was a beautiful white wrap from BelaBela that I’m sure I’ll be wearing often.

So here’s the story. I became a fan of DownDog Boutique months before I made my first purchase. I was searching for yoga tops and came across the site online. Since there was a Facebook promo (10% off for Facebook fans), I “liked” their page even though I didn’t find what I was looking for that day.

Like many people, I tend to scroll past a lot of posts from sites I’ve liked or followed on Twitter, but that hasn’t been the case here. I’ve noticed and read most of DownDog Boutique’s posts because… well, they’re interesting! And they do what social media should do, engage like-minded people (in this case people who love and practice yoga) and encourage interaction.

A few months after I first discovered DownDog Boutique, I was once again looking for a specific item – lightweight drawstring cotton yoga pants in a color other than black or gray! Oh yeah- and in a long length, since at 5’ 8”, I have a hard time finding pants that are not too short. Needless to say, I didn’t find this item with a simple search. So I emailed DownDog Boutique, and asked for some help to find what I was looking for. I got an almost instant response from Terri, the site’s owner, with suggested brands that I could look at.

Maybe I just don’t shop online enough, but I’ve not had this kind of “virtual personal shopping” experience before. Sure, I’ve asked for help with purchases, but the kind of friendly and helpful responses that I got from Terri are rare. She eventually helped me find two pairs of pants – one that I absolutely love (from Green Apple) and one that just didn’t look great on me – so I sent it back; no problem.

If you like all things yoga, you’ll love being a friend, follower or newsletter recipient of DownDog Boutique. You won’t feel like you’re being pressured to buy, but you’ll probably have a nice wish list very quickly! The site offers clothing, accessories, jewelry, books, and DVDs. While you’re deciding what you like and what you want to buy, you’ll enjoy reading about yoga and seeing pictures and other posts that help you stay in touch with fellow practitioners as well as your own inner yogi. And if you’re looking for something specific and need some help, email Terri. She’s awesome!

Before I wrap up this post, let me just say in the interest of full disclosure that I was not asked to write it. I’m just sharing something that I think other yogis will enjoy! So check it out…and let me know what you think!

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