Yoga – a mixture of physical, mental and spiritual practices originating from India has, in recent years, won the hearts of many Europeans and is appearing more and more frequently in the timetables of sport and fitness centres. Whether you practise yoga at home by yourself or follow a group course, one of the most important things to remember is to treat yourself to appropriate, comfortable clothes.
What should I take into consideration when choosing my yoga clothes?
First and foremost, you need to wear something that will allow you to do all the yoga poses (and those involve lots of stretching and bending) freely and will not hamper your movements. Remember, your comfort and well-being are the most important factors, so try your yoga outfit on before buying it. Nowadays, many brands of yoga clothes offer a vast choice of tops, pants, leggings and underwear.
What brands offer the best quality?
Many regular sport brands, such as Nike, Adidas, New Balance and Calvin Klein, have got special lines of yoga clothes for women and men on offer. Others, on the other hand, specialise mostly in yoga outfits and equipment and they include ALO Yoga, Manduka nad Lululemon.
– yoga pants: If you are looking for yoga pants, go for something that is preferably made of a soft fabric, i.e. cotton blend and will not limit your leg movement. If your perfect choice is something simple but stylish, you might want to check out the variety of models by M-Life brand.
– yoga leggings: Not all of us wear pants to do yoga. Some ladies prefer stretchy Yoga leggings too! Whatever your personal preference is, the rule remains the same: be comfortable! New Balance, Nike, Lululemon, Pepper and Mayne – those brands have a plethora of leggings to choose from!
– yoga tops: a good top is a crucial element of yoga clothes for women. The variety of different models range from tank tops to crop tops, so that each yoga fancier can choose what suits them best!
Do I need anything else apart from good-quality clothes?
Well, one thing that seems essential for yoga is a yoga mat. One may risk saying that it is one of the most difficult choices when doing our yoga shopping, as there are countless types of yoga mats available on the market. For example, you can get a rubber mat, a cotton mat, a jute mat (perhaps from a jute yoga mat nz shop)… the list goes on. Once again, to a great extent it is a matter of personal preference to decide which mat is “the one” for you. Some like them softer, some prefer them more firm. However, we do advise you to take into consideration several factors. As you will be doing lots of movements on it, you do not want your mat to be too slippery. Also, make sure that your mat does not absorb dirt or sweat too easily, or else you will be forced to clean it very frequently and it consequence it will get worn out quickly.