Have you ever been to a party dressed to the 9’s, only to find everyone else in jeans? Or thought it was dress down day when the company photographer turns up? No worries about this sort of stuff at you yoga class, but wearing appropriate clothing can make a difference in whether you can relax into your practice, or spend the whole class worrying about something popping out inappropriately.
It is best to wear stretchy tops and bottoms to a yoga class, whether you are a man or a woman. But there is no need to splash out on super expensive branded yoga kit to enjoy a good practice.
Tracksuit bottoms and T-shirts are perfectly fine to wear, as long as the fabric has some stretch to allow movement in all the joints.
For your dignity and to save the yoga teacher’s eyes, it is probably good to make sure you wear well-fitting, supportive underwear. If you plan to wear shorts, make sure they are long enough to preserve your dignity in Down Dog or the Cobbler’s Pose. There is nothing worse than gapey shorts that display more than the user intended, when they are not aware of the fact!
Layering up with a warmer top and a cooler T-shirt or vest top underneath will allow you to unwrap when things get hot, and then to cover up again when you cool down.
Yoga is practised barefoot, but it is good to take a pair of socks along, especially in the winter when feet get cold during final relaxation. It is also a good idea to take a thin blanket or wrap. You can use it to cover up during final relaxation, but it can also double up as a prop or to use, folded, as a pillow during reclining postures.
If you have long hair, tie it back to avoid it falling into your eyes or getting trapped under the body. It is also best, for the same reasons, not to wear dangly jewellery.
Fortunately, yoga is non-competitive and it really doesn’t matter what you wear. As long as you are comfortable, warm and able to move without restriction or distraction, you will be ready for your class!