Whether you’re sweating it out at Bikram yoga or stretching it out with a vinyasa flow, here’s our guide to the best yoga gear
Choose flexible styles with stretch
Relaxing your body into the perfect downward dog requires unrestrictive clothing – your muscles should tell you when you’ve reached your limit, not your shorts. Go Balance leggings are a great choice, made from super-soft stretchy fabric that will bend and flex with your body. Specially designed for activities such as yoga and Pilates, these leggings don’t have any pockets or zips that could dig in when you’re lying on the floor. The high crossover waistband also provides good coverage while allowing you to move freely and enjoy the benefits of this popular form of exercise.
Yep, you need a sports bra for yoga
You might not be doing star jumps or burpees but yoga can still get pretty physical, so a proper sports bra is recommended. Those with smaller busts are able to get away with lighter support, such as a crop top, while larger cup sizes need sturdier bras to feel comfortable and supported. In terms of tops, the possibilities are endless, from racerback vests to relaxed T-shirts. Choose a fitted style if you want to keep an eye on your form in the mirror, or would rather not expose yourself during a headstand (not that anyone will mind!).
For slower classes, take a layer
At one end of the scale you have hot yoga, where you’ll probably want to wear as little clothing as possible. At the other end are slow, mindful exercise classes such as restorative yoga, where individual poses can be held for up to 20 minutes for a deep stretch. For the latter, an extra layer such as a sweatshirt or breathable long-sleeved top might be handy – they’re also useful to keep on the side for any class that ends in a shavasana (lying on the floor for five to 15 minutes to release any tension), which can get a bit chilly.
Words: Sophie Hines