Will others be judging your outfit?
The only person you should be trying to impress is yourself. With this non-judgmental activity, there will be individuals of all sizes and shapes meaning everything from sports bras to sweatshirts could be observed. While it’s tempting to fall into the trap of thinking everyone’s looking at you at your first class, remember that they’re almost certainly not.
What do most yogi’s actually wear?
If you are looking into your very first yoga class you may have some preconceptions about what people tend to wear at these sessions. In reality, attendees are likely to be wearing the following:
- Women: mostly, women tend to wear tank tops or tight cotton t-shirts with yoga pants or capris. Shorts are also common.
- Men: men will also wear similar tank tops that are slightly less loose, paired with gym shorts normally with compression shorts underneath. It wouldn’t be uncommon for gents to wear yoga pants also.
Buying new yoga clothes
It may be worth attending your first class before diving into building out your new yoga wardrobe. Once you have completed your first session you will be able to get a feel for what you will be most comfortable in going forward.
What are the rules on watches, fitness trackers and jewellery?
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to accessories. Many individuals who practice yoga will leave their smartwatch or fitness tracker on to monitor their exercise. The only thing to consider is switching it to silent mode so as to not disturb the rest of the class mid practice. You may wear jewellery at your own risk, the only danger here is necklaces or rings getting caught in your hair or clothes as you move…
Does everyone practice yoga barefoot?
Practicing yoga barefoot is very common amongst yogis. Having no shoes or socks on helps individuals further develop their sense of balance in addition to feeling more in touch with your body and it’s movements. You will be able to leave your shoes near the door or on a shelf at the back of the room. If practicing yoga barefoot makes you uncomfortable then you are welcome to keep your socks on in most classes. This simply means that ‘yoga shoes’ are not something you would have to think about.
Yoga activewear brands and products
There are several brands of exercise clothing that are dedicated to yoga clothes specifically, meaning they’re tailor made to suit your yoga needs. The leading brands of yoga activewear include:
- Nimble – an Australian based company that specialises in luxury activewear. Priced between £45-£75.
- Beyond Yoga – squat proof clothing that is dedicated to yoga only. Priced between £60-£90.
- Lululemon – a mainly yoga based activewear company that offers sports bras in cup sizes! Priced between £50-£100.
- Sweaty Betty – a woman’s activewear brand at the more luxurious end of the scale. Priced between £80-£110.
- Alala – a luxury activewear brand that caters from a wide variety of sizes and has a dedicated range of yoga clothes. Priced between £50-£80.