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A beginners guide to yoga apparel

Posted on 18 December 2013

A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga Gear

 

You don’t necessarily have to be minted to get yourself yoga-ready. First and foremost, there is little gear required and what you will need is rather inexpensive, if you shop smart and invest in the right pieces. Since we here at the Sweat Store are all about looking good while you sweat, let’s take a look at some of what you’ll need to do that as a yoga newbie.

 

What to Wear to Yoga Class

 

The two rules for yoga clothing are:

 

Comfort – Sure, hubby’s ratty t-shirt and gym shorts are comfy, but remember that yoga involves lots of bending, stretching and spreading. To keep you from becoming a total exhibitionist, we recommend form-fitting attire that won’t fall open or slide to the side in inappropriate areas. You’ll also be able to move better if sleeves aren’t flapping and pants aren’t twisting.

 

 

Aside from keeping private parts private and providing freedom of movement, your form-fitting yoga outfits, especially if your preference is hot yoga, should be able to handle serious sweat. Choose fabrics with moisture-wicking properties – we have a wide selection at The Sweat Store. While you’re in the dressing room, bend over, stretch and move to ensure that what you choose doesn’t ride up, down or sideways.

While bare feet and yoga do go together, there are times you may want to wear yoga socks, such as when the studio is cold or you’re using someone else’s mat and forgot your yoga mat spray. The Sweat Store carries yoga socks with grips to keep your feet from sliding around.

 

Style – Form-fitting tank tops or sports bras, capri leggings, shorts and even basic yoga pants are well-suited to wear in any yoga studio. There’s just one rule: Don’t be boring. With all the cute yoga styles available today there’s no reason you can’t get a good workout and show your individual style at the same time.

 One final tip: for the well-endowed (hey, this is Vegas – who ISN’T well-endowed?!), choose your sports bra carefully. Some of them on the market are cute but not supportive.

What to Take to Yoga Class

 

Since we’re assuming you are new to yoga and don’t yet have the terminology and poses down, we feel it’s our duty to let you know that you’ll be intimately familiar with whatever is beneath you during class. You’ll put your forehead on, and your face extremely close to the mat for the child’s pose and. . .well, let’s just say that various parts of your body will eventually be in contact with the yoga mat.

Since we’re assuming you are new to yoga and don’t yet have the terminology and poses down, we feel it’s our duty to let you know that you’ll be intimately familiar with whatever is beneath you during class. You’ll put your forehead on, and your face extremely close to the mat for the child’s pose and. . .well, let’s just say that various parts of your body will eventually be in contact with the yoga mat.

 

Most yoga studios do a decent job of keeping their mats clean but owning your own mat gives you the assurance that you won’t be picking up someone else’s “stuff.”

 

What kind of “stuff?” Greg E. Cohen, a podiatrist at Long Island College Hospital in New York claims that he sees a lot of women that complain about various maladies of the foot, such as flaky skin and red bumps.

 

“The first thing I ask is, ‘Do you do yoga?’ ” he told the New York Times. Cohen claims a 50 percent increase in patients with plantar warts and athlete’s foot that he attributes to the rise in the popularity of yoga and the use of unclean yoga mats. Although there are no scientific studies, anecdotal evidence from other physicians claims staph and fungal infections are prevalent when yoga students use communal mats.

 

So, buy your own yoga mat and don’t forget a travel-size bottle of yoga mat spray cleaner. There’s nothing grosser than getting to class and trying to figure out if you’ll be planting your forehead where your feet were last time. Spray it down after class, let it air dry and you’re good to go.

 

Finally, purchase a bag big enough to carry your yoga gear. The Sweat Store sells a variety of cute yoga bags like this one:

 

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