Sunday, July 19, 2009

What Not To Wear To A Yoga Class

The other day while waiting for our class to start, another practitioner and I were sitting at the sofa outside one of the studios where a class had started. The door of the studio was opened and we were just looking into class when both of us saw something that had us feeling disgusted and uttering OMG!

It was from one of the practitioners who was in the easy sitting pose and her back was facing us as she was sitting directly in front of the door. What we saw was half of her exposed butt as her pants had slide down halfway.

The above incident has prompted me to write this post as I would like to let other practitioners know how they can unconsciously exposed themselves when they wear the wrong type of clothing to a yoga class.

So what are the clothes you should not wear to a yoga class?

1.Don’t wear low hipster pants as they will tend to slide down when you are in some of the poses and thus, exposing your butt.
2.Don’t wear baggy T-shirts. In inversion poses, the shirt will fall over your face, revealing your mid-section or more.
3.Don’t wear loose bra tops if you are heavy on top. Your breasts might just spill out in some of the poses.
4.Don’t wear loose workout shorts (this is especially for the men), for obvious reasons.
5.Don’t wear skin-tight leggings, they tend to ride up or down to awkward locations especially when you are in some of the lying poses. Certain body parts also get highlighted by the stretchy and clinging material.

And, please wear underwear under your outfit, especially if you have on tight-fitting clothes.

Those yoga practitioners who are inadvertently exposing their privates are not only embarrassing themselves, but they are also showing disregard to the yoga instructor and their fellow practitioners.

There are many yoga apparels available for sale in the market. You do not have to buy branded yoga clothing as they can be quite expensive. Just get something that will make you feel comfortable while keeping you decent at the same time. You can read the article Yoga Clothes – What Not To Wear for some tips on choosing the right type of yoga apparel for yourself.


Anonymous said...


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Mandy said...

One other important thing NOT to wear...Perfume. It is so distracting to breathe deeply and be suffocated by someone's smell!

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