There are many different types of exercise clothing on the market. It can be difficult to know which items to use for different types of exercise. There are pants and leggings and shorts. T-shirts, tank tops, tight long sleeve shirts, and sports bras. There are special socks and shoes. Not to mention all of the hair accessories. After all of this, the items divide farther into men’s, women’s, children’s, and unisex options. Each item is designed with a specific type of exercise in mind although many can cross over into different variations. The difficulty is often knowing which items are appropriate for a certain type of exercise and which are not. This is particularly true with yoga due to the fact that there are so many different variations to choose from. Some forms of yoga focus on stretching and relaxing while others focus on being active with cardio. Obviously, what is best for one variation is not necessarily going to work for them all. This is why it is important to understand your options and determine what will work best. What you will find here is information that will help you determine just that. This will be done by introducing you to various types of yoga clothing and detailing what each piece works best for. This includes variations, style, setting, and more.
When it comes to yoga, there is a myriad of different settings that a person may be in when they practice. There is a traditional class setting, a home gym setting, and a yoga retreat. At home is where most people tend to wear baggier clothing and many women tend to stick to only a sports bra as a top. A class setting is more formal and is where people to wear their best exercise clothing. A retreat is a bit more of a gray area and where many people falter to know what to choose. So, how do you choose what to wear to a yoga retreat? The answer is that you should wear what you will be most comfortable in. When going to a retreat, or even a class, you should always wear clothing that fits well so that it does not cause any problems while practicing.
The first thing we are going to discuss is tops. There are many options when it comes to tops. There are a few things that are important regardless of other specifications. One of these things is that you can easily move in all different directions while wearing the top. Sometimes this is accomplished because the top is baggy and therefore unrestricted. Other times, this is due to the stretchy material that the top is made out of. Also, the shirt should not be overly long. If it is incredibly baggy, it should not be overly short either. Most forms of yoga require many different poses, quite a few that put the participant leaning over. When the shirt is baggy and short, it can easily fall up and into the face. If it is too tight, it can be incredibly restricting which is bad. Also, you should feel comfortable in your clothes. While it is important to be comfortable in the sense that the clothing does not bind or cut into your during movement, you should also be comfortable in the sense that you feel good while wearing that particular piece of clothing. You should not feel self-conscience or bad about yourself in any way. If you do, you need different clothes. The debate between long sleeves, short sleeves, and no sleeves is dependent on two things. The first consideration is how active you are going to be. If you are going to be doing a lot of cardio or practicing hot yoga, long sleeves are not a good idea. The second consideration is personal preference.
Now, on to the lower part of the body. There are quite a few options when it comes to bottoms. There are incredibly short shorts, longer shorts, tight shorts, loose shorts, leggings, tight stretchy pants, and loose pants. There are also form-fitting, stretchy capris. This particular decision is largely based on each person’s personal preference, but there are some factors to consider. For example, when you practice hot yoga, you want to have on the least amount of clothing possible. This means you will likely want short shorts. However, if you are practicing a variation that deals more with poses and stretches, leggings or stretchy pants. If you are practicing a form of yoga that involves a great deal of movement, you will most likely want to avoid loose pants. Only you know exactly what you need from your clothing, take the time to find what works best for you.
Finally, you need to choose what you are going to wear on your feet and what you are going to do with your hair. As for your feet, you have three basic options. many people choose to remain barefoot while practicing yoga while others feel that it is best to have something covering the feet. If you do not wish to go barefoot, you can wear yoga socks or invest in a good pair of yoga shoes. The shoes are essentially a sturdier version of the socks. As for hair, you need to pin it back in some way, even if it is short.
Men and women tend to have different needs when it comes to exercise clothing and then within those parameters, personality and type of exercise plays a large part in the decision. Many men choose loose, longer shorts and a t-shirt whereas many women prefer a sports bra and leggings. This is by no means a definitive, only an option that tends to be chosen a fair amount of time. Another factor to consider is body type. Different body types do best in different types of exercise clothing. It may be necessary to try a few different types before you find what works best for you. Do not get discouraged if you need to try a few different options. The perfect mix is out there, you simply have to find it.