Yoga clothes should be comfortable and functional. They should allow you to move freely and not distract you from your practice. They should feel good against your skin so they donít cause any irritation.
Ideally, clothing should be absorbent so that it wicks sweat away from your body. There are few things that feel as uncomfortable as a sticky, clammy body that is moist from perspiration.
I also think they should be attractive and fun to wear. When I do yoga alone in my home, I am willing to wear an old tee shirt and sweats or baggy shorts. When I practice in a class, I am more discriminating in what I choose to wear.
I admit it. I work very hard to keep my body in shape, and when I am with others, I want to show off efforts of my hard work. I usually choose form fitting pants and a fitted tee shirt. This allows me to see outline of my body in mirror so I can maintain good form, and it lets me move without having to fuss with my clothes. They are also flattering to my body, so when I wear them I feel good.
Here are some of things that you should look for in yoga clothing so that they work well for you and make you feel good about yourself and your practice.
Yoga Pants - There are many types of yoga pants. Some are long and go down to your ankles; others stop just below your knees. Often they are relatively form fitting. These types of pants have benefit of allowing your instructor to see your alignment so she can make any necessary adjustments to your form.
If you arenít comfortable in pants that are so revealing, you might enjoy wearing loose, cotton trousers. They offer freedom of movement without being too tight.
Whatever pants you choose, make sure that you can bend and move freely in them. Also be sure that there are no bulky ties at waist that might be uncomfortable when you are lying in a prone position.
Yoga Shorts - Yoga shorts are a very good choice if you practice Bikram or hot yoga, because room is heated to such a high temperature. They are a good bet in warm summer months when long pants might be too warm. They also help you more easily check proper alignment of your lower body because you can see your knees and ankles.
The yoga shorts should be long enough to cover your derriere and they should not ride up. Form fitting shorts usually donít move too much, so they may be just right for you.