Yoga Clothes for Comfort, Functionality Ė and Letís Not Leave Out Fun!

Written by Della Menechella


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,repparttar 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 offrepparttar 150786 efforts of my hard work. I usually choose form fitting pants and a fitted tee shirt. This allows me to seerepparttar 150787 outline of my body inrepparttar 150788 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 ofrepparttar 150789 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 haverepparttar 150790 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 atrepparttar 150791 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, becauserepparttar 150792 room is heated to such a high temperature. They are a good bet inrepparttar 150793 warm summer months when long pants might be too warm. They also help you more easily checkrepparttar 150794 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.

Pilates Exercises Ė Can They Give You The Body Youíve Always Wanted?

Written by Della Menechella


Pilates exercises are a favorite fitness choice for many people including movie stars like Danny Glover and Gweneth Paltrow, professional dancers, and even some professional baseball players. Why this fascination with Pilates? What can it do that other forms of exercise canít?

I began doing Pilates several years ago when I was searching for a different look for my body. I had been exercising for many years when I began to experience a level of dissatisfaction withrepparttar way my body looked. While I was lean and muscular, my body had a packed, crowded look to it. The more I used weights,repparttar 150785 thicker my muscles looked. In addition, no matter how many crunches and reverse curls I did, I still had this abdominal bulge that would not budge. It drove me crazy.

I began to yearn forrepparttar 150786 body I had as a dancer Ė trim, strong, with elongated muscles. Thatís when I stumbled upon Pilates. The people who did Pilates exercises hadrepparttar 150787 long, lean look that I craved. So I began to do Pilates exercises and I have never looked back.

What are Pilates exercises all about?

They focus on your core. - Pilates focuses on strengtheningrepparttar 150788 core of your body Ėrepparttar 150789 deep abdominal muscles and pelvic stabilizers,repparttar 150790 back,repparttar 150791 butt, and also creating flexibility inrepparttar 150792 spine. This continual focus onrepparttar 150793 core has helped me get rid of my belly bulge and also develop Ďsix packí abs .

They work your entire body as one unit. - Many people ask how Pilates exercises relate to yoga poses. In many instances,repparttar 150794 poses overlap. However, while in yoga you often hold a pose, in Pilates you are always moving. In addition, no matter what area ofrepparttar 150795 body you are focusing on, you are still engaging your entire body. For example, if you are doing an exercise for your legs, you simultaneously hold in your abdominal muscles and maintain proper body alignment while executingrepparttar 150796 movement.

They focus on quality, not quantity. - Pilates exercises are focused on quality, not quantity. With some exercises such as The Saw, you might only do 2 or 3 repetitions. In most cases, you will usually only do 10 repetitions of any given exercise. Yet because you are focused onrepparttar 150797 quality of each movement, you get a greater benefit from each exercise than with traditional strengthening exercises.

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