You’ve signed up for a class and you’re ready to roll out a mat and begin flexing and posing. But what do men wear to yoga?
Unlike other forms of fitness, yogis can get by without high-end running shoes and similar workout attire. Even so, you’ll want to chose your yoga-wear wisely for optimal comfort and flexibility while you’re practicing. The wrong yoga clothes can leave you distracted from what should be a cathartic and rewarding experience.
You’ll have more fun and you’ll be able to devote your full attention to your alignment and breathwork with the right attire.
The Right Attire for Your Asanas
Yoga chicks have it made when it comes to workout wear. It’s become fashionable for us to wear yoga pants with exotic patterns and designs, whether we’re headed to class or out on the town.
It’s not hard for women to find trendy yoga clothes in just about any clothing store. But you’ll have to look a little harder if you’re a male in need of the right yoga attire for your asanas. And while you don’t have to wear clothes that are labeled for yoga classes, you will need something that’s light, easy to move in, and able to absorb sweat properly.
In addition, you’re go-to gym shorts might be okay for treadmill runs and hikes in the park, but they may show a little too much skin when you’re Down-Dogging in your yoga class. Do you really want your classmates to see your underpants?
To avoid embarrassment, you might want to do the following before heading to a yoga class with the wrong clothes:
Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Yoga Clothes for Men:
- Try on your potential garments and give yourself a good look in the mirror.
- Practice a few quick poses, using a full range of motion. Are your clothes too loose? Do they sag or slide up?
- See if you are able to move freely without yanking, tugging or making adjustments to your clothing.
- If your usual fitness wear won’t work, talk to a yoga instructor and ask for advice as to where to shop for men’s yoga clothes in your area. He or she might even have the scoop on a sale.
When selecting your male yoga clothes, be mindful of the fabric. Of course, finding clothing that won’t hamper your movements is crucial, but the right fabric will make your yogic experience the best it can be. A breathable cotton fabric or anything with lycra for ultra-stretchability is ideal.
And while a T-shirt might seem appropriate, you’ll fare better with something that’s sleeveless. If you have a comfortable pair of old basketball shorts or well-worn cotton shorts, you might try purchasing cycling shorts to wear underneath — if that doesn’t feel too layered.
In the end, finding the right yoga clothes for a male practitioner might require a bit of hunting. But having an outfit that does not impede your movement or interfere with your mat work will make your yoga class more enjoyable. You might even be able to meditate afterwards!
Are you an experienced yogi? Chime in and tell us what works for you or male yogis you know.