In my quest for comfortable yoga clothes that fit, I have discovered 2 different kind of tops. I’m not talking about bras, as I’m not comfortable enough for that yet. I wear tops that cover my font and back…
One is the shiny, lycra/spandex kind. I think I like these better as the material feels thinner and dries quicker. They are the slightly shiny material that feels like the same fabric as a bathing suit. They are extremely clingy, which I don’t love, but that is how most hot yoga clothes are…
The other feels more like cotton, although I have bought ones designed for hot yoga. The material is more like a tshirt and they feel (once you’re sweating) a little heavier. I just got a yogabela top on ebay and I was surprised this was the fabric…
Of course, I continue to take a large in both of these. What’s your favorite materials/brands to practice in?
cotton type lycra type
Jumping back into morning classes after being out of town the last few days. I’m never what I would call my most alert at 5:30 am. I put on my yoga clothes, then my regular clothes (it’s cold out!) and head to class. Starting today, for the next 2 weeks, my usual morning teacher is away so I’ll be having a series of subs. Should be an interesting way to experience different teachers and how I relate. This morning the class was more packed than usual, making me think the teacher was pretty great. It was a teacher I never had before. He was very chatty, friendly and demonstrated a lot of the postures-something I rarely see. He was extremely animated, which was nice while the cobwebs of my sleep disappeared.
I completed all postures, better in some (airplane), worse in others (bow sitting pose), challenged in the same group where I am struggling (standing head to knee, bow, toe, etc.) but generally pleased with getting the class done.
So, readers, the story starts here. I head back to the locker after a too brief savassana. Out of the shower, I’m starting to put on my clothes and realize I forgot to bring a bra. First time that’s happened, but I immediately realized I didn’t put one in my bag. So I’m starting to panic and quickly thinking through my options. It’s 8:30, I don’t have time to run home, are any stores open. I put on my shirt without a bra hoping… no go. Then it hits me they have yoga bra tops for sale. So, I put on my clothes, cover up with my coat and buy the plainest, black sports bra (of course, size Large, WTF??!) and head to my office where I immediately lock myself in the bathroom and redress. Disaster averted. You can believe when I get home tonight, a bra will be the first thing I pack into my bag for tomorrow’s class.
My Bahia black yoga bra, although this is not me and my size large
Although I am a New Yorker used to high prices for just about everything, I’m always a little shocked at how expensive yoga (or any sporting) clothes are when you go to stores like Nike, Athletica, New Balance, or online…
Ideally I would like to wear as little as possible, however, I actually do better when I wear longer yoga pants, not shorts. I get so sweaty that I can’t grip myself as effectively in shorts, particularly poses like Wind Removing… I’m also not yet that comfortable with my added weight and wearing shorts.
I’ve realized I prefer tops with a bra built in, so there’s one less piece of clothes I have to peel off when I’m done. Since there’s not a lot of jumping around in class, I found those shelf bras more than sufficient.
I’ve cobbled my yoga clothes together from previous workout outfits and some new pieces, ranging from cheaper Target purchases to a few pricey options like pants from werkshop.
I have my 2-3 fave pants and tops and tend to reuse those as often as possible, dipping into the others only when necessary. As I mentioned in an earlier post, some of outfits are getting a little more snug than is ideal. I stubbornly believe I’ll drop some weight so I don’t want to buy more larger sized clothes. I’m currently about 5 feet tall and 135 lbs so I freak out when I need to order large sized yoga clothes. Really, I’m a LARGE? Yes, according to my werkshop pants and Champion top!
Here’s to reaching Medium!