An ancient form of exercise, Yoga, though sometimes difficult for a novice beginner, is beneficial for the wellness of the mind, body and soul. It is therefore vital that you choose clothes that are appropriate for this form of exercise.

As yoga will require you to stretch your body and hold on to different positions for long intervals, the clothing you choose should complement this kind of activity. Yoga clothes should be flexible and help you get into difficult postures without the fear of tearing them, and at the same time they should allow your body to breathe freely. Yoga clothes should also be made of materials that are stretchable, thus not constricting your body from any kind of asana or movement.

Types of Yoga Clothing

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Yoga Tops: Yoga tops are usually fitted tops, which are excellent and do not fall over like any other normal tops when in a pose. Although they are fitted, these are extremely comfortable and are sweat absorbent, which keeps your body feeling fresh at all times. Yoga tops are very fashionable and come in the latest of designs and alluring colors. These tops come in different patterns and slogans to fit every personal style. You can choose tank tops, tops with long sleeves, short sleeves, t-shirts and even camisoles.


Yoga Pants: These again are made with materials that are stretchable so that they don’t constrict your movements. They are made of lightweight materials and are figure hugging so that they moves along with your body. Most yoga pants have a flared bottom and a drawstring at the waist; this is to ensure that you are not distracted by any kind of discomfort. Although most yoga pants are full length pants, shorts and even cropped pants are now flooding the markets.

Yoga Shoes: Although you need to be barefooted when practicing yoga, yoga shoes and sandals are gaining popular as extensions to your yoga clothing. You can wear yoga footwear if you are averse to being barefooted or if you enjoy practicing outdoors. Most shoes are flexible like any athletic shoe and are available in different styles and colors.

Here are some tips on how to choose the right yoga clothes to enjoy maximum comfort even in the most difficult of asanas.

Freedom of movement

Your yoga costume should not only be stylish, but most importantly give you freedom in movement. This is because yoga concentrates mainly on body movements, improving flexibility and holding on to positions for a while. Your clothing needs to work along with the postures you get into. If your clothes are tight you could injure yourself or even end up straining your muscles. Tight clothes could also cut off blood and air circulation leaving you tired and breathless, especially when in certain difficult positions. Hence it is important to choose yoga clothes that are made of materials that are stretchable and breathable.


Choose yoga clothes that are lightweight and are easily washable. Cotton yoga clothes are highly recommended since they let the body breathe. It is also important to wear clothes that fit well. Buy the right size instead of opting for a smaller or a larger size. The best way to ensure that you’ve bought the right clothes is by stretching your arms or trying out poses when buying them. This will ensure that you’ve bought the right clothes with the right fit.

Sweat absorbent

Although yoga doesn’t seem to be like an exercise that will leave you sweating profusely, after a few asanas you will find yourself smelly and sweaty. It is therefore imperative that you choose clothes that absorb sweat and moisture. Choosing clothes made of materials that are heat absorbent will only make you sweat all the more.

Buying the right yoga clothes will not only leave you looking good, but you will feel good as well and enjoy your yoga experience more.

Bunky Malone is an editor, writer, and active practitioner of yoga. Yoga Accessories Blog. Yoga Apparel.

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