Wardrobe Plan: Yoga

27 Mar
Yoga

Now that Spring has sprung and bikini season is right around the corner, it’s a good time to go through your workout gear.  I actually do a few different kinds of workouts.  I do ballet, yoga, tennis, and run.  But today I’m going to talk about yoga.  The good thing about yoga is that it doesn’t really require much “specialized” gear.  All you need is tops, bottoms, a mat and some shoes to get from the yoga place and back.

THE MAT

All you really need is a mat (and you can even rent or borrow those from your yoga place if you don’t want to buy).  I have my own because it came with a workout dvd and it works just fine. Although it’s not quite as pretty as the one pictured here.  I’m on the fence about whether or not to get a mat holder like the one pictured above.  I can see the need if you’re walking a couple of blocks to class, but I typically drive.

THE TOPS

For the tops I prefer simple t-shirts in long or short sleeves (depending on the season) which are long enough to reach a little past my hips so I don’t get any belly exposure in any pose, and tight enough that the shirts stay in place.  I have a couple of v-neck short sleeve CK shirts that I have been wearing and they work well.  The moisture-wicking special shirts aren’t really needed in yoga in my opinion, unless maybe you’re doing “hot” yoga.  But since I do a couple of different activities, I like to buy just one kind of shirt that I can comfortably use for everything. I don’t really have any good long sleeve shirts though, for some reason all my long sleeve shirts tend to be too short, isn’t that weird?

THE BOTTOMS

For pants I like to have one long and one cropped.  I’m seriously considering purchasing the Victoria Secret one that is a part of this set since I don’t really have a good pair of cropped yoga pants.

THE SHOES

Now you don’t use the shoes during yoga, but you can’t exactly walk around barefoot everywhere.  I think a nice pair of comfortable slip on shoes is the perfect thing to wear.  No messing with shoe laces or socks or any of that mess.  The ones pictured are “yoga mat” shoes which just sounds cool, not to mention comfortable.  I typically wear whatever grungy flip flops I have around though.

What I need

  • long sleeve shirts (x2)
  • one pair cropped yoga pants (maybe the ones from victoria secret?)
  • Maybe some less embarrassing pre/post yoga shoes?
  • Maybe a yoga mat holder?

The number of each item you need will depend on how often you wash your clothes (we tend to wash every 2 weeks around here, and I do yoga 1x per week, so I need 2 of everything).  In general, getting a whole lot of work out gear probably isn’t a good idea just because you’re probably going to lose weight (that’s the point, right?) and that means you’ll obviously be changing size.  My long yoga pants are getting a little too big for me, but it’s getting to be warm here, so I’ll wait until the fall to reassess the size of those pants.

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