What not to wear in a yoga class

According to yoga instructor Bev Slauck, what you wear to yoga may be as important as the workout itself.

When it comes to what not to wear in a yoga class, Slauck, resident yoga expert for the online active wear store Commander HQ, has seen it all.

She tells us about the most cringe-worthy yoga moments she witnessed in her own studio, and shares practical advice on what you should look for in a yoga outfit.

Hanging free and baggy pants

There are many men and women who enjoy the freedom of no underwear, but in a yoga class?

It’s definitely not recommended if you’re planning to squat and balance on your haunches, knees pointing out in the garland pose, or while attempting the crow pose.

Perched on your elbows and the back of your knees will require your buttocks to point outward. It’s a position that demands underwear, trust me.

G-strings, bikini tops and baggy t-shirts

These are three of the worst things women wear to yoga.

One must remember that the way your body moves between poses will not only change the position of your clothing but also cause a lot of discomfort throughout your practice if you’re wearing the incorrect clothing. From wedgies, runaway breasts to muffin tops, you’ll wish you wore something else.

Not all black leggings are created equal

A pair of fitted, long black yoga pants is considered the little black dress of the fitness world. But not all black leggings are the same.

When stretched, some reveal more than you may want them to. The trick is to try before you buy and do “the mirror test” at the store. I suggest you get down on all fours and check in the mirror to see that nothing is showing.

Another tip is to choose leggings made from nylon and spandex. This helps with the density of the fabric. If it’s breathable and provides wicking, you’re guaranteed it won’t leave any sweat marks either.

Not all perfume masks bad body odour

Perfume is lovely, but not when you’re breathing deeply using the ujjayi breathing technique. The scent can be overwhelming and terribly suffocating.

Many people worry about their body odour, especially if they tend to sweat a lot, but choosing to mask it with perfume isn’t the best solution. A scent free deodorant can do the trick.

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