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What to Wear to Yoga

I haven’t talked about it a lot on here recently, but I’m a big yoga person. It has amazing benefits for your physical health (flexibility, strength, joint range of motion, and more), as well as your mental health (depression, anxiety, memory, and more). I highly recommend yoga to everyone. To which they usually reply, “So, I wear yoga pants, right?”

Well, yes. We all know yoga pants and we all know someone (or many someones) who wear yoga pants without actually going to yoga. I’m guilty of that for sure. They’re just so comfortable! So yes, you do wear them to yoga. But that’s not all you wear.

what to wear to yoga

Where to Get Yoga Pants

where to get yoga pants

 

Once you know that you want yoga pants, the next step is getting some. Yes, Lululemon has incredible ones. But they’re also really expensive. What I require from yoga pants is that they be 1) comfortable, 2) last longer than a couple of washes, and 3) not be incredibly expensive. I bought a few pairs from Target for like $15, but they got holes in them pretty quickly, and I’m not about that.

What I would suggest doing is heading over to Yoga Outlet. They are the largest online specialty shop in the United States for yoga, so you can imagine how huge a selection they have. Their yoga pants range from $14.99 to $108, and they have an incredible selection of brands, colors, and sizes.

I got a pair of black capri Pure Karma yoga pants, which is what I’m wearing in these pictures. I’ve worn them just around the house and for my personal yoga practice. They’re comfortable and they are great for, you know, actually doing yoga.

What to Wear With Yoga Pants

what to wear with yoga pants

 

The next part is what to actually wear with them for yoga. I usually wear a tank top, t-shirt, or long-sleeve shirt (if it’s winter in New England). The key thing is that you want to be able to move in it and not be focused on what you’re actually wearing while doing yoga. I like to layer flowy tank tops like this one with a more fitting one underneath so that when I am moving around in my poses I’m not thinking, “Can someone see under my shirt?” or “I’m so uncomfortable!”
The idea is to be so comfortable in your yoga clothes – no matter what you’re wearing – that you can move around and hold poses that put your body in abnormal shapes so that you can reap the full benefits of yoga. You don’t want to be thinking about your clothes during your practice.

But Kate, I’m a Guy!

mens yoga pants
Gus can’t wear yoga pants because, well, he’s a dog. But he’d get them from Yoga Outlet if he could.

 

Awesome! Yoga Outlet has men’s yoga pants and clothing, too!

What Do I Wear to Hot Yoga?

hot yoga wear

 

Well, first and foremost, go you! I love hot yoga. It’s awesome. But you do NOT want to be wearing pants because it will be over 100 degrees and you’ll be in there for usually 90 minutes. Wear shorts, maybe with closer-fitting shorts underneath. Again, you don’t want to thinking, “Can anyone see up my shorts?” while doing yoga because that adds anxiety while yoga is supposed to take it away. And definitely, definitely a tank top and not a short or long sleeve shirt. In classes I’ve been in, many men take off their shirts for it, and many women strip down to sports bras. (Oh, and I’m really jealous. I miss hot yoga. But my body can’t handle that right now.)
Any questions? I’d be happy to answer them! I’ve been doing yoga steadily for a couple of years now, so I have great ideas about what is comfortable and not in different style classes (yin, meditation, vinyasa flow, bikram, etc.).

 

Disclaimer: I received these yoga pants in exchange for a review, but that is the only compensation I received for them. I am not in an affiliate program for these links, so if you click them I don’t earn money from that, so don’t get angry with all the links. They’re actually all there to help you.All opinions are my own. If you would like more information, you can read the overall disclosure policy for Kate the (Almost) Great here.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Rebecca

    Alice would probably also look pretty good in doggy yoga pants. Let's face it, our dogs are stylish and health conscious.

    August 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    I super need to try yoga…I've wanted to for a while but for some reason it seems time consuming/it takes a really long time? I should try just doing it first thing in the morning. When do you do it? And I actually really love these pants.

    August 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Kellee the Caffeinated

    you Berner is gorgeous!!!!

    August 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Cece

    I'll have to check out that place! I love yoga but I mostly do it at home sometimes wearing whatever because I'm at home. I have never tried hot yoga. I hear good things but it just sounds too…well too hot for me. And super sweaty.

    August 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Chalk it up to Better Luck

    I wonder if they have any of those places near me? I'll have to check it out.

    August 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply katroseblog

    Your post was super helpful. I’ve been doing yoga at home now for a couple years, but I’m about to start taking classes. I don’t want to show up in my pj’s! Thanks for sharing yoga outlet they have a huge selection 🙂

    September 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm
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