Men are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of Yoga practice. The only thing stopping them from attending a class, is their confusion of Yoga attire. Unsure whether they should be wearing Yoga pants or shorts, many men don’t have a clue when it comes to buying men’s yoga clothing.
Unlike standard gym clothes, Yoga clothing is specially designed to provide the greatest comfort while giving men unrestricted movement when practicing Yoga. The main types of Yoga clothing for men are Pants, Shorts and Tops.
Yoga Pants come in a variety of styles, makes and colors. The most important quality to look for when decided on a pair of pants is the fit. If the pants are too tight or restrictive, not only might you feel uncomfortable with what others are look at, you will be unable to move through the Yoga poses. On the other hand, it is also important that the Yoga pants are not too loose.
Baggy pants may feel like a comfortable alternative, but they host their own set of problems. Loose pants can hide your body’s shape making it difficult for your yoga instructor to assess and correct your alignment. Legs that are too long and wide tend to flop down when practicing the inverted poses. The only solution is to choose a pair that are fitted enough to be able to effectively assess your posture, comfortable to wear, and one that does not restrict your movement.
Shorts are a great alternative for beginners and for summer. If you are planning to practice a hot style of Yoga (like Bikram) or live in a warmer climate, Yoga shorts will help you to stay cool by absorbing sweat and allowing your body to breathe. Shorts are also fantastic for beginners who need correcting from the Yoga instructor. Usually when wearing shorts, your knees, legs and ankles are exposed making posture assessment very simple.
There are, of course, different types of cuts. Some finished below the knee and resemble 3/4 pants. Some even go so high up the leg that people would dispute whether they are still shorts! But the most common cuts end just above the knee. Also in the hot classes it is not uncommon to see tight shorts, which resemble bike shorts. While these may not be your cup of tea, they definitely can help beat the heat in a Bikram Class. Like Yoga pants, choose a pair that are tight enough to be comfortable but still allow complete freedom of movement.
Tops by far are the easiest decision for men. Many man choose not to wear a top and that is perfectly acceptable. If you feel more comfortable wearing a t-shirt then choose one that fits snug but allows full range of movement of the shoulders. Make sure you don’t choose your favourite baggy couch t-shirt, otherwise you will soon find it falling off during the inverted poses.
Colors and Fabrics
Men’s yoga clothing comes in a range of colors and fabrics. When deciding on a color, stray away from the bright ones. I have nothing against bright colors, but it can be a little distracting to the other practitioners in the studio. If you’re really indecisive, you can never go wrong with black!
Yoga clothes are also made with a variety of fabrics. Eco-friendly options such as 100% cotton, hemp or bamboo are a great choice. They also happen to breathe well. Don’t be afraid if the label says there is bit of lycra in it. Usually it is under 5% and helps the clothes to stretch during practice.
The most important factor when choosing Men’s yoga clothing is your comfort. Choose clothing that you feel comfortable wearing and that will help you on your journey to reap the benefits that Yoga has to offer.