by Alex Francis
All Sport’s Ladies’ Racerback Tank
Just in case you’ve managed to miss all of the buzz about hot yoga in recent years, it’s a type of yoga that is practiced in a climate-controlled room with the temperature dialed all the way up to 105 degrees. It may sound like cruel and unusual punishment, but countless people swear by its benefits to their health and physique.
When you’re practicing yoga in such a hot and physically demanding environment, you’re going to want to give special consideration to the clothes you wear to class; any old workout clothes just won’t do. So before you take the dive into the sweaty, yet oddly liberating, world of hot yoga, take a look at these guidelines and suggestions for appropriate apparel.
1. Do wear a tank top. Or, at most, a short-sleeved t-shirt. Sometimes sleeves are nice to wipe your sweat on, but anything with more coverage will begin to feel like a prison once the heat really starts to sink in. Something like All Sport’s Ladies’ Racerback Tank, which is not only breathable and moisture-wicking but also form-fitting would be perfect.
2. Don’t wear anything restrictive. Yoga is all about stretching, flowing, and having freedom of movement, and you can’t do any of that if your clothes are holding you back. The most popular yoga bottoms are form-fitting shorts or pants that are stretchy enough to move with you. For hot yoga, shorts like Badger’s Ladies’ B-Fit 2.5” Short would be ideal, but if you are not comfortable showing that much skin, a longer version like Boxercraft’s Love ‘Em Leggings would do just as well.
3. Don’t wear anything oversized. If your shirt is loose or flowy, it will fall over your head as soon as you do your first downward dog, and you’ll spend the rest of the class fidgeting with it instead of focusing on your flow. Similarly, in the interest of public decency, you won’t want to wear loose shorts unless you have spandex on under them.
4. Bring a towel and a water bottle. You’re going to sweat, and you’re going to sweat a lot—there’s no getting around it. It’s not a bad idea to bring a full-sized towel to put on top of your yoga mat to prevent slipping if you know you’re prone to having sweaty palms or feet. At the very least, you should bring a hand towel to wipe your face throughout the class. The water bottle will help replenish some of the fluids you’re losing as you sweat, as well as keep you feeling strong.
With all of this in mind, go forth and enjoy your practice! Namaste