What to Wear to Hot Yoga

What to Wear to Hot Yoga

I tend to be sweaty. I don’t know what it is. I’m leaving sweaty handprints because I know that it takes one inchworm to do it. Hot yoga is very wet. Being confined in a heated room and doing sweaty stunts are things that sweaty people do. I don’t know what it is. I’m leaving sweaty handprints because I know that it takes one inchworm to do it. Hot yoga is very wet. Being confined in a heated room and doing chaturangas is bound to make you perspire, even if you’re not prone to sweaty theatrics like I am.

There are two outcomes if you’re not wearing the right clothes. You feel like you’re on a slip ‘n’ slide of your own sweat, which is terrible but accurate. You feel the urge to take off your clothes when you get overheated.

Instructors say what to wear to yoga.

1. Leggings

If you only take one thing away from this article, it’s that you need hot yoga clothing that’s smilng. Bonus points if it’s antimicrobial. “If you’re dripping in sweat, you want your workout clothes to absorb the water which will reduce the chance of sweat stains, dry quickly and decrease odor,” says Ava Johanna, an international yoga ethical yoga clothing and meditation instructor. Alo Yoga’s High-Waist Airbrush Legging is a fan of hers.

Another tip is not to use cotton. The instructor at Los Angeles’ Hot 8 Yoga says it will make you hotter. I recommend full length or 7/8 length fitted leggings. There is no yoga pants. She wears Alo’s legging line. They’re made of a special blend of sweat-wicking material to keep you cool, and they’re designed for hot yoga practice. She says that they come in high-waist styles that are extra flattering.

The leader of the Colorado area of CorePower Yoga says high-waisted leggings are a must for her. The space-dye fabric from Beyond Yoga is one of my favorites.

Onzie and K-Deer are lightweight and good for hot yoga practice because they don’t sweat as much. She says that the fabric on the brands becomes like fly trap paper when you sweat. I’m out the door in no time after class.

2. Shorts

This is hard. If you want to keep from being overheated, shorts are an obvious choice. That is a definition of slippery. “If you choose to wear shorts, it’s a good idea to have a small sweat towel handy to wipe away sweat.” She likes the Alo shorts, which are the go-to hot yoga brand. You don’t want them to be loose in yoga. Onzie has tight-fitting shorts. The High-Rise Biker Short is an on-trend look that will help keep you from slipping.

3. Tops

Houston recommends a light, fitted tank top for those who are not comfortable with no top. Look for materials that are fitted in a way that will keep you dry and comfortable. She says that loose tops prevent your instructor from seeing your form.

“I like tops that have built-in bras, they make laundry much easier,” she said. I like to practice in tops that are semi-tight-fitting as loose tops can fall into your face during a forward fold. The Beyond Yoga Slimback Cropped Tank is one of my favorites, it costs $60.

4. Sports bras

Johanna likes the Alo Yoga’s Delight Brashirt because it dries quickly after class. There are bras from Niyama Sol. She says that their sport bras are made with a fabric that is stretchy and flattering to the body.

The Y7’s in-house brand Essential Seamless Bra has just the right amount of compression to make her feel good. The fabric is fast drying.

5. Essential extras

The Alo Warrior Mat is my all-time favorite mat for practicing in a studio. It is thick enough to provide the right amount of support. Johanna says that it absorbs sweat and has a built-in grip so you don’t have to worry about slipping in the dog park. It’s important to have a towel for hot yoga so you don’t slip. The Manduka Yogitoes Towels absorb a lot of sweat and have nubs on the underside to keep the towel in place, according to Houston.

Johanna and Loeffelholz both recommend the Hydroflask. She says the straw-lid makes it easy to sip and stay hydrated.

You want to keep your hair out of your face and neck while you sweat it out on the mat. People don’t like the feeling of their hair on their back. Teleties keep her hair up. It’s recommended that you wear a headband to keep sweat out of your eyes.

It’s worse to have to stop wiping your face with a towel in between poses.

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