i found the following website http://shaktishantiyogawear.com/
this was by far the best yoga clothing… absorbs the moist very well as well as giving support (ladies will understand) in areas where it is needed where normal gym clothes falls short.
We just joined the site and are very excited to become involved. Both myself and my wife are practitioners of Bikram Yoga, and our continual search for clothing or accessories appropriate to the specifics of Hot/Bikram Yoga for oursellves has many times given us bad information or products that are not right for our specialized form. As a result we have decided to start a site specifically to provide reviews and sales of products that are specific to Hot/Bikram. This decision was made by continued frustration in Triangle caused by slipping feet not easily gripped by the towel. Accidentially I tried a mexican style blanket one day, and found that while it had drawbacks in other posed, it did a very good job of providing a grip surface in triangle. Currently I use a version of it exclusively, and have had good results. I don’t want to be accused of using the forum for spam, but I fugured I would provide a link to the site because it will be developed specifically based on user reviews of products and accessories within forums like this one. If you would like to check it out go to http://www.hotyogasupplies.com
Thank you for your participation. Welcome to our forum.
There are many reasons why you may not have a firm footing in Triangle pose. One of them is strength of your inner thighs. Actually that is usually the biggest reason why feet slip. Another way to ensure that you stay planted in the pose is to drive the heels into the ground. Very often students weight their feet incorrectly especially when the toes of the front foot take most of the weight (and often of the whole body). Unless your towel is a velour style towel (you know that velvety style finish) the towel has less to do with your traction than your technique. Anyway for further discussions on Triangle pose please go to the pose directory and join in there!!! Try slipping and sliding feet
I love the Shakti side tie shorts. They are TINY and cool and stay right where you put them. Love them. I used to practice in pants. But I don’t anymore and I have to say that after going over to the smaller (tighter) shorts, I will NEVER go back. Sometimes I wear a Tonic tank or just a bra style top. Less is better and I actually feel like I experience the heat better this way. I think if you are having to “stay warm” in a hot yoga room, the room isn’t warm enough
I believe Bikram says, “wear as little as you are comfortable wearing.” And I know this varies GREATLY for many. But I do find that when I wear less, I fidget less, I overheat less, and the sweat cools me more efficiently. Two brands I love..
Oh I hope nobody minds if I’m posting to this older topic? Well, in my bikram class most women wear those bra tops and the little black yoga shorts, that are more like those “boy short” panties that women wear. I don’t feel I’m fit enough to wear that so in the meantime I’m wearing a tank top and yoga shorts that aren’t as skimpy as the teeny shorts. As for the men, actually I haven’t really noticed what the men are wearing. I will say that on my first day I did wear full length black, lycra work-out pants and baggy t-shirt and fully regreted it later on…
Welcome Ilyzium - no, no-one minds about old/new topics here, only that we all talk and share things!
(Thanks for your posts in the other threads too btw).
Yes Gabrielle usually wears those “boy short” things too. I remember my first class in thick shorts & a t-shirt - the t-shirt didn’t stay on long LOL!
We’ve found for men that the hardest thing on their first class is to get them to take off the t-shirt - they “huff & puff” doing their manly-best to work through it. You really just want your clothes to not be any type of distraction. Most people are super-self-conscious in their first 3 or 4 classes - but once you get a good rhythm, other people (and what they wear) does tend to fade out of your awareness.
On the subject of being “overly aware” ... I’ve said this before, but now it’s a little more topical - I once had a super-model practicing behind me. I did “very good poses” that day! (Way too self-conscious for a good yoga practice!)
Psssst… Just for the record what Robert is actually referring to as boy shorts on me are actually mid-thigh bike shorts. I actually don’t wear those tiny things at all (used to - but I prefer better coverage with no concerns about modesty checks). I also wear knee length and 3/4 length capris…
Thank you Robert, very happy to be here and grateful that I came across this fab site! Yes I did have a chuckle over your story of practicing yoga with the hot model behind you. I would have been distracted too had I had a male model practicing behind me.
I’m so glad I stumbled upon this website. I have a question if anyone knows where to find tops for women that have more support in the chest area for us top-heavy girls. I find that I have to wear a sports bra under my yoga tops that already have built in shelf bras to keep the chest in check and I’d rather not have a bra as another layer I have to wear and get soaking wet during class.
Good question sma-ll, If I find the answer I’ll be sure to post here. Well, anyway being in that same situation myself, I just wear fitted tank tops over sports bras, and my Shakti yoga shorts. I know it really is a pain to wear 2 layers on top, but really I don’t know where you could find say, full-control tank tops or something. Not quite ready to do just the bra thing on top, as my abs are not quite defined the way I want them to be. I probably could get away with it, but I prefer to wait until I get my “six pack” back. One day hopefully soon…:)
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Thanks Ilyzium! I just have shelf-bra envy I guess. Most of the women I see in my classes wear the fitted tops with the built in shelf-bra without having much of a problem. I’ll be sticking to my sports bra/tank top combination as well, until the much coveted “6-pack” happens, if it ever does, for me as well!
I had a guy doing his poses right in front of me. (Couldn’t see his face in the mirror) and he was wearing “budgie smugglers” swim suite type of shorts.
I don’t think that he was worried about his modesty as I could see his bits during some poses.
Others behind him to the right and left got even better view.
What is the best approach in this scenario? I wanted to tell the teacher, but after the class I couldn’t find her anywhere and different teacher (male) was at the desk getting ready for the next class. It might as well be him!
So I said nothing that day, but would like to know what’d be the best approach?
I have seen my fair share of ‘bits’ in the studio.
I can tell you that I was once wearing a new yoga suit that, shall we say, compromised me. The teacher noticed and didn’t say anything until after class. I couldn’t believe it.
Now you could say that it shouldn’t matter and what on earth were you doing looking in that direction!!!! But even though that is a valid point of view, there are more things to consider.
I am a great believer of coming out with stuff like this. And directly to the person in a discreet way. I would approach them personally, make sure that no one else is around (or ask for a few moments by themselves) and say, I am not sure if you know this but in many of your yoga poses your shorts are not covering you sufficiently. I would probably also add that you are not the only person to notice.
You may find this person is not concerned in the slightest. That happens. But it can be offensive to others. So if their exposure bothers you and not them then it is important to a) let them know that others notice and b) let them know that you are requesting that they wear shorts that insure coverage.
If your personal approach doesn’t work then talking with the teachers or studio owner is the next step so that a studio policy can be instituted.
It is my opinion that if you have to adjust clothing to make sure you are not flashing your bits, or if you are wearing clothing that does expose you unnecessarily then it really doesn’t have a place in your practice in a public studio. Distractions should always be minimized.