Restored ContentParticipantMarch 6, 2008 at 4:18 pmPost count: 134
Posted by Eve
I am just wondering what people wear during their hot yoga?
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they are yours.
R. BachRestored ContentParticipantMarch 6, 2008 at 4:18 pmPost count: 134
Posted by Jared
Well I can tell you what not to wear!
I just practiced at an amazing studio in Boston and when I arrived at the studio I found that I had not packed my gym shorts but I was in the right frame of mind for the class so I just did the class in jeans and a tee shirt. I am washing my jeans as I type due to the fact they are soaked through pretty bad! This “jean” practice really allowed me to focus on other challenges like the binding poses! I received a number of different looks going in, but everyone made me feel at ease … although they will be telling their friends about the psycho that did hot yoga for an hour and half in jeans.
What can I say I love my yoga practice … jeans, sweats, shorts … I will practice in anything.
NamasteRestored ContentParticipantMarch 6, 2008 at 4:19 pmPost count: 134Gabrielle (The Hot Yoga Doctor)Forum OwnerMarch 6, 2008 at 4:20 pmPost count: 3013
and a big thank you to Jared! That was really funny 😆 If you didn’t think that half the battle was controlling your mind, you do now 😉
Yes Eve, we could start out by saying don’t wear jeans. Really you should avoid sleeves, long pants, anything that is baggy. Clothing like that tends to stick when you sweat and doesn’t move with the body.
I think the best thing to wear is stuff that moves with you, is a skin fit and wicks the sweat away from the body (plenty of wonderful modern fabrics available): gym gear, bike shorts, or capri pants (although you will cool down better in above the knee shorts).
Tops should be sleeveless. You can choose crop or singlet style tops. Once again you may feel cooler in crop tops.
Just a little note: not too skimpy, and nothing you need to do modesty checks on!!!
Enjoy your practice
Gabrielle 🙂Robert Scanlon (Webmaster)Forum OwnerMarch 6, 2008 at 4:21 pmPost count: 263
Hey that is very funny!
As a male practicing Hot Yoga I find it important to focus on the “modesty check” – in my early days I wore shorts that were … mmm how should we say … “too loose”.
Nowadays I find lycra swimming shorts (halfway between a swimming costume and bike shorts) to be ideal.
Thanks to everyone for helping each other out on the new forum!
RobertRestored ContentParticipantMarch 6, 2008 at 4:21 pmPost count: 134
Posted by Jared
I swim three days a week but I think it will be awhile before I try wearing jammers to class. I have seen some board shorts that are light weight and reach down just above the knee as to not get caught. I may pick up a pair of those, but as for tonight it was the fact that I did not remember to bring my shorts. Oh well.Restored ContentParticipantMarch 6, 2008 at 4:22 pmPost count: 134
Posted by Eve
I normally just wear a fitted t-shirt and 3/4 yoga pants but yes it does stick. 😉
I am off to the shop tomorrow for some different tops I can live with the pants for a little while longer…
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they are yours.
R. BachGabrielle (The Hot Yoga Doctor)Forum OwnerMarch 6, 2008 at 4:22 pmPost count: 3013
Enjoy your new freedom 🙂Restored ContentParticipantMarch 6, 2008 at 4:23 pmPost count: 134
Posted by Jared
Hey if you find any pants that are designed for a big man not weight just bigger than the normal yogi. Let me know.Restored ContentParticipantMarch 6, 2008 at 4:24 pmPost count: 134
Posted by synchro_idiotic
Jared – 25 January 2008 06:48 PM
Hey if you find any pants that are designed for a big man not weight just bigger than the normal yogi. Let me know.
Here’s a site that I’ve found that seems to have a good selection of mens pants from several different manufacturers. Hopefully you’ll find a pair that suits you!
“Most people live on the world, not in it.”
– John MuirobidooParticipantMarch 9, 2008 at 5:13 amPost count: 4
I’ve always worn capris. It helps so much to eliminate the ‘slip’ factor. Maybe some day I’ll try shorts but I know I’ll slip and slide out of toe stand, tree etc. I remember a student that learned the hard way why we don’t put Nivea lotion on our skin before we practice. She bent over to grab her heels and down came the shorts. Slid right off her behind!! You know what was really cool though? She just moved to the back really quickly so she could continue this posture without mooning everyone behind her. It reminded me about what my instructor said once. “Fall out of a posture and your a human. Get back in and you’re a yogi”.
AmandaedgehH20ParticipantMarch 19, 2008 at 4:26 amPost count: 41
The instructors/owner at the studio I practice regularly insists we wear shorts. She wants to check our knees at all times to make sure the muscle is lifted and the leg is locked.
So if I do wear long yoga pants, I roll them up for those postures. I feel wearing the longer pants keeps me “warmer”.Gabrielle (The Hot Yoga Doctor)Forum OwnerMarch 19, 2008 at 4:40 amPost count: 3013
How much of a distraction is it to your practice/focus concentration to roll up and down your pants? Just wondering. You have been doing this yoga for some time now. I guess it is OK to take responsibility for it all now and just put up with whatever you are wearing. It may just mean you have to focus more strongly on the FEELING rather than the visual cue. One of our great challenges and aims is to ‘get into our bodies’.
There’s always somewhere else to go! 😉
Would love to hear your take on it.
Gabrielle 🙂edgehH20ParticipantMarch 19, 2008 at 6:04 amPost count: 41
I consider it a trade-off or even a courtesy. Like not wearing heavy perfumes during practice. I wear the longer pants less than half the time so when I do and it gets time for standing head to knee, I simply bend over efficiently and pull’em up. I mean, I’d rather not, but she’s so good and so concerned about our postures I am only benefiting from it.
I am mostly good about the not fidgeting, saving energy for the meditation, postures. in fact, just before class i will stand and look in the mirror and set an intention for myself, which typically includes no fidgeting stay focused on eyes in mirror.
PS: Many of my yoga shorts are in storage from a still on-going move. So my ratio tof long pants to shorts is like 4:1. Hence I have to take a “stand” and wear the pants. Pardon the pun. 😉happyyogachikParticipantMarch 23, 2008 at 4:21 amPost count: 9
I love the Prana line of yoga clothes…they’re comfortable and wick beautifully. I’m partial to the Prana sabin, jackie, halter and lola tops. As for pants I love the Prana asana, elisa and divine. 😆wendycharlesParticipantApril 6, 2008 at 6:09 amPost count: 1
Hello Everyone, I am so excited to have found this forum :cheese: I like prana, be present and hard tail clothing lines. They are fit really well for me. Im 5’9 and some other lines of clothing are “short” in length.smm4671ParticipantMay 7, 2008 at 9:43 pmPost count: 1
There is a girl at the studio I go to that wears clothing from Shakti Activewear (http://www.shaktiactivewear.com/index.php?main_page=index), and it looks GORGEOUS on her. It’s a little too expensive for me though (as a graduate student!)vegaParticipantMay 8, 2008 at 9:56 amPost count: 1raysantopietroParticipantJune 11, 2008 at 12:35 amPost count: 6
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
The site will be complete with products in the next few weeks. Please let us know your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
NamasteGabrielle (The Hot Yoga Doctor)Forum OwnerJune 14, 2008 at 8:46 amPost count: 3013
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!!! :cheese: Try
slipping and sliding feet
Gabrielle 🙂MammarenParticipantJuly 19, 2008 at 6:40 pmPost count: 21
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..
happy sweating!IlyziumParticipantNovember 3, 2008 at 3:09 amPost count: 32
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…Robert Scanlon (Webmaster)Forum OwnerNovember 3, 2008 at 3:45 amPost count: 263
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!)
Now she’s even more famous because she is marrying billionaire Jim Clark: http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/10/netscape-founder-jim-clark-marrying-swimsuit-model
Welcome and great to have you here!
RobertGabrielle (The Hot Yoga Doctor)Forum OwnerNovember 3, 2008 at 4:00 amPost count: 3013
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…
And all from Lorna Jane, of course! 😉
Gabrielle 🙂IlyziumParticipantNovember 3, 2008 at 4:05 amPost count: 32
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. 😉
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