What to Wear for Hot Yoga
The practice of hot, or Bikram, yoga is based upon the notion that warm muscles are flexible and thus more conducive to yoga exercise. Contrary to popular belief, hot yoga does not burn more calories or eliminate an excessive amount of toxins.. However, even without these benefits, hot yoga is still a beneficial exercise and worth a try for most people. If you are considering taking up hot yoga, make sure to wear the correct clothing, because that mean the difference between an enjoyable experience and a miserable one.
Necessary Clothing Qualities
Requirements for hot yoga clothing are a bit more specific than that for regular yoga classes because of the addition of extreme heat. Because sweat will be pouring out of your pores in a very short amount of time, clothing needs to be breathable, facilitate, not restrict, movement, tight (because baggy clothing traps heat and tends to be distracting by not staying in place), not made of cotton (cotton holds water, becomes soggy quickly, and gets very heavy—in other words, doing hot yoga in cotton clothing is incredibly uncomfortable), not become see-through when wet or when you bend (unless you want to give your classmates and instructor a free show) and sweat absorbent (if you prefer clothing that is not sweat-absorbent, then invest in a good yoga towel, as the sweat from your body will make your mat extremely slippery). [Read more…]