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Why What You Wear to Yoga Matters
Why What You Wear to Yoga Matters

If you have done yoga before, you know it is about getting to a place of important to be physical, mental, and spiritual peace, more than it is about how anything looks. At least to a certain extent.

To induce those feelings that help you clear your head, it is essentially important to be in an environment where the distractions are minimal and your mind can focus. 

Moreover, to be physically at peace, you need to be in yoga clothes that feel comfortable and relaxed. If you're clothes don't fit right, aren't ideal or mobile enough from yoga, or you simply don't feel good in them, it can be a distraction from finding your sense of peace on your mat.

It might not seem like an important part of your yoga practice, but believe it or not, what you're wearing matters, and not just for vanity. 

Why does it matter though?

Research shows that what you wear affects your well-being. This is referred by psychologists as “enclothed cognition”. And it’s quite obvious, isn’t it? 

If you wear comfortable and attractive clothes, you will feel better.

On the contrary, unbreathable clothes with bad fabric that aren’t appealing or you don't feel confident in, will spoil your mood. Therefore, wearing the right type of yoga apparel matters for both comfort, and confidence.

It's not about name brands, or high end clothing, or showing off. It's about how you feel. 

Here's some reasons why what you wear to yoga, matters

Tones Down Your Stress Levels

Yes, believe it or not, good clothing can do that. If you’re wearing a good tank top made of natural fibers that is comfortable and caresses your skin, your stress levels will drop. Furthermore, your concentration levels will go up. Good clothes will go a long way to reducing your stress and anxiety levels. They will make you feel at peace and in your comfort zone and a good yoga outfit will make a dull day cheery for you in no time!

Exercise with Ease and Grace

Imagine doing yoga in uncomfortable clothes that weigh down heavily upon you and make you feel all constricted? That’s not good, since the reason for you to do yoga is to calm down. 

To begin with, you need the correct posture in yoga. If your posture is restricted by distressful clothes, you're missing out on your practice? You are either not going to be able to perform yoga freely and your clothes will be a restriction. 

Good yoga clothes that allow you to move freely and comfortably, will help you do yoga with ease and grace.

Maximize Health Benefits (and Reduce Health Detriments) 

Here’s what clothing that’s too tight can do to you. It can either make it a struggle for you to breathe or, it can end up making your body parts numb. Do you want that to happen? No. Suffocating yourself is never a good idea. You don’t want to reduce the oxygen supply to your vital cells.

What you can do to take care of this problem? The answer is simple. Wear good yoga clothes that are breathable and ergonomic. 

They Don’t Have to Cost Much

Yoga shirts, and yoga apparel in general, don't always come with the added advantage of being cost-effective, but they don't have to break the bank either. Simple outfits, that aren't yoga specific, but are loose enough and made of natural fibers like cotton, are easy, affordable, and excellent choices for yoga.  

Plus, they’re an all-purpose sort of an outfit. For example, you can wear yoga pants with a long shirt for a walk in the park. Perhaps, you can also wear them to work with a long shirt and coat. They’re a great option that you can reap the benefits from for any occasion!

By Joseph Arya

An early bird who loves a good morning routine which includes yoga and coffee. I also love HIIT and swimming basically a fit, active, and healthy life. When I am not working or working out, I am busy sharing my experiences through my writings and exploring the world.

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