4 things NOT to wear when you practice at home
Just because you aren't going out in public, doesn't mean that you can wear just anything.
Here are a few things I've discovered:
Wearing socks when you practice can be disastrous... take it from me, I was wandering around doing some chores when I decided to see if I could land forearm stand... well, I landed it... right on my face. I was wearing big fuzzy socks and when I went to kick up, my sock slid, leaving me in a heap on my face. Thank goodness I only broke my glasses and not my neck. (They do make yoga socks if you're house is too cold to forego socks!)
2. The wrong top
This is not about shaming the nipple... I'm all about being topless when and where it's accepted, it's just that when they're slipping and sliding out of your shirt, it's very distracting. Do yourself a favor and offer yourself the support, not for modesty sake, but for your own concentration. Your girls will thank you.
Loose shirts may look great in the magazines, but in many cases they can be a very bad yoga companion, falling down to expose your stomach, covering up your face... there's a reason that most shirts are form fitted.
Now, there are some exceptions to this of course... I happen to love rolling out of bed and onto the floor to loosen up my body and wake up to the day. However, when I go to practice a more vigorous series, such as a Vinyasa Flow, I am more likely to follow through my intention if I am wearing proper attire. My outfits seldom match, but taking the extra step of changing is just a reminder that this time is devoted to yoga, not couch surfing.
4. Fashion trends
From the super strappy sports bras, to the mesh lined tights.... the good part about your home practice is that your yoga outfit does not need to have all the bells and whistles. Your tights can be see thru, your shirt can be baggy and none of it has to match. You CAN even practice yoga wearing sweatpants and an old freebie t-shirt. Just because it's new, does not mean it's better, and in many cases, the fact that we don't need to worry about leaving our home, means we don't need to fuss with all the additional street to studio add-on accessories.
There are a lot of brands currently making really beautiful and thoughtful clothing, but just remember they are a business like any other. In order to practice yoga, you do not NEED any of it. Select clothes that you can afford, items that move with you, and most importantly, clothing that don't get in your way, As a teacher, I have heard it all and seen it all, and what I am certain that your devotion to your yoga practice is not reflected in your clothing, rather it is demonstrated by how comfortable you are in meditation.