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Call me biased, but London Fashion Week is my favourite of the big European style events. Londoners have such unique, quirky fashion sense. They’re brave! I worked in fashion for many years and love how people express themselves through clothes and accessories.
One of the big differences when I initially changed career to become a yoga teacher was how bland yoga clothing was. Particularly for men, who were relegated to baggy shorts and tee-shirts. Fortunately a lot has changed.
I’m used to seeing the difference between when students arrive at the studio to an early morning class and how they look leaving. It is a total transformation. They put so much effort into preparation and presentation for the day: clothes, shoes, hair-style, make-up, accessories (and not just the women!)
It is great to see that same creativity and fun sense of self coming to light in the yoga studio. Now there are so many cool, stylish, niche brands that everyone can find a look that expresses who they are during yoga. Not, of course, that the point of yoga is appearance, but there is a value in feeling comfortable and confident.
Yoga Rebel is a shop with cool brands like Alo Yoga, Dharma Bums and Onzie.
Yogangster has great studio and casual gear for men and women.
Ohmme makes technical, stylish yoga gear especially for men.
What’s your favourite yoga gear?
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The right workout gear has to be comfortable and practical, but it can also provide a pop of colour and lift your mood. When you look great, you perform better — even in yoga! Women are lucky to have a wide range of brands to choose from. Rachel Myer’s Urbanyoga site is a great place to find funky, sexy gear.
Men don’t have quite the same variety available. But my go-to brands are Quiksilver and Orlebar Brown (which is launching a womenswear line soon).
I’d love to get your thoughts and recommendations on what to wear, your favourite brands, and where you shop.
Please respond in the comments section and I’ll publish the responses in a future post!
I can’t help but chuckle at the news that Lululemon has recalled some of its yoga trousers in the USA for being too see-through. How did they decide this? Were people watching themselves in studio mirrors and seeing more than they wanted to? Or were Lululemon-clad yogis frightening the children on their way to class?
Whatever the case, it raises a couple of valuable points:
First, you don’t need expensive gear to do yoga. Name-brand wear may be more stylish than old gym shorts and a tee-shirt, but ultimately all you need from your Bikram yoga gear is fit and function. If it covers the essentials and you’re comfortable that’s all that matters.
Second, you should take every opportunity to eliminate distractions. Ideally, you are so focused on your breath and your practice that what you – or anyone else – is wearing is irrelevant. Next time you catch your eyes wandering in class, consciously return to the poses. Concentration is cheaper than buying new clothes!