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Fit Tip: Wear Pants to Yoga, Even in the Summer

If you practice Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, or any other kind of yoga where you get hot and sweaty, I know it's tempting to wear shorts to class in the Summer heat, but resist the urge and wear pants instead. The extra material will not make you feel much hotter, but what it will do is absorb all your sweat, so your mat doesn't get dangerously slick. Plus the material on your legs will allow you to do poses like Tree and Crow without slipping. You can also wipe your sweaty forehead on your pants every time you come into a forward bend. For all these reasons, opt for pants. You'll be thankful that you did.


TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
I used to wear pants to Bikram, but after two years of practicing, I stopped. The reason wasn't because I wanted to be cooler in class wearing shorts... It was because I wanted to stop "cheating" in my practice. In Bikram, when you do certain poses (like tree pose/toe stand), you use your muscles more and rely less on the traction from the fabric to keep yourself in the pose. Additionally, for poses where you need to lock out your knees, it helps to be able to see yourself locking out your knee. When you wear pants, that makes it much harder.
goatimpact goatimpact 9 years
I do wear pants but I find that my mysore rug on top of my yoga mat helps the most with not having to worry about sweat. Without it, I can't hold downward dog during all the sun salutations because my hands and feet get too sweaty.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
Yup, I always prefer to use pants for yoga. For summer, a good compromise is capri yoga pants - I like the ones by Victoria's Secret.
susanec susanec 9 years
Women's running shorts often have built in liners as well. But capris or yoga shorts are also a good option. I don't sweat much and can't imagine wiping my face on my pants. My instructor the other day wore a running skirt.
go4it go4it 9 years
i always wear pants to practice yoga, i agree with you totally fit. i see guys in shorts all the time, and they have pools of sweat on their mats and around them on the floor and they are the first to hit the deck in balance poses. its funny at class, you can tell who is new by the fact that they have shorts on, it takes people awhile to figure out that pants are the best way to wick sweat away, and prevent your mat from becoming a swimming pool....
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 9 years
Good tip!!
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 9 years
Sorry but I totally disagree - I find it much much easier to do Tree pose etc. when I have skin-on-skin rather, and find my foot to slip easily on the fabric of my pants. Plus, it's easier to find shorts that I won't "flash" people in than to worry about showing sweat stains in embarrassing places to the whole class! Lo Lo consider getting yourself a pair of men's jogging shorts - loose fitting and with undies built-in
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
Not to mention the fact that when you wear shorts you run the risk of flashing everyone in your class! I don't wear spandex bike shorts to work out, I wear more loose fitting ones, and they definitely aren't appropriate for yoga and pilates classes. A little too "open"!
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