You can do yoga in any type of comfortable clothing, but there might come a time when investing in activewear for your practise becomes important to you.
The two questions I ask when it comes to activewear for yoga are: is it comfortable and are the company I want to buy from ethical and/or sustainable?
As a yoga teacher, these are both really important to me when looking for good activewear. Read on for my recommendations.
My favourite brand at the moment is Organic Basics. I have two co-ords from their SilverTech™ Active’ range and I love the simplicity and block colours. They have a limited selection, which makes shopping with them simple and easy.
What I love about their activewear is that it’s made from recycled materials and they fit like a glove, but they’re also a really nice company with a personal touch. Whenever I’ve had any issues with items, they respond quickly and rectify the issue. Good customer service wins my respect!
SilverTech™ Active Workout Bra, £58, Organic Basics – buy now
SilverTech™ Active Leggings, £71, Organic Basics – buy now
For those on a tighter budget, another good option is Oysho. They have a nice wide variety of leggings, bras and tops in different colours that are affordable and comfy too.
I’ve also got my eye on Girlfriend Collective. It’s refreshing to see a brand make activewear for a broad range of sizes. If we only see one type of body shape modelling yoga wear, it excludes so many who practise yoga or want to try. It’s so important that brands send out the right message.
I love that they offer an ethical environment for their workers too. For me, that’s essential.
Tart Paloma Bra, £28, Girlfriend Collective – buy now
Tart High-Rise Pocket Legging, £60, Girlfriend Collective – buy now
For those who prefer patterns, I’d recommend Wolven. While they offer simple activewear, there’s plenty of colourful co-ords and they’re eco-friendly too.
For people who menstruate, period pants are a life saver when doing more dynamic yoga. Both Thinx and Wuka have great options that are specifically made for sports. Not all yoga is active of course, but it pays off being comfortable in any movement-based exercise.
By no means am I suggesting that anybody has to buy the yoga gear or get the yoga look (cringe!). It really isn’t about that, even if it can come across that way.
Ruched Top, £51, Wolven – buy now
Leggings, £77, Wolven – buy now
These are just lovely options that have worked for me, especially as I’m on my mat every day. I like to have nice yoga-wear so I can still express myself and feel comfortable in my ‘work’ clothes.
My advice is to find whatever works for you and makes you feel able to step into the yoga space for an hour or so.
For some yoga practices I wear my joggers and a comfortable t-shirt – that’s one of the great things about yin yoga, it can be done in pyjamas.
Ultimate™ Midi Brief, £24.99, Wuka – buy now
Marisse Gaskell is a yoga teacher specialising in vinyasa and yin. She teaches all levels of yoga, offering practises that are accessible for every body. Read more and book a class at marisseyoga.com or follow her on Instagram here.
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