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Light, breathable clothing can keep men comfortable while practicing yoga.
Enrolling in a yoga class can help you strengthen your body and clear your mind, but you'll have trouble executing the poses comfortably if you're dressed in the wrong outfit. However, any man who visits an athletic apparel store in search of appropriate clothing might be dismayed by the shortage of yoga wear for men. But don't fret. Finding the right outfit is not very difficult if you know what to look for.
Allow for Lower-Body Flexibility
Even when you're seated, your lower body needs to be able to move easily to successfully engage in many yoga poses. For this reason, comfortable lower-body attire is important. You don't have to specifically wear yoga pants, but your shorts or pants should be light and stretchy so as to not restrict your movement. Cotton is a suitable lightweight material, but if you want clothing that wicks away your sweat better, opt for synthetic materials. Shorts allow for free movement, though track pants can be suitable as long as they're not too baggy or overly long.
Keep Free of Sweat
You might wear a ratty T-shirt for your weight-training workout at the gym, but this garment isn't overly appropriate for your yoga workout. Again, light, breathable and flexible fabrics are the way to go. Stretchy, synthetic T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts can allow you to move more comfortably. If you're concerned about staying warm, an easily removable sweat shirt is suitable. Avoid a shirt with a hood, as it could distract you during certain poses such as Downward Facing Dog.
Avoid Baring it All
Choosing compression-style underwear for your yoga class can serve a dual purpose. Compression gear can wick the sweat away from your skin and keep you relatively dry during any form of exercise. Compression underwear will also cover your body during poses in which your shorts slide up, such as the supported shoulder stand.
Represent Your Personality
Your yoga attire should reflect your personality. In an article on Mind Body Green, yoga teacher Daniel Scott stresses the importance of wearing what makes you feel comfortable. If you're a fitness buff who enjoys the feeling of wearing tight-fitting, synthetic shorts and tops, there's no reason you shouldn't wear such clothing to yoga class. If you're passionate about the environment and would rather wear clothing made from organic cotton, feel free to wear it. Avoid wearing baggy clothing, which can limit the yoga instructor's ability to see your form.