The Right Clothing for Bikram Yoga
Yoga is a popular sport that melds the mind, body, and soul into a low impact fitness program. It offers a great way to exercise with little chance of injury and is a great way to focus on the moment. But unlike regular yoga, Bikram Yoga is a little more intense. After all, the classrooms are going to be hot. A good 105F hot with at least 40% humidity.
Because of this, you’ll need the right clothing to fit this particular style of yoga. As you’ll sweat more than usual with yoga, anything cotton will absorb and hold all the moisture in. Then the sticky and clammy feeling you’ll get will make for an uncomfortable class. Choosing something minimal that will flex with your movements and keep you dry like a women's compression shirt or shorts will be optimal.
Shorts or Tights
You may want to consider wearing tight-fitting shorts or even women's compression pants. Shorts will allow less sweat on your skin, but then you may find it hard to grip the mat or floor if you sweat too much. Pants, on the other hand, allow for better coverage in specific postures but may prove too hot to wear. Pants or tights will give you a sturdier grip on your legs. Choose a material that isn’t translucent as perspiring may make them see-through. In the end, it depends on your comfort level.
Tanks Top or Sports Bra
Though Bikram Yoga doesn’t have much impact on the postures, you may not need a sports bra, but if you want, choose one with the coverage you’re comfortable with. Another option is a women's compression shirt. These will help keep everything in place and allow for full coverage. Plus, compression shirts will stabilize your muscles. If you’re not comfortable with a sports bra and don’t want to invest in compression wear right away, wear a tank top. You can wear them as short or long as you wish but steer clear of anything too baggy or cotton. Choose something form-fitting, as comfort is vital in Bikram Yoga.
As much as you want to show off your new athletic shoes, they aren’t going to be allowed in the studio. Socks or bare feet are usually only allowed in the actual practice room. You may be asked to take your shoes back to the changing room.
No matter what you choose to wear for your Bikram Yoga sessions, compression gear like women's compression pants or even a women's compression shirt make for a great addition. Choose clothing that fits well, moves with your body quickly, and wicks away moisture. Cotton will weigh you down and make you very uncomfortable. If you have longer hair, add in a sweatband or other ties to keep your hair out of your face. Enjoy your workout and don’t forget to breathe. It’s going to be hot in there.