How to Dress for a Yoga Class


The clothes you wear to a yoga class are far different from the clothes you wear anywhere else. There is a certain type of clothing that is needed for performing yoga. Once you understand the clothing that you need to wear, you will see how much easier it is to perform yoga in this type of clothing than it is to do it in street clothes.

There is no dress code for yoga, and the clothes you wear don’t have to be specially made for yoga. However, they should have the same basic characteristics as special yoga clothing. The two main reasons that most people engage in yoga are to relax and to become more flexible. You can’t do this if you are wearing clothing that is short, constricting or tight or that is distracting to you.


Many people choose yoga clothing in soft colors because it is calming and will not pose a distraction. Bright colors attract the eye, and you want your attention to be inside instead of outside. White, beige and other light, neutral tones can be very calming during a yoga class.


You need to be able to bend and stretch as easily as possible when you are in a yoga class. For this reason, you need an outfit that will bend and stretch with you. Choose clothing that is lightweight so that it will give when you need it to. Many people choose cotton because it has a natural stretch to it and will move with you well.

For many women, choosing a top can be a challenge. It’s important to have a top that is not too tightly fitting but it’s also important not to have one that is so loose that it will ride up while you are doing floor stretches. If you are inverted during your yoga class, you want to be able to concentrate on the poses instead of whether your shirt is riding up. Take some care in choosing a shirt so that it is well tailored and formfitting without being tight. The shirt should also be long to keep it from riding up too high when you are inverted.

Some yoga classes may be cold and may therefore make it necessary to wear a sweatshirt or a light jacket with your top. If you anticipate being cold, make sure to dress warmly. If you are uncomfortable, you will not be able to concentrate well on the yoga. A thin jacket that can be removed easily is a good bet for yoga class. If you become warm during the class, you can remove it without much trouble and without breaking your concentration.

Yoga is something that is practiced barefoot, so wear shoes that can be taken off easily. Depending on the instructor, they may allow you to wear socks if your feet are cold, but most yoga students do practice barefoot.


Pants that fit like pajama bottoms are perfect for yoga class. They should be thin and loose fitting but should not be too loose to the waist. A pair of pants with a drawstring waist that can be adjusted is perfect for doing yoga positioning.

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One thought on “How to Dress for a Yoga Class

  1. Leah

    Of course, there are prescribed and proper out for yoga exercise. But basically you don’t need to have expensive outfits for the class or for the session. Just make sure you are comfortable on what you wear so that you won’t get distracted.

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