A simple but perfect little round-up of the items I swear by when it comes to a hot yoga class. It took me a while to figure out what worked and then what worked really well. I still remember that very first Moksha class I took, I had NO idea what to wear plus the teacher sang at the end, awkward moments like those help me to remember moments forever.
So if you were like me and you want to try a hot class, but you have no idea what you should wear — here try this! Or if you have been going to hot classes and you want to get some stuff that will help you go even more/love it — here you go!
1. A TANK TOP WITH SUPPORT
- Go for a tank with support over layers, the less fuss and muss the better. And support, even if your ladies are small is always a good idea. And hey, if you really dig layers and think a single tank top is a terrible idea, try a sports bra and fitted tank combo like this and this. *fitted tanks are good, less flipping up and flowing around when you are moving — aka less revealing when you are actually in class.
- Try you best to go for a tank that also has moisture wicking, unless you’re a unicorn and you don’t sweat at all, you are going to sweat. You don’t want your tank soaking up all that sweat and weighing 25 lbs at the end of class.
- My favorite tanks are the Power Y and Yeah Yoga tanks, simple and no fuss.
- I also really love a sports bra as a tank, but I can already feel your eye rolls so I didn’t add that as a “perfect” item. BUT if you’re into bras as tops, for yoga, I am loving these: all you need bra, straight up bra and energy bra.
2. A REALLY GREAT WATER BOTTLE
- But most importantly just something to keep your water in and right beside you. Whatever you prefer for water holding will do, but since we are talking about “perfects” here…
- A water bottle that will keep your water cold the entire hot class long is the bee’s knees. S’well bottle’s are my personal favorite for keeping things cold or hot for a full 24 hours.
- This wood one is so pretty. It’s a woody! — okay that instantly takes all the pretty away
3. A SUPER ABSORBING TOWEL
- Super because it looks great and it’s not slippery. Some towels are slippery and then they just defeat the entire purpose, big fluffy bathroom towels aren’t the most yoga friendly.
- A towel that has an added moisture wicking benefit is eyes-popping-out-of-my-head, amazing. Okay, not that amazing. But practice changing amazing, just lay it down and forget about it. And forget about slipping on your own sweat, because that might happen without a towel but not with one of these towels.
- The yogitoes towels are my favorite, not slippery and they have grippy beads to make sure your towel doesn’t slip on your mat.
4. BREATHABLE CAPRIS
- Unless you’re really into shorts? But for hot yoga, I’d say try capris! I did the shorts thing for a while in hot yoga and sure my legs were a bit more airy but man were they also slippery with sweat.
- Capris are a good middle ground, slightly airy but still covered to avoid being all slippy.
- A great capri that has moisture wicking and is breathable will be your best friend, fitted or not it all depends on your style.
- I love the wunder under crop (favorite all around yoga bottom), in the flow crop and I’ve been eyeing the hot to street crop.
5. WAIT, WHAT DO I NEED THAT STRAP FOR?
- This is more of a carrying mat strap rather than, a strap. Though yoga straps are great, they just aren’t apart of your attire.
- Since this is hot yoga we are talking about, a mat strap is a great mat carrying option since it let’s your mat breathe a little. And even though it can’t talk, it want’s to breathe.
- Mat bags are great, but people tend to leave their mat in the bag after classes and then things just get stinky real quick.
- Go for the strap, this one is great.
6. GET YOURSELF A MAT
- Okay, I find mats are super subjective. What I love, might not be what you love. Because what I need in a mat might not be what you need, make sense? I have had the pleasure to try a few different brands and like many of them for all different reasons. But my go to all around favorite is my Jade.
- A mat that is grippy and non slippery with a light dripping of sweat (if you sweat a lot this is where the towel comes in) will make yoga, (the just starting out parts or just getting really into it parts) so much better.
- A great mat is a game changer, so don’t buy the cheap ones you see in stores — this is one case where they are cheap for a reason. Save your pennies and buy a good one!
- Again, my favorite is my Jade Harmony, in case you forgot already.
a quick note: If you are heading to your first ever class, don’t go out buying all this stuff. Just do your best to find things that sorta fit the bill, that are already in your closet — and see if you can rent a mat and towel (or use an older maybe a little rougher beach towel from home) from the studio. Then if or when you fall totally in love with hot yoga, come back to this list.
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