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“WHAT TO WEAR: Tight-fitting shorts and a sleeveless top. You will not be allowed to take the exam without proper attire.”
Are they going Iyengar? Do they want to see anatomy? Do they want to make jumping to bakasana on sweaty arms that more challenging? Or maybe they just want to see more legs? Who doesn’t?…
So, what to wear? If you like roll-down pants, try Hard Tail’s roll-down shorts. Same thick material (won’t show your booty), same stretchy material (won’t show your booty), same roll-down (you will love). The pair on the left looks a bit short…if you want longer, try the east-coast version. For a list of stores click here.
Phat Buddha is a NYC based yoga clothing company that makes high quality, yet affordable wear. Everything is that stretchy swimsuit material in vibrant colors and patterns. Try the drawstring shorts. For a little extra length, go east-coast. The material is clingy, yet flexible, and thick, yet lightweight. You’ll find Phat Buddha in many Bikram studios in NYC.
Prana, perhaps the most ethical of the bunch, makes the simple “Eve Shorts”. I’ve never tried them, but they look pretty straight forward…Hey Prana, send us a pair and we’ll try ’em out!
Got a pair that you swear by? Let us know!
Update 6/26/10: We’re still waiting to try a pair of the Prana shorts and really dig this Iyengar bloomer company: Malaika Padma (especially their Puna Chic Yoga Shorts). American Apparel is currently stocking their version (the Pique Bloomer), albeit probably not exclusively for yoga so who knows how functional they are on the mat.
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posted by freebean
Not into donning the tiny bikram shorts?
Looking for a little more coverage?
*Enter Dear Lil’ Devas.*
The makers of Toronto’s locally created, customizable, uber comfy bamboo and organic cotton yoga garb offer just that. Among their most unique pieces is the multi-tasking blanket/wrap – yes that is right, a blanket (amazing for svasana or snuggling) and a long wrap skirt (for the yogi, kilt-like apparel to guard your loins after sweatin’ it out yoga style; for yoginis, I don’t really have to say anything else, do I?).
Debuting in April are their SNUG, lady capris (sorry, no links yet – patience my dears) – wonder if these will be the Bikram shorts competitor(?), but I have a feeling that they will have a lil’ more length and of course are a bamboo/cotton interlocking blend.
And you gotta love their ‘good vibes policy,’ which may help you feel better about accumulating more yoga stuff, it certainly beats those sweat-shop bi-products with synthetic (yes, poly and ester are cousins of plastic) fibers that don’t allow your skin to breathe and fill up landfills without the hope of ever decomposing after they go out of fashion.
*freebean now steps down from the soap box.*
In a nutshell, DLD takes less from the earth and makes beautiful things with it, and then gives back to the community. And if that wasn’t enough to make you a fan, now Dear Lil’ Devas is hosting a drawing for $500 (a credit for their yoga gear for your cash-strapped, conscious lifestyle), simply become their FB fan and you’ll be entered! (The odds are pretty good, since they have a rather intimate FB fanbase at the moment, although I have a feeling that may change soon…)
Be sure to become a fan before March 13th, 2009 (think of it as your kharmic litmus test)!!!
posted by freebean
Sports bras and bra tops run the gamut for yoginis, but for the yogi not everyone has the scoop on how to keep things in place. Because yoga is not a ball sport (unless it’s naked yoga), I picked the brain of fellow twitterer, YogaBalls to get his picks on dude duds:
Lululemon does have men’s shorts, but he finds them too long and after a few sweaty classes they tend to to get just as stinky as the boys who wear them.
Shakti Brazilian Trunks are tiny and tight enough to ensure no wardrobe malfunctions, YogaBalls give them a ‘4-ball rating’ because of their adequate ball room. Also getting a ‘4 ball rating’ are Max Shorts, which hold everything in place.
Although they can be ‘constricting to the balls,’ YogaBalls has both the Penguin and Brooklyn briefs from Bikram Yoga Products.
And then are other options for the more adventurous yogi looking to tap his animalistic side…. (yes, they are real and guys have been seen wearing them on youtube.com). For the more tame and if you aren’t heading to a hot yoga class – use these a layering item, as in wear some other shorts over them.
In closing, YogaBalls knows “Most men won’t wear the shorts recommended.” And so, he cautions that at the very least “Trunks should have a lining in order to keep the balls in place. Underwear won’t do it.”
For less speedo-inspired options, try a nice capri pant (guys, these go below the knee) – shorter than a full length pant, but equipped with full ball coverage insurance.
Please beware, if you are a real sweater or take a lot of hot/Bikram classes, a change of clothing for after your practice is required.