For mats, google yoga mats and look for at least 3/8" thickness. I also like the idea of adding your mat over the gym mat for thickness and hygiene reasons. For clothing: Find wicking material spandex type garments for top and bottom and cover with t-shirt and shorts or sweat pants with elastic... to keep the pants from riding up during inversions. BTW, I teach yoga.
I got a Gaiam mat for my birthday - so no idea the cost. So far, it's been good, but I wouldn't have anything to compare with it :) I was doing home yoga right on the carpet before I was gifted that mat!
As for clothes - yeah, layering is the way I go. I wear a longer, tighter shirt underneath a t-shirt. Tighness helps keep the top covered when bending down (no free peep shows!) and the length is great for all the bends. I've seen guys come into class in all kinds of clothes - everything from biker shorts to thermal underwear! Usually they seem to wear some sort of loose-fitting pants - like martial art gi (sp?) pants.
I have always doubled my mat as I have wrist issues. You can also purchase an extra thick Jade mat. They are great and no slipping but expensive. Don't know too much about men's yoga clothes but i have always wore my clothes layered. a light but supportive tank with underneath a longer light shirt with more coverage. you could probably do the same on the bottom. a light supportive spandex short short under a longer pant. If you have a lululemon near you, they specialize in yoga clothes and other sport clothing with very helpful staff members but just like the jade mat they are pricey.
I layer two thin sticky mats to get enough cushioning, but I have seen people using thicker mats in class. I'm not sure what brand they are.
As far as clothing, maybe you can wear a supportive stretch tank and/or shorts under a looser t-shirt and shorts/pants. The under layer can give you a little support to smooth out your trouble spots a bit and offer coverage if your t-shirt slips up. The only drawback may be that you will feel too hot.
when I was going to the gym for yoga, the gyms mats were bigger than my mat and would put there's under my mat. There'd be a little bit of slipping but 99.7% of the time not an issues. As far as clothing - I just wore long oversized shirts to cover my belly.
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I am not sure about male yoga clothes. Regarding the mat - I have been bringing my own light mat to the class and putting it on top of a studio mat latley. This way I get thickness I need without carrying a heavy mat and also it makes me feel better from the hygienic point of view.
Okay odd question - I normally go to a gym for my Yoga but I've been having trouble lately - one I need a slightly thicker Yoga mat - I'm a big heavy chap and I'm getting some pain in certain positions (load bearing such as downward facing dog) - if I use a Gym mat no pain but no grip - anyone else have this issue and have a fix?
Also - some odd questions as embarassment related - so please read this with humor - doing Hatha yoga recently (first time did Hatha normally do 2 times a week of another class) and changing between dragon poses struggled a bit and had to come out of pose to re-adjust to avoid crippling pain, pinching of sking and the possibility of losing the chance of children while changing lunge.
Does anyone have a type of clothing they prefer for Yoga? material? they can move easily in but supports everything but reveals little? (I imagine the women might have such problems with chests etc). I have clothes which are great for sun salutation but aren't so great for other poses. Part of it is I don't like exposing stomach etc while arching back but need the flexibility across the back and chest (50" inch chest). Suggestions? is there a store which specialises in Yoga like stuff?
My male instructor wears tracksuit bottoms but he's perfectly proportioned - I am not. I'm hoping of course I'm not the only one who feels they aren't a flattering picture in a yoga class!
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