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   Yoga Clothing for Yoga Mamas
The popular media has recently caught the
scent of the growing importance of yoga
within the blossoming lifestyle trends
towards improving individual health and the
wholeness of consciousness. Some of these
articles have made a caricature of the yoga
mama portraying only a tiny tip of the
iceberg while missing the enormous impact
that this lifestyle trend is creating within
our society. But as they say, "All publicity
is good publicity" and we all welcome the
recognition and attention towards ways to
improve our quality of life, health and
The science, philosophy, practice and art of
Yoga are vast. At its basis, Yoga is Union,
union with the simplest form of awareness -
Pure Consciousness. The many different
branches and schools of Yoga all have the
same goal which is the complete integration
and perfect functioning of body and mind.
Because Yoga integrates and strengthens all
aspects of our mind, body and awareness, the
benefits from the practice of Yoga are wide
and far reaching with improvements in
cardiovascular efficiency, the respiratory
system, muscular and structural flexibility
and suppleness, greater emotional and mental
balance, increased energy, reduced stress,
increased mental clarity, and improved
The clothing that you wear when practicing
Yoga should help you on the Path and not be
a distraction. Your yoga clothing should
allow you to move easily and freely in the
different asana postures without strain or
restriction. Keep these qualities in mind
when selecting your yoga clothing:

Comfortable. Yoga clothes should be
comfortable and allow free movement for your
body in the various Yoga positions. Some
people prefer loose fitting clothing that
allows plenty of room to move and some
prefer close-fitting, stretchy clothing with
a bit of lycra so your clothes don't get in
the way of your movements. Either can work
well and it is largely a matter of choice.
Make sure that your clothing also is
suitable to your level of modesty and that
as you stretch and bend your clothing
doesn't expose more of yourself than you
feel comfortable with.

When choosing your yoga wear chose clothing
made with pure organic cotton or hemp as
these provides maximum comfort by allowing
the body to breathe properly which is an
essential for yoga apparel. Another
important feature of Yoga clothes should be
sweat absorbency to help keep you dry and
comfortable. Besides being softer, the
longer fibers of organic cotton have much
greater moisture absorbency than chemically
grown and processed conventional cotton.
Hemp has the greatest absorbency of all the
natural fibers and is a good choice for yoga
and activewear clothing.

For ladies, it is wise to invest in a good
sport bra which can help considerably with
support and comfort. This will enhance and
bring self confidence during your yoga

Healthy. Our desire to improve our health
through the practice of Yoga should be
supported by wearing healthy, organic
clothing. Cotton is the most popular natural
fiber but conventionally grown and
manufactured cotton is the most chemically-
intensive fiber grown with devastating
consequences to the environment.
Conventionally grown cotton consumes 25% of
the pesticides used in the world. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has found
that the nine most common pesticides are
highly toxic - five are probable
Protect your health and the health of the
environment by selecting organically grown
and manufactured clothing.

Durable. The stretching, bending, and
twisting of some yoga asanas can strain some
seams and fabrics. Select well-constructed
clothing with double seams and durable
manufacturing. The longer fibers of organic
cotton and hemp are naturally stronger, wear
longer and are more comfortable.

Life Sustaining. Practicing yoga will help
us establish balance within ourselves and a
balanced lifestyle in harmony with our
environment. Part of this balanced
lifestyle is acknowledging the right of all
people to be paid a fair and just wage for
their labors. When purchasing your yoga
clothes look for clothing that has been
manufactured in a Fair Trade, non-sweatshop
We can gain many benefits to mind, body, and
spirit from the practice of yoga. Get the
most from your yoga practice by selecting
yoga clothing that will help give the
maximum experience. And enjoy.

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