Yoga can be traced back to roughly 2500 BCE. And I can promise you that those yogis didn’t sport Lululemon pants and Jade yoga mats. Don’t get me wrong. I love my Lululemon pants and Jade yoga mat. But there’s no denying the rampant commercialization of yoga, a practice that was meant to be a form of meditation or as a way to prepare the body and mind for deeper meditation.
You can practice yoga nearly everywhere and wearing almost anything. You can practice while sitting in your office chair, with some poses being off limits (like your warrior series). You can practice wearing a dress, your dad’s sweatpants, or nothing at all.
If you’ve been to a class before where an instructor has specified that you need “yoga clothes,” it’s probably because they want to be able to easily see your form and lines of your body. It makes adjustments easier. It’s simpler to spot places where you can deepen your pose. And yes, sometimes it’s because you’re at a studio where yoga clothes are sold. But in actuality, if you can move comfortably, it doesn’t really matter what you wear.
Yes, yoga is a four letter word. But so is love, hope, and grin. I know that yoga clothes, accessories, and studio memberships can be expensive. That’s why I started Get it Ohm!. You can practice yoga on a budget, or even on no budget at all. Prior to becoming certified, I never paid for a class in my life. There’s no reason to let funds get in the way of your practice.