Many yogis lead busy lives and go from class out into the world for work or play. Here are some tips and trends to help keep you cool this summer while living your yogic lifestyle:
During the summertime, all yoga is hot yoga! Even if Bikram isn’t your style, consider yoga shorts or tops that are intended for a hot yoga practice. These will wick away sweat and keep your skin drier. They’re usually made of thinner material that permits plenty of movement and keeps your body temperature from skyrocketing. Tops with moisture-wicking material or breathable mesh designs along the sides can also give you some additional relief from the heat this summer.
Southern California yogis know that “yoga hair” is a real thing. Regardless of your hair type, keeping your tresses tamed can be challenging during warmer weather. Headwraps and headbands are increasingly popular for yogis because they come in a variety of styles and colors to match your personality. Try the wider-banded wraps that will not only keep your hair out of your face, but keep you looking fresh enough to go to the juice bar or run errands after your class. As for your hairstyles, keep it simple and avoid placing any hair-ties or clips around the top or back of your head. Headstand and savasana will become troublesome if your hair accessories are in the way!
Many athletic wear companies are coming out with yoga lines for men. If basketball shorts or track pants are your typical go-to, try stepping out of your comfort zone and trying some yoga-specific shorts. Most have built-in mesh underwear but still have enough room for movement if a fitted style isn’t for you. Headbands and headwraps usually have unisex options for you yoga dudes that have longer hair.
Travel light during the summertime by ditching your full yoga bag and opting for a yoga strap or tie. Travel yoga mats can also be a good summertime accessory because they’re lighter weight and thinner so you can throw them in your beach bag, in the basket of your bike, or wear it on your back when you’re on foot.
Summer is prime time for dangerous rays from the sun, but many sunscreens will leave your skin greasy and slippery. Remember to choose non-greasy lotion options or skip the beach altogether before your yoga class to make sure your arms stay put in your arm balances and twisted poses. For yogis that are addicted to the SUP (Standup Paddleboard) craze, remember to wear clothes that will stay put even if you take a spill into the water. Compression shorts and tops or lightwear surf gear doubles as a SUP yoga outfit, and sun deterrent. Choose waterproof sunblock and reapply often.
Mala beads and other jewelry can be great ways to remind you of your intention, but remember that they can slip off when in water or from excess sweating. Consider where you’re headed this summer before or after your yoga class, and you may want to leave your precious trinkets at home!
Lastly, remember to hydrate! Reusable water containers come in every shape and color imaginable, so always have some with you to make sure your body is ready to hit the mat this summer.