What Should You Wear to Your First Yoga Class?

Going to your first yoga class can be a daunting experience, and shopping for what to wear can be overwhelming. To make this as easy as possible, we have created a guide to assist you. From what to wear, to where to shop and what to expect, we got you covered.

You may have heard of the benefits of yoga and be curious enough to try a class for yourself. I know my own first class was a major milestone. Entering a yoga class for the first time can be a difficult obstacle to overcome. You may be surprised to learn that most people have similar apprehensions to ones you may be experiencing.

  • What will I wear?
  • I won’t be as flexible as the other people in the class.
  • The teacher will know I’m inexperienced.
  • We want to help you to overcome these fears.

Hopefully, after reading this guide, you will enter your first class with at least a little more confidence.

Where to Shop

Getting a yoga outfit is the first necessary step in achieving the confidence to attend your first studio class. We recommend shopping in a yoga shop, (if you have one local to you), as the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

If you don’t have access to a yoga store, then your local sports shop or shopping online will be the next best option. If you decide to shop online, choose a website that ships to your location and always read the size charts to find out which is the right size to buy.

What to Wear


Yoga leggings, capri pants, loose-fitting comfortable pants, compression tights or yoga shorts. Depending on which style of yoga you will be practicing will determine what will be the best option for you.


If you already have a sports bra, you can just wear this to your first class. Otherwise, there are plenty of options in all shapes and sizes. Most styles pull over the head. Buying a bra specifically designed for yoga will generally have straps that are unlikely to fall off your shoulders during class.


Yogis usually wear a singlet top or something loose. You might get hot, so try to wear light fabric. Some tops come with built-in bras. Be aware that you may spend time upside down, in postures such as the downward dog, so if the fabric is loose it could fall onto your face.

What to Expect

Bikram or Hot Yoga – You will get hot and sweaty, so shorts or thin fabric leggings will be best for keeping cool. Wear a yoga bra or singlet top.

Vinyasa Flow – A pair of Capri leggings, compression tights or long-length leggings will be suitable. High-waisted leggings are comfortable and keep everything covered in downward dog. Wear a yoga bra and a fitted singlet top.

Hatha/Iyengar /Yin/Restorative – In these types of yoga classes, you can dress loose and comfortably as they are less dynamic than vinyasa or hot yoga. Floaty pants and a loose top will be fine. Dress comfortably.

We hope you feel more confident to attend your first yoga class. Arrive early, and talk to your new teacher to relax your nerves. Enjoy the journey!

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