When doing yoga, it’s important to remember that there is a lot of movement and stretching involved and sometimes you might be practicing in a hot room when doing Hot Yoga.
Therefore, comfort, ease of movement, durability and performance are very important in choosing the right fabrics.
So, what fabrics work the best for your yoga practice?
Nylon vs Polyester
Both nylon and polyester are synthetic fibers. A lot to the yoga tops and pants are made from polyester because it’s widely used for all forms of clothing due to its less expensive production. In doing some web research, I found that Nylon provides:
- Low moisture absorbency.
- It is exceptionally strong and stronger than polyester and it is abrasion resistant.
- It is light-weight, warm, smooth, soft and quick drying. Because it is warmer than polyester, it tends to be more sweaty or cling more to your body.
- Moves moisture away from your body and the fabric itself
Polyester on the other hand provides:
- Resistance to wrinkles
- It’s strong, resistant to stretching and shrinking.
- Quick drying, light-weight and smooth.
- It is slightly slick.
- UV resistance
From what I have gathered and my own experience wearing polyester made yoga clothing, I find that I do not always have to reject a garment made from polyester because as with a lot of things, polyester is not always made the same.
There is your everyday polyester which I personally avoid because it’s like wearing plastic – it doesn’t breathe well leaving moisture stuck in your skin. However moisture-wicking polyester essentially has a different weave design that pulls the moisture into small holes in the weave and towards the outside of the fabric and then they can evaporate. So, this makes the garments breathable!
Also known as Lycra, spandex is also a synthetic fiber famous for been elastic as well as strong and durable -therefore, it’s widely used for active wear such as yoga garments. This means that it helps in the ease of motion. It’s also breathable, moves moisture away from your body and the fabric itself and dries quickly. You will notice though that the percentage is small so that it keeps the rest of the fibers retaining their look and feel.
Cotton is a soft, cool, comfortable natural fiber that absorbs and releases moisture from your body fast allowing the fabric to breathe. However, in really intense yoga classes or hot yoga classes you will sweat a lot and moisture and salt rubbing against your body may become very uncomfortable. Therefore, it’s a good idea to go with garments made from cotton blends.
You can find bamboo fabrics made using organic cotton which provide great comfort and it is a natural fabric. It’s also light, warm but breathable at the same time, and moves moisture away from your body and the fabric itself. Bamboo fibers are much softer than cotton, they are hypoallergenic, antibacterial (so clothing made of bamboo doesn’t get smelly after many days), offers UV protection and it is Eco-friendly.
Extremely eco-friendly and of botanic origin making it a natural fiber. Garments made of Tencel absorb more than cotton and are softer than silk. Its smooth surface prevents irritations to the skin and it manages moisture really well reducing bacteria growth without chemical additives. It simply absorbs moisture from your body completely and naturally releasing it to the outside of the fabric.