Yoga Fashion: oxymoron? Nah, not in this day and age of publicly traded yoga-inspired street-to-class-to-brunch sweat-wickery that is sometimes see-through, and these. Naturally, with the wave of trendy yoga clothes for a practice that, ironically, should be less about how you look and especially less about what (or who) you’re wearing, there comes the backlash.
Recovering yogi Megan Sullivan is mad as hell and she’s not going to take it anymore, so she’s taken to admitting to wearing pajamas in Ashtanga class and declaring her own Yoga Fashion Liberation Manifesto where un-pedicured feet and bunchy underwear reign free!
Here’s Megan’s YFLM via Recovering Yogi:
Yoga Fashion Liberation Manifesto:
- I will not wear yoga pants that cost more than a week of groceries.
- I will not subject my body to a yoga thong.
- I will not worry about my underwear showing.
- I will not care about my underarm stains, nor will I care about the underarm stains left over on the shirt from last week.
- I will not paint my toenails just because I want the guru to like me.
- I will not care whether the guru thinks I’m pretty.
- I will not care whether the other girls in the class think I’m pretty. Yoga is not high school.
- I will not style my hair just for yoga.
- I will not buy special clothes just for yoga.
- I will most certainly not buy special clothes that are supposed to help me find enlightenment. No one has ever found enlightenment from a T-shirt. Not even one with a really good shelf bra.
- I will pair my J.C. Penney exercise pants with an old shirt I got when my kids went to the state math contest in 2011, and I will not care. Math is cool.
- I will, if I need to, practice the Ashtanga Primary Series in a pair of pink pajamas with kitties printed on them.
Amen! We praise Megan’s declaration of personal preferences. Do you have more to add of your own? Feel free to post them on her original blog or right here in the comments.
Much of this is great and needs to be said. But here are our questions.
Doesn’t yoga teach us a little something about expressing yourself, living your life (ahimsa-ly of course) and not caring about what other people may think? Do we really live in a yoga culture in which ridicule for unpainted toenails and pajama bottoms rival high school hallway mockery? We’ll do our practice at home then, thanks. Yoga’s intended to boost our self-confidence and remind us of our self-worth not tear it down. And can’t others get all dolled up if they want to? And what? Guys can wear whatever they want and no one cares? WTF is up with that? (We know, guys, you’re just pining for more fashionable yoga clothes. Don’t worry lulu is coming for you.)
Fashion is one of those things many of us love to hate and hate to love. We have a feeling that “yoga fashion” may very well be a reflection of our own personal style when we’re off the mat. But, doggone it, it doesn’t have to.
In defense of fashion for fashion’s sake who’s sitting all fashionably pouty in the fashionable corner, we leave you with this:
There’s more to clothing than just adornment. It does more than merely change how the world perceives us. It changes how we perceive ourselves. – Jacqueline Carey
Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment. - Alexander McQueen
Also, good news for you yoga fashion frugals, we have word H&M is set to launch H&M Sport which will include yoga clothes. (You could try out to be a model, but on “expert level” need apply. sigh.)
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