All in all we’re just see-through yogis, living in a see-through world. Are we THAT transparent? Well, yes and no. If you’re talking about yoga pants and the vantage point of the teacher then, um, yes, she/he can see through the threads of your stretchy pants about 80 percent of the time, or at least that’s what NYC based Katharine Goerlich admitted to new yoga pants watchdog Business Insider (and she’s likely speaking for 80 percent of the yoga teachers out there).
“About 80% of my students wear too-sheer pants to class and have no idea,” Katharine Goerlich, who works at Midtown-based Om Factory, told Business Insider. ”The teacher is really the only one who notices the sheerness because all other students are in poses and shouldn’t be seeing what’s happening when you bend over.”
“It’s not anything new,” she added. “It’s just the way it is.”
That’s just the way it is folks! We expose so many other vulnerable areas in yoga why not our skin and private bits? There’s really something to be said now for those diaper-dos the Iyengar folks prefer to wear. But what if you’re not interested in lifting that kind of sheath in yoga class? Your choices are slim pickens. Not even lululemon, the paradoxically oft-erring infallible mega million yoga pants maker, can pull through without the see-through, according to fresh complaints about quality issues in the pants that were supposed to replace the problematic see-through ones from pantscapade 2013.
So who cares? If everyone can see through your pants anyway, what does it matter? Well, paying close to $100 for pair of yoga pants has a special way of changing your ‘so what?’ tune. But besides sheerness, customers are now complaining about pilling, which, if you ask many lulu wearers is just part in parcel with these pants and really nothing new. Ask lulu reps and they’ll probably tell you it has some magical benefit like extra friction in arm balances.
But what is perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of this whole debacle is that lulu customers have been given a free license to complain away til their hearts’ content. Not that they couldn’t before, but now it’s being publicized and there’s safety (and power) in numbers. While Lululemon keeps taking strange marketing decisions one sticky mat faux pas after another, the people are speaking. One might argue the exposure of bad practices and increased demands for better products and better clarity is worth showing your butt a few times in down dog.
Now, yogsters, don’t freak out now every time you have to bend over in yoga class. It’s really only the teacher who gets the peep show, if that makes you feel any better. Zoink. There are other options. You could do yoga in your jeans.
Alternatively, if you’re not sure if your pants are actually pants, please refer to this post, or the chart below.
[Via Business Insider]
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