By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Have you vowed to begin or ramp up a yoga practice in 2013? With a reputation for enhancing flexibility, strength, and mental well-being, yoga no doubt earns a spot on many lists of New Year's resolutions. If sticking to a budget also appears on your list, you may worry about the costs associated with yoga classes and clothing. Cheapism has found that such expenses needn't deter would-be yogis. Mass-market retailers have clued into the widespread popularity of yoga and become reliable sources of inexpensive apparel. Consumers shopping on a budget certainly must be wary of low-quality items that may fit poorly or fall apart in the wash. Cheapism has put together an outfit from pieces that wearers have found both comfortable and durable. The total price: less than $25.Stretch with cheap yoga clothes!
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- Old Navy fold-over yoga pants (starting at $11.50) are on sale now in several colors. They're available in three different lengths -- regular, petite, and tall -- or as capris. Pants that are too long can easily get in the way of a yoga practice, so petite women in particular appreciate the option to choose a shorter length. More than 1,500 reviews on the Old Navy website highlight the slimming silhouette, which shows off curves but promises to be more flattering than too-tight leggings. Many reviewers declare the pants appropriate for outside the yoga studio as well. Depending on which color option you choose, the fold-over waistband can add a touch of purple to an otherwise black or gray pant.
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- The Champion Double Dry women's training tank (starting at $12) is a general athletic or running top rather than a dedicated yoga top, but online reviews suggest it makes an ideal choice for aspiring yogis. This lightweight top, available in a variety of colors, is made of a mesh-like material that is smooth on the inside and won't chafe as the wearer moves. The material is also breathable and quick to dry, which makes it especially suited to sweat-inducing hot yoga classes. Reviewers like that this midriff-covering tank top fits snugly enough to stay in place during inverted poses without restricting movement.
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As the Champion Double Dry top exemplifies, clothes don't need to be labeled "yoga" (a word that's apt to up the price) in order to work for yoga class. You may already have items in your drawers that would suffice. As a general rule, avoid particularly light colors and thin fabrics, which can become see-through when you sweat. Yoga apparel should be form-fitting but not restrictive. Baggy clothes may distract or trip you up as you move in and out of poses and prohibit an instructor from checking your form. They can also ride up or otherwise expose areas you want to keep covered. You may want to try some poses at home in front of a mirror to make sure your attire won't accidentally reveal too much.
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