How to Accessorize Your Yoga Outfit

Any modern yogi knows that accessories play a key role in the overall success of your outfit. They can help to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your outfit or help you to be more mindful of your intention. Choosing the perfect accessories requires general mindfulness of how each element of your outfit works together to create your unique look.

If you’ve been trying to figure out the best way to accessorize your yoga outfit, look no further. This no-nonsense guide to adding accessories to your soft leggings will give you all the advice you need to choose the perfect complements.

Add Bright Colors That Sparkle and Shine

The easiest way to brighten up your wardrobe is through accessories. A statement necklace, a fun scarf, or a pair of boot warmers are all small items that can truly pop when you’re using a fun accent color. While an entire shirt may be too much color and overwhelm your complexion or personality, one or two matching accessories allow you to experiment with seasonal shades without too much commitment. After all, even the brightest shades are sure to match your favorite pair of black yoga leggings.

Don’t Go for Things That Dangle

Practicing yoga does require a certain amount of mindfulness in terms of your safety. Unless you’re alright with ditching your jewelry in your workout bag, you will want to keep your dangling jewelry to a minimum. This applies to all of the staple items that yogis may be tempted to wear, including earrings, necklaces, and even bracelets. You’re far better off choosing tighter choker chains and stud earrings than dangling statement necklaces.

Choose Accessories That Remind You of Your Intention

There’s nothing better than selecting accessories that can play double duty in your regular practice. They can enhance the overall appearance of your yoga outfit as well as remind you what your intention is. You may think about wearing a metal cuff bracelet with a meaningful word stamped on it. Simple touches like these make your accessories completely unique and allow you to delve deeper into your yoga practice.

Consider Natural Crystals and Gemstones

Why not allow your accessories to help improve your overall well-being, physical health, and mindset? With the aid of natural crystals and gemstones, you can harness the power of a natural remedy for certain ailments. Depending on the particular type of stone, some of these are said to relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and even menstrual cramps. Do a little research or visit a local shop near your town to decide which crystals suit your needs the best.

With the right accessories, you can pull together the perfect yoga outfit. These key tips can help you to choose the right pieces that allow you to practice yoga safely and with a deeper meaning in your overall routine. Embrace some of this season’s key trends with a few of these fashionable items to bring a little more pizazz and fashion-forward pieces into your yoga practice today.

3 Warning Signs Your Yoga Clothes May Be Making You Uncomfortable

Attending a public yoga class can fill any yogi with trepidation that they may not be appropriately dressed for the occasion. Particularly for beginners or those trying out a new studio, it can be a litmus test for your confidence to show up on your mat at all while worrying about your attire. Keeping your mind on your yoga practice is essential though, so what can you do about your clothing? 

Many yogis are hyperfocused on their workout clothing because it actually makes them uncomfortable. Keep an eye out for these warning signs that your clothes may be putting a crimp in your confidence.

1. Avoid Inversions Of Any Kind 

Avoiding an inversion that you know your body is physically capable of doing could be a sign that your clothes are making you uncomfortable. Whether you’re concerned with your classmates seeing a little too much skin or not having enough support in your top, an inversion does tend to leave you more exposed. Back out of this part of your practice daily, mainly if you practice inversions at home, it maybe a sign you need to search for clothing with more coverage. 

2. You Wear Tons Of Layers Even Though You’re Hot 

Do you find yourself sweating profusely during even the gentlest yoga class? If your clothing layers are the culprit of your unintentional heat, it may be a sign that your base layer is more revealing than you are comfortable with. Perhaps your yoga leggings aren’t a flattering cut, or your workout top is too low-cut. No matter what the reason is, adding unnecessary layers is detrimental to your practice. 

You won’t be able to focus on the intensity of your practice if your body is consistently overheating. Consider adding more pieces to your closet that offer better coverage, such as high-waisted Capri leggings

3. Your Breathing Isn’t Natural 

The breath is integral to your yoga practice, regardless of the type of yoga class you attend. You should be able to take long, deep breaths without feeling overly restrained by your top or yoga pants. Make sure that your yoga outfit is loose enough to allow you to breathe without pain or restriction, even when you move into poses such as the standing forward fold

Similarly, you need to feel like you can release the belly during a breathing practice instead of sucking it in to conceal a trouble area. Clothes that don’t make you feel confident enough to free your body naturally should be replaced with those that give you more poise in your appearance. 

Wearing clothing that makes you uncomfortable during a yoga class can seriously hinder your overall practice. Allow your time on the mat to focus on building your intentions and caring for both the body and the mind. If these warning signs are cropping up during your time on the mat, it’s time to start filling your closet with pieces you can feel confident and comfortable in.

How to Breathe Like a Yogi

If you have ever been to a yoga class, then you have heard and been slightly intimidated by the incredible deep breathing going on in the room. As soon as you walk into the room and begin to unroll your mat, you can hear other students breathing from the other side of the room. If it was a beginner class, your instructor may have given you some brief instructions about how to breathe like a yogi. However, there were probably many other things on your mind, and it may have been confusing. Since you’re probably wondering how to accomplish yogic breath like a pro; this article offers a less time-sensitive approach to learning how to master your Ujjayi (or yogic) breathing.

Ujjayi breathing is done in asana-based yoga. “Asana” is Sanskrit for “pose” or “posture.” Most of western yoga is asana-based yoga, so this is likely the style of breathing you’ve heard in class.

The Ujjayi breath is performed through your nose on both the inhale and exhale. Allow your diaphragm to suck your breath deep down into your belly. Your stomach should stick out while you are breathing this deeply. Place your hands on your lower back and imagine that you are pulling your breath all the way down into your hands, as if you can push your hands with the expansion of your lungs. That sensation will allow for a deep and controlled breath that feels comfortable. Continue this for 3-5 breaths. Once you are comfortable with deep nasal breathing, you can begin to incorporate the more technical aspects.

Imagine you are about to yawn. Imagine that feeling of the roof of your mouth lifting up and backwards. Take a deep breath through your nose –playing around with the positioning of the roof of your mouth– until you can hear your breath in your ears. It should be more of an internal sound than an external sound. If you are still struggling with the internal sound, try imagining that you have nostrils coming out of your cheekbones. It sounds funny, but it might be what makes it work for you. Once you do it correctly you will know! You can sort of feel it in your ears and in your head.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it right away! Take your time to find it. It’s like riding a bike; once you learn how to do it you will always know how to do it. The reason the Ujjayi breath is so important in yoga is because it gives you something specific to focus on. Because the Ujjayi breath echoes in your ears, it sort of becomes the music that you move to and determines the rhythm that you move from pose to pose to. It adds an extra element of energy as well. Because you are fully present with the movement of your breath in your lungs; you become one with yourself.

There is no need to be loud externally; you just need to be able to hear yourself. Some people are louder than others and that’s perfectly okay. Play around with your yogic breath and find your own inner rhythm. It is worth the practice!

Food Tips for a Yogi Lifestyle

My Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher passed down his yoga diet wisdom because he felt that this was also an important component to living the true yoga way. He stressed that yoga was a comprehensive state of union with everything, including a positive and healthy relationship with food.


There are two important components to a Yogi diet. First, in an important yoga text, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Patanjali explains several principles in regards to a balanced diet. Second, the Indian health system of Ayurveda developed health wisdom over many centuries. Patanjali’s wisdom along with Ayurvedic principles gives us excellent diet guidelines!

Ayurveda’s main principles:

  • The mind and the body are connected.
  • The mind ultimately is the main factor in changing the body.

Ayurvedic food choices reflect:

  • An Individual’s Body Type, called dosha*
  • Life’s current circumstances and events
  • The season of the year

Sattvic foods: include most vegetables, ghee (clarified butter), fruits, legumes, and whole grains. 

*Individual Body Constitiution(type): Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

I encourage you to find your individual body type according to Ayurveda by taking a quick online test or if you are able visiting an Ayurveda specialist.

Eat and plan meals when you are relaxed.

In our fast paced society, we tend to eat to soothe ourselves. This can be very damaging to our body as we will consume more calories, and unhealthy food and drinks. However, you can learn to maintain a relaxed state of mind through breathing techniques, yoga and being in the present moment, which will naturally lead you to healthier and wiser food choices. Mindful eating, helps you to connect with your body’s diet needs and to become satisfied easier. Other ways to stay connected with a meal are eat while sitting down and avoid watching T.V. while you eat or eating while driving.

Eat your biggest meal in the middle of the day.

The sun hits the earth the strongest in the middle of the day, corresponding to the most amount of heat and digestion in your body. For this reason, Ayurveda teaches that the middle of the day is the ideal time to eat your biggest meal in order to fully digest your meal and get the maximum amount of nutrition in one day.

Ayurveda calls your digestive energy, agni (fire). A strong agni allows you to efficiently make body tissues, eliminate waste products and produce good health as oppose to letting excess food and toxins cause bodily diseases.

Apply the non-harming principle.

Following the Yoga principle of , or non-harming, you should connect with the origins of your food. Who produced this food that you are about to eat and how were the animals treated? Are you eating more meat than you need to? Think about the environment and how your food supports a healthy environment. Eat organic, local, seasonal whole foods whenever possible.

Non-harming also means, not harming yourself. Eat nourishing food, drinks, and teas that protect your organs and your body.

Eat only as much as your body needs

Eat only when you are definitely hungry. One way to accomplish this is by eating at the same time everyday. Your body begins secreting digestive juices even before you eat if you follow a food routine. Have you ever been starving when you ate lunch too late?

Taking your time chewing and tasting the food and noticing with all your senses the food’s properties you will be able to eat slower and eat the perfect amount!

I hope this helps you get ideas on ways to eat like a Yogi. Just remember, no one is perfect, practice unconditional love towards yourself. Slowly over time, strive towards a healthy diet. And if you loved the look above as mush as we do, visit 90degreebyreflex.com to shop the hottest yoga leggings, yoga capris & yoga tanks online!