A growing number of men are supplementing their weight and cardio training with time on the mat. While this is great for gains in flexibility, stamina, and strength, most men don’t yet dress the part. “I looked everywhere for simple, well-made practice shorts and I just couldn’t find them,” Town & Country contributing editor and former Men’s Vogue fashion director, Stephen Watson, told The Cheat Sheet. With that in mind, Watson started Moon & Son, a fitness range dedicated to the practicing male yogi. So what exactly does the male yogi need? Watson gave us the lowdown.
Shorts: “A slightly looser short, preferably made out of a non-absorbent, super stretchy fabric. Cut above the knee to help get a wide range of motion, but not so short where a full wheel pose becomes ‘nuts.'”
Shirts: “A moisture wicking T-shirt or tank — ideally a little longer for a quick tuck-in before arm balances or inversions. The longer length also has a better chance of staying put when forward folding and downward dogging.”
Shirtless: “If you have the confidence, shirtless is probably the way to go, especially for super hot rooms.”
Underwear: “Fitted underwear is key. A moisture-wicking style, polyester or nylon works great. In a pinch, a speedo bathing suit under a short works terrific. In general try to avoid cotton underwear; the fabric is too absorbent and becomes wet and uncomfortable in a hot class. Compression shorts under a loose short works well too.”
Yoga Mat Towels: “While not a clothing item per se, yoga mat towels are a key part of a hot yoga practice. The best ones are made out of cotton chamois-type material, similar to the towels made for drying off cars but much bigger. You simply throw them down on top of a regular yoga mat and they really help with grip, feet slippage, and pouring sweat.”
It’s also worth noting that “wearing performance fabrics can reduce fluid loss, fatigue, and inflammation, all of which can increase calorie expenditure,” says HPE clothing line Founder and Human Performance Specialist, Nick Harris. “Compression-based fabrics specifically can increase blood flow back to the heart and reduce the risk of injury as well as reduce the buildup of lactic acid.”