What to Wear for Yoga — And Social Good

By Sarah Huntington

Many times, in the interest of paying attention to your total wellness, holistic health means choosing something instead of traditional medicine, but it could just as easily be a complement to traditional medicine. For me, this is where yoga fits in.

I like yoga as an addition to my regularly scheduled workout program. It provides me with the benefit of tuning in, and focusing on the connection between mind and body. We have learned so much about how meditation, relaxation, and being mindful of breath has tremendous health benefits, and the ability to slow your breathing and tune in to how you feel is a practice that yoga really cultivates. (Who forgets to breathe? I do, but thankfully not for too long.) Yoga helps us tune in to our bodies off the mat too — to be mindful of words, actions, and lifestyle. Yoga teaches us to listen, to be present, to be aware.

I was inspired by awareness. Part of a healthy lifestyle is giving back and being connected to your community not just in material ways, but in meaningful ways. Buying clothes to give back to places and communities, through companies like Toms and prAna, you will find that there are some amazing people doing great things for our planet. I challenge you, after your time on your mat, to see what a gift serving others can be. Often times what we give out, we receive back ten-fold.


Wear these pieces for your practice, both on and off the mat. Simple and pretty, and you can feel good about wearing them. [hover for info / click to buy]

PRANA ADA TOP  (Steel blue) prAna: A brand should give much more than it takes from the world, and their seva is to promise to continue to search for better ways of making and doing things.

PRANA ADA TOP  (Steel blue)

prAna: A brand should give much more than it takes from the world, and their seva is to promise to continue to search for better ways of making and doing things.

GAIAM PIMA FLOW TANK If you want to cover up a little in your yoga practice, the ruching and keyhole back give a feminine design to a basic tank top.

GAIAM PIMA FLOW TANK

If you want to cover up a little in your yoga practice, the ruching and keyhole back give a feminine design to a basic tank top.

GAIAM LIMITED EDITION PRINTED LEGGING (Swirl) Gaiam’s philosophy is that yoga belongs to all of us. It is a company full of eco-friendly products, and also posts great ways to make mindfulness part of your daily life. 

GAIAM LIMITED EDITION PRINTED LEGGING (Swirl)

Gaiam’s philosophy is that yoga belongs to all of us. It is a company full of eco-friendly products, and also posts great ways to make mindfulness part of your daily life. 

TOMS BLACK METALLIC LINEN WOMEN’S CLASSIC

TOMS BLACK METALLIC LINEN WOMEN’S CLASSIC

GAIAM ORGANIC BRA TOP (Halogen Blue) 

GAIAM ORGANIC BRA TOP (Halogen Blue) 

FALLING WHISTLES FOR PEACE Be a “whistleblower for peace.” Support the efforts for peace – specifically in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

FALLING WHISTLES FOR PEACE

Be a “whistleblower for peace.” Support the efforts for peace – specifically in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Still with the same good-for-the-earth and good-for-the-soul message, an outfit for the modern yogi, who embraces bright, bold hues. [hover for info / click to buy]

PRANA BIANCA TOP (DragonFly)

PRANA BIANCA TOP (DragonFly)

PRANA HENNA E.C.O YOGA MAT (Capri Blue) PVC free, chlorine free, and latex free, feel good about dripping your hard-earned sweat on this mat.  

PRANA HENNA E.C.O YOGA MAT (Capri Blue)

PVC free, chlorine free, and latex free, feel good about dripping your hard-earned sweat on this mat.

 

PRANA QUINN BRA TOP (DragonFly)

PRANA QUINN BRA TOP (DragonFly)

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES FENIX CROSS BODY BAG (Blue) Water-resistant and holds everything  

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES FENIX CROSS BODY BAG (Blue)

Water-resistant and holds everything

 

GAIAM LIMITED EDITION PRINTED CAPRI (Ripple) The recycled poly is made from plastic rescued from landfills.

GAIAM LIMITED EDITION PRINTED CAPRI (Ripple)

The recycled poly is made from plastic rescued from landfills.

ADIDAS ENERGY BOOST 2.0 SHOES Lighter, faster, and higher energy return, and if you aren’t happy with them you have 30 days to return.   

ADIDAS ENERGY BOOST 2.0 SHOES

Lighter, faster, and higher energy return, and if you aren’t happy with them you have 30 days to return. 

 


Heated yoga comes with it’s own set of requirements — you better be prepared to get those clothes soaking, sweaty, wet, and travel with a second set for afterward. [hover for info / click to buy]

SWEATY BETTY ULTRASANA YOGA 2 IN 1 VEST (Pavement) The perfect top if you aren’t comfortable with just wearing a bra for Hot Yoga.

SWEATY BETTY ULTRASANA YOGA 2 IN 1 VEST (Pavement)

The perfect top if you aren’t comfortable with just wearing a bra for Hot Yoga.

EVERY MOTHER COUNTS SWEATSHIRT After a Hot Yoga session, cover up with a shirt that supports Every Mother Counts. Founded by Christy Turlington, the foundation supports maternal health and 40% of the proceeds go directly to EMC.

EVERY MOTHER COUNTS SWEATSHIRT

After a Hot Yoga session, cover up with a shirt that supports Every Mother Counts. Founded by Christy Turlington, the foundation supports maternal health and 40% of the proceeds go directly to EMC.

SWEATY BETTY INFINITY WORKOUT BRA (Urban Decay Marl)

SWEATY BETTY INFINITY WORKOUT BRA (Urban Decay Marl)

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES VEGAN LEATHER CROSS BODY BAG (Grey)

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES VEGAN LEATHER CROSS BODY BAG (Grey)

SWEATY BETTY BIKRAM YOGA SHORTS  Sweat-wicking and completely opaque, these shorts are up to the challenge.  

SWEATY BETTY BIKRAM YOGA SHORTS 


Sweat-wicking and completely opaque, these shorts are up to the challenge.

 

TOMS FOR MOVEMBER GREY WOOL WOMEN’S PASEOS  With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. And with this shoe, you are also showing your support for changing the face of men’s health.

TOMS FOR MOVEMBER GREY WOOL WOMEN’S PASEOS 

With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. And with this shoe, you are also showing your support for changing the face of men’s health.


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These clothes are light, they don’t take up much room, and we give you the equipment to carry it all in. [hover for info / click to buy]

MIKA MAYA TOP  (Lorelei Print)

MIKA MAYA TOP  (Lorelei Print)

MANDUKA GO ROAM 2.0 YOGA MAT BAG (Black)  A cross-body messenger bag with pockets galore — so you don’t need an extra bag.

MANDUKA GO ROAM 2.0 YOGA MAT BAG (Black) 

A cross-body messenger bag with pockets galore — so you don’t need an extra bag.

MIKA LUNA SHORT (Black/Lorelei Print)

MIKA LUNA SHORT (Black/Lorelei Print)

CHAN LUU PAPER BEAD BRACELET Haitian handmade paper beads made from 100% recycled magazine paper.

CHAN LUU PAPER BEAD BRACELET

Haitian handmade paper beads made from 100% recycled magazine paper.

GAIAM ORGANIC COTTON FLOW HAREM PANT Relaxed drop and ultra-soft fabric, made by a certified fair trade mill in Peru.

GAIAM ORGANIC COTTON FLOW HAREM PANT

Relaxed drop and ultra-soft fabric, made by a certified fair trade mill in Peru.

MANDUKA PRO LITE MAT A mat with a lifetime guarantee, this lighter version is meant for city-dwellers lugging mats around.

MANDUKA PRO LITE MAT

A mat with a lifetime guarantee, this lighter version is meant for city-dwellers lugging mats around.

ALTERNATIVE APPAREL LOCKER ROOM ECO MOCK (Eco Mock Storm)

ALTERNATIVE APPAREL LOCKER ROOM ECO MOCK (Eco Mock Storm)

REEBOK UL 6000 SHOE (Black) 

REEBOK UL 6000 SHOE (Black) 


Yoga is not all Zen — it can also be hard work, and takes focus and determination. Add some grit for a day you are really committing to your practice. [hover for info / click to buy]

ZOBHA HOT SHORT (Phantom Heather) Perfect for Bikram or running your next marathon. 

ZOBHA HOT SHORT (Phantom Heather)

Perfect for Bikram or running your next marathon. 

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES FENIX CARRYALL Water-resistant, and with plenty of storage compartments  

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES FENIX CARRYALL

Water-resistant, and with plenty of storage compartments

 

ELISABETTA ROGIANI LUX BRA What’s awesome about this company is you can order ready-made sizes or put in your measurements and get a custom made bra. This bra is suggested for A to B cups  

ELISABETTA ROGIANI LUX BRA

What’s awesome about this company is you can order ready-made sizes or put in your measurements and get a custom made bra. This bra is suggested for A to B cups

 

ADIDAS ADIPURE 360.2 SHOE The leopard print detail is awesome — these shoes are great for kickboxing, lifting, Cross-fit, and to and from the yoga studio.

ADIDAS ADIPURE 360.2 SHOE

The leopard print detail is awesome — these shoes are great for kickboxing, lifting, Cross-fit, and to and from the yoga studio.

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES “TRES BROOKLYN” GRAPHIC TEE Live. Work. Create – this is the mission and inspiration of Brooklyn Industries  

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES “TRES BROOKLYN” GRAPHIC TEE

Live. Work. Create – this is the mission and inspiration of Brooklyn Industries

 

SISCO & BERLUTTI FORCE STACK  Proceeds from this stack benefit FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.  

SISCO & BERLUTTI FORCE STACK 

Proceeds from this stack benefit FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.

 


Feel good about the clothes you wear — each of these pieces either benefits a charity or a local artisan. [hover for info / click to buy]

SEVENLY LIGHT UP THE SKY RACERBACK TANK (Blue) Each week, Sevenly supports a charity in need. This week’s charity is HelpMeSee – a campaign to solve the global crisis of cataracts. If you miss this week’s cause – don’t worry there will be another to help!

SEVENLY LIGHT UP THE SKY RACERBACK TANK (Blue)

Each week, Sevenly supports a charity in need. This week’s charity is HelpMeSee – a campaign to solve the global crisis of cataracts. If you miss this week’s cause – don’t worry there will be another to help!

KROCHET KIDS WOMEN’S MAYA LONG SLEEVE What started with learning how to crochet, ended in a unique clothing line that gives back to impoverished communities. Today, in Uganda and Peru, people are working and receiving education toward a brighter future.

KROCHET KIDS WOMEN’S MAYA LONG SLEEVE

What started with learning how to crochet, ended in a unique clothing line that gives back to impoverished communities. Today, in Uganda and Peru, people are working and receiving education toward a brighter future.

KROCHET KIDS WOMEN’S LOUNGE PANTS (Black) Know personally who made your pants. You can even send them a thank you note.

KROCHET KIDS WOMEN’S LOUNGE PANTS (Black)

Know personally who made your pants. You can even send them a thank you note.

QUODDY WOMEN’S RINGBOOT A great slip-on when you have to weather a chilly day after yoga, I would suggest sheepskin for the lining. 100% USA made in Maine (who doesn’t love Maine!), you will never have to buy another pair. If the crepe sole wears out, you send them back for a replacement.

QUODDY WOMEN’S RINGBOOT

A great slip-on when you have to weather a chilly day after yoga, I would suggest sheepskin for the lining. 100% USA made in Maine (who doesn’t love Maine!), you will never have to buy another pair. If the crepe sole wears out, you send them back for a replacement.

PURA VIDA AUTISM AWARENESS BRACELET  Every purchase helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. In addition,  $6 of the proceeds for this bracelet will go to Autism Society America.

PURA VIDA AUTISM AWARENESS BRACELET 

Every purchase helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. In addition, 
$6 of the proceeds for this bracelet will go to Autism Society America.

 

 

A vagabond by nature, Sarah Huntington has traveled to Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Austria, Vietnam, London, and France... to name a few. She loves to travel, hike, and explore the world. She played collegiate basketball and studied Literature, History and Education at Connecticut College, and is currently a high school English teacher and basketball coach. Sarah is also a runner (completed the NYC Marathon), and her newest workout obsession is kickboxing. Sarah currently lives in Wilton, CT with her pitbull Jada, and enjoys spending her "free" time writing, reading, practicing yoga, working on meditating, and investigating all things related to fitness, fashion, and literature.