|Light is bad, basically all black or blue|
Yoga shorts, they're just yoga shorts....aren't they?
Recently I posted a review for the feetup headstand stool for Yogamatters. I think it was a fair, honest review but the stool wasn't really for me and I said so here. All credit to Yogamatters then for accepting that in good faith and then turning around and asking me if there was anything else I was particularly interested in reviewing.
Thing is, Ashtangi's, what do we need?
I'm a Manduka man as far as mats are concerned and have three already as well as a handful of manduka eko towels. We don't tend to use props although I would like a decent size bolster for dropping back but nobody seems to supply them to the right 'drop back' specifications here in the UK. I probably already have all the Ashtanga DVDs I'll ever need, although David Garrigues' Intermediate is tempting now I'm back doing 2nd. Fine with books too, actually I reviewed Melanie Cooper's book recently, think that came from Yogamatters.
There was one thing...... and I'm a little embarrassed posting on this but Shorts, practice shorts, I could really do with some new practice shorts.
Thing is I've been needing some new pairs for a year at least, perhaps longer but just have no idea. If you're a woman and need some new Yoga gear there seems to be review posts all over the place but for guys there really doesn't seem to be anything out there.
I keep thinking that perhaps I should get a pair of practice shorts from somebody who specialises in yoga wear but they tend to be expensive, seems a big outlay for something I might hate and not feel comfortable practicing in.
Also I'm a home Ashtangi and even if I did go to a shala I can't see myself going up the guy on the next mat and saying...
"Hi, I couldn't help noticing that your yoga shorts seem really comfortable, would you mind sharing the name of your tailor".
Yes, Yogamatters, there is something, I'd like to do a review of, men's yoga shorts.
My personal practice short(s) history.
I seem to remember I started off practicing in my pants, kind of basic trunks, not ideal for a hot, sweaty practice like Ashtanga.
I thought some stretchy lycra type thing might be a good idea, didn't have a clue, ordered some from ebay, less than ideal, seams kept splitting.....aren't you glad now that I didn't visit shala's in the early days.
Bit too tight though... wouldn't feel comfortable personally jumping around a shala in them.
Nike pro running shorts, again excellent, little more discrete, all the wicking properties of the trunks as they have full lining not mesh , they are short though and while I know they're fully lined that might not be clear to whoever is practicing opposite, so again little uncomfortable about wearing them to a shala or workshop (don't want somebody opposite feeling the need to shift their drishi to to the other side of the room because they don't know if my shorts are or aren't fully lined).
|Nike pro running shorts - fully lined|
|never really got on with the longer version, too much material.|
|old favourites, mesh lined Adidas 3/4 spent years trying to find another pair exactly the same|
|From my very first post back in 2008|
|Nike-pro lined running shorts|
|Sweatpants with part of the legs cut off|
For practice I wanted some thing short and tight with a wicking material that were well made, last for ever and were quick to wash and dry
For a workshop or shala visit, shorts that weren't TOO short, fully lined, not mesh and again wicking to pull the sweat away from the body.
It's possible of course to wear regular shorts over the tight Nike pro's or under armour but we want to be wearing less not more in Ashtanga.
For teaching, something longer, 3/4 length or so, but still comfortable to practice in.
So what did Yogamatters send me? PRANA
Here's the link to yoga matters range of Mens shorts
prana momentum short
Details & materials:
prana JD short
I've actually put them in order of preference above.
All three are fine to practice in, they're light, comfortable, I had absolutely no problems practicing in any of them.
They seems well made too, I've put off posting this review so I could wear them as much as possible as well as wash them as many times as possible, they seem to be holding up well.....of course I should probably hold off reviewing them for three years or so and see if they are still holding up as well as the Nike's has anyone had a pair for a number of years, holding up?
Anyone had pranashorts for a long time, how do they hold up? I don't mind forking out 35 quid for a pair of shorts if they're going to last a good three years of almost daily wear. But that's the thing isn't it, one pair is no good because we practice everyday, I want at least three pairs on the go and that can get expensive.
I say comfortable but the prana JD shorts are a little weird at first, the elastic, the bit that grips around the waist (hips?) is kind of low then you have the rest of the waist band that doesn't seem to actually hold them up but is just there. So you always feel as if your shorts are dropping down too low (buidlers bum/) but actually they aren't, they're fine, takes some getting used to.
They are probably most like my Nike pros but perhaps a little more decent, discrete for practicing in public, the material is thicker than the Nike. I like them for a hot sweaty Ashtanga practice now I've got used to them.
The mojo shorts however are just great, I'd like to have three pairs. They feel great to practice in, however hot and sweaty, light considering they are coming down just above the knee. they also look like real shorts so perfect for walking around teaching in, there's even a pocket. Was worried about the pocket with all the seated postures in Ashtanga but you don't notice it. These are supposedly also for climbing so must be strong. being microfibre they rinse out and dry really quickly.
|prana mojo shorts from yoga matters, they get my vote, hell, I'd even buy them in olive.|
Can't bring myself to try the Iyengar style malaika shorts but tempted, oh so tempted, in a dark room perhaps. That's when you know you've overcome your ego, when you can walk into the shala in your malaika's.
|perfect for the anatomy section of your YA tt|
The picture above is really bugging me, more so every time I come back and edit something. I have no problem with short shorts, my Nike are VERY short, even colours, I occasionally go for navy blue myself but promoting yoga shorts in a picture that seems to aim at cute and/or sexy strikes me as out of place did you have to Yogamatters? - How puritanical am I!
|onzie classic men's short, titanium|
I quite like the look of them actually, may well be the best of both worlds also,
|prana mojo shorts - Krishnamacharya T-shirt designed by Pilar.|
|prana mojo shorts - Vinyasa krama inversions sequence|
from this post
OHMME YOGA Shorts and Leggings Product Review
After putting up this post OHMME YOGA got in touch to ask me if I'd like to try out their shorts/leggings, they were kind enough to send me the three below and all the way to Japan.
I've been wearing them for a week or two now and like them a lot, the Scorpion leggings more than I expected to.
The shorts are incredibly light and comfortable and make my PRANA shorts feel like leather lederhosen, so far they are washing well, will see if they last as well as the lederhosen.
|2 Dogs lined Yoga Shorts|
|Tapsaya grey shorts|
One thing, although the grey shorts above are probably my favourites for home practice some may consider them a little TOO short for a public shala.
|Scorpion Yoga Leggings|
Practitioners who do these shorts and leggings more justice than I do on OHMME YOGA's website