The Yoga Set You Need Right Now – A Review
My phone buzzed with excitement just as I was about to head over to the pantry for a drink. Interest piqued, I took a quick glance to find a WhatsApp message requesting for a review of Nike’s yoga collection. I was intrigued. Since injuring my shoulder a few months ago, I was keen to get back into the routine of exercising and incorporating more yoga practice to help with the injury. This request couldn’t be more timely and I could not wait to get my hands on the collection.
Admittedly, when I practice yoga during my free time, I wear what’s comfortable and lying around in my workout drawer. Very often, I find the basic T-shirt and shorts combination slightly cumbersome as they get in the way of my practice – shirts spilling over my head, shorts not giving enough freedom of movement etc. Thinking back now (as I write this review), it’s surprising I did not get a yoga set at all…hmm…
In any case, I was over the moon when I was sent a sweet (you’ll see what I mean) trio consisting of a top (size S), a sports bra (size M) and a pair of tights (size S). Part of the Nike Training range, Nike’s yoga-specific apparel designed for both men (Xmas gift, maybe?) and women feature pieces that offer versatility, ease of movement and support as you work towards your fitness goals.
I decided to wear the outfit during a shoot to see how comfortable I felt throughout the day before my practice. For reference, I am normally a size 6UK or 8UK depending on the brand and fit of the clothing. I was initially surprised by the size M as I have small busts, but soon discovered that it was in fact the ideal size for me to wear. I did not have any trouble putting on or removing the sports bra even with my injured shoulder and that was a HUGE plus point for me. The fit of the sports bra was also neither too tight or loose which felt very comfortable. I found myself very pleased with the sizing recommendation and the design of the sports bra, which made the whole process easy.
But what about the other pieces? The top and tights were the right fit and hugged my body comfortably. Another major plus for me were the high-waist tights (very flattering for most body shapes) and the cute little ribbon detail above the ankles. From an aesthetic point of view, I think the sports bra and tights make a cute set. Or if you are somewhat a prude (like me), then the top is an added bonus to complete the look. Yes, ladies…you can workout and still look good!
Needless to say, I went through my day and my yoga practice with no major complaints – I could do basic yoga poses without feeling any major pulls (for this, I placed emphasis on my left shoulder as it’s injured and any slight tug or pressure would be very uncomfortable). Towards the end of the day, I found myself quite reluctant to change my outfit for another meeting as I felt comfortable in the attire. Also, the happy colours made me feel perky (lol!). While it might be easy to assume that there would be no complaints due to the fact that it’s activewear (and therefore would be comfortable anyway), I find that small details do matter. For example, clothing labels that could irritate your skin while you work out. Or, busting a seam midway through a stretch (yes, that has happened to me before…).
To conclude, if you are looking to get a new yoga set for whatever the reason, I would recommend trying Nike’s extensive selection of yoga-specific apparel. There’s plenty of styles and colours to choose from to suit your personality and workout regime. I would also suggest going in to the stores to try on the sports bras for the best fit. In doing so, you’ll get that extra peace of mind while you focus your energy on perfecting your yoga poses.