Let go. It’s a mantra that we are constantly grappling with as yogis. This phrase becomes significant in many areas of life, and sometimes it becomes a point of tension with our physical belongings. It seems there is an endless flow of new yoga clothing designs, and it is natural to want to practice in clothes that make us feel strong and beautiful. As your wardrobe grows, however, it can be very healthy, spiritually, mentally and physically, to let go of clothes that you no longer need or wear frequently. Here are a few fun ways you can give new purpose to old yoga clothes.
1. First, decide which clothes are getting the boot.
With heavy practice, it is common for the elasticity of yoga clothes to eventually break down. If you are pausing often during your practice to readjust the area around your calves or to pull up your waistband, it might be a sign that your clothes are not cutting it. Warrior 2 is generally a good gauge for this!
Decide whether these items would be acceptably wearable to someone else or if they are ready to be repurposed. If there are any holes or frayed edges, the clothing may be better off repurposed. If not, think about who may benefit from these clothes. Remember that yoga clothes are generally acceptable workout clothes for most sporting activities.
2. New headband!
If you have decided that your clothes are past the point of no return, then repurpose them. Because of the elasticity that is common in yoga pants, a great beginner project is to convert old pants into new headbands and hairbands. Depending on the width of your pants, you may be able to find a segment of one pant leg that is the same width as your ideal headband.
Cut a 2 to 4-inches tall segment of a pant leg and try it on. It may be a portion right above the knee or higher up. This also works with some cotton t-shirts. Try cutting the sleeve off of an old t-shirt and see if it fits as a headband. Trial and error is the best way to approach this project until you find what works best for you.
3. New hairband!
Similar to the method above, cut a small segment of yoga leggings just around the ankle. It might just fit as the perfect accompaniment to your hairdo.
4. Yoga mat bag!
If you are up for a craftier challenge, try cutting your old yoga clothes into small 4-inch by 4-inch squares. Use a sewing machine to quilt the squares into a rectangular patchwork. Roll the patchwork around your mat and continue adding rows of squares until the patchwork can surround your rolled-up mat. Sew the length of the patchwork together to form a noodle-shaped bag that your mat can slip into. If you have extra material, add straps.
Be creative, and enjoy repurposing your old yoga clothes!