I'm coming up on my one year yoga anniversary (which I can't believe), so I thought I'd share advice on one of the questions I had before I got started: what in the world are you supposed to wear and bring to a yoga class?
Starting something new is always a little intimidating, but not knowing what to wear can throw you off and make your first experience less enjoyable than it should be. I practice vinyasa yoga which is a faster-paced style with an emphasis on connecting movements with breath. It can get intense and pretty hot in the room, so my recommendations are definitely based on the experiences I've had in those classes, but I think these few basics would work for just about any yoga class.
lululemon's "the mat." I got it for my birthday and have never looked back.
Recommended mats: lululemon, $68 / Gaiam, $20
2. Hair Tie. You'll want to keep your hair out of your face during your practice. I usually pull mine back into a ponytail or ballet bun. A sweat wicking headband is great because it keeps sweat from dripping into your eyes, but not totally necessary if you're just starting out.
Recommended hair accessories: Anthropologie, $12 / lululemon, $14 (headband)
3. Yoga Pants. I find fitted, stretch pants to be the easiest to move in. You'll likely be doing a lot of moving, so it's nice to have pants that stay in place. It's not fun to have to adjust your clothes throughout the practice.
Recommended yoga pants: Old Navy, $20 / Gap, $50 / lululemon, $82
4. AFitted Top, Sports Bra. Any old cotton tee shirt will do, but again, keep it fitted. A sports bra, for obvious reasons.
Recommended tops: Target, $13 / lululemon, $58
5. Water. Self explanatory, and often the thing I forget.
Recommended bottle: Takeya, $18
Other helpful things to bring: a mat towel or hand towel for a sweaty session, socks if you don't feel comfortable being barefoot
P.S. don't be shy letting the instructor know it's your first attempt at downward dog :)
P.P.S. Remember the 5 things yoga has taught me?