Yoga socks are surely not a prerequisite for a successful and satisfying yoga practice, but they can significantly help yogis gain confidence in some poses and thus sink deeper without the fear of slipping and falling. However, the advantages of wearing yoga socks extend far beyond the extra grip. Here are some of the additional benefits yoga socks bring into your yoga routine.
Protect Your Feet. Unless you do yoga at home, there’s always a chance of catching some nasty foot bacteria. Yoga studios usually follow a strict no-shoe policy so if walking on the studio floor or exercising barefoot on the rented mat gives you creeps, yoga socks can provide you with a piece of mind by safeguarding your skin against fungus and other viruses.
Keep You Warm. Whether it’s winter season or the studio's AC is running at full blast, some people tend to get chilly during their yoga class. I personally get cold feet all year round no matter the temperature outside. Yoga socks will keep your feet snug and warm so that you could shift your entire attention to the practice.
Wick Away Sweat. Yoga socks will keep your feet cool and dry during the vigorous flow and absorb the excess sweat for ultimate comfort.
Allow You To Hold Poses Longer. Slipping in Downward Facing Dog or Warrior usually means your body doesn’t have enough strength yet. Yoga socks offer you an advantage of extra traction so you could focus on breath, alignment, hold the poses longer and gradually build the necessary muscle strength.
Make Yoga Practice On The Road Easy. I absolutely love my Manduka eKO yoga mat (read a detailed review here). But I don’t feel like toting it or a yoga towel around with me on my travels. Since I don’t want to stop practicing either, yoga socks offer a lightweight alternative for a safer non-slip practice on hotel tile and wooden floors or even on moist grass in the garden.
Keep You Covered. Yoga socks come in handy if you just don’t like to practice barefoot or you want to cover your feet from everyone’s sight because of a particular health issue, for example.