What’s the best way to start the morning? Doing yoga in your underwear, of course! Isn’t she amazing?

Now, for those of us who are still working on mastering the downward dog and warrior pose, yoga in a studio may be a better option. But what to wear? It’s fairly easy to find a good workout bra, but the best underwear for yoga question has been left quite open. What type of underwear works best under yoga pants? A thong? A bikini? None at all? Everyone seems to have a different opinion on the best underwear for yoga.

Dr. Doerthe Brueggmann, M.D. of of Health Goes Female says that going without is just not sanitary. “Bacteria and yeast love a moist and warm environment, so a very effective and simple protection is to wear any underwear under your workout gear to catch sweat and developing moisture. This is why it’s not a good idea to go commando!”

Ami Angelowicz, writer for The Frisky magazine is a hot defender of wearing a thong while exercising, and took a strong stance after thongs were attacked by Slate magazine’s Amanda Marcotte. “As a woman who has been practicing yoga (usually in thongs and mostly in Lululemon yoga pants) for the last 16 years, I feel the need to set Marcotte straight. When practicing yoga — or doing any kind of exercise — I’ve experimented with different kinds of underwear and found that actually, yes, thongs are the most suitable kind of underwear to wear.” She says, “Contrary to Marcotte’s belief, well-fitting cotton thongs do not slide or ride up your ass crack. If they do, then they’re not the right size.”

The twittersphere is full of opinions on what you should wear. And the verdict is definitely out on whether granny panties are appropriate. Some yogi’s liken them to socks and Birkenstocks, while others believe in nothing else.

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So what’s the best option? For many, it’s simply wearing the yoga panties you’re comfortable with, and what is acceptable in the studio where you practise yoga.

In her blog post Should you wear underwear with yoga pants? addressing the question, yoga teacher Lucy Ra writes about the various reasons why it is best to wear underwear, including avoiding skin irritation. She points out that a lot of yoga pants come with a little triangle sewn into the seam which appears to be there to replace underwear.

This is not the case however, she says.

Ra’s advice: “Wear the underwear.  You will protect yourself from skin irritations and unnecessary exposure.” “Try mesh underwear or one made out of synthetic material because cotton undies soak up the water and become heavy and uncomfortable. Bring a fresh pair for after class if you have a long ride home.” She also points out, “Remember – you are not going to a formal event in a tight fitting dress where photos are snapped left and right – you are simply going to yoga. And trust me, yogis much rather see underwear lines then anything else…”