The yoga community is bracing for a new era of relaxation.
The yoga-obsessed students at the University of Texas at Austin are not only having their fun, but they are getting a lot of attention, too.
The school is relaxing its yoga guidelines after decades of allowing its students to wear yoga pants in classes.
The move has sparked controversy and outrage, including from students and parents who feel that wearing pants in class is “too girly.”
In a statement released Wednesday, the school said the new yoga pants are designed to be a “soft, comfortable and supportive layer that does not cause discomfort to students, faculty and staff.”
“We have decided that the most appropriate clothing option for our students is yoga pants and are pleased to announce that they are now allowed to wear them,” the statement said.
“We encourage all students to practice yoga and to feel safe and comfortable while they do so.
We hope this is a first step in the right direction to continue to support students who are interested in a variety of wellness activities.”
The statement also said that the yoga pants “are currently a restricted option for the general student population” and that there are no plans to change that.
But the move drew criticism from students who were upset by the new rules, including students who said the pants were too “girly.”
“I think it’s a big step in their favor, it’s really, really cute and it’s definitely not a girly thing,” said Ashley Mascaro, a senior.
Mascaro said she has been wearing yoga pants since she was in high school, and that she doesn’t know what would have happened if the yoga shorts were still allowed.
“I’m just really excited to see how it feels in the actual pants, because I don’t know how it would look on the outside,” she said.
“When I see the girls in the yoga clothes, it just makes me feel good.
I know they’re going to be really happy.
It makes me happy to see them, too.”
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The school said it would not be making any further announcements on the new policy.
Students and professors at UT Austin said they are pleased with the decision to relax the guidelines.
“We were always open to change and we’re thrilled to see the students feel empowered,” said Lisa Smith, a professor of psychology and yoga at the school.
“I think this has been a long-standing problem at UT, but this is the first time it’s been acknowledged by the administration.”
Smith said she hopes that the students at UT will be able to continue practicing yoga in the new loosened dress code.
“This has always been about creating a safe space for students and staff and also the students who wear yoga, to do yoga, and to wear pants,” she told The Associated Press.
“It’s really encouraging to see it being taken seriously.”