Written by Sarah Lessire
Photographer: Stevie Schweighardt || Model: Fallon Lev
It only takes wearing it for a few seconds to understand just how next level of an outfit IMBŌDHI’s bodysuit really is.
In the last 10 years, the fast growing popularity of yoga and conscious movement practices inspired the design of various activewear that better fit the needs of their participants. IMBŌDHI’s first creation - a women’s bodysuit - marks the new generation of athletic wear. Whether you want to dance, stretch, run, or get on the mat, this bodysuit is the best thing you’ll find on the market this year. Here are 6 reasons why.
1) Created By Body Movers For Body Movers.
IMBŌDHI founders Carolina Saboya and Ariel Dubov have been an active part of California’s yoga, acroyoga, and dance scene for several years, which puts them way ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding how the body moves and what it needs to move freely. Passionate and committed to continuously deepen their embodiment practice, they used their own experience as well as their community’s feedback to create a one-piece outfit that enables maximum ease, comfort, and flexibility.
2) You move, it doesn’t.
Stretch, straddle, run, dance, invert, split. Meticulously designed to support women who have a (very) active lifestyle, this bodysuit allows for the fullest extension of your body in any direction. The four-way stretch fabric makes sure the suit stays in place while you play octopus with your pretty limbs, and the crotch gusset (a triangular patch sewn between the legs) facilitates maximum flexibility without tearing the stitching over time.
3) Optional Bra.
Whether you like the extra layer of protection of your own sports bra or prefer to let the nipple-jiggle run free, this bodysuit will tickle your fancy. The cut will cover racerback sports bras, the breast area is double layered providing reinforced breast support, and if you’re looking for something in the middle, these suits have slits for bra cups.
4) Incredible Fabric.
Say goodbye to the usual slippery synthetic feel of conventional activewear. Surprisingly soft and highly durable, the cationic polyester blend that IMBŌDHI uses is custom made for the bodysuit. Its thermo-regulating quality makes it ideal for cold and warm temperatures, and its enhanced breathability keeps it dry - even when you aren’t.
In addition, the fabric doesn’t lose its stretch over time and odors don’t cling to its fiber. Yes, it’s that good.
5) Practical, elegant and original.
Wearing a one piece outfit doesn’t just mean you don’t have to spend time trying to match tops and bottoms. Being able to get upside down without having to make sure your top is properly tucked in is another huge bonus. And the pink, blue and green suits are reversible, which means you get to choose between a vibrant or a more neutral style. Additionally, the artwork on the IMBŌDHI suits are prints of watercolor paintings by local SF painter Nicolette Stellavato, which gives them a unique and artsy look.
6) A perfect equilibrium of badass and sexy.
Many women fear that wearing full leotards will be too revealing. This is why there was so much care put into this bodysuits’ design. The fabric is double-layered in the bust and stomach areas and gently compresses the most vulnerable parts of the female anatomy, following your curves and offering some extra support. The waistline stitching brings it in and makes you feel safe. The low open back gives it an elegant and sexy twist that contrasts with the sporty style of the racerback.
In short, this bodysuit is like a very flattering second skin without it ever feeling too tight, and the way it embraces and contours the body allows us to let go of self-consciousness and completely focus on our practice.
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** This size guide applies only to the following bodysuits: Seren Purple, Castor Black, and Jaida Green.