Yoga is all about losing your ego, but that doesn't mean you can't have some snazzy yoga duds when you head off to class. Look at your search for a new yoga outfit as an exercise in reconciling your consumerist leanings with your karmic aspirations.

Yoga is all about losing your ego, but that doesn't mean you can't have some snazzy yoga duds when you head off to class. Look at your search for a new yoga outfit as an exercise in reconciling your consumerist leanings with your karmic aspirations.

Plus your new duds will make you feel better, which, after all, is the reason you work out, right? Let's face it. Today's economic news is enough to make you want to grab all the nattering nabobs of negativism, the purveyors of pessimism, and toss them and their media of choice out the window: the radio, the TV set, the computer. (But please — keep the newspaper!)

There's a fine line between being a realist and a Debbie Downer. These days, we're trying — when we're not contemplating counting pennies and canceling credit cards — to focus on the positive. Change your mind, change your life. Or change your clothes and change your mood. Or something to that effect.

To get through the downturn, it helps to take a Zen approach. What will be will be, que sera, sera, yada, yada, yada. And there's nothing like a little yoga to put anxiety on chill, at least for the duration of a 90-minute class.

These days, it seems, everyone is jumping on the yoga clothes bandwagon, from J. Crew to American Apparel to Stella McCartney. We feel a little better forking over our cash if the clothes come from a company that prides itself on being a good corporate citizen, creating sustainable apparel that does as little harm to the environment — and the pocketbook — as possible.

Deep breaths. And repeat after us: Ommmmmmmmmm.

Product Info: (Pictured at left) OMgirl cardigan ($62), "mindful horizon" dye tank ($42) and chaturanga capri ($62), available at Dillards stores and Dillards.com.

(Pictured above) Ujayi Y Tank II ($58) and Sirsa Tank ($48), available at Lululemon Athletica stores and Lululemon.com.

(Not shown, but very hip) (TranquiliT jumpsuit ($128), available at TranquiliT.com.