The Best Yoga Pants

Technically, yoga can be done wearing almost anything, as long as you can move freely. Heck, you can do a full Bikram session in the nude if you wish. Yoga began thousands of years ago in India, and it is part of an entire holistic health system there. However, it seems that since it has made it’s way across land and ocean to North America, this meditative activity has truly taken off in quantum leaps. Along with it’s vast popularity in the western world, it also has inspired numerous clothing lines that make yoga specific pants for you to look great in and move with complete ease throughout your practice.

When you begin looking for a pair of yoga pants, you will most certainly be astonished by the incredible (and colorful) selection on the market. To help you narrow down your search, we have put this list together. Read through, and by the end, you will be doing your downward dog in complete stretchy comfort and style.

Last Updated: May 24, 2018
By Tess Bercan:

To keep you feeling absolutely zen and comfortable during your yoga practice, we have put toether this list of yoga specific pants. Our freshest addition to this list, is the Lululemon Wonder Under Pant. While these tights are expensive, they last for years and years (as long as they are properly washed).

CompressionZ Leggings
  • CompressionZ Leggings
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Pro Fit Capri
  • Pro Fit Capri
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • True-to-size fit
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Comfy Dry Fit
  • Comfy Dry Fit
  • 4.6 out of 5
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10 Best Yoga Pants

 

 

CompressionZ Leggings

These CompressionZ leggings are perfect for your next yoga practice. They are supporting your lower body and they are providing the user a sense of stability. It is ideal for those of you who don’t like wearing compression shorts. Although they have the same purpose, they are the obvious choice for yoga enthusiasts who are self-aware and like wearing longer clothing.

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Benefits

They are also suitable for yoga beginners as well as professionals who have intensive physical activities. They will also improve your performance and they have a small role in preventing injuries. They do so, by improving the blood circulation in your lower body. Thanks to their compression properties, if you had a hard and exhausting session, your muscle soreness will be reduced, as well as the feeling of stiffness afterward. This makes them suitable for during the training as well as afterward.

Properties

However, we all know how yoga training are good for eliminating the toxins from your body which is why every pair of yoga pants should have a good moisture management system. This means that its material should be non-absorbing and it should be highly breathable. These pants have all these properties with the addition of being chafing free and made from non-irritable material. They have a great way of dealing with sweat by also being antibacterial which makes them anti-odor. However, their biggest advantage is their moisture wicking ability. When you are sweating excessively, these yoga pans are wicking the sweat from the surface of your skin and they are transporting it to the outer layers of the material where the moisture is able to escape. For this reason, you don’t feel that you are sweaty and you are able to perform better at your training, therefore get better results.

Material

The material they are made of is 73% polyester which provides them their moisture wicking properties and 27% spandex which is responsible for their compression properties. This particular percentage blend combination is providing their properties and comfort. The thikness of the material however, is thick enough so that you exercise in them and feel comfortable while doing so. They are also thin enough and tight enough so that you can wear them under pants.

Compression

As far as compression goes, it all depends on your construction. Even though some compression pants are specific to the waist, knee or hip, these pair has an even compression. This means that they are equally compressing your whole lower body. However, if you happen to have a small tummy, keep in mind that they will be extra compressive to that part. If you don’t like this feature, you might want to look through our other suggestions.

If you are planning on ordering a pair of this yoga pants make sure you order a size up, especially if you don’t want them to be too tight.

Pros
  • Ideal for intensive activities 
  • Great build quality
  • Fantastic moisture management
Cons
  • A bit tight-fitting for some

Pro Fit Capri Pants

These Pro Fit shaping leggings are perfectly following the shape of your body although they are not too tight. They are darker towards the waist and lighter color going towards the feet. This makes them completely comfortable to wear to a yoga class as they are not see through pants. However, this feature might be changed if you order a smaller size and stretch them. They also don’t have a waist compression which is nice for some people who don’t like tightness in that area.
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Material

The material they are made of is a combination of nylon and spandex. However, there is only a small percentage of spandex so they are not too tight to your body. This makes them the ideal choice for people who are a bit self-conscious. The nylon part gives them a great moisture management system. However, it is not too breathable so you might feel sweaty if you are sweating excessively.

Properties

Since they don’t have an elastic band on the waist, they are even more comfortable for wearing. However, this same feature is making them slip down at certain poses. nevertheless, this depends on the body structure of the person since they might fit perfectly if you have a little tummy. It is not recommended that you take a bigger size, particularly because of this reason. The tighter they are, the more comfortable they are.

Even though they are not too stretchy, they provide you the freedom of movement in every direction and pose. However, we mostly recommend these pants for the gym, rather than for your yoga practice.

As for the thickness of the material, it is safe to assume that these are summer pants. Since the nylon material is less breathable than polyester, for instance, the manufacturer has increased this feature by making them one layer pants only. Although this improves their breathability, this also means that you would be too cold wearing them when the temperatures drop.

Pros
  • Great, true-to-size fit
  • Unique design
Cons
  • Not quite as flexible as other materials

Comfy Slimming Dry Fit

This pair of pants from the Comfy Yoga brand are made specifically for the yoga enthusiasts. Even though most yoga pants are also used for other trainings or simply walks in the park, it would be a waist not using these pants for yoga. They come in different prints and all the color variants available are yoga inspired. They are also currently on discount which makes them very affordable.
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Material quality

As mentioned before, these pants are mostly made for yoga practice. They are designed to keep up with the heat from every pose. Their material is quick dry which means that you won’t feel sweaty while wearing them. They are also 3 season leggings which means that they will keep you warm enough in spring and autumn, but they are not recommended for cold weather. If you plan on using them in winter, make sure you wear other pants on your way to the yoga studio.

Its main downside is that they come in only one universal size. This means that they fit best to small to medium sized women. However, if you decide to purchase them, make sure you check the waist dimensions which will let you know if they fit you or not. It is important to mention that if you are a larger size and still manage to fit in them, there is a great chance they will slip down every time you bend down which can be a bit irritating. The good news however, is that if you are not satisfied by the size or how they fit you, the company offers a money refund.

The material blend used for the production of these leggings is a combination of a polyester and spandex which is used by most yoga producing brands since it is the most suitable synthetic blend combination for such purposes.

Properties

The material has moisture wicking properties that keep your lower body dry and comfortable. The moisture wicking system is important when you are practicing yoga because it is making you more comfortable in a certain pose and position and it is letting you focus on you instead of the environment.

Since the design is made for women, from a woman, it is made sure that the mid waist design will create a smooth look on your waist line. This means that your tummy won’t show as much and they also allow you maximum flexibility in your movements. The design is also appealing because of its matte finish. This is making you look thinner comparing to the shiny look of some of the competitive models.

The fabric is medium thick which means that it provides the user several benefits. First they are not see through yoga pants which is very useful in that downward dog especially if you are practicing in a studio. And of course, the thickness is also preventing you feel chilly when the temperatures drop a bit.

Additional information

These leggings are to be machine washed with cold water only. If you want the print to last you for a long time, or at least remain the same color as when you first bought them, make sure you turn them upside down every time you wash them. For this reason, it is recommended that you hand dry them only. A tumble dry could cause the same issues. But best of all is that they don’t need any ironing. They are stretchy enough so that even if you don’t iron them, no one could tell. In fact, it is recommended that you don’t iron them either.
Pros
  • Durable materials
  • Doesn't need to be ironed 
  • Flattering fit for many
Cons
  • Only comes in one size

Chikool Mesh Leggings

Chikool Mesh Leggings
These Chikool yoga pants are our top choice for the spring summer yoga collection. They have an excellent design which is matching the features they have to offer. They even have a cooling patch area in order to make you even more comfortable in the summer.
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Material

The combination of materials which are being used in the production process is not unique but it is the most effective ones for yoga or gym clothing. With 87% nylon in its composition, they are quite tight and slipping is not an option. In fact, not even one user has had slipping complain and the nylon compression properties are responsible for the good rating of these pants. It is combined with 13% spandex which allows you some freedom of movement in four directions. Since they are recommended for yoga movements, it is safe to say that they are comfortable for the gym as well. Whether you are doing squats or lunges, they won’t hold you back and they will never slip.

Although they are not see through pants, and they are thick enough for this, there are lighter options which don’t contain this feature. The white, yellow and the rose alternatives are definitely see through pants, and if you mind this, you should definitely go for a darker option or the printed pants suggestion right above this one.

Properties

The most important feature these leggings possess is their ability to wick moisture. Although most yoga pants have such properties, the ones made with polyester are slightly less wick resistant, but more breathable. They are cozy to wear and you would definitely want to wear them all the time, instead of just for practice. They fit perfectly on your thighs and butt and they are not too short as well which means that they are also suitable for taller women. They also have a waist compression which could be too much for some people. For this reason, if you prefer them not to be too tight, make sure you get few sizes up. In fact, the sizes the manufacturer is offering are Asia sizes and much smaller than the actual size dimensions so make sure you double check them and order few sizes up. For instance if you are wearing size small, you should order large or if you prefer them not to be too tight, even an extra large will fit you perfectly.

Additional features

These pants also have a hidden pocket on your left front side which is very convenient for small objects such as keys or money. It can even fit a credit card however, your phone is not an option.

It is important to mention that even though these pants are tight, they are not compression pants. Compression pants will provide benefits for the user. These are regular style pants with a stylish look. However, their biggest downside is that because of their tightness, you have a feeling that your movement is kind of restricted. Even though they are perfectly fine for some regular poses, anything above the salutation of the sun could make you second thoughts about the size. Nevertheless, this doesn’t go for small and extra small sizes. These pants are perfect for smaller size women.

Pros
  • Great for taller women
  • Convenient front pocket
Cons
  • Fairly restricted movement

Lucy Studio Hatha Capri Legging

Lucy Studio Hatha Capri Legging
If you’re looking for a high-quality pair of yoga pants that gives you everything you need and performs well all-around, then you’ll love the Lucy Studio Hatha Capri Legging. These yoga pants come designed with flexibility for yoga, but also offer a lot of breathability and comfort. They aren’t extremely stylish and have a traditional appearance, but they aren’t see through and they do well with durability. They are a great pair of pants for doing traditional yoga.
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Material: Lucy’s Studio Hatha Capri Leggings are comprised of several different materials. The combination is 87% nylon, 13% Lycra spandex. So, you get the flexibility you need alongside a lot of comfort. These yoga pants also come in many sizes, so you should be able to find a size to fit you. They also feature a key pocket and come in several color options. The fit on these pants is designed to be comfortable, but these pants also do compress to help prevent fatigue and soreness. While compression is good when you are working out, these won’t be the type of pants you want to wear when you relax, because they do fit small.
Properties: When considering the properties built into these yoga pants, we have to examine their breathability. Those of you who do yoga often know it can make you build up a sweat, and if you know you perspire a lot when you work out, then you’ll want pants that are designed for breathability. These yoga pants are, and they do breathe well. They won’t work well for hot yoga, however, because they are a little too think. But they give you the ventilation you’ll need for regular yoga. In fact, if you just use them for regular yoga and you sweat in them, it won’t be that obvious or embarrassing, because the colors in the pants don’t really change to show the sweat, and the pants do a good job of ventilating your sweat out of them.
Additional Features: These pants offer a lot of flexibility, and you won’t ever feel like your movements are restricted when you wear these pants. You’ll be able to bend, stretch, and move around easily, never feeling like you can’t do a move because of your pants. Also, the fabric is made just for these stretches, which is a nice bonus. The waistband works well with your movement, and the fabric in the pants doesn’t really get stiff or bulky as you are trying to move. These pants are some of the most flexible pants you’ll find around.
Pros
  • Breathable

  • Flexible

  • Nice fit

Cons
  • Can run small

  • Could offer more style and color options

Lululemon Wonder Under

Lululemon Wonder Under
Many of you out there may wonder why Lululemon attire is so expensive. And while there is most definitely a lot of profit received by this company, they do make fantastic yoga wear that is extremely durable. Often, a single pair of Lululemon pants will outlast a few sets of less expensive (less quality) pants, so the splurge may very well be worth it for you. Find out why we love the Wonder Under below.
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These pants are made with fabric called Luon, and it is very soft and stretchy. However, even with the stretch, they still remain nicely in place during your yoga session.

Luon is a fabric created by Lululemon, and it is breathable, flexible, and extremely sweat wicking. They ensure that your body will not hold sweat against your skin, but rather, the moisture is moved outwards.

These pants are very comfortable, but you will want to make sure you get the right size. If you get a pair that are slightly too small, the stretch in them is not enough to feel totally at ease.

Lululemon's sizing ranges in numbers. For example, there are sizes 0-10 or more (depending on where you buy them).

When you buy a pair of Lululemon pants, the great thing is that you know you have a pair of pants that will literally last years. However, if for any reason, you find that your pants do not stand up to the test of time, this company is very open to fixing, mending, or possibly working on an exchange with you. Every case is different, but the customer service tends to be awesome.
Pros
  • Durable

  • Breathable

  • Lots of colors and styles

Cons
  • Expensive

Prana Audrey Pants

Prana Audrey Pants
Prana’s Audrey Pants are a traditional favorite for many yoga lovers, and work great for your yoga work out. They’ve been a popular choice on the market for some time, and that’s because they have a good design. Prana’s Audrey Pants feature a lightweight fabric that is made to give a lot of breathability. So, you won’t need to worry about sweating too much or experiencing too much perspiration when you work out, and that can cut down on embarrassment. The previous design of these pants used to compress better, however, and that’s one design change feature that’s a bit disappointing. So, these pants don’t feel as comfortable as they used to, but they are still a good pair of pants and are a little more functional than some of the other pants on our list. They are good for daily errands as well as yoga. However, we do miss their compressibility and comfort in their old design.
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Material: Prana’s Audrey pants are comprised out of what they call “Chakara” fabric. Chakara fabric is comprised from 88% nylon and 12% Lycra spandex. That means these pants are designed well for both breathability and flexibility, and offer a design that won’t restrict your movement as you move. Also, these pants offer a lot of extra support in their design, like a gusseted crotch. These pants come in a variety of solid colors and sizes, and also feature short, regular, and tall inseams depending on how tall you are. While these pants are now much more breathable, since the Chakara fabric helps with that due to its lightweight design, the fabric also helps to push the moisture out and away from your skin. These pants aren’t as breathable as some other options on our list, but they do offer decent breathability. You won’t have to worry about embarrassing perspiration.
Properties: These pants bring you a lot of freedom of movement for your yoga workouts, and have a great design for flexibility. They are lightweight and have a nice waistband built into them. The waistband doesn’t feature much material, and it also won’t bunch up on you as you are moving. You won’t have to worry about these pants interfering with your forward bends. What we do miss is the compression that these pants used to offer in the waist area, and now the new design no longer does that. Compression is great to help with blood circulation and to prevent fatigue and muscle soreness, but these pants no longer feel compressive. Also, you won’t get a key pocket in the waistband, which is another feature that we miss, but it might not be something you really need anyway since the key can wind up rubbing against your skin when you do yoga. These pants also have a boot-cut design, which is stylish, but you’ll have to keep an eye on that as you work out since they will move around at the bottom of your feet. However, these pants do offer a lot of flexibility and freedom of movement.


Additional Features: These pants used to feel far more comfortable in their previous design than the do now, which is a bit of a disappointment. We do like the light material and breathability, since both of those features are great items to have when you are doing hot yoga, but the big reason why these pants don’t offer the comfort they used to before is because the new design lacks compression, where the previous version of these pants had that. Having the compression is a very helpful feature when you are working out. Also, you don’t get a lot of fashion and style from these pants, with the exception of the boot cut design.
Pros
  • Comfortable

  • Breathable

  • Fabric wont bunch up

Cons
  • Could offer more compression.

Alo Goddess Ribbed Legging

Alo Goddess Ribbed Legging
Alo Goddess’s Ribbed Leggings are designed to have a striking appearance, and bring back the old memories of legwarmers in a much more fashionable way. You also get compression built into these pants from the upper fabric on them, which helps to compress both your rear and your thighs. You’ll like the compression because not only does it provide a lift, but it helps boost blood circulation while preventing muscle soreness and fatigue. Also, the way these pants are designed, the lower parts of the legs feature a lot of flexibility so that you won’t have to worry about your freedom of movement being restricted. One issue about these pants is that the upper in the pants is not made to be very breathable, so that might be a problem if you do tend to sweat and perspire a lot. Also, if you prefer hot yoga over regular yoga, it could be an issue for you. But if you prefer regular yoga and don’t really have concerns with perspiration, then these pants might work out great.
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Material: These Alo Goddess Ribbed Leggings are comprised out of a combination of materials, which include 87% nylon and 13% spandex, which is on the top of the pants. At the bottom of the pants, you get 90% nylon and 10% spandex. These pants come in many sizes and colors, so you should be able to find the perfect fit as well as the right color with the bevy of selections you’ll get with these pants. Also, the material in these pants isn’t as breathable as we’d like them to be. The real problem with breathability is in the upper fabric area, where you do get compression and lift, so that area of the pants is thicker and doesn’t breathe well. The lower area of the pants doesn’t have this breathability issue. So, if perspiration creates embarrassment issues for you because you sweat a lot, or you like doing a lot of hot yoga, you might not like these pants, since chances are, you’ll sweat even more in them. But for regular yoga, they would be fine.
Properties: One other thing we don’t like about the design of these pants again has to do with the upper area of the pants. That part of the pants feels a bit stiff and doesn’t offer the range of movement you’d typically want to see with your yoga pants. It can make it difficult to bend over, because the waistband area does tend to bunch up based on the way it is designed. While this bunch up issue and stiffness isn’t terrible, and isn’t as bad as some other yoga pants design, it is a bit of a disappointment, since these pants have a great design and are very fashionable.
Additional Features: Even after all this talk about the upper area in these pants, when you put them on, they are very comfortable. In fact, they are so comfortable, it’s difficult to want to remove them. The upper area of these pants does help with support, and doesn’t totally cut off your air flow. Also, the lower leg area has a lot of flexibility and breathability. Some people might not like the way the heel area of these pants fits since it means you have to pull the bottom area of the pants up, and not everybody wants to deal with extra fabric when doing yoga. Another disappointing thing about the upper area of the pants is that it isn’t that durable, and the color starts to fade with a few washes. So, these pants aren’t as durable as we’d like to see either, and the waist area does tend to bunch up.
Pros
  • Nice fit

  • Stylish

Cons
  • Expensive

  • Can bunch up

  • Everybody might not like the cut

Teeki Hot Pant

Teeki Hot Pant
Teeki’s Hot Pants are made for those yoga addicts who prefer hot yoga, but they also hold up well for regular yoga, especially if you are the type of person that winds up sweating a lot when doing yoga. These pants come designed to be both lightweight and breathable, so you won’t feel like you are overheating and drowning in your own perspiration as you do your workouts. Also, these pants are flexible and designed to give you a wide range of movement while you are working out. One problem with these pants is the lack of compression at the waist, which can be a hinderance for those of you who really want extra support at your waist area. Also, there are a wide variety of styles and prints to pick from in these pants, but the way the prints appear in some of these designs isn’t always extremely attractive. So, choose your print wisely.
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Material: Teeki’s Hot Pants are comprised out of 79% polyethylene terephthalate (also known as P.E.T., which makes water bottles and soda bottles), and 21% spandex. Their design gives them a lightweight and breathable feel, and they are also flexibly so you will get the movement that you want when you are working out. Another nice thing about these pants is that the are made as Capris, and they come in a wide range of solid colors and prints, and are available in many sizes. So, you should be able to find a style of pants that fits and works for you. The materials that make up these pants are very breathable, so that’s great news if you do a lot of hot yoga or are the type of person that can get very embarrassed about sweating too much when you work out. Also, you won’t have to worry about the sweat getting stuck in the material of the pants and weighing you down as you work out. So, these pants are a great option for hot yoga, but they are also great for regular yoga, depending on what you prefer.
Properties: Teeki’s Hot Pants have a wide range of flexibility, and they are designed to have a very stretchy fit and feel so that they don’t restrict your movement no matter what you are trying to do in your yoga class. Now, while there is no compression at the waist, the waistband is designed to not restrict your movements when you do your forward bends. So, there is some good quality behind that design, depending on what you really want at the waist of your pants. These pants are also pretty durable, but they are made of a fabric that isn’t very thick. Really, they are made primarily for yoga and Pilates exercises, so you don’t want to wear them on a hiking trail or you will rip them. Also, these pants do a great job of keeping the friction down, and don’t create problems bunching up at the waist.
Additional Features: These pants offer an average fit. They don’t fit as well as some of the other products we’ve provided on our list, and it can be difficult to tell what size you really need. Some people suggest to order a size up, but that isn’t always the case with these pants. One problem comes from the ankle are, they are very tight, so sometimes it can be a challenge to get these pants off and on. Also, the lack of elastic in the waist band means the waist feels a bit large when you are working out. If you want compression at your stomach area, then these pants won’t be right for you. However, if you decide you do want these pants, just remember that you might have to order them a size up to get the right fit.
Pros
  • Lightweight

  • Breathable

  • Feels like a swimsuit

  • Lots of fashions

Cons
  • Print placement isn’t great

  • Waist can bunch up

90 Degree by Reflex Power

90 Degree by Reflex Power
Reflex Power’s 90 Degree pants are made to have a simple design, and are offered at an affordable price. So, if you are shopping on a budget, these are great pants to consider. You’ll wind up with a decent pair of yoga pants that can still fit your needs even if you are short on cash, since these pants are still very breathable and flexible. So, you won’t have to worry about these pants ever restricting your movement or making it more difficult for you to work out. One thing we don’t like about these pants is that there isn’t any compression built into them, and that is nice to have especially in the stomach area and for extra support. Also, while the pants are designed in many colors, they are all solid colors, and there isn’t a lot of flare with these pants. Also, the seams do tend to unravel at times, so you’d need to keep an eye on that. However, considering the price, these pants do have a lot to offer, and if you just aren’t in the mood to drop a lot of money on a pair of yoga pants, then these pants might work well for you.
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Material: These pants are comprised out of 87% nylon and 13% spandex. So, you get a lot of flexibility, comfort, and breathability in their design. The pants also have an internal key pocket. The waist on these pants is designed to be large, and the crotch is gusseted. One nice thing about these pants is that they come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, so you should be able to find both the right color and the right fit for you. The material on these pants does a great job with breathability, and they are so comfortable it won’t even feel like you are wearing them. They also offer a lot of ventilation, so if you perspire a lot or like to do hot yoga and sometimes feel embarrassed about where those sweat spots show up on your pants, you won’t have that problem with these pants. In fact, you won’t even see any moisture showing up on the pants and changing the color of the pants, which is great.
Properties: These 90 Degree leggings give you a lot of flexibility, so you won’t have to worry about these pants restricting you as you are working out. It stretches and moves with you. One thing we don’t like is that the waistband comes up a bit high, and that might be a problem for bending forward. But there is a plus side to this, since that material can help hold your tummy area a bit, since these pants lack compression. Regardless, there is a lot of flexibility so you’ll get a wide range of movement when you wear these pants. Also, these pants are very inexpensive, so their durability isn’t as great as the durability of some of the other choices we provided on our list. These pants can come apart at the seams after some use, and they do seem to lose their shape as yoga pants. If you’re going to get these, just be careful when you wash them since the seams can fray, and also make sure you are just wearing them for yoga.
Additional Features: These pants have an average fit, but there could be a better and more comfortable fit designed into these pants. The lack of compression affects the way these pants fit, and if there was some form of compression in these pants, they’d be a lot better. Also, the pants typically fit loose and that can be annoying if you feel your pants hitting your ankles on the bottom. One nice thing about the design of these pants is that there aren’t many seams, so the material won’t rub or chafe. If you have sensitive skin, these pants still have a good design to help you. However, they aren’t the most comfortable pair of yoga pants. Still, if you are shopping on a budget or don’t want to spend a lot of money on yoga pants, they do offer a good option.
Pros
  • Lightweight

  • Flexible

  • Breathable

Cons
  • No compression

  • Design isn’t striking

  • Can wear down and fray

You could either choose yoga pants from $500, or you could spend only $20. Nevertheless, it is important that they are chosen according to the yoga type you are practicing. Each type of yoga pants is unique and it provides a specific effect on your body, just like every pose has a different effect on your body.

 

Criteria for Evaluation

 

Materials

Like any other bit of gear, the material they are made of suggests their quality. It is the same way with yoga pants. When it comes to yoga pants’ materials, the choice is limited and most brands are using the same types of materials but in different percentages. For this reason, besides looking for the material type, you should also see the percentage it is present inside.

  • Cotton

Cotton is a natural material that is usually avoided in sports apparel production. The reason for this is because it is highly absorbing material. Even though it feels very soft and nice to the skin, it is soaking the sweat from the surface of your skin and the elimination part is happening extremely slow. However, as mentioned before, there are some cases where you can use this type of material and feel comfortable. For Hatha yoga you will make gentle movements that will allow you focus on your breathing and the present feelings. In this case, cotton yoga pants might make your practice even more enjoyable and more comfortable. Here, there is not much sweating involved which is why these type of pants are the ideal choice!

  • Synthetic materials

Synthetic materials are mostly being used in the production process of these particular products. However, there are many synthetic choices as well and each and every one of them is creating their own features and comfort level. The ones that are most commonly used are spandex, often used in small percentages, polyester as a main material and nylon as the main material combined with the spandex. Lycra is another type which is being used. However, that is also a spandex from a slightly lower quality. There is also a Supplex material which is basically nylon material with better breathability properties.

What is common for all synthetic materials is that they have excellent moisture wicking properties, and they are retaining their shape even after years of usage. However, they are not as pleasant to the skin as the naturals materials and if they are not anti-odor treated, they could create an unpleasant smell when combined with sweat.

If you have practiced any other sport before, you will notice that all the sports clothing is mainly made from synthetic materials. Although there are those who wish to stick to the naturals ways, synthetic has often proved as the better choice. In our suggestions, we have only included synthetic blends and bellow we are proving to you why synthetic is the best choice.

  • The moisture management system that the synthetic materials have to offer is much better than the cotton one. They are made with one or multiple layers material which has the ability to wick the moisture from your skin and transport it to the upper layers of your pants. This way, the elimination of the moisture will occur faster and you will be and feel dryer and more comfortable. This will also save you from sweat marks which are completely normal, yet somehow we all find them embarrassing.

 

  • The shape of synthetic materials remains the same for years. After every use, cotton seems to stretch and deform. However, every synthetic yoga pants have in them a spandex percentage which is allowing them to stretch as much as you want them to while also retaining their shape once you get back to your previous position.

 

  • However, the main disadvantage they have is the smell they are producing in combination with sweat. It is scientifically proved that there is a type of bacteria that lives in side the synthetic fibers. When the sweat enters inside the structure of these synthetic fibers, the bacteria inside are creating a strong and extremely unpleasant smell that is sticking to the clothes until the next wash. However, scientist are addressing this issue and they have been trying to solve it for years by using anti odor treatment. The anti-odor treatment is using silver chloride, which is a well known bacterial deterrent and it is helping in elimination of the odors. However, after dozens of washes, and in some brands even after few washes, this property fades and the unpleasant smell comes back. Nevertheless, this is a bigger issue for the sports shirts rather than the yoga pants because as you already know, we tend to sweat less on the legs.

 

  • Pilling is another issue which is common in yoga pants or any other type of clothing. Unlike the cotton material which is pretty resistant to pilling, the synthetic materials are starting to pill over time and washings. This happens because of the abrasion from the material with any other object, no matter how gentle its structure is and it is inevitable. For this reason, you should keep in mind that no matter which yoga pants you are going to choose, in time they will start to change. They will either start to pill or to change their form. Which is why, investing in 500$ yoga pants might not be such a good idea. Keeping your budget to the minimum is also a bad idea because the durability of the product you will purchase will significantly drop as well as the comfort they are providing. All in all, a budget between 20 to 100$ is enough for you to buy high quality yoga pants that will last you for seasons.

Length

The length of your pants is very important and it is the first feature you need to start with when looking for the best pair for you. For your yoga practice you can choose wearing shorts, especially for the summer periods when the heat is taking over. However, for those of you who are not comfortable with the shorts length, capris are a great length as well. They are covering your thighs and this is something that will make you more comfortable if you are a shy person. However, when the temperatures drop, they are not at all useful.

The full length yoga pants or the leggings will allow you to wear them when it is colder outside and you will also be able to go on walks with them and even go around town with them. This is why we believe they are the perfect choice for yoga and we highly recommend them.

Style of yoga

If you are a beginner that is still practicing the basic types of yoga, you won’t doing some extensive stretching or challenging poses so any yoga pants will do as long as you feel comfortable in them. Level 1 yoga is not too difficult and you shouldn’t be sweating too much. For this reason, either cotton or synthetic pants will do.

For the Hatha or Yin yoga, however, that is more focused on your inner peace and tranquility you should focus on the comfort as your most important feature. This means your yoga pants should be pleasant to the skin and of course, full length. In this case, cotton yoga pants will be the best choice for you. When you are standing in a pose such as the Pigeon for few minutes you will appreciate a product that won’t constrict you in any part of your body.

If you are practicing power yoga styles such as vinyasa or ashtanga then you need to thoroughly read this article in order to choose the best yoga pants for you. Power yoga styles require that your pants are extremely stretchy, they must not by any chance restrict your thighs and they should be highly breathable. They also require a good moisture management system which is most often found in synthetic materials. Synthetic materials have a property of nonabsorbents and as such, they are the ideal choice for these yoga styles.

  • Hot yoga

Hot yoga as the name suggests will make you extra sweaty and if you practice hot yoga you should mainly focus on the breathability of the yoga pants. Since you are going to sweat a lot, you also should avoid one color pants which will give you a wet “stain” which might make you a bit uncomfortable. For this reason, printed yoga pants are the more logical choice. They will provide the same comfort and breathability, but they will also hide the extra sweat that the material is unable to eliminate as fast as you are sweating. For hot yoga you should also choose lightweight pants and ones that are very thin. Although by choosing so, there might be a risk that they are see through, the printed design might solve this issue.

  • Gussets

Gussets are seemingly little detail in the design  that do wonders, comfort wise. They are small parts of materials which are sewn to the crotch area in order to prevent the pants from causing pressure and discomfort to that area. It is important for yoga pants to have gussets because this makes them more durable. Yoga pants without this feature are making the stretching part of the practice much more restricting and much less comfortable. They are also more subjected to damage from a simple stretch or a simple pose. That said, gussets can be diamond shaped or triangular and they could either be made from the same material as the rest of the yoga pants or they could be sewn to the inside of the pants for those yogis who prefer going without underwear. Most manufacturers don’t state this feature in the specifications, so make sure you ask whether they have one. Also, the universal sized yoga pants usually don’t have this feature which is why they are always cheaper than other yoga pants. Nevertheless, all of our other suggestions have this feature which we are positive that every woman will find very comfortable!

Other Factors To Consider

When you’re getting ready to pick out your pants for your yoga classes, you need to remember that you want to focus on pants that are very specific to your sport. You don’t want to buy pants that are not meant for yoga, because that won’t offer a lot of help or assistance when you start exercising, and in fact, can ever throw you out. Remember, with yoga you’ll need to consider the types of movements you plan to do, so you know you’ll need your pants to be flexible. Also, you want to make sure you get a pair of pants that offers plenty of breathability for extra comfort. If you sweat a lot when you do yoga and don’t want to leave behind embarrassing sweat marks in embarrassing places, then you’ll want to consider the breathability factor. Thinking about breathability is probably even more important if you are considering hot yoga, because there is a good chance you will sweat a lot, and you want to make sure your pants not only stay dry so it is easier for you to work out as well as more comfortable, you won’t have to worry about odd little sweat marks.

You’ll need to think about how think you want the material on your yoga pants to be. If you are worried about perspiration, then you’ll want to make sure you get a fabric that is thinner and more breathable. Thinner fabrics are also made to be more breathable. Now, thicker fabrics can offer more durability, so that is something to think about, but as far as yoga is concerned, breathability is going to be very important, especially if you sweat often or like to do hot yoga. And that means if those are your concerns, you might wind up with a thicker material.

So, you do want to make sure that you are aware of the fabric content in the pants you want to buy, since you want to make sure you buy pants that are going to match your style of yoga and the way you like to do your yoga. Also, some fabrics are more durable than others, and if you decide you want to spend a little money on a good pair of yoga pants, then you’re going to want to make sure the colors or patterns won’t wash out of the pants. Another thing you’ll need to check with yoga pants is their seams. Seams are usually the biggest wear and tear problem with yoga pants, and if you discover that the seams on your pants fray after a few washes or wears, you will be disappointed. One of the best fabrics to pick when looking for good yoga pants is nylon. For yoga, nylon offers a very strong and durable fabric that is also very breathable, which is really everything you will want to have in a good pair of yoga pants.

If breathability is a major concern, and honestly it should be, then you’ll want to look into getting yoga pants that have moisture-wicking fabrics. Many fabrics are available on the market today that help keep you dry and actually wick the moisture away from the skin, pushing it out and away from your skin so you don’t wind up with uncomfortable sweat build ups, or sweat spots. Also, keeping yourself dry also prevents you from overheating, and keeps you very comfortable so that you can complete your workout. Make sure that you keep moisture wicking fabrics in mind when you look into your yoga pants.

Compression is another thing you’ll want to consider when you are selecting your yoga pants. Most people like having a bit of compression around their tummy areas, and that helps to improve your blood circulation while also reducing the chances of fatigue and muscle soreness when you workout. Compression also helps to provide support to your body, and speed up recovering from injury if you have anything wrong with you. Some of the pants on our list did offer some forms of compressions, while others did not. So, depending on how much compression you need, or whether or not you even want it, that is another thing to think about.

Comfort and fit are really going to be your primary focal points for concern when you are picking out a pair of good yoga pants. You’re going to want fabrics that feel soft, smooth, and silky to the touch, and not fabrics that feel like they might rub or irritate your skin while you are performing yoga.  Part of comfort is the flexibility designed into your pants and the amount of movement you’ll get out of them as well, so you’ll need to pay attention to that. Now, when trying to get all the comfort you want out of your yoga pants, it’s almost better to think about fit and not a matter of size, since yoga pants don’t typically fit the bill when we think about standardized sizes. It’s almost always a better idea to go to the store and try your options in yoga pants on so you can consider what you want to get. Make sure you try the pants on and do some movements so you can check for compression and flexibility. Check to see how the fabric feels on your skin, and make sure that you also feel like the seams and material aren’t rubbing on you as you move. Make sure none of your movements are restricted. If you feel happy with all of these considerations, then you probably have a great pair of yoga pants.

 

FAQs

In order to allow you to make a clearer choice, we are offering some answers to the most common doubts about yoga pants. Now you have your every concern about yoga pants gathered in one place.

Q: Who invented yoga pants?

A: Everyone who has ever worn yoga pants has wondered about the genius that invented them. Even though Ryan McLatchy is considered the inventor, there are more people responsible for this product. Ryan McLatchy was the designer of the yoga pants which weren’t tight and stretchy as we all know them today.

They used to fit looser before. However, there are more factors that influenced the invention of the yoga pants. Most important of them being the invention of the spandex material which is the core of yoga pants. We have to thank Joseph Shivers for the elasticity of the yoga pants and that they fit so well. He was a chemist who worked with textile and he invented spandex by looking for a rubber material alternative.

Q: How can I avoid yoga pants that are see through?

A: The biggest concern when wearing yoga pants is whether they are see through, especially if you are walking to the yoga studio and back in them. For this reason, we are revealing what you should focus on in order to avoid this issue. The thickness of the material has a lot to do with the see through downside. If your yoga pants are made with extremely thin material, they will be see through once you put them on, or once you bend to make a pose. For this reason, if a material is thinner, make sure you go with a darker color variant.

Another thing that has an influence over the transparency of the material is the stretching possibility. Once a spandex or a stretchy alternative of spandex is present in an increased amount, you could fit in a smaller size as well. Even though this sounds very good, the transparency is inevitable in this case. So, our recommendation is that if you see that a pair has a significant percentage of spandex, make sure you don’t get a size down, even though they will fit you better!

Q: What materials are yoga pants made of?

A: Regarding the materials of the yoga pants, you have various options on the market that will also deliver different features. However, there aren’t yoga pants, at least not quality ones, that are made from one material only. They are all made from a blend of synthetic materials, such as lycra, spandex, polyester, nylon, or natural materials. From natural materials, you have a choice between wool and cotton. The percentage of the materials present in the blend is responsible for the quality of the yoga pants.

Q: Should I wear underwear under yoga pants?

A: It is not surprising that you are having doubts about what to wear under your yoga pants. Even though you manage to find ones that are not see through, the truth is, they show everything. The material is stretchy and thin and it always shows what kind of underwear you are wearing under your pants.

For this reason, it is important to wear the right underwear that will not “cut-in” your skin. So, the best underwear to wear with your yoga pants is lace edges underwear that will stretch to accommodate your size. The material shouldn’t be cotton since there is a risk of wet areas being seen where you don’t want them to. A nice example for the perfect yoga pants underwear is the Lacie Thong Panty from Victoria’s Secret.

Q: What is the difference between yoga pants, leggings and tights?

A: When it comes to fashion, we all use some terms that we don’t fully understand. In this case, the terms yoga pants, leggings and tights are easily confused. Tights cannot be worn without pants over them. Yoga pants don’t fit the shape of your body. They are also thicker and they can be worn in any casual occasion. Leggings on the other side are thinner and they are meant to be worn with dresses or something else over. They are also shorter comparing to yoga pants.

Q: Will yoga pants shrink in the drier?

A: Maintaining the yoga pants requires some minimal knowledge about the material that will extend the life of your yoga pants. The most important part of maintaining them is avoid washing them with warm water. Almost all yoga pants contain elastane which is responsible for the elasticity of the pants. However, if you combine elastane and hot water, you might end us damaging your yoga pants.

Once we have washed them it is time to put them in the drier. The important thing to know when you come to this step is that you should only put them in the drier if you want to shrink them. The reason for this is similar to the high temperature washing. The drier works the same way, except it uses hot air for the drying process instead of hot water. For this reason, it is best if you avoid both hot water washing and putting them in a dryer machine.

 

Final Thoughts

Every body shape is different which is why you should always look for yoga pants that will make you feel comfortable in your own body. If you are not comfortable wearing tight pants, go for the loose ones. If you are not comfortable with bright color yoga pants, ignore the fashion aspect and go with your own preferences. Even though the popularity of the yoga subject is making us prefer some choices better than others, it is important to remember that ultimately, practicing yoga is about experiencing yourself instead of focusing on the environment. For this reason, we suggest you choose that bold yoga pants that you have always wanted to wear and feel amazing while wearing them!

Which brand of yoga pants do you find most comfortable and restriction-free? Share with us your best yoga pants in the comment section bellow and help fellow yogis find their path to greater comfort and relaxation!

Sources

  1. Cam McKenzie Ring, The Best Yoga Pants for Your Practice , InformationL Yoga Website, Aug 22, 2017
  2. Rank and Style, 10 Best Yoga Pants, Informational Yoga Website, Oct 24, 2017
  3. Christine Bettlach, 16 Pairs of Yoga Pants You'll Want to Live In, Informational Yoga Website, Oct 27, 2017
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