There’s no denying yoga is ever so slowly taking over the world. The discipline once heavily associated with women is now being accepted by guys everywhere, due to the numerous benefits it can provide. These include improved muscle strength, body conditioning, flexibility, and improved mental well-being.
Despite its associations with fitness, however, the clothes you wear to practice yoga need to be drastically different from those you would normally wear to the gym, or outside for a run (and you certainly wouldn’t wear your cycling lycra).
When it comes to yoga pants, you want to look for fabrics that are stretchy so that they can move as you do as you work your way up to being able to perform the splits. Coverage is also key because even though pants lend themselves to having longer legs to avoid the risk of ‘hanging low’, you don’t want your pair of men’s yoga pants to be so skin-tight that you and the twins have no room to breathe.
And of course, style also plays an important role. Yes, you’re going to want a pair that ultimately performs well, but you’ve got to look cool in front of the ladies, right?
Men’s Yoga Pants FAQs
'Yoga pants' is an umbrella term for bottoms made of thick and stretchy material. Leggings or tights are the most popular type of yoga pants. Other styles of yoga pants are flared, bootcut, and straight. Yoga pants are made of technical, elastic fabrics like lycra, nylon, and recycled polyester. For cotton leggings, manufacturers include spandex for stretch. Bamboo blends also make for soft and comfortable yoga pants. This should depend wholly on your preference. You can wear briefs, a thong, or other styles of underwear as long as they are lightweight. Some even go commando under their yoga pants.
What is the difference between yoga pants and leggings?
What materials are best for yoga pants?
What should you wear under yoga pants?
'Yoga pants' is an umbrella term for bottoms made of thick and stretchy material. Leggings or tights are the most popular type of yoga pants. Other styles of yoga pants are flared, bootcut, and straight.
Yoga pants are made of technical, elastic fabrics like lycra, nylon, and recycled polyester. For cotton leggings, manufacturers include spandex for stretch. Bamboo blends also make for soft and comfortable yoga pants.
This should depend wholly on your preference. You can wear briefs, a thong, or other styles of underwear as long as they are lightweight. Some even go commando under their yoga pants.
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If you’re keen to try your hand at men’s yoga, here are some of the very best pairs of men’s yoga pants currently available.
Lululemon has a few great men’s yoga pants, but our favourite is their In Mind Pant. They're mega-stretchy and contour to your body so you're not left with excess material dangling around. The fabric is sweat-wicking, and mesh panels are placed in particularly sweat-prone areas to increase airflow.
We highly recommend Alo Yoga’s Impel Sweatpant. You don’t have to reserve these for just studio use, Alo has designed the Impel to be just as stylish when hitting the streets. Pockets on the sides and rear can carry your everyday essentials, while elasticated ankle cuffs keep them structured and snug, perfect for when you practice yoga.
Their range of athleisure joggers is just that, serving up super-soft joggers that are sweat-wicking and extremely stretchy; you’ll feel nothing but comfortable when wearing any pair of Rhone’s joggers during a yoga class.
They're made from a water repellent fabric too, keeping you protected on the way to class and their tapered fit helps to keep you warm and to save any sagging fabric getting in the way of your stretching.
Their range of yoga pants is no different. Available in different colours, styles, and fabrics, you’ll find you perform your best while wearing a pair of Vuori yoga pants but you’ll also look your best.
prAna has a small range of men’s pants that have been designed specifically for yoga. All are incredibly stretchy, soft, and will take your practice to the next level.
Adidas has a small collection of yoga pants that are stretchy and uber comfortable, perfect for those tricky yoga poses. Available in multiple colours and styles, you’ll be able to constantly switch out your look.
Nike has a great range of yoga pants for men that all feature dri-fit technology; an innovative fabric that keeps you dry no matter how much you sweat. Available in multiple fits and colours, you’ll be moving through your flow in style.
Available in classic grey & black, these pants are a great choice for men's yoga practice. And, the added bonus is that you can use these joggers for other exercises too, like running or the gym (or sitting on the couch watching Netflix).