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 to those you would normally wear to the gym, or outside for a run (and you certainly wouldn’t wear your cycling lycra).
And of course, style plays just 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? Here are some of the very best pairs of men’s yoga pants currently available.
Lululemon In Mind Pant
Lululemon was literally created to cater for yogis everywhere and the company has become synonymous with all things mind, body and soul. Lululemon now offers a complete range of everyday and gym clothing, but products such as the In Mind Pants are quite literally designed for yoga. They're mega-stretchy and contour to your body so you're not left with excess material dangling around. Sweat will be wicked away from your body in a jiffy and mesh panels are placed in particularly sweat-prone areas to increase airflow. They rock a slick silhouette too, and can be had in any of three colours.
ALO Impel Sweatpant
With four references to yoga or yogis in the first sentence of its 'about' section, its apparent ALO is dedicated to the wellness sport. The LA-based company has been on a mission since 2007 to support those already engrossed by yoga, and entice those who have yet to try it out. For guys in either camp, the Impel Sweatpant should become a wardrobe staple. Not satisfied with being reserved for 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, so you don't get your feet caught in them next time you try an awkward pose.
Rhone Spar Jogger
Rhone is a company that not only knows how to make high-performance clothing, suitable for all manner of fitness disciplines, but knows how to make them look great in the process. The Spar Jogger are just that, serving up a super-soft jogger silhouette that not only keeps you warm, but also wicks sweat away from your body. Multiple pockets take care of your phone, wallet and keys and you can even get a hoodie to match.
Olivers Bradbury Jogger
Olivers Apparel is another retailer that knows how to make male yogis look and feel good when in the studio. Its clothing range isn't yoga-specific mind you, as it can be used across other sports, but the Bradbury Jogger in particular will have you downward dogging in no time thanks to its four-way stretch design. They're made from a water-repellant fabric too, keeping you protected on the way to class and a tapered fit helps to keep you warm and to save any sagging fabric getting in the way of your stretching.
Vuori Ponto Peformance Pant
Vuori is the Finnish word for mountain, which doesn't necessarily describe where you can go wearing Vuori clothing (although it will certainly hold up outdoors), but the company adds it "represents the view from the summit." While Vuori caters for multiple sporting disciplines, it has a soft spot for yoga. The Ponto Performance Pant are designed to offer supreme comfort married with optimum performance. Unlike some other pairs, the Ponto has a straight-leg fit as opposed to tapered, but they're lightweight and super-soft, ideal for everything from yoga studios to airplanes.
prAna Vaha Pant
prAna is another company born out of a love for yoga and one that should be on the hitlist of of anyone who partakes in daily meditation. The Vaha Pant is the perfect companion for such an activity, but they also have their uses in yoga and if you just want to generally lounge about the house. They're made from a woven hemp blend fabric, so are just as good for the environment as they are with providing comfort and support. prAna has chosen for a wide-leg fit for the Vaha, as opposed to the tapered fit of some other pairs. This is to provide a more relaxed fit (ideal for lounging around, naturally) but one that still enables a full range of motion when putting your body into various poses. An eclectic range of colour options only adds to their minimal, yet premium look.
Under Armour UA Hybrid Pants
Under Armour is a giant within the sporting world, being the official clothing partner of various teams and providing apparel, footwear and accessories for all manner of recreational sports, too. The Hybrid Pants are as their name suggests, appropriate for use in practically any scenario you can think of, which includes yoga. They're a close-to-skin fit design, but thanks to a stretch-woven fabric in the upper leg and a knit fabric for the lower, they won't feel too constrictive, ideal for performing the splits, then. Under Armour knows all too well about fabrics that need to perform at the highest level, and these pants promise to deliver, with sweat-wicking and quick-drying capabilities, coupled with the company's own Storm technology to repel water. They might not be as yoga-focused as some other pairs in this list, but they're undoubtedly up to the task.
Adidas Alphaskin Tech Tights
German sporting behemoth Adidas may be more commonly associated with sports such as football, running and tennis, but it recognises yoga as being an incredibly popular sport and so has apparel to match. Venturing down a completely different design route to some other brands on this list, Adidas's Alphaskin tights are pants that stick close to the body. While you may initially assume this would restrict movement, it does anything but. Rather than provide a restrictive feel, the Alphaskin tights offer supportive compression, which helps to support the energy stored in your muscles, along with your body's natural range of motion. Adidas' own Climachill technology keeps you cool and dry when things get hot and they'll effectively wick sweat away from your body. You might want to invest in a longline top or a pair of shorts however, to avoid giving other studio members a sight for sore eyes.