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 and yoga shorts, 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 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? 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.
Men’s Yoga Pants FAQ
'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, 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 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, 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 as long as they are lightweight. Some even go commando under their yoga pants.
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Lululemon 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. They rock a slick silhouette too, and can be had in three colours.
ALO Impel Sweatpant
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
The Spar Jogger are just that, serving up a super-soft jogger silhouette that not only keeps you warm, but is also sweat wicking. Multiple pockets take care of your phone, wallet and keys and you can even get a hoodie to match.
Olivers Bradbury Jogger
They're made from a water repellent 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
While Vuori caters for multiple sporting disciplines, it has a soft spot for men's yoga. The Ponto Performance Pant are designed to offer supreme comfort married with optimum performance. Unlike some other pairs of men's yoga pants, 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
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 of men's yoga pants. 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
The Hybrid Pants are as their name suggests, appropriate for use in practically any scenario you can think of, which includes men's 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 (if you can, you know, do that). 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
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.