The 9 Best Yoga Pants of 2021 For Comfortable Sessions

The most reliable pairs of yoga leggings so you can workout in comfort

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The Rundown

Best Leggings: Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight 25” at Lululemon

"They help manage heat and sweat during your heart-pumping yoga sessions."

Best Plus-Size: Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II Tight at Athleta

"The sizing is inclusive, with plus sizes ranging from 1X to 3X. "

Best Maternity: dk active Lotus Maternity Midi Tight at dk active

"The natural antibacterial and moisture-wicking properties keep pregnant moms’ skin safe and secure with this high-waistband style."

Best Sustainable: Alo Yoga High Waist Airlift Legging at Alo Yoga

"Alo Yoga is 100% sweatshop free and uses low-impact dyes on all of their products."

Best Weightless: Lululemon Align Pant 25” at Lululemon

"They sit stylishly a few inches above the ankle so you can choose to wear sandals or sneakers"

Best Pattern: Manduka Aurora Legging at Manduka

"The Manduka Aurora Legging has a head-turning, cosmic sky pattern in fuchsia and white tie-dye dazzle."

Best Female-Founded: Beyond Yoga Spacedye Pocket Leggings at Beyond Yoga

"They're also great for hiking, lounging, and travel days."

Best High Performance: Orion Legging II at Epoque Evolution

"These are made with Italian materials and econyl, a 100% regenerated nylon fiber made from old fishnets."

Best Capri: Bella Yoga Pocket Capris at Belcorva

"The capris are made with 75% polyester and 25% elastane, with four-way stretch for comfort and shape retention."

Your yoga practice is a place for strength-building, stretching, and enjoying meditative moments. Being able to move with ease is extremely important, and a reliable pair of yoga leggings are half the battle. “My favorite leggings are soft and comfortable, and I check for minimal seams and a really nice, smooth feel,” says Melissa LaRose, General Manager of Alyeska Nordic Spa and yoga teacher of over 20 years. “Organic cotton always sounds great, and for casual wear it works, but for workouts and travel, a polyester/lycra blend gives you much better performance, shape retention, stretch, and moisture management.” LaRose also recommends synthetics when you don’t have frequent access to laundry, as they dry better hanging. Whether you are looking for sustainable styles, patterns, or pocketed leggings, there are brands that offer something for everyone. Here are nine of our favorite yoga leggings.

Best Leggings: Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight 25”

Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight 25"

Courtesy of Lululemon

For tough sessions on the mat, you need an innovative fabric that will wick sweat fast but will also maintain the soft and sleek feeling on the inside and outside. The Wunder Train High-Rise Tight by Lululemon uses Everlux fabric, which was chosen for its ability to help manage heat and sweat during your heart-pumping yoga sessions.

Best Plus-Size: Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II Tight

Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tight

Athleta

Favorite yoga leggings are hard to come by, but with the Salutation Stash Pocket II Tight, you might have found them thanks to Athleta’s comfortable Powervita fabric. The soft leggings come with bonded side stash pockets to hold your valuables while you are flowing or meditating. The sizing is also inclusive, with plus sizes ranging from 1X to 3X. Choose from five bold colors like Victorian Berry and Bali Green.

Best Maternity: dk active Lotus Maternity Midi Tight

dk active Lotus Maternity Midi Tight

Courtesy of dk active

Dk active products are sustainably sourced and toxic-free, and the company uses soft materials like regenerated nylon, organic cotton, bamboo, and modal for their leggings. For pregnant moms that still want to stretch and flow, the Midi tight’s organic bamboo waistband lining has a super soft, cooling effect on the skin. Even better, the natural antibacterial and moisture-wicking properties keep pregnant moms’ skin safe and secure with this high waistband style.

Best Sustainable: Alo Yoga High Waist Airlift Legging

Alo Yoga High Waist Airlift Legging

Courtesy of Alo Yoga

If you’re looking for a trendy legging worth the higher price quality for its comfort and durability, Alo Yoga is your choice. The company is officially 100% sweatshop free and uses low-impact dyes on all of their products. And you will end up getting years of use in these buttery, silky leggings that come in a variety of flattering colors and styles (and matching tops), says Lisa Sanchez, Fashion Blogger at The Nines. “In fact, they are so stylish and functional that they truly are the best 'studio-to-street' kind of leggings.” The Airlift Legging is high waisted with breathable and moisture-wicking materials and available in 11 color styles, from black to aqua.

Best Weightless: Lululemon Align Pant 25”

Lululemon Align Pant 25”

Courtesy of Lululemon

Using practically weightless material, the stretchy and breathable Nulu fabric is the hallmark of Lululemon’s Align collection. The Align Pant sits a few stylish inches above the ankle, so you can choose to wear sandals or sneakers and still walk around with a hint of skin. The pant also comes in over a dozen color options ranging from rosemary green to multi-color patterns.

Best Pattern: Manduka Aurora Legging

 Manduka Aurora Legging

Courtesy of Manduka

When you’re reaching high in your peaceful sun salutations, why not pair that vision with sky-worthy leggings? The Manduka Aurora Legging has a head-turning, cosmic sky pattern in fuchsia and white tie-dye dazzle. The center back pocket is also a handy feature, a place to keep your key or credit card secure while in the studio.

Best Female-Founded: Beyond Yoga Spacedye Pocket Leggings

Beyond Yoga Spacedye Pocket Leggings

Courtesy of Beyond Yoga

Beyond Yoga is a female-founded, female-led company that promotes diversity in sizes and that has a no-airbrushing policy on their models. “For both travel and at home in Alaska, I love Beyond Yoga’s Spacedye yoga pants as they are the absolute softest I have found anywhere,” says Melissa LaRose, Alyeska Nordic Spa GM and yoga teacher of 20-plus years. "They are perfect for yoga but also great for hiking, lounging, and travel days.  I’ll add the run shorts that match if I know I am going to do a hot or Ashtanga class." The pants are made from the brand’s Spacedye fabric, with four-way stretch and UV protection.

Best High Performance: Orion Legging II

Orion Legging II

Courtesy of Epoque Evolution

Outdoor yoga sessions are some of the most fulfilling, with the sun and breeze on you as you ease your way through your poses. With exposure to the heat, you'll want the lightweight, moisture-wicking, UPF 50 Orion Legging II. Made with Italian materials as well as econyl, a 100% regenerated nylon fiber made from old fishnets, these leggings come in black and navy.

Best Capri: Bella Yoga Pocket Capris

Bella Yoga Pocket Capris

Courtesy of Belcorva

Whether you’re a die-hard yogi or a Pilates fanatic, having a reliable pair of pocketed leggings is essential for carrying loose IDs and keys. Belcorva’s new Bella Yoga Pocket Capris are made with 75% polyester and 25% elastane, with four-way stretch for comfort and shape retention. For the fashion conscious, the pairs that come in mauve, army green, or black have a mesh detail at the bottom will be an appreciated touch.

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the 25” Lululemon Align pant (view at Lululemon) since the Nulu fabric gives the sort of stretch and breathability that makes yoga comfortable. Also, for studio to street transformability, the pant is stylish and can be paired with a sweatshirt or jacket for casual wear.

FAQs

What are yoga pants made of?

Several brands make a great effort to use recycled materials and certify fair trade so they can be sustainable. Many leggings are made of a polyester/lycra blend. Other materials include bamboo, stretch fabrics, and cotton.

What price ranges can you expect? 

Yoga pants generally range from around $95 to $120, depending on the brand, materials, and expected lifespan of yoga pants.

What styles do yoga pants come in? 

There is a prevalence of high-waisted styles now, which allow you to feel supported through your practice and making cropped yoga tanks more wearable. There are also cropped styles, capris, mesh, wide legged, and leggings with pockets for carrying valuables.

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