Ask Away...: Choosing the Right Pants for Yoga and Why It Matters

Monday, October 23, 2017

Choosing the Right Pants for Yoga and Why It Matters

Yoga is a celebrated and favorite activity for many, and it has its own applicable rules and guidelines for anyone that wants to master it. One of the notable directions is wearing lightweight outfits that aren’t too baggy for optimal balance and focus. So, when starting your yoga sessions, you want to ensure you have the right yoga pants that are comfortable to wear and maintains your beauty. Bear in mind that they come in various prices and materials.

So how do you make the right decision when looking for the right pants? In this post, we’re going to explore some of the essential points to keep in mind when shopping for your pants. Read on to learn more.


1. Consider the Material

The first thing you want to look at is the type of material, and the standard options include synthetic, cotton, and cotton-synthetic blends. Each of these materials has its own unique pros and cons, so consider taking the time to learn more about them.

Cotton is a good option if it’s something you want. It has a soft peel with moisture absorbing abilities. Unlike synthetic options, cotton is grown, making it an ideal material for people who prefer something natural. It’s also resistant to pilling on the surface to reduce wear and tear. However, cotton pants tend to fade and are not as breathable as synthetic ones.

Synthetic materials come in varied options, including spandex, nylon, and polyester. They are known for the moisture-wicking properties, and this helps to keep your skin fresh during sessions. Also, they retain their shape even after periods of use. Their cons include a tendency to pill and stronger smell due to sweat. Also, they’re not as soft as cotton.

Cotton-synthetic yoga pants are great if you want an option that combines the softness of cotton and the moisture-wicking property of synthetic materials. However, this combination brings together the cons of both materials, too. So, you shouldn’t expect great performance from pants made of this blend.

2. Do You Want Any Features?

Some people prefer getting pants that feature a gusset to reduce the discomfort of the interconnection of seams. The gusset also helps to make your pants more durable as most tears and splits usually start around that point. Gussets come in varied shapes, including square, diamond, and triangle. Ensure to choose one that supports your range of motion.

If you want to carry items, such as keys and your phone, getting pants with pockets can be a nice thing. But avoid an option with a bulky pocket; something simple and enough to hold your key or key card will do just fine.

For those who are into fashion and style, colors and prints are essential considerations when shopping for pants. You may want a pattern that matches your t-shirt and shoes. Typically, it’s a way of expressing your style and individuality. Many people love black pants because they good in masking traces of sweat. So, if you know you often sweat during exercises, get an option that doesn’t change hue.

3. Make Sure It’s Breathable

This property actually depends on the type of material you choose You want to avoid those rather tight pants that give your skin little to no air to breathe. Some people may find tight pants fashionable, but some are just made from plastic that is unventilated. Synthetic pants are more breathable than cotton options. You can find great pants made of nylon and spandex.

Breathability allows moisture and sweat to be transmitted through the fabric. This, in turn, keeps your skin comfortable, especially during extended sessions of yoga. Some breathable fabrics you should consider, include pertex and nylon.

4. Don’t Forget Transparency

The last thing you want is walking in pants that are see-through. Some pants can look just fine when you wear them, but they become transparent when you try stretching. If you’re buying pants from a local store, try them on to see if they are the right fit.

The problem of transparency when it comes to yoga pants has to do with three factors: Size, color, and fabric. For example, if you pick a size that’s small for you, your pants are likely to stretch excessively beyond their limits thus becoming transparent.

Regarding color, black is the ideal choice to avoid transparency. Grays tend to show more, so it's best to avoid them. Another factor to consider is fabric. Pants that are made from cotton alone tend to get thinner the more you move. Instead, go for reinforced options, such as lycra or lycra-nylon blends.

Why the Right Selection Matters?

Yoga involves different physical practices that involve movements. Typically, you’ll need to stretch, bend or arch to attain specific postures and positions. In this case, your pants are able to adapt to all these positions without impacting your performance. Plus, they’re lightweight; you’ll achieve a steady balance when making poses, such as Eka Pada Koundinyasana.

The right pants will also prevent excessive sweating, allowing you to pay attention to every pose you make. Many people usually have a hard time mastering yoga poses just because they lack the right outfits. Maximizing movements, like kicking, bending, and stretching, will help you to make the most from yoga.

So, be sure to choose pants that absorb sweat easily and allows for unconstrained movements. A relaxed and lightweight body will allow you to connect to your mind and unite it with your soul with little to no interruptions. Bear in mind that pants with good tensile can prevent splits. It can be quite embarrassing to split your pants when making a yoga pose. Stylish yoga pants also allow you to maintain your fashion whether at home or during yoga sessions.

When shopping for yoga pants, try to opt for durable and sturdy options. Buying cheap pants means you’ll replace them sooner, and this can be costly. Take into account all the necessary factors, such as size, color, material, and features, to ensure you’re making the right choice. Being picky and careful will help you get pants with the proper rise, waistband, and seaming.

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  1. I love your recommendations for choosing a pair of yoga pants. I wish I had this information before I started my first class. I just wore regular leggings that I had but weren't at all comfortable especially for all those poses.

    1. There's just something about the right pair of yoga pants <3

  2. I live in yoga pants I swear! 😂


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