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Having spent the better part of the last year-and-a-half stagnating in our homes, causing irreparable dents to our sofas and mattresses, we could all decidedly do with some exercise. Preferably something that’ll work out all those kinks in your neck while boosting your flexibility and helping strengthen your core. Yoga is the best for that. Whether you’re in the mood for something that’ll have you drenched in sweat by the end of a session or a more low-key version that focuses on the mind just as much as the body, yoga practice is something a whole lot of us could use right now. And now that centers are open again, it’s no longer confined to YouTube and Zoom tutorials. But before you book that IRL class, make sure you get your hands on the best yoga pants.

Sure, a pair of gym shorts will suffice, but to do the poses in yoga correctly, you need pants that allow for maximum mobility. Anything constricting isn’t conducive to intense lunges and extending your body farther than it’s ever gone before. So, opt for something that has considerable stretch and is loose around the thighs and pelvis, or has a drop crotch. You may also want to avoid showing body parts that you’d like to keep hidden when changing from, say, Downward Dog to Warrior. For this, a sturdy elastic waistband with a drawstring is key. Last but not least is the fabric. Even if you’re not into Bikram, a synthetic, moisture-wicking material is likely what you need (though natural-fiber options are out there, too).

There’s a lot that goes into making the best yoga pants, which is why so many brands are offering items specifically for this category. From yoga-centric labels like Ohmme and Alo to activewear purveyors like Nike and Lululemon, we curated a selection that is perfectly suited for both padawans and fervent practitioners alike.

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Matsyendra Stretch Yoga Pants

Yes, this gives off MC Hammer vibes, but the low crotch on these sweat-wicking pants is about function, not form. 

Yoga Capri Pants

Baggy pants and exercise usually don’t mix . But when it comes to yoga, bring on the droop.  

Yoga Sweatpants

These roomy, cotton-blend yoga pants features big pockets. Not that helpful while you’re practicing, maybe, but great if you want to carry your iPhone and listen to the soft melodies of Enya while gearing up. 

Dri-Fit Pocket Yoga Pants

Nike
nordstrom.com

$65.00

The Swoosh has it all, including some damn -fine pants for yogis.  

Hemp Yoga Pants

Soulflower
amazon.com

$66.00

If you’re a one with nature fella and like to avoid synthetic materials, these hemp pants are right for you.  

Vaha Pant

From lounging at home to performing Balasana on at your local center, these pants will literally have you covered all day. 

Ponto Performance Pant

Vuori
vuoriclothing.com

$84.00

The buttery-soft DreamKnit fabric of these pants will feel mighty nice on your cakes. 

Recharge Jogger

Manduka
manduka.com

$88.00

As its name suggests, these joggers—made from ultra-soft fleece—will give the boost of energy you need during a yoga session. 

CloudKnit Sweatpants

Outdoor Voices
outdoorvoices.com

$88.00

Outdoor Voices doesn’t just make gear for, well, the outdoors. These CloudKnit sweats, for example, are great for a yoga class—outdoors or in.

The Triumph Sweatpant

Alo Yoga
aloyoga.com

$98.00

With yoga as part of its brand name, best believe that Alo has stuff that’s up to snuff. 

Reign Midweight Jogger

Want to have dominion over your yoga class? Rhone’s Reign joggers will do the trick. 

Balancer Pant 27″ Everlux

Lululemon
lululemon.com

$128.00

Built to withstand heat and humidity, the quick-drying Everlux fabric of these pants is primed for your next Bikram session. 

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