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The 13 Best Yoga Pants for Reaching that Ultimate Stretch

Men's Health Logo By Barry Samaha of Men's Health | Slide 1 of 14: Having spent the better part of the last two years 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 great 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. But before you book a class at your local center, 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 Baleaf and Alo to activewear purveyors like Nike and Lululemon, we curated a selection that is perfectly suited for both padawans and fervent practitioners alike.

Having spent the better part of the last two years 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 great 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. But before you book a class at your local center, 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 Baleaf 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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