A New Wave of Innovative Yoga Pants

These days, hard-training yogis are demanding more of their pants than stretchy fabrics and un-see-through-ness. We take a look at 8 new developments in the rapidly growing market.

By Allison Jones March 25, 2015

Happy Knees with Janu Yoga: If you're always scrambling for a blanket to place under sensitive knees—or simply struggling through knee pain throughout your practice—you've got to check these out. Janu pants incorporate removable kneepads for protection that moves with you. The patent-pending design blends the brand's lightweight cotton/lycra blend in a stylish cut, and the hidden knee-pad pockets provide just enough padding for outdoor practice or recovering from knee injuries. 

Going Commando with Dear Kate: Julie Sygiel, the wonder woman behind the leak-resistant underwear brand, asked hundreds of women—920 to be exact—what they wanted in a pair of yoga pants, and answered their prayers with a line of full-length, capri, and short yoga pants that prevent camel toe, are never see-through, won't pill between the thighs, lift the rear view, and can be worn without underwear. The women-designed and women-made pants use the same technology as the brand's full line of panties, with sizes from XS to 3X and a 100% money-back guarantee. It's no wonder the project was funding on Kickstarter in record time!

Get a Perfect Core with Lucy: Lucy's Perfect Core Capri Leggings use the brand's incredible compression in a high-rise, light-weight fit that tucks everything in and supports you through your whole practice. No slipping, no adjusting during your downward dog, no need to fold over—these pants stay put, and they really hold up during machine washing (we hang-dry to prevent too much wear-and-tear on laundry day). We love the indigo dash print for an added dose of style.

Cool Off with Beyond Yoga: We adore the sexy mesh panels of Beyond Yoga's made-in-the-USA, quick-dry leggings that keep things light and breezy without baring it all in shorts. Looking for tech that is more cute than cool? The gathered detail on Beyond Yoga's Legs for Days Leggings look like you're wearing over-the-knee leg warmers without adding any bulk. 

Look Good and Do Good with Yoga Smoga: Another made-in-the-USA line, Yoga Smoga offers pants made with some seriously technical fabric, a blend of super-durable Supplex and Lycra with the breathability of cotton. The brand's Ballerina yoga leggings are reversible, the Tippy Toe legging is always opaque and slimming, and the India-born entrepreneurs behind the line donate a percentage of their sales to the in-house Namaskár Foundation, offering micro loans, healthcare, fresh water, and education in remote villages of the Himalayas and throughout India. 

Sweat Freely with Lululemon: The reigning queen of the yoga apparel world, Lulu knows how to keep current. The brand's "Full-On Luxtreme" fabric keeps you cool in the sweatiest situations (uh, hello hot yoga). The second-skin fit and cool-to-the-touch feel are a bonus to the fabrics leading feature: it simply doesn't pill like many of the brand's other fabrics. 

Cover Up In Style with MeSheeky: Not into exposing it all in a forward fold? MeSheeky's flattering jersey yoga skirts designed to be worn over any pair of leggings will fit the bill. With a snug fit and a few flattering designs, these skirts will stay in place in any pose with an extra shot of style and coverage. They're also super handy for throwing over leggings after class for a post-practice market run or happy hour.

Be Barely There with Athleta: Love the coverage of leggings but hate extra-tight compression and thick fabrics? Athleta's Chaturanga tights are so incredibly light, soft, and stretchy—yet never see-through. They come in tall, petite, and plus sizes and so many prints and colors, from tropical florals and metallics to tux-stripe black & white.

Which yoga pants are inspiring your practice these days? Share your favorites in the comments!

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