What should you wear when you practice yoga? The simple answer is, anything that’s comfortable! But not all yoga wear is truly created equal. You want something that’s breathable enough to keep you dry, but durable enough to prevent holes from appearing in awkward places—not to mention cute enough to make you feel extra confident on the mat!
Teachers whose high-intensity classes run one after the other have particular needs when it comes to yoga clothes, which naturally makes them picky about their preferred brands. If you’re on the lookout for the very best yoga wear on the market, check out these companies that some of the biggest names in yoga love.
1. Adidas Warp Knit Line
When you think “workout clothes,” Adidas is probably one of the first brands that comes to mind. While they’ve long been known for their shoes and track suits—especially for men—Adidas also has a huge selection of yoga clothes and accessories. Their warp knit tights are a big hit with yoga teachers right now, including Adriene Misher from Yoga with Adriene. Not only are they super moisture-wicking and seamless to prevent chafing, they’re also built to last—even with the most strenuous practices.
Teachers Who Love It: Adriene Mishler @adrienelouise; Rachel Demita @rademita; Chelsey Korus @chelseykorus; and Meagan Kong @meagankong
2. ALO Yoga
The yogis of Instagram adore Alo Yoga—and for good reason. Alo Yoga specializes in studio-to-street styles that are comfortable and functional, yet fashionable enough to wear just about anywhere. Don’t be fooled by how cute these clothes are. Their yoga wear truly is high performance, compressing and shaping the body to help you take your practice just a little bit further. If you want to dress like the pros, Alo Yoga is your go-to.
Teachers Who Love It: Briohny Smyth @yogawithbriohny; Mackenzie Miller @mackenzieyoga; Caitlin Turner @gypsetgoddess; Dylan Werner @dylanwerneryoga; Adell Bridges @adellbridgesyoga; Jessica Olie @Jessicaolie
Manduka got its start twenty years ago, when architect Peter Sterios developed a line of yoga gear named to honor his mentor, Shando Ramete. Ramete’s favorite pose was Mandukasana, or frog pose, which is why you’ll find a red frog logo on their gear. Manduka's mats, accessories, and clothing are designed to last as long as possible to reduce environmental waste. They also use recycled polyester, plant based materials, and organic cotton to ensure that their yoga wear is always sustainable.
Teachers Who Love It: Abbey Bates @abbey.yoga; Mary Beth LaRue @marybethlarue; Keith Mitchell @keithmitchell59; Jaysea DeVoe @seavibesyoga; Jana Roemer @jana_roemer
4. Body Angel Activewear
Body Angel Activewear takes its inspiration from fashion all over the world. With prints inspired by Colombia’s Carnival celebrations, Indonesian Batik prints, and hippy tye-dye, Body Angel Activewear offers some of the most eye-catching yoga clothes around. Lots of well-known yoga teachers rock this brand, but none wear it better than Laura Kazperzak and her daughter, who even have their own line of matching mommy-daughter yoga outfits!
Teachers Who Love It: Laura Kasperzak @LauraSykora (and her daughter Mini Kasperzak @minilaurasykora); Gabriella Dondero @Gabriella.dondero; Rachel Mulvaney @theyoganinja; Robin Martin @robinmartinyoga
PrAna is one of the most eco-friendly activewear brands around. All of their clothes are made from recycled polyester, recycled wool, or organic cotton. Even the materials the customers don’t see are sustainable. From their packing material to the printer paper in their offices, prAna is dedicated to using responsible forest materials in every aspect of their business. If you’re looking for yoga wear that protects the environment and promotes fair labor practices, prAna is for you.
Teachers Who Love It: Amy Ippoliti @amyippoliti; Steve Krojo @krojo23
Onzie’s relaxed-fit clothes look absolutely luxurious. Just check out their selection of gypsy pants and flowy, high-slit Pura Vida line. Of course, you’ll find plenty of cute and comfy form-fitting options at Onzie as well. Whichever style you opt for, Onzie’s yoga wear is guaranteed to keep you cool and dry with their Free-Flow Fabric technology that’s extra quick-drying. From start to finish, Onzie’s products are also made 100% in the United States using American sourced materials.
Teachers Who Love It: Odette Hughes @odettehughesyoga; Debbie Siegel @debby_yogogirls; Verna @awesomebodyrevolution; Georgina Berbari @thelittleflowerpetal;
Athleta is another yoga wear brand that emphasizes sustainability and eco-friendliness. They take a unique approach to going green. In addition to using recycled and organic fabrics, they’ve also pioneered a DryDye technology that saves an average of 4.5 gallons of water for every garment they make. Their Recycled Featherweight Stretch Fabrics are also so quick-dry that you won’t even need to put them in the dryer, cutting down on energy use.
Teachers Who Love It: Heidi Kristoffer @heidikristoffer; Lacey Shelton @laceycalvertshelton; Alexandra Carson @alexandra_carson
Don’t see your favorite on this list? Leave us a comment to tell us which yoga wear brands you love!
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