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In Defense of Yoga Pants + 5 Picks!

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In Defense of Yoga Pants

Yoga pants have gotten a bad reputation these days. Wearing them can feel like a crime against fashion, or an unapologetic acceptance of laziness/fatigue/lack of clean laundry. Telling someone "I'm in my yoga pants" quickly translates to this visual: reclining on a sofa with a binge-watching How I Met Your Mother, with a "healthy" chia-mocha smoothie within arm's distance.

But the fact of the matter is, yoga pants are meant to be worn in the exact opposite position--unless, of course, you're collapsed in savasana after a 90-minute run through sun salutations, inversions, and back bends. A good pair of yoga pants is about as invaluable to one's practice as open hip flexors. They need to provide the right amount of stretch, breathability, coverage--and of course a little bit of style--to make it through the crazy bodily contortions that yoga prescribes on the path to enlightenment and inner peace. When you're trying to perfect downward facing dog, perhaps on a hot summer day, you don't want your focus to drift away from lengthening your spine toward the view you're giving the person behind you.

Finding the perfect pair of yoga pants isn't as simple as one might think. Like jeans, no to pairs are alike, and a good yogi must use discretion when considering the fabric, cut, and price tag. Click through for some Peaceful Dumpling-approved pairs: namaste.
Photos: Holly Mosier/Flickr Commons; lululemon.com; athleta.com; target.com; lolewomen.com; beyondyoga.com

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Lululemon Wunder Under Pant

This cult yoga brand is beloved for its unique business ethic and quality gear. The Wunder Under Pant is made with "full-on luon," a fabric that provides 4-way stretch and moisture-wicking. The cool side pattern will keep you looking chic to and from class, too. $92

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Athleta Straight Up Pant

These straight-leg pants are a good alternative to the traditional legging; there's a slight flare, but it's not wide enough to get in the way or move around too much during your practice. Made with "powerplay pilayo" fabric that is midweight and ultra-smoothing with SPF for yoga sessions in the park or on a beach. $79

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C9 Premium Reversible Capri Legging

I love Target for countless reasons, their quality and affordable workout clothes among them. My C9 yoga capris have lasted for years without losing any of their stretch and durability, and they're perfect for wearing on their own or layering under sweats when winter comes around. $34.99

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LOLE Lotus Capri

I've never personally worn this style of yoga capri, but they're intensely intriguing to me. They seem to be the perfect combination of comfort and practicality: they're loose in the thighs but will stay put thanks to the elastic bottoms, plus pockets! The organic cotton comes in many colors, too. $80

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Beyond Yoga Essential Short

I know these technically aren't pants, but a good yoga short is a unicorn of a breed. I'm not a fan of the super-short variety that risks, ahem, riding up, but these from Beyond Yoga are just the right length. $57

Jennifer Kurdyla

Jennifer Kurdyla

Features Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Features Editor Jennifer Kurdyla is a New York City girl with Jersey roots and a propensity for getting lost in the urban jungle. An experienced publishing professional, yoga instructor, home chef, sometimes-runner, and writer, she adopted a vegetarian lifestyle in 2008 and became vegan in 2013. She has written for The Harvard Review Online, The Rumpus, and Music & Literature and maintains a wellness-based website, Be Nourished, which features original writing and recipes. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram @jenniferkurdyla, Twitter @jenniferkurdyla, and Pinterest.
Jennifer Kurdyla

Yoga pants have gotten a bad reputation these days. Wearing them can feel like a crime against fashion, or an unapologetic acceptance of laziness/fatigue/lack of clean laundry. Telling someone “I’m in my yoga pants” quickly translates to this visual: reclining on a sofa with a binge-watching How I Met Your Mother, with a “healthy” chia-mocha smoothie within arm’s distance.

But the fact of the matter is, yoga pants are meant to be worn in the exact opposite position–unless, of course, you’re collapsed in savasana after a 90-minute run through sun salutations, inversions, and back bends. A good pair of yoga pants is about as invaluable to one’s practice as open hip flexors or xxxxxxxx. They need to provide the right amount of stretch, breathability, coverage–and of course a little bit of style–to make it through the crazy bodily contortions that yoga prescribes on the path to enlightenment and inner peace. When you’re trying to perfect downward facing dog, perhaps on a hot summer day, you don’t want your focus to drift away from lengthening your spine toward the view you’re giving the person behind you.

Finding the perfect pair of yoga pants isn’t as simple as one might think. Like jeans, no to pairs are alike, and a good yogi must use discretion when considering the fabric, cut, and price tag. Click through for some Peaceful Dumpling-approved pairs: namaste.

Jennifer Kurdyla

Jennifer Kurdyla

Features Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Features Editor Jennifer Kurdyla is a New York City girl with Jersey roots and a propensity for getting lost in the urban jungle. An experienced publishing professional, yoga instructor, home chef, sometimes-runner, and writer, she adopted a vegetarian lifestyle in 2008 and became vegan in 2013. She has written for The Harvard Review Online, The Rumpus, and Music & Literature and maintains a wellness-based website, Be Nourished, which features original writing and recipes. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram @jenniferkurdyla, Twitter @jenniferkurdyla, and Pinterest.
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