We all love yoga pants but with so much choice it can feel overwhelming trying to pick a good pair. Finding yoga pants that are high quality, comfortable, and suit your specific needs is a must.
To help you find the perfect pair of yoga pants we’ve rounded up some of the best options on the market and assessed them against a range of important criteria including material, stretch, and support.
Use this review and comparison to find your new favourite yoga pants.
Our top pick: Dharma Bums Momentum All Day Legging
The Dharma Bums Momentum full-length yoga leggings are made with comfort in mind. The material and fit make them perfect for everyday use as well as use in the yoga studio or gym.
These leggings are made from 75% nylon and 25% lycra making them comfortable and stretchy.
The high-waisted all-day leggings are squat proof but are best suited to yoga, walking, and other low-intensity exercises.
The quality of the material combined with the sculpting design means you can wear these all day with confidence.
Unlike many other yoga leggings, these feature a soft folded waistband rather than a rubber waistband. This is great for comfort but does mean the Dharma Bums Momentum are more likely to roll down during more intense exercise.
Some women have said they frequently need to pull these leggings up when exercising so these high waist leggings are best suited for light exercise or comfort when travelling.
Also great: Lululemon Align High-Rise Pant
There’s a reason Lululemon remains one of the most popular yoga brands in the world.
Their clothing is super comfortable, looks great, and lasts a long time.
You will feel like you can take on any pose in these leggings as they are lightweight and the Nulu fabric will keep the sweat to a minimum. The fabric also has added Lycra fibre which helps with stretch and shape retention.
The Align high-rise pants are designed for long impacted workouts such as yoga.
They come in a range of lengths including full length and 7/8, which are designed to sit just below the calf. They also come in a range of colours and patterns which change regularly.
Some models also have a hidden pocket in the waistband to store a card or your keys.
Best relaxed fit: Lululemon Align Jogger
The Lululemon Align Jogger is a pair of relaxed-fit pants designed for use in low-impact workouts like yoga.
They are a great choice for the yogi who wants to be comfortable without sacrificing performance.
These pants are made from Lululemon’s Nulu fabric, which is super soft and light. The fabric has four-way stretch, so it moves with you as you flow through your yoga poses.
The Nulu fabric also wicks sweat and is breathable, making it ideal for use during hot yoga classes.
Finally, there’s an added Lycra for stretch and shape retention, so these pants will stay just as they were when they were new even after repeated wearings.
Lululemon’s Align Jogger features front pockets, an interior card sleeve, a back drop-in pocket, and a full-length cut that sits at your ankle.
The Sweaty Betty Gary pants are the best yoga pants for gentle yoga classes or simply lounging around in.
These super soft leggings are not tight-fitting like many of the other leggings we have reviewed, instead, they offer a relaxed fit with fitted cuffs and a mid-rise waist.
The mid-rise style is perfect if you don’t like to wear leggings super high as most of the other leggings we’ve reviewed are high waisted.
One of the things we love on these yoga pants is the pockets. This convenient feature makes them perfect for everything from a yoga session to a dog walk or a day at home. The style and fit of these yoga pants are flattering and the material, although soft and super comfy, still holds its shape.
Not only is there every size available from XS to plus size, but there are also two inseam lengths to choose from. You can select short or regular and the inseam length has a 2″ difference from 27″ to 29″ making it easier to find the perfect fit for you. There are also 8 colours to choose from. For those walks or yoga sessions, these yoga pants are made from moisture-wicking fabric and they are squat proof too.
These Active Truth workout leggings have two pockets that are large enough to hold your phone and anything else you need such as your keys or cash.
One of the features that make these leggings stand out is their firm compression fit. The firm fit is ideal for workouts and the high-rise waistband offers additional support around your core. As with the other leggings listed, these are also squat proof.
These are 7/8 so unlike most of the listed options that come down to the ankles, these come to around shin height.
The fabric used for these leggings is a Polyester/ Elastane high-performance technical compression fabric, it has a UV protection rating of 50+ and 8-way stretch. All of this comes together to create a flattering, comfortable and firm-fitting pair of leggings.
The Occffy Yoga Pants are a combination of everything we love; a high waist, comfortable stretchy material and pockets. Designed by a specialised yoga brand, Occffy makes some of the best yoga pants as they offer plenty of flexibility so your movement never feels restricted.
These leggings combine a soft feel with good compression, they fit smoothly and won’t roll down or move around while you are exercising. The interlock seams are used to prevent rubbing while maximising movement.
These leggings are made from polyester and spandex making them comfortable and flexible. The material is high-quality, thick and the leggings hold their shape well.
The Occffy yoga pants have one hidden waistband pocket and two large outer pockets so you can take any essentials out with you. These leggings offer a streamlined style that fits with your body shape and looks great. If this doesn’t appeal to you and you want a more relaxed fit option, try the Sweaty Betty Gary Yoga Pants instead.
If you are looking for leggings that are comfortable and supportive, the Nike Yoga Luxe is great.
They are a tight fit so hug you when you wear them and have a sculpting high waist that supports you without feeling uncomfortable.
The Nike Yoga Luxe leggings use Infinalon fabric which is comfortable and stretchy while being thinner and lighter than traditional materials. This fabric feels soft and the leggings are also slightly compressive so hold their position well during exercise.
The Luxe leggings also use Dri-FIT Technology that is moisture-wicking to help evaporate sweat away from your skin quickly to keep you dry throughout workouts. One of the features we like is the minimal seams, being almost seamless makes the leggings smoother and less restrictive. These leggings are 7/8 in length, like the Active Truth leggings featured above.
The Dharma Bums Motion 7/8 Leggings are a great choice in terms of sustainability as they are made from 80% recycled polyester and 20% spandex.
As well as this they are hand-painted giving them a fun and unique look.
These high-rise yoga leggings are sculpting so they support and stretch in all the right places. They are also squat proof and have a convenient phone pocket on one side.
There are only 2 colours to choose from in this model so not as much colour choice as other options such as the Sweaty Betty Gary or Lululemon Align.
The style and recycled materials mean these are perfect for anyone in need of a pair of beautiful, sculpting, and supportive leggings that are also kinder to the planet.
If you’re looking for leggings that can handle tough workouts, the Echt Tempo Vision leggings are a great choice. Similar to the Momentum yoga leggings, these are high waisted but the difference is these have a drawstring so you can tie them to fit you perfectly and you can work out with confidence knowing they won’t roll down.
The Tempo Vision leggings are made from 86% nylon and 14% spandex. This blend gives them plenty of stretch.
The fabric is breathable and durable and a premium touch that we love is the hidden reinforced stitching that makes the leggings look seamless.
These yoga leggings are stylish, flattering and with the drawstring waist they won’t be moving even during intense workouts.
Created for yoga and pilates, these Lorna Jane leggings utilise their “Nothing to See Here” fabric. This has been designed to give maximum coverage so you can squat and downward dog without worrying about them becoming see-through.
While there is nowhere to store a phone on these yoga leggings, there is a hidden pocket that is perfect for storing a key.
Similar to the Dharma Bums Momentum, these leggings also use a soft fold waistband. This thick, high waistband adds comfort while still providing some extra support while you’re on the yoga mat. Some women prefer this over an elasticated high waist but this comes down to personal preference.
These breathable high-rise leggings have four-way stretch and are lovely and soft. They are made from 71% polyester and 29% elastane and are lightweight, shrink-resistant, and fade-resistant. These leggings have been made to last so you can use them with confidence workout after workout.
The Sweaty Betty Power Gym Leggings are designed to suit every workout.
They have a four-way stretch and are bum sculpting to produce a flattering fit.
These leggings are moisture-wicking and quick-drying so are suitable for higher intensity workouts as well as other activities such as walking or yoga.
These yoga pants offer a side pocket that is large enough to hold a phone as well as a back zip pocket that is ideal for cash or keys. This is the only pair of leggings on this list that offers a back zip pocket.
We love the adjustable drawcord on these, it helps to ensure a perfect fit and is something not all leggings offer. There are 18 different colours/ patterns to choose from so there is bound to be an option to suit your style preferences.
If you love activewear and are looking for a pair of yoga pants that have been made ethically in Australia, the DK Active Signature is a great choice.
These leggings are full length with a high waist that has an elastic waistband to help them stay in position.
The fabric used is Exilir Supplex which has a reputation for being incredibly soft and comfortable while still offering many qualities of sportswear.
The fabric is breathable, quick-drying, sweat-wicking and stretches like other leggings too.
The DK Active Signature Full Length Tight is squat proof, look great and can be worn for workouts, yoga classes or simply as a leisure legging. These high waist yoga leggings are a wardrobe staple thanks to their style and versatility.
Yoga Pants Buying Guide
The best yoga pants are comfortable, breathable and stylish but how do you know if the ones you are buying are good quality?
We know how confusing it can be, especially when you are buying online, but don’t worry this buying guide will help you find the perfect pair of yoga pants for you.
1) Type Of Fabric
Most yoga pants out there will either be made of synthetic materials, cotton, or a blend of both.
Synthetic materials such as spandex and polyester are typically more breathable and they dry quicker. This is great for any type of yoga that requires more cardio as well as hot yoga.
Cotton pants tend to be softer to the touch and don’t bunch up as much, but are not as sweat-wicking. This type of fabric could be an option for a more mellow class such as a yin, hatha or meditation focused class.
The last thing you want to be doing is focusing on pulling your pants up throughout your yoga class. If there’s one thing you shouldn’t compromise on, it’s the waistband. Most of the yoga pants in this guide have a high waist which will make your practice more comfortable and worry-free.
Decide if you would like to have this feature on your next pair of yoga pants. It’s not essential, but it can come in handy. We made sure that the pants we included in this guide that have pockets have ones that are easily disguisable and not too bulky.
Leggings, capris or pants are generally the options when it comes to yoga bottoms. If you’re practicing a more intense yoga style it’s usually better to go for capris or leggings that are breathable.
Pants are usually more flared at the bottom and can be suitable for a more mellow practice as they are less breathable. Overall, capris or leggings are usually more versatile and appropriate for many types of yoga.
Remember that everyone is different, and as a result, there is not a one size fits all pair of pants.