Yoga doesn't call for much. It's one of the rare activities that tends to ask you to use less gear (you don't even have to wear socks). But the few basics you do equip yourself with – like a grippy yoga mat – are vital because of yoga's emphasis on form, breath and mindfulness. Ill-fitting or uncomfortable clothing can inhibit all three — especially when it comes to shorts.
Sure, you can get by with any pair of shorts, but your Vinyasa won’t be a continuous sequence, as you’ll probably spend just as much time readjusting your apparel as you do achieving varying asanas. Shorts designed for yoga practices have some key qualities that can turn any flow into a more enjoyable experience.
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What to Look for in Yoga Shorts
Just as there’s specialized shorts for running and training, there’s plenty of shorts designed for the yoga mat. When looking for that perfect pair to complement your pranayama, consider the following factors.
Breathability and Moisture Wicking
While yoga can be an elegant workout, it can also be intense. Especially in specialized classes like hot yoga, you’re bound to work up a sweat, and that can lead to some uncomfortable vibes down yonder. Look for yoga shorts that are breathable and also offer some moisture-wicking capabilities. This can keep you cool, calm and collected as you switch from pose to pose.
Fit and Flexibility
In yoga, you’re not going to be in a static position for long. To make your poses flow easier, you want a short that rides a fine line between snug and constrictive. Many yoga shorts feature a tight fit through the thighs to keep everything in place, yet aren’t so constrictive that they limit your range of motion. Yoga shorts should also have some give to them to promote even more flexibility. Many of the shorts featured in this list feature four-way stretch just for these needs.
The last factor to consider when choosing yoga shorts is probably the most obvious. To achieve the proper mindset when practicing, you want to be comfortable, and bunched up shorts or ill-fitting bottoms aren’t the best for these needs. Pay close attention to size charts and fabrics to find the right pair that suits your taste. Whether you enjoy the mid-thigh lay of a shorter inseam or desire a longer short for added coverage, there’s a pair out there for everyone.
Lined vs. Unlined Yoga Shorts
The point of a liner is to keep everything in place so you’re not showing off too much thigh when getting into the thick of a flow. Many of the shorts in this roundup feature a built-in liner for premium comfort and coverage, but we’ve also included some linerless picks to suit all needs. We’re partial to the lined category for our taste, but there is something fun about pairing a well-built linerless short with your go-to liner for an added zest of personalization. Whichever camp you stretch into, you’re sure to find a proper pair in this roundup.
Over the course of multiple weeks, we rolled out our mats and took part in a bevy of yoga flows to see which shorts reigned supreme. We highlighted how comfortable each pair felt against the skin, how flexible they were when getting into poses and noted additional benefits like pockets, anti-odor treatments and more. We also wore these shorts when not practicing our normal Hatha yoga, testing their versatility in the gym, on the road and beyond.
Now, let’s clear our mind, find that perfect breath and get into the best yoga shorts available today.
Whether you’re a newbie or an expert, these top-ranked mats will support you through any practice.