Let’s play word association: yoga.
Did you think of a pose you’re working on? Your new mat? The patchouli oil your favorite teacher uses? An ashram somewhere in India?
Now add the word “pants.” Are you even thinking about yoga anymore? I’m not. If you’re in America and among the ranks of the living, you’ve probably noticed that yoga pants have developed a life of their own. Branding and marketing a healthy, yogic lifestyle accounts for some of the hype, but a lot is simply due to the fact that yoga pants are pretty… ahem, attention-catching. Wearing them during practice is one thing, but the rise of athletic wear as a fashion statement has taken yoga pants from the studio to the street. Regardless of whether the practice of yoga has become more popular in the West over the last few years, everyone and their mama dresses like they’re just heading to yoga all day long.
I’m not saying these infamous little leggings deserve a bad rap. As a yoga teacher and an avid ashtangi, I’d be at a total disadvantage without them. Shorts aren’t nearly as comfortable in skin-on-skin poses, unfitted pants get caught on flying limbs, and few things look cuter with boots and a coat thrown on top, especially when I’m booking it to class on a snowy day in Boston.
Whether they’re from Lululemon or Target, wearing yoga pants makes a statement. My suggestion? Double the eye candy and make a bigger statement than “tight pants, public setting.” If you’re ready to rock a second skin in the name of yoga, laziness, love, etc… the wilder, the better.
Here are a few of my favorite pairs from Society6, a website that features art from hundreds of thousands of artists around the world on leggings, sweatshirts, and more. Pieces now on traveling display, courtesy of your legs.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, you do the math:
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”
These wish they could be part of your world:
Be one with nature:
A little yin for the yang:
…Hey, if they’re going to stare, give ‘em something to stare at.