POV: You’ve just woken up and are getting ready for your morning yoga class, so you head to your closet and pull out your standard yoga “uniform”. Everyone knows it: a sporty top and the typical pair of skin-tight leggings. Maybe if you’re feeling it you’ll go for a printed pair instead of plain black, but other than that dressing for yoga is no fun. After all, what else would you wear to yoga besides leggings?
Well, since you’re reading this article you’ve come to the right place! There are so many alternatives to leggings, the best of which (in our opinion) is a flowy pair of harem pants. Whether you want to dress more modestly, are looking to be more expressive in your practice, or simply want to support good causes with your purchases, harem pants are the perfect solution for you. Keep reading below to find out even more reasons why harem pants are the best alternative to leggings for yoga!
Tired of squeezing your body into compressive clothing? With harem pants, there is no squeezing involved! Typically made from a light and airy rayon fabric, the loose fit of harem pants paired with the ultra-stretchy elastic waistband allows you to reach and rise every which way during your yoga practice.
Harem pants are great for keeping you cool and dry whether you’re doing a heated yoga class, enjoying a beachside sukhasana, or simply practicing during the summer! Unlike leggings which stick to your body and can soak up sweat, harem pants allow your skin to breathe and are quick drying, letting you to focus more on your flow and less on your clothes.
Although harem pants are loose fitting, the elastic cuff at the ankle prevents fabric from being stepped on or swinging around while you move. This makes harem pants better than other loose styles of pants for yoga because they won’t get in your way.
We’ve all had those days where we aren’t feeling as confident in ourselves as we should, but that shouldn’t stop us from going to yoga! Avoiding skin-tight activewear and opting for looser, yet still fitted bottoms like harem pants allows us to accept ourselves exactly as we are. Plus, they’re still super stylish while also being modest!
In addition to being practical, harem pants are also incredibly expressive! They are available in so many unique patterns and colors that you likely won’t find in yoga pants. Certain prints such as Lotus and Luna’s stunning mandala print also feature symbols that can help you with focusing your attention during your yoga practice.
Last but not least, swapping your leggings for harem pants can support good causes. All of Lotus and Luna’s products are handmade by individual artisans in Thailand, so your purchase empowers these artisan communities through educational resources, fair wages, and a better quality of life. You can read more about our story here.