Yoga was once considered to be a groovy activity for hippies, vegetarians and make love not war peace activists. However, in the last 40 years, yoga has become a staple in the mainstream sports world, with even smaller cities being home to several yoga studios within a few mile radius. One theory for it’s continued rise in popularity, is the many celebrities claiming the benefits of yoga. Stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Meg Ryan and the entire LA Lakers basketball team practice yoga regularly and swear by it’s healing powers. Books such as Eat, Pray, Love and the ensuing movie have also helped bring yoga to the forefront.
Aside from a way to tone and elongate muscles, yoga is recommended by medical professionals to reduce stress, strengthen back and shoulder muscles thereby reducing pain and aches and help to induce calm and restful sleep. The yoga studios of today are a far cry from the crowded mirrored classrooms with students perfecting the “downward dog,” that started the craze. Today there are many different yoga styles being practiced. Some of the more popular versions are “Bikram Yoga” where 26 poses are practiced in a heated room, “Hatha Yoga” which is a basic class with introductory poses and “Lyengar Yoga” which uses props such as chairs, bolsters, ropes and focuses on finding proper alignment. There are also offshoot classes such as Yogalates which combines yoga and pilates and Yoga Fitness that uses yoga breathing and strength training.
On top of becoming an exercise craze, yoga has become a booming business with recent statistics showing that over $27 billion has been spent on yoga gear. This includes mats, bolsters, bags and meditation blocks. The largest percentage comes from clothing; sports bras, tops and the ever popular yoga pants, that are now staples in every woman’s wardrobe. Not just for yoga anymore, these pants can take women from the studio and throughout the rest of their day. Although Lululemon has long been considered the most expensive brand of yoga pants on the market, we found there are others who can top their $98 price tag. Let’s look at the ten most expensive Yoga pants currently on the market based on the company’s most basic yoga pant.
10. alo Core Pant: $68
These pants are the alo basic high performance yoga pants. Designed to provide a superior fit, these pants are made with eco friendly materials and feature contrast details at the waist band and inside gusset for comfortable and easy movement. Along with deep commitment to supporting a sustainable planet, alo prides itself on their use of stylish design, and flattering fits along with luxurious fabrics. The Core Yoga Pant is designed to transition from the workout studio to daily routine.
9. Moving Comfort Flow Pant: $70
This pant is billed as “the quintessential studio pant.” It is constructed with chafe-free, flatlock seams, lined gusset and wide Powermesh waistband with infinity stretch drawcord. It also has the added bonus of an adjustable draw cord at the hem and a hidden pocket in the waistband. This is a fitted pant with a mid rise. Moving Comfort began in 1977 and is committed to all aspects of research and design as well as construction of their garments.
8. Body Language Basic Pant: $76
Body Language claims this pant as a “must have” for every woman’s active wear collection. Suitable for yoga, running or a myriad of other sports activities, this pant is ultra soft and extremely comfortable. For a little extra bling, Body Language has added a super stylish and functional zipper at the base of the legs on the black basic pant. To assure a perfect fit for online clients, Body Language includes a sizing chart on their website. They are housed and manufactured in Los Angeles.
7. prAna Lolita Pant: $84
The Lolita pant is described as “Studio Ready” and sports a classic rise, double stitched waist band and offset faux tabs. Constructed with Chakara, prAna’s most technical fabric, these pants offer excellent durability after repeated washings, great compression and shape retention and fabulous moisture management. prAna recently celebrated it’s 21st year in existence. Named for the Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of spirit, prAna is devoted to making excellent products while being mindful of the world’s resources.
6. Solow Sport Spa Pant: $86
The Solow Spa Pant is a jersey fold over boot cut with a rib waistband and slimming side panels. For a little extra style added there is a contrasting color inside the waist band. These are incredibly comfortable and constructed with 90% jersey and 10% cotton. This pant is considered a Solow “Street to Gym” piece. Solow active wear is constructed with their signature Eclon performance material and is Blue-Sign certified sustainable.
5. Zobha Evolve Pant: $90
Zobah says that the Evolve pant is “sure to become your go-to work out pant.” This pant provides a sleek look with a leg lengthening silhouette, ending with a slight flare. These are constructed with 87% Supplex and 13% Lycra, making them breathable and easy to move in. Superior shape retention means no baggy knees and flat lock seams promise a smooth look with long lasting wearablilty. This pant is also available in tall and petite sizes. Zobah means grace, beauty and brilliance and was founded in 2008 as a distinctive yoga wear line.
4. Lorna Jane Bootleg Pant: $91
The Lorna Jane bootleg pant is a yoga pant but can also be worn for dance, travel and even weekend wear making it one of the more versatile options. This pant is constructed with the Lorna Jane Excel Classic fabric, which is shrink and fade resistant, wicks moisture and provides easy drying. The soft waistband provides full day comfort and the hidden pocket is also a useful accent. This Australian based company has been in business for over two decades. They believe in a three pronged philosophy of “Move, Nourish, Believe.”
3. Lululemon Groove Pant: $98
The Lululemon Groove Pant is probably one of the most popular pairs of yoga pants on the market today. This pant is said to be able to take women from the gym to everywhere in between and has recently gone through some changes. The rise at the back of the waistband has been increased to do away with the dreaded whale tail. They have also narrowed the knee and broadened the hem sweep. The colorful waist band adds some zing to this basic pant. Their trademarked Luon fabric gives four way stretch and moisture wicking for comfort and breathability. Though the brand has come under fire lately, the Groove Pant is still a very popular choice.
2. Sweaty Betty Om Yoga Pants: $120
Sweaty Betty’s Om yoga pants have recently been totally revamped. Designed with the newest interlocked fabric, they are now completely opaque. These pants have a fitted style with a gentle boot cut and a flat waistband. The fabric is Polyamide Elastane which is light weight and provides high stretchability and a soft hand feel. According to spokeswoman Katie Stratton, it is Sweaty Betty’s “up to date technology” that brings them near the top of this list.
1. Lole VanMalli Capris: $120
Tied with Sweaty Betty’s for first place is Lole with their VanMalli capris. These capris are form fitting and are constructed with lace inserts and extremely soft fabric. Lole uses 2nd Skin Luxe, a moisture wicking antibacterial blend of Tencel(R), nylon and elastane These are perhaps the most elegant of yoga pants. Lole was born in Montreal in 2002 and places their emphasis on a woman’s well being.
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