While yoga clothing is simple -- pants, tops and sometimes shoes -- there are many different brands out there. So how do you find the one that has what you want, whether it's price, style, or size? Reviewing different manufacturers can help make that decision easier.
Yoga clothing, in its most basic form, is simply loose-fitting and airy. You don't necessarily need to purchase special yoga clothes, but you may find that clothing specifically tailored for yoga will help you be more comfortable during practice.
New Balance features "Lightning Dry" fabric to keep the wearer dry and comfortable. Their yoga clothing can be found on their website under "Performance Apparel" and is treated material that is designed to stretch, support, and breathe. A special line is their Susan G. Komen Pink Ribbon apparel which features a pink ribbon to honor breast cancer survivors. They carry tops and pants; the tops range from $20 and up, and the pants range from $30 and up.
Title Nine believes in cotton and comfort. They can be found online, in retail stores, or you can order from a catalog. They carry tops and pants; the tops range from $30 and up, and the pants and shorts range from $40 and up. Request their free catalog online.
Danskin specializes in dance, fitness, and yoga clothing, but it also carries some yoga equipment. It has sizes for women, girls, and plus sizes. They carry bottoms (which include shorts, crop pants, and pants) for $30 and up and tops from $20 and up.
Marika Group has two different lines of yoga clothing. They are only online, but their website has both a community area and a spot for tips and advice. Their "Balance Collection" has tops and bottoms; the bottoms range from $40 and up, and the tops range from $30 and up. The "Shiva Shakti" collection has tops that range from $40 and up, and bottoms that range from $60 and up.
BaliDog carries "Wearable Art That Speaks of Spirit." They are located in Brazil, and all of their clothing is hand-painted by local women. According to their website, by purchasing your yoga clothing from them, you're "helping to raise the living standards of third world women." They carry Buddha Pants, Krishna Pants, Deva Pants, and yoga tops and shorts. The shorts start at $60, the tops at $50, and the pants range from $60 to $90.
Designer Yoga Clothing
Just like any other type of clothing, there is still something to be said for a designer label. While some people may not be interested in spending too much on clothing used for exercise, for others, the style is worth the price tag.
Heather Lea Garrick
Heather Lea Garrick carries yoga clothing that is "worldly fashion for your active lifestyle." Heather Lea Garrick Clothing was established in 1996, emerging from Heather's mission to "express peace and understanding via usable artforms." Garrick is also a yoga teacher, and her clothing is for sale at various yoga conferences and studios across the country. Tops are $30 and up. Pants are $50 and up.
Bellissima Active Wear
Bellissima's designer Lis Rosa's designs feature feminine touches for any yoga enthusiast. Her designs are grouped in six different collections, each named after mythical goddesses from countries around the world. The designs reflect the nature of the goddess whom they are named after.
Asquith London has organic cotton and bamboo yoga clothes. The UK designer Alice Asquith creates clothes that can function anywhere outside of the studio as well as in. Shipping outside the UK is an additional charge, and the clothing prices are in UK pounds, not US dollars. According to the website, however, studios, luxury spas and other places in the United States do carry the line.
Clothing for All Yoga Enthusiasts
Ultimately, it doesn't matter where you buy your yoga clothes. Look for breathable fabrics in your price range, and you're sure to find something you feel comfortable in while practicing your lotus pose.