As indisputably the most effective way to support a healthy mind and body, yoga’s ability to help you stay cool, calm and collected has kept the practice alive for millennia. From the ever-so-classic morning meditation to newer advancements like hot yoga and even goat yoga (we swear, it’s a thing), the exercise continues to evolve
Initially, hitting the mat didn’t call for much more than casual workout attire, but evolution in exercise calls for evolution in style. Wearing the right yoga apparel is key when it comes to comfortably going from a downward dog to that extended side angle. So believe me, your stained alma mater tee from your freshman year of college won’t cut it.
Whether you’re a classically-trained certified yogi scoping out new garb or just someone who’s looking for a little zen amidst the chaos that is the year 2020, here are some go-to men’s yoga clothing options to sport on the mat.
1. BALEAF Compression Pants
A sweat-wicking, non-see-through pair of compression pants are essential when it comes to posing properly from beginning to end. This style from BALEAF offers all that and more with not only an immense range for movement but a massive side pocket large enough to comfortably hold that smartphone of yours. Not only that, but these babies are so cozy that you’ll be wearing them from that hot yoga session all the way until dinner.
2. Ogeenier Quick-Dry Tank Top
You don’t need to break the bank when it comes to a breathable tank. This soft-as-hell, quick-drying option straight from Amazon offers everything high-end tank tops have for half the price. And if you like to practice yoga outside during the summer, then we definitely recommend sporting this men’s tank top. There’s nothing like a sun-soaked yoga sesh.
3. Nike Yoga DRI-Fit Pants
BEST COMPRESSION PANT ALTERNATIVE
We get it — compression pants aren’t really for everyone. Although they offer enormous support, some guys don’t really appreciate the skin-tight look and feel. If you’re more comfortable with the traditional qualities of your favorite sweatpants have, look no further than Nike’s Yoga DRI-Fit Pants. At first glance, you’d practically never know they’re designed specifically for yogis, but the sweat-wicking material and all-around flowy design will keep you comfy on the mat day in and day out.
4. Non-Slip Yoga Socks
Though some prefer the sockless route, going barefoot while on the yoga mat can lead to some seriously dirty soles and sweaty slippage. Non-slip socks give your feet and toes more freedom while providing superior traction, protecting your soles from grime and preventing accidental slips. So sock on up and worry less about the bruises that come from tipping over mid-pose. Like the best men’s yoga clothing, these socks and both comfortable and practical.
5. Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve 2.0
Ditch that old tee for a ventilated anti-stinker that’ll quite literally have your back time and time again. Constructed for movement and odor-resistance, Lululemon’s Vent Tech is the most breathable short-sleeved shirt on the market due to its stretchy, scent-killing fabric. With colors and sizes out the wazoo, this easy, breezy tee is well worth the price. Lululemon makes some of our favorite men’s yoga clothing, and this t-shirt will last you for countless studio sessions to come.
6. Temple Tape Headband
If you want to look the part of a true yoga guru, you gotta snag a Temple Tape Headband. Sorry, we don’t make the rules. Designed to grip your head tightly and attack sweat eight times faster than its average cotton cousin, this band is a real necesity for hot yoga’s sweaty circumstances. And for only nine bucks? You can kiss those forehead-to-eye droplets goodbye.
7. Surge Short 6” Liner Special Edition
If pants ain’t always your jam, switch it up for a pair of lined yoga shorts. These moisture-wicking, quick-drying athletic shorts from Lululemon battle swampy, uncomfortable temperatures downstairs by keeping your body cool for hours on end. From morning yoga sessions to afternoon bike rides, the No-Stink Zinc fights odor-causing bacteria and ensures more wearing and less washing while multiple hidden pockets keep your smaller belongings both safe and dry.
8. prAna JD Short
prAna makes some of the best men’s yoga clothing, and we love these athletic shorts. Fifty dollars for a pair of compression shorts made with recycled polyester? Yes, please. Sustainably made performance shorts will not only leave you feeling great on the mat, but also about your carbon footprint, too. Designed specifically for intense yoga practice, the JD Shorts are form-fitting but don’t feel painted onto your skin. All in all, once you have one pair, you’re going to want three.