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In the land of spandex bottoms, few things rival the best yoga pants—and finding a pair of workout leggings that’s a tiptoe away from pajamas can be as satisfying as falling asleep in Shavasana. Because whether you spend your mornings performing Sun Salutations or just need some new yoga leggings to add to your wear-sleep-repeat rotation, the perfect yoga pants are a notoriously elusive closet essential.

We know, we know, it can be tempting to write off structured activewear when dressing for comfort and heat—but looser doesn’t always mean comfier, and even if it’s just to go on a socially distanced walk or bike ride (yoga mats not required!), you need a pair of yoga pants that won’t roll down your tummy, isn’t too sheer, and won’t squeeze you like a stress ball.

There are so many brands (Alo Yoga! Girlfriend Collective! Lululemon! Athleta! Zella! Beyond Yoga!) dedicated to delivering the “perfect” multi-hyphenate leggings. And with the range of styles, colors, and cuts currently out there—cropped, full-length, yoga shorts, leggings with pockets, sweat-wicking materials, boot-cut yoga pants—things can start feeling very un-zen.

So we went to the experts—real women who teach yoga—to find out what they actually wear when practicing (or lounging horizontally…because let’s be real, no one is really sleeping in their nap dresses!). From yoga capris in moisture-wicking fabrics to high-waist pairs with pockets, check out their top picks for the best yoga pants, below.


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