The best yoga pants for doing the downward dog

...or just for lazy Sunday mornings round the house - we won't judge. Check out our favourite yoga leggings to buy today

Woman yoga downward dog leggings

by Clare Howcutt-Kelly |
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Yoga has been a favourite with the celebs for years, we’ve all seen the pictures – Hollywood actress leaves gym with yoga mat under one arm and a Starbucks in the other. But unlike so many passing fads, yoga has hung around and there’s more than a million reasons why you should try it – improve your flexibility, find inner peace and learn to breathe better.

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To get the most from your workout, you need to be sure you’ve got the best kit for the job. Sure, you could just pop on your joggers but where’s the fun in that? If you’re going to take up yoga, use it as an excuse to buy some new clothes and first on your list should be some decent trousers. You need to look for something comfortable with plenty of stretch (you’ll be doing more poses than a supermodel) and a material that wicks away the sweat. Phew, that got technical fast!

Most of all, you need to find something you’ll enjoy wearing and there’s colours and patterns to suit the pickiest of Yogis. It’s time to’s our pick of the best yoga pants:

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Best yoga pants

Eono Essentials Women's Mesh Yoga Pants1 of 5

Eono Essentials Women's Mesh Yoga Pants

Self-conscious about your tummy? You needn't be! These high-waisted trousers are super flattering, slimming your silhouette and keeping everything in place when you're in downward dog position. The fabric stretches four ways so however you contort yourself, these yoga pants will stretch with you. We love the sweat-wicking fabric which, if you're a fan of hot yoga, we know you'll appreciate, too. If you're listening to some chilled-out tunes while you work out, stash your phone in the pocket and escape a stressful day. Your body is a temple, OK? And no one brings bad vibes to the temple.

GRAT.UNIC High Waist Out Pocket Yoga Pants2 of 5

GRAT.UNIC High Waist Out Pocket Yoga Pants

A great buy for those on a budget, these yoga pants are available in a range of colours and two lengths – long and ¾ length. The pockets are concealed and smooth so there's no zip to dig into your skin and the fabric is breathable no matter how sweaty you get. Some leggings can be a little see-through but these are not so you could easily wear them out without anyone batting an eyelid. At such a good price, you could buy them in every colour. Have we tempted you yet?

Lululemon Wunder Under Tight3 of 5

Lululemon Wunder Under Tight

Lululemon design high-quality workout tights that are favoured by celebrities including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Garner and Kylie Jenner but are some of the more expensive on the market. If you're new to yoga you might want to opt for a more wallet-friendly option but you might just be swayed by the gorgeous pattern and colours. With names like 'Azurite Mint Tint' and 'Washed French Clay', these tights deserve to be shown off more than once a week. You might want to get saving though if you're after a few pairs.

Sweaty Betty Reversible Yoga Leggings4 of 5

Sweaty Betty Reversible Yoga Leggings

The mission statement of this London-based brand got our attention immediately: 'someone who works out but definitely likes cake'. We couldn't agree more! Now a global brand, Sweaty Betty aims to empower women and these reversible leggings give you two pairs of leggings for the price of one. A discreet adjustable pull cord helps to make sure they fit perfectly allowing you to get on with your workout without worrying you'll spill out everywhere. Not the cheapest on the market but definitely pretty and feminine.

AURIQUE Womenu2019s Yoga Pants5 of 5

AURIQUE Women’s Yoga Pants

These traditional-looking yoga pants will make you feel all zen as soon as you slip into them. We love the charcoal grey colour and sizes run from 8 to 16. You'd be just as happy wearing these while eating a Dominos with a box set as you would in the gym so don't be surprised if you don't want to take them off. The high waist keeps your tummy tucked in. Complete the look by pairing with the cute Aurique yoga vest with on-trend slogan and open back.

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