I've Been Practicing Yoga for 9 Years—These Are the Best Leggings to Flow In


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I remember doing my first downward dog when I was 16, and since then, I have made a point to practice yoga as often as my schedule allows. Since I grew up with a yoga teacher mom, the practice has been in my life for a long time and I fully intend on keeping it that way. Whether I'm heading to a slow flow class to unwind and relax or doing hot power yoga, I'll always find a way of incorporating it into my fitness routine alongside my other favorites like Pilates and HIIT. And after nearly a decade of keeping consistent with a yoga practice, I've become somewhat of a snob when it comes to the best yoga leggings. I won't lie—I'm downright picky, but for good reason.

Since a yoga class could involve any number of twists, inversions, and balancing poses, I need a pair of leggings that stretches and moves with me but also one that doesn't stretch out over time. I've had a lot of trial and error over the years, and I've come to the conclusion that a solid pair of yoga leggings all comes down to three major details. You don't necessarily have to have all three, but if you do, all the better. So below, I'm highlighting which details to look out for and shopping all my favorite leggings that check at least one (if not more) of these boxes. 

#1 Detail: A High Waist


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The higher the waist, the better, if you ask me. I've tried one too many times to do yoga in leggings with a mid or low-rise waist only to find myself fidgeting with the waistband throughout the class. I also find that high-waisted leggings are the most comfortable and flattering on me, and really, the best for all activities. 

#2 Detail: Soft, Non-Performance Fabric


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This detail is important because it's what differentiates the leggings I wear for running and more high-impact workouts versus what I wear for yoga. I always look for leggings with a solid amount of stretch in them and ones that feel soft (almost cotton-like to the touch). My go-to brands for this are Alo Yoga and Zella, whose fabrics strike the ideal balance.

#3 Detail: Full Lengths


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Nothing against cropped leggings, but I've always preferred full-length pairs for yoga. In a balancing pose like tree, you need as much coverage as possible to help you grip and hold the pose. It might just be a personal preference, but I also find full-length leggings easier to style for post-workout and loungewear outfits, too.

Next up, how to pull off wearing leggings as pants like a fashion girl (because they're happening again).

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.