Does Yoga Need Its Own Athleisure Line?

For anyone who has ever taken a hot yoga class and immediately regretted their leggings, this line could present an alternative.

The creators of Manduka's new apparel line have created clothing made for practicing yoga.
The creators of Manduka’s new apparel line have created clothing made for practicing yoga.

With athleisure officially here to stay, it’s become even more hyper-specific than when it started. Now, apparel collection Manduka is introducing a line specifically made for yoga. The collection aims to be comfortable enough to enjoy yoga without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions and chic enough to wear after class. For anyone who has ever taken a particularly hot yoga class and immediately regretted their leggings, or worn a top not meant for Downward Dog, this line could present a reliable alternative; but does the world truly need a line made only for yoga?

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Previously, Manduka was known for their yoga mats and props. Now, they’re working on reinventing yoga pants for serious practitioners. The Observer spoke to Manduka’s CEO, Sky Meltzer, about why it’s time for a yoga clothing line and how it’s different from typical athleisure brands.

How is this line different than other activewear lines and what about it is specific to yoga? Our vision was to create apparel that stays in place during movement and provides efficient coverage where you need it most. Our designers worked alongside trusted teachers to learn firsthand what the needs of the community truly are. The result is a collection that intersects consciously made materials like recycled polyester, plant basted materials and organic cotton, with purposeful design that allows you to practice freely, without distraction.

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The yoga pants promise not to budge during particularly intense poses.

Are there specific looks designed for hot yoga classes? Rather than place mesh in places women rarely sweat, we created an open back and mesh top paneling on the halter bra, allowing the chest and back to breathe.

What are your favorite offerings for men who practice? The Minimalist Tank is designed to keep yogis cool and dry, with a tapered fit that stays close to the body without riding up while in downward dog. Our Dyad Shorts are made with a four-way stretch woven fabric. The ventilated side pockets and interior boxer brief mesh liner provide your lower half with support, comfort and additional airflow with the simplicity of minimal layers. We’ve found the ideal balance between loose and slim, giving the body room to move while maintaining form in class.

How have you reinvented yoga pants? While they may look like traditional yoga pants, our line features recycled, organic and plant-based materials that are a high-performance design, yet with a classic look.

Does Yoga Need Its Own Athleisure Line?