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The Best Yoga Leggings

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Whatever gets you on the mat is the best clothing to do yoga in, but the best yoga leggings will allow for greater freedom of movement, as well as keeping you cool and comfy. 

We’ve been putting as many pairs as possible to the test, as well as using our experience to assess the qualities of ones we haven’t yet tried, to enable us to recommend the best yoga leggings out there so you can breathe easy and focus on your flow. Once your leggings are sorted, you may like to browse our recommendations for the best yoga mats and the best yoga apps.

The Best Yoga Leggings

Lululemon Align yoga leggings, our top pick

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1. Lululemon Align HR

Comfy and flattering, possibly the ultimate yoga leggings

Specifications

RRP : $98-$118 / £88
Sizing: 0-20 (UK 4-24)

Reasons to buy

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Fabric is soft and breathable
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High, wide waistband
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Choice of lengths
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Inclusive sizing
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Wide choice of colours and prints

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

A combination of comfort, support and freedom of movement means the Align leggings are widely regarded as the ultimate yoga pants. The delightfully soft, lightweight Nulu fabric has a muted matt finish, and although they feel “barely there”, they pass the squat test easily. The very high, wide waistband doesn’t roll down, and has a secret pocket on the inside for a card or a key. The Align comes in various lengths, from 17in to 28in, and sizing is inclusive (UK 4 to 24). Yes, they are expensive, but are you even a yogi until you’ve complained about the price of Lululemon leggings?


BAM Balance Bamboo Leggings

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2. BAM Balance Bamboo Leggings

Seamless high-waisted leggings made with soft bamboo fabric

Specifications

RRP : £49
Sizing: S,M,L

Reasons to buy

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Soft and unrestrictive fabric
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High waistband that stays up
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Sustainably made
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Bamboo’s antibacterial properties keep them odour-free

Reasons to avoid

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Available in only three sizes

We’ve been on the lookout for eco-friendly leggings that are comfy and stretchy rather than restrictively tight, and have a high waist that doesn’t roll down or slide slowly southwards – a combination that’s rarer than hen’s teeth. Made from breathable and naturally sweat-wicking bamboo viscose, these seamless, non-see-through leggings are incredibly comfortable, and crucially, the waistband stayed put for us. This all-too-uncommon feature makes these our top choice.


Araa Active Tuscan Leggings

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3. Araa Active Tuscan Leggings

Great-value, sustainably made Lulu-lookalike leggings

Specifications

RRP: £40
Sizing: S-XL

Reasons to buy

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High, wide waistband
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Sustainably made

Reasons to avoid

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Limited sizing

These super-high-rise waist-sculpting leggings score high on the stay-put scale. The breathable, sweat-wicking fabric is squat-proof and non-shiny, with mild compression. At less than half the price of Lululemons these leggings are excellent value, and they’re made with recycled ECONYL yarn – a win for both your bank balance and the environment.


BAM Grace Yoga Pants

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4. BAM Grace Yoga Pants

Loose-cut stretchy pants for squeeze-free movement

Specifications

RRP : £44
Sizing: 8-16

Reasons to buy

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Soft and stretchy
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High waistband stays put
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Sustainably made
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Bamboo’s antibacterial properties keep them odour-free
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Pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Can become baggy with wear

Forgive us the inclusion of pants when you’re expecting leggings, but these are great for those days when you’re not in the mood to be squeezed. The super-soft bamboo blend is moisture-wicking, stretchy and antibacterial, while clever tailoring makes the waistband stay flat on your waist without gripping you like a python. Roomy, with deep pockets and a flattering drape, they may be designed for yoga but they’re also eminently suitable for lounging on the sofa.


Sweaty Betty Super Sculpt yoga leggings in navy

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5. Sweaty Betty Super Sculpt Sustainable High Waisted Yoga Leggings

Supportive compression leggings designed for yoga

Specifications

RRP: $108 / £85
Sizing: XXS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Supportive
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Has a pocket
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High, wide waistband
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Made from recycled plastics

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If you prefer the feel of compression leggings, try these bum-sculpting beauties. Squat-proof, with a high, flat waistband and a side pocket, they’re available in several bold prints. Plus they’re sustainably made – 17 plastic bottles become one pair of leggings.


Alo Yoga Airlift Legging

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6. Alo Yoga Airlift Legging

Sleek Insta-worthy studio-to-street leggings

Specifications

RRP : $150 / £125
Sizing: XXS-XL

Reasons to buy

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High, wide waistband
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Minimal seams
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Choice of attractive and unusual colours
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Eco credentials

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Delicate fabric prone to pilling and snagging

LA brand Alo Yoga has a cult following that includes the likes of Gigi Hadid and Taylor Swift – both have been papped in the “studio-to-street” yoga wear. Although pricier than the Lululemon Align, Alo Yoga’s Airlift Leggings are proving popular since they’re bang on trend with a high waist and minimal seams, and are made with soft, fine fabric with a slight sheen to it. Although the luxe fabrics aren’t recycled, Alo calls itself “eco aware”, uses low-water dyes and has earned a WRAP certification (opens in new tab) for its ethically run factories. The Insta-ready Airlifts – available in full length and 7/8 styles – come in a core collection of earthy tones, with limited-edition runs in more unusual colours. 


Evamoso The Moso Legging

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7. Evamoso The Moso Legging

High-waisted bamboo-cotton leggings

Specifications

RRP: £75
Sizing: XS-L

Reasons to buy

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Supportive
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High, wide waistband
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Sustainably made
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Naturally antibacterial 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Limited sizing 

In contrast to the primarily polyester fabrics used for leggings, these are made with a blend of bamboo, organic cotton and elastane. As well as having sustainability street cred, the fabric is certified as hypoallergenic – great for those who are sensitive to certain synthetic materials. The leggings are fairly thick, but feel soft to the touch and are supportive rather than compressive.


Girlfriend Collective FLOAT High Waisted 7/8 Leggings Alpine colourway

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8. Girlfriend Collective FLOAT High Waisted 7/8 Leggings

Soft, lightweight coverage with sustainability cred

Specifications

RRP : $78 / £65
Sizing: 8-16

Reasons to buy

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Sustainably made
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High, wide waistband
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Washes well
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Hidden back pocket 

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric is thin

The Seattle-based luxe sportswear brand is serious about sustainability and transparency with information on the production process on its website (opens in new tab). Who knew you could turn waste products from dyes into paving stones? So of course, this pair is made from recycled plastic, and the fabric is lightweight, extra soft, matt and squat-proof. As well as being super-high-waisted, they have a small back pocket and come in a range of earthy tones.


Free People Good Karma 7/8 Two-Pocket Leggings in beetroot

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9. Free People Good Karma 7/8 Two-Pocket Leggings

Lightweight leggings with a ribbed waistband and pockets

Specifications

RRP: $78 / £88
Sizing: XS/S, S/M, L/XL

Reasons to buy

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Flattering and functional ribbed waistband
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Soft, lightweight material with light hold
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Two slip-in pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Only three sizes 
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Not the most durable fabric

The original Good Karma leggings with their wide, ribbed waistband are just as popular as ever, and they’re now available with two slip-in pockets. Perfect for stashing your essentials and heading off for the sunrise mountaintop yoga sesh of your dreams… or just for brunch with friends after yoga.


M&S Go Easy Yoga Leggings

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10. M&S Go Easy Yoga Leggings

Great-value soft cotton leggings

Specifications

RRP: £17.50
Sizing: 6-24

Reasons to buy

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Soft cotton-rich fabric
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High, wide waistband
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Inclusive sizing

Reasons to avoid

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Some find the thin fabric not opaque enough

If you break into a cold sweat at the sight of shiny spandex, try these soft cotton-rich yoga leggings. The lightweight fabric is breathable and quick-drying, and there’s a high, wide waistband. The stripe down the side of the leg adds a stylish touch.


Kimjaly Seamless 7/8 Dynamic Yoga Leggings in dark mottled blue

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11. Kimjaly Seamless 7/8 Dynamic Yoga Leggings

Inexpensive stretchy seamless leggings

Specifications

RRP: $24.99 / £16.99
Sizing: XS-XL

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable, stretchy and breathable
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High waistband sits well

Reasons to avoid

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Some colours can be transparent

A steal at £16.99, these leggings from Decathlon tick all the right boxes. Seamless, stretchy and comfortable, they have a high waistband and a subtle pattern. Some reviewers say the lighter-coloured leggings can be see-through, so give them the squat test before you rip the labels off.


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Camilla Artault is a writer and keen runner. She has covered women’s running gear – testing leggings, jackets, bras, tops and shorts – for Coach since 2018, as well as interviewing experts and writing about a range of health and lifestyle topics.