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Two Reasons Yoga Leggings are Better than Joggers

It seems that many yoga apparel manufacturers are beginning to create deviations from the standard yoga leggings that have become extremely popular among yogis of all levels and practices. Joggers stand out among the new workout clothing trends because they are rising in popularity in the athleisure fashion world. They’re marketed both as great options for a steady work out, as well as a stylish choice for an afternoon on the town.

What makes joggers different from sweatpants? They are a little more form-fitting through the thigh and calf, allowing them to flatter the shape of the body more than baggy sweatpants. They also typically have a drawstring waistband with matching bands around the ankles to accentuate the bottom of the legs.

Yogis are beginning to wonder whether it’s possible that the newly popular joggers will replace their beloved yoga leggings in years to come. It seems unlikely that joggers will prove to be the best choice for workout clothing for yogis, but here’s why.

Joggers Don’t Allow Your Skin to Breathe

Yoga leggings are typically made of spandex material, which is why they are able to cling to the legs so tightly. Fortunately for yogis who favor a heat-building sequence or hot yoga practice, this fabric wicks away moisture that collects as a result of the workout. It is thinner in nature than some other materials, which allows your skin to breathe better as well.

Joggers are primarily made of a cotton material which doesn’t serve to wick away sweat or allow your skin to breathe. This can be very uncomfortable for yogis who prefer a hot practice.

If your yoga practice is typically on the gentler side, such as a yin yoga or yoga nidra class, a quality pair of joggers may still be a good choice for you. It may keep you a little warmer in a class like this as your core body temperature tends to drop when you relax into the gentle poses.

Joggers Don’t Allow You to Focus on Alignment

Alignment is the most important aspect of practicing yoga safely for years to come. An overextended knee or one pointing in the wrong direction can lead to joint damage and pain. Yogis try to actively avoid these situations that make them more prone to injury and force them to take time off the mat.

Yoga leggings allow yogis and their instructors to ensure that they maintain proper alignment in each asana. You can clearly see the direction of the knees and how far the knee extends over the ankle in some standing poses such as the Warrior II or the Side Angle pose.

Joggers are a little bit looser in the leg area, making it possible to mask the exact location of the knee. This can lead to dangerous overextension or misalignment, resulting in accidental injury. In conclusion, for a safer overall practice, yogis (particularly those who are just starting) are better off choosing yoga leggings to better manage their alignment.