Top Recommended Yoga Gear: Your Expert Tips for the Best Yoga Mats, Pants, & Accessories

Photography by Lauren Nelson.

We’ll get you geared up for wherever you practice! Photography by Lauren Nelson.

 

Dear Experienced, Aspiring, and Friends of Yoginis,

The malls have been decked, the radio caroling has commenced, and the pepperminty bliss that is the holiday season is upon us. It’s time to embrace the excitement of giving and receiving the perfect gift!

Maybe you have a sister, girlfriend, or distant cousin who really loves doing yoga. Perhaps you’re an ambitious woman yourself, looking to pick up a few classes in the new year. Or maybe you’ve done yoga for years and it’s time for an equipment upgrade. Welcome to your Christmas wish come true.

With the help of some of the most talented female yoga instructors and experts from across the country (thank you Mandy, Chrissy, Seane, and Kathryn!), we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to the best yoga mats, pants, and other products on the market today, with lots of great stuff for both men and women. From Sun Salutation to Crescent Moon, we’ve got you covered.

 

Your Foundation

Kulae tpECOmat Yoga Mat

Photo courtesy of Kulae.

Which color do you want to use today? Photo courtesy of Kulae.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s biodegradable, recyclable, super hygienic, light, and grippy. At only 3mm and 1.4 pounds, it’s great for travel, but also extra long so you’ve got more space to practice! With two fun colored sides, you can choose which one suits your mood. Mandy loves Kulae mats for their weight, color, and functionality. Kathryn recommends the light, skidless, patternless mats like this one: easy to grab and go, and nothing to distract from achieving perfect balance. $33.60-$48.00

Kulae Elite Hot Hybrid Yoga Mat

Photo courtesy of Kulae.

Getting hot in here? No problem. Photo courtesy of Kulae.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If hot yoga is your thing, check out the Elite Hot Hybrid Yoga Mat, a yoga mat and towel all in one. All grip and no slip, even when you’re getting your sweat on. $61.60-$88.00 (Karma Kombo: Buy both the Elite Hot Hybrid and your choice of tpECOmat and save $33-$38!)

Gaiam Sol Uttama Premium Yoga Mat

The Gaiam Uttama Yoga Mat. Photo courtesy of Gaiam.

8mm and 68″ of pure power. Photo courtesy of Gaiam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At 8mm, this mat is super cushy, but still firm, so you’re not sinking into the floor. Plus it’s made from 100% natural rubber, because Gaiam loves the environment as much as you do. Chrissy loves the thickness and texture, the best yoga mat for home use, and sure to be grippy to keep you from slipping. As the “highest quality mat” she has used, you know you’ll be in good hands. $71.98-$89.98

Manduka eKO Yoga Mat and Jade Saffron Yoga Mat

The Manduka eKO Yoga Mat. Photo courtesy of Manduka.

Love that color! Photo courtesy of Manduka.

 

 

 

 

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The Manduka eKO Yoga Mat ($88.00) and Jade Saffron Yoga Mat ($69.95) are two more great options. Seane likes the Manduka and Jade mats because they’re the “least slippery and have a perfect thickness.” Plus they’re both super eco-friendly, free of harmful toxins, and $5 of the Saffron Yoga Mat purchase is donated to autism awareness and support. Right on.

The Jade Saffron Yoga Mat donates $5 from every purchase to autism research and awareness! Photo courtesy of Jade Yoga.

The Jade Saffron Yoga Mat donates $5 from every purchase to autism research and awareness! Photo courtesy of Jade Yoga.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Style

Lolë Lively Pants

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Flattering and functional! Photo courtesy of Lolë.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Soft, slimming, comfortable, sweat wicking, butt lifting, high rise to keep you covered, straight legged to keep you classy, these pants really hit the hot spots of perfect yoga pants. Flat seams, good stretch, gusset, waist pocket, and sizes for the smaller and the taller. Chrissy says, “I love Lolë yoga clothes because they are flattering but functional. They fit well and have the best style.” $59.73-$105.00

Under Armour StudioLux Quattro Capri

Photo courtesy of UnderArmour.

Those would look great on or off the mat. Photo courtesy of Under Armour.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to show off that excellent calf definition? The StudioLux Quattro Capri has all those awesome yoga pant features plus a fancy waistband for smoother hips. Kathryn loves UA and knows their clothes will maintain both performance and style. $64.99

Beyond Yoga Pique Panel Leggings
Or if you’re big on the sexy silhouette look, try the Pique Panel LeggingsBeyond Yoga and OMgirl are Seane’s favorite brands, and she wears straight leggings because “the cut is clean, easy and when teaching yoga, it shows the body and form the best. So I have always worn them.” $99.00

Adidas by Stella McCartney Yoga Seamless Tank
Shake up your yoga wardrobe with this fabulous top. Not only is it stylish, but its tight fit, ribbed sides, and wicking fabric will keep you flexible and dry throughout all your yoga poses. Mandy loves this “sexy” line of clothes because it hugs your body for effective movement without sacrificing style or flattering cuts. $90.00

Toesox Bella Full Toe or Half Toe Grip Ankle Socks

Bella Grip ToeSox. Photo courtesy of ToeSox.

Talk about fancy footwork! Photo courtesy of ToeSox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For a little extra grip and balance, these socks will set your feet in place without heating them up. The Mary Jane open top style keeps your feet cool, and the grippy souls keep your feet where they’re supposed to be. Kathryn trusts Toesox because they do their job well, plus they’re “adorable.” We agree. Wide range of colors and sizes. Great solution to cold gym floors. $16.00

 

Your Necessities and Accessories

Gaiam Recycled Yoga Block 

Gaiam Recycled Yoga Brick. Photo courtesy of Gaiam.

Recycled materials, yet looks so new! Photo courtesy of Gaiam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recycled, foam, light, strong, and a little taller than the average block. Simply helpful. Chrissy trusts Gaiam’s accessories to provide you with the support you need. $8.99-$11.98

Manduka Cork Yoga Block 

Photo courtesy of Manduka.

Cork is good for more than just keeping wine. Photo courtesy of Manduka.

 

 

 

 

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If you think you might like something a little heavier and sturdier, this block is also kind on the planet. Mandy especially likes the look and feel of this yoga helper. Plus it looks very earthy and cool, so you’ll enjoy using it. $20.00

Kulae Hot Yoga Towel

The Kulae Hot Yoga Towel. Photo courtesy of Kulae.

The towel you want to have when things heat up! Photo courtesy of Kulae.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You don’t want to be sliding around when things heat up. “Super soft, thin, and non-slippy,” Mandy swears by the Kulae towels. And with colors like Bubble Gum, Lavender, and Tangerine, you’re going to want to take up hot yoga just to have an excuse to buy one these beauties. $26.60-$38.00

Life Factory Beverage Bottle

The perfect water bottle for the perfect workout. Photo courtesy of Life Factory.

The perfect bottle for the perfect workout. Photo courtesy of Life Factory.

Mandy recommends this bottle because the glass container is a healthier option over plastic, the silicone sleeve protects the glass from breaking, and you’ll be saving disposable bottles (and money and the planet) when you refill this one again and again. It’s easy to carry, leaves no taste, and looks so cute, you’ll want to take it with you everywhere (like to yoga class or your favorite National Park!). $19.99-$26.99

 

Now you’re totally prepared to shop in confidence for the best yoga mats, pants, and other products on the market.

And check out our 2013 Outdoor Holiday Gear Guide for more great products and gifts, perfect for your holiday shopping!

Namaste and Happy Holidays!
The Park Visitor Team

 

Meet Our Yoga Experts
Here’s a little bit about our wonderful contributors. Read more about them in our interviews here!

Mandy Ingber

Photography by Michael Larsen.

Photography by Michael Larsen.

Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness expert and New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28-days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover (Seal Press). Her 18 years of experience have attracted clients like Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt. She is a keynote speaker, spokesperson and wellness blogger for People.com and E! Visit Mandy on her website mandyingber.com or follow her on Twitter @msmandyingber or Facebook Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy.

 

Chrissy Carter

Photography by Caitlin Casella.

Photography by Caitlin Casella.

Chrissy Carter, star of Gaiam’s “Beginning Yoga” DVD, is a yoga teacher and writer in New York. Passionate about teaching intelligent yoga with clarity and compassion, her approach fosters curiosity, playfulness and self-inquiry. Carter travels internationally to lead workshops, retreats and continuing education for students and teachers. She has appeared in Yoga Journal, The New York Times, and Whole Living Magazine. Visit Chrissy on her website chrissycarter.com, follow her on Twitter @yogachrissy, or like her Facebook page Chrissy Carter.

 

Seane Corn

Photography by Kris Dahl.

Photography by Kris Dahl.

Seane Corn is an internationally renowned yoga teacher and spiritual activist, who teaches self-empowerment, self-actualization and purpose. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane is also co-founder of a ground-breaking fund and awareness effort across the yoga world called the ‘Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours’, which have collectively raised nearly $4 million for international communities in need. Visit Seane on her website seanecorn.com, follow her on Twitter @SeaneCornYoga, or like her Facebook page Seane Corn.

 

Kathryn Budig

Photography by DJ Pierce.

Photography by DJ Pierce.

Kathryn shares her zest for life, yoga & food as the Women’s Health Magazine yoga expert along with her contributor writings for The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Gaiam, The Daily Love and MindBodyGreen. She’s been seen on the covers of Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Om Yoga and Common Ground. Budig has been featured on E!Entertainment, The Food Network, Forbes Women, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She also serves as the brand representative for ToeSox and is currently sponsored by Under Armour + ZICO Coconut Water. She authored Rodale’s The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. Visit Kathryn on her website kathrynbudig.com, follow her on Twitter @kathrynbudig, or like her Facebook page Kathryn Budig.