Best materials for yoga leggings

When shopping for yoga leggings, it is quite important to consider the material it is made of. Certain materials just don’t belong on yoga leggings, that’s why we’ve written this article to take you through the do’s and don’ts of yoga leggings’ material. Whether you’re a noob or a veteran, this should guide you through the options to consider when purchasing leggings.

When shopping for materials, you should keep in mind the type of yoga routine you practice.

  • If you prefer gentle, light yoga, you want to go for a cotton or cotton-blend material. This allows you some freedom while stretching, and prevents constrictions around your lower body. You do not want that uncomfortable itch distracting you from your pigeon pose.
  • If you’re doing basic yoga, especially when you’re performing Sun Salutations or Vinyasa, you should definitely go for a smooth, breathable and lightweight material. These allow more air to reach the surface of your skin and lets it breathe. It also allows for good circulation.
  • Where your routine involves some amount of stretching, you should look towards spandex and synthetic materials. They tend to stretch along with your body, and won’t ride up your legs as you stretch.
  • If your routine tends to bring out the sweat, you should definitely avoid cotton and look toward sweat-resistant fabrics, such as synthetic fiber. Why? Cotton absorbs the moisture from your skin, making it heavy and uncomfortable after an intense work out session. It might also have you smelling like a wet dog in a sauna. Eww. Synthetic fiber, on the other hand, does not absorb sweat, thus the bacteria that causes the malodorous stench cannot thrive. The moisture spreads out and makes it way to the surface, where it evaporates when it comes in contact with air.

There are basically three kinds of materials to consider when choosing yoga leggings material; cotton, synthetic, and cotton-synthetic blends. The choice you arrive at should be determined by your routine. We’ll lay out the pro and cons of each material.


Good old’ cotton is soft, moisture wicking and resistant to pilling. It is, therefore, more durable, and easier on the skin. It is however not as breathable as synthetic and tends to get heavy after absorbing moisture. It is also prone to fading after washing, depending on the quality. You should only go for cotton leggings if your routine is light and involves little or no sweating.


Synthetic fiber is a collective for different kinds of materials including nylon, polyester, and spandex. It is the preferred material among athletes due to its moisture wicking abilities and its shape retention. Unfortunately, they are not as soft on the skin as cotton leggings and they tend to peel easily.

Cotton-Synthetic Blend: Like the name implies, it is a blend of the two most favored materials. However, it seems to combine the best and worst qualities of both materials. So, we advise you stay away from this unholy marriage.


From the foregoing, the best option would be the synthetic material. They’re durable, absorbent, and they look good too.