is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in
India and has spread to other countries including the United States.
are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs
separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes,
skirts, and dresses).
are a type of flexible, form-fitting
pants designed for the practice of yoga as well as other physical activities
that involve a lot of movement, bending and stretching. They are typically worn
for sports and physical exercise such as martial arts, dancing, pilates,
crossfit training and aerobics. This
type of pant
are generally made of cotton, lycra spandex, nylon, polyester, wool, or a
similarly light and stretchy synthetic material. Yoga pants often have a
very smooth and silk-like finish when worn, but they can also have textured
patterns. Some are solid colors and others with printed patters, words, or
novelty graphics. The most common is probably the color black,
tight-fitted, and with an elastic waistband folded over at the top.
Although designed specifically for yoga, the pants are
also worn casually by many women.
Types of yoga pants
Yoga pants are commonly used in
activities involving physical exercise, such as yoga. Apparel Search
classifies this type of clothing to be part of the
There are various types and
styles, including the traditional boot-cut
yoga pants with waistbands. The traditional boot-cut and flared yoga pants
with waistbands are the most well-known and most popular type, generally used
for casual wear, active wear, lounge wear, maternity wear, clubwear, or for
physical activities. The boot-cut/flare yoga pants are often paired with
running shoes, flip-flops, flats, or
paired and a tank top
or shirt tucked inside the hoodie.
yoga pants lie above the ankle (similar to capri pants), and are oftentimes
utilized for a more flattering, versatile, and dressier look. They are used
commonly as casual wear, activewear, for making errands, lounging around the
house, yoga class, or as clubwear on a night out.
Due to their high elasticity, yoga pants are comfortable
enough to be worn during many different occasions. Yoga pants were originally
created for use practicing yoga but over the years, due to their increased
popularity, they have developed into a mainstream clothing item that can be
found in classrooms, gymnasiums, restaurants, shopping malls and everywhere in
between. They have quickly become a staple garment in many wardrobes.
flat and fold-over waists
are utilized to provide flexibility, comfort, coverage, and style. The
fabrics selected can offer stretch,
Flat and fold-over waist boot cut
and flare yoga pants are commonly used as casual wear, workout and exercise
wear, maternity wear, making errands, lounging around the house, yoga class, or
as clubwear on a night out. Typically, the more spandex contained in the yoga
pants, the more likely they are to be used as exercise wear. The more cotton
fabrics are more commonly used for
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What is the origin of yoga?
The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to
pre-Vedic Indian traditions, is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely
developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic
and śramaṇa movements. Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west,
following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th
century. Yoga in Indian traditions, is more than physical exercise. It is
physical as well as meditative and spiritual.
In the 1980s, yoga became popular
as a system of physical exercise
across the Western world. It is often practiced in conjunction with meditation
and spiritual aspects.
There is a broad variety of schools, practices, and goals
of Yoga. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.
About Fold-over waist Yoga Pants
Fold Over Waistbands are great for yoga as they allow the
wearer to change the way the garment fits around their waist. The flexibility
with these garments allows for a comfortable fit for most body shapes or sizes.
Simply folded down allows it to
be worn as a high waist or to be pulled over the top of a pregnancy bump. Fold
it down lower, and it becomes a supportive band around the lower hips and
bottom. The wearer may be able to set a ruche
to the waistline for a comfort and casual effect. No more pulling at your
waistband during yoga classes. The full Fold Over Waist can be found on
some yoga trousers.
Note: Above we mentioned the term “ruche". Here is
little lesson on what that may mean. In the sewing technique ruching a
large number of increases are introduced in one row, which are then removed by
decreases a few rows later. This produces many small vertical ripples or
"ruches" in the fabric, effectively little pleats. The technique of shirring
produces a similar effect by gathering the fabric in two parallel rows (not
necessarily horizontal), usually by smocking. Ruching or a ruche, in
garment design, ruffling or pleating in fabric for decoration or embellishment.
In knitting, a gather is a generic term for the several methods that draw
stitches closer together laterally, i.e., within a row of knitting.
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good fitness top as well. Can't go to the gym just with the bottoms.
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