Finding menâ€™s yoga gear isnâ€™t an easy task. Ever since I first learned how to down dog back in 1999, Iâ€™ve been pretty much wearing regular athletic shorts. For years, my go-to shorts for yoga were the cotton/bamboo blend shorts from tasc performance. I also have a pair of Prana shorts that I use often. I still like them both, but they still had a few things that kept them from being perfect yoga shorts.
Contrast this dilemma with the ladies – they have a pretty dizzying array of yoga gear. Itâ€™s almost too much, and thatâ€™s just at Lululemon (a place which puts me off for a number of reasons that could deserve a blog post of their own). All I wanted was some good menâ€™s yoga gear, starting with shorts.
These days, I take only hot yoga classes. Some poses involve bracing a leg against another part of my body. So when Iâ€™m slippery with a coat of sweat, things donâ€™t stay where they belong. My number-one problem area is that bit of leg right about the knee – where none of my shorts cover.
I got frustrated, and searched online for menâ€™s yoga gear. One of my top results was a website called yogaformen.com. They have a bunch of different brands, but it was the Bhujang Collection shorts that grabbed my attention: They have full-length pants, and some shorts â€¦ some of which cover that problem area above the knee.
The lowest price is $54, and they go up to $120. I know, know – that sounds like a lot. But get this: the Bhujang Collection menâ€™s yoga gear is all made in the United States. By that, they mean the fibers are spun here. And itâ€™s all knitted here.
Speaking of fabric and fibers, one of the key ingredients to the Bhujang Collection menâ€™s yoga gear is MicroModal, which they call an eco-friendly fabric. Beechwood fiber is its key ingredient. (UPDATE May 17: I accidentally forgot to wash them after one class. I picked them up for my next class, gave a sniff … and no gross odor. I even accidentally wore them inside out, and they still felt great. Is there nothing these shorts can’t do?)
Menâ€™s Yoga Gear in the Studio
OK, Iâ€™m a cheapskate. So I bought the cheapest Bhujang Collection shorts – the $54 Limited Edition Viper shorts. I got the long version in a large size (for the record and to see what might fit you, Iâ€™m 6â€™2, 205 pounds with a 34-inch inseam).
I typically wear underwear – usually my tasc performance ventilated compression shorts – with shorts that donâ€™t have built-in underwear. But that didnâ€™t quite feel right with the Bhujang Collection Viper shorts. So I skipped the undies, and everything felt just right.
The Bhujang Collection shorts are designed to fit a bit tight, but without infringing on your plumbing. In the yoga studio, they stayed put on me during inversions. When I had to put a foot or elbow or whatever on that now-covered spot above my knee, all the parts stayed in place – no slipping! This makes it a lot easier for me to deal with that damned â€œflying pigeonâ€ pose that I hate so much. Maybe I wonâ€™t even hate it as much in the future.
According to the YogaForMen.com site, the Viper shorts are a bit more athletic in fit and a bit less plush in the fabric than the other Bhujang collection shorts. To me, that means that theyâ€™re not only the cheapest option, but also the best for my hot yoga needs.
The bottom line: If you need some menâ€™s yoga gear, give the Bhujang Collection a try. Start with the Viper shorts if you lean toward hot yoga, or one of the Cobra shorts/pants if you prefer non-heated yoga. Skip the undies, go to your studio and revel in the comfort. I haven’t worn my tasc or Prana shorts to a yoga class since my first session with the Viper; I still use them for weightlifting, but the Viper is just a far superior, purpose-built example of men’s yoga gear.
Super-smooth process at YogaForMen.com with quick delivery. You can’t ask for much more. And if you do, you’re just getting greedy.
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