There's no better reason to hit the mat this International Yoga Day — especially with these stylish threads
Break out your favourite yoga ensembles and mats for the best sesh of your life this International Yoga Day. In case you're looking for a new getup, try one (or all) of these five yogawear and accessory brands that you can shop online:
Armed with design heritage from Italy despite its Hawaiian name, No Ka 'Oi is one activewear brand for the fearless, fashionable yogi who loves to make a statement. Breaking boundaries is what No Ka 'Oi does successfully — wearing your yoga outfit out of class isn't even an afterthought because of how chic it looks. Bring some glitz to your yoga sesh with this embroidered bra that comes with paillettes and silver lurex stripes, or go sporty with the Aukana leggings that will give your physique a flattering, leg-lengthening effect.
With a name referencing to a 3,000-year old Sanskrit word that means "to move" or "to tame the inner breath", Vyayama is taking its yoga-rooted vision quite seriously with its custom-designed activewear that is responsibly and sustainably produced. All its apparel are made from Tencel fabric that's crafted in Europe — an eco-friendly, renewable fiber that's comfortable and technically supportive as well. Fun fact: All its fabrics have been certified 100% safe for the wearer by the European Oeko-tex Standard 100. In a nutshell, you don't have to worry about harmful toxins from the fibers (or even from production components) absorbing into your skin while you're working up a sweat on your mat.
Touted to have the perfect fit and design, Ultracor's appeal lies in its technology to flatter your form — even while you are attempting a downward dog. Its leggings feature a patented shapewear to lift your booty while engaging your core (and flattening your tummy in the process). Also, you don't have to worry about those irksome VPLs (visible panty lines) thanks to its seamless construction. One of its bestsellers is their Swarovski crystal studded leggings, because who says you can't rep bling while working out?
LA-based luxury athleisure label Beyond Yoga is one of the rare brands out there that champion body inclusivity (#bodypositivity goals yas). Mostly manufactured in the USA, the label caters for a wide range of sizes from XXS to 3X, be it sports bras, midi pants or yoga leggings. If you've always had difficulties trying to scour for yogawear that fits to a tee, check out their fashionable yet functional pieces that include maternity wear for yoga enthusiasts slash fashionable mums-to-be.
Yoga mats don't get any prettier than the ones from Karya Mats, a local purveyor of earth-friendly, art-printed mats that you can score online here. Opened by partners Pika and Talha, the brand's ethos is to create eco-conscious mats that are sustainable as they are non-toxic — all mats from Karya Mats are made of recyclable natural rubber with a microfibre suede surface. The best part? The designs are Instagram-worthy and they even come with inspirational quotes to ensure you focus on your flow. A recent addition to check out is the batik-inspired Teratai mat designed by textile designer Shan Shan Lim — a must-have for any yogi.