Best Yoga Shorts for Men

The Long and Short of It

Unscientific evidence (meaning me scanning the room at yoga class) suggests that most men who do yoga prefer shorts to pants. Shorts allow for greater freedom of movement and are cooler. But shorts comes in all shapes and sizes, from long and baggy to small and tight. There are advantages to each, depending on the type of yoga you are doing, but most choices are made on the basis of personal style. We've rounded up a range of cuts to suit a variety sartorial tastes and yoga habits. 


Manduka Dyad Men's Yoga Shorts
Manduka Dyad Short. Courtesy of Manduka

Manduka has entered the yoga clothing market with a particularly strong showing for men. The Dyad short is a good example of how they are filling this niche, offering pretty much all you could want in a basic short designed for yoga: performance fabric, classic style, great functionality. Details like ventilated pockets and a built-in mesh boxer show that this brand is dialed in to what men want. 



Manduka Homme Yoga Shorts
Manduka Homme Short. Courtesy of Manduka

Manduka's Homme shorts have many of the same features as the Dyad, like quick dry fabric and pockets, but with surf styling evidenced by a longer length and drawstring waist. While they can do double duty as swim shorts, they have been meticulously designed for yoga. 



Along the lines of a basketball short, but a definite upgrade for yoga. A slimmer (but not tight) cut, stretchy fabric, pockets, and a built-in boxer-brief make these a dude pleaser. Yoga Crow specializes in men's yoga wear, plus these shorts are made in the good ol' U.S. of A.


Lululemon Intent Yoga Shorts
Lululemon Intent Short. Courtesy of Lululemon

A really solid pair of basic shorts from the folks at Lululemon with all the thoughtful design details you'd expect, including stretchy luon fabric, drawstring at waist, pockets front and back. The front fly and straight-legged but not tight look make these completely appropriate as street wear as well. 


Ohmme 2-Dogs Shorts

Ohmme 2 Dogs Yoga Shorts
Ohmme 2 Dogs Short. Courtesy of Ohmme

Ohmme is a yoga menswear company from the London. Founder Louis d'Origny is a devoted Ashtangi with a mission to design products that work for athletic, sweaty practices.  The 2-Dogs short combines a tight base layer with a looser over short, minimizing the number of garments you need for a yoga session. The quick-dry fabric makes them ideal for hot yoga. Ohmme's international shipping is very affordable for those outside the U.K.


The JD offers a (very) slim fit and plenty of stretch, making them a favorite for men with intense vinyasa and hot yoga practices. They're basically a bike short with a yoga upgrade.


If by classic you mean Larry Bird in the eighties, these shorts definitely live up to their name. Cut short and square but fully lined for comfort and brought to you by the Bikram Yoga-wear specialists at Onzie. 


As short as you want to go, hot yoga favorite's Shakti's shorts are created by Ana Bugarim Santos, a Brazilian native, Bikram-certified teacher, and swim-wear designer, all excellent credentials. Her men's shorts range from knee length to Speedo, so you'll be sure to find the right style for your practice.


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