What To Wear Under Yoga Pants? Here’s Your Answer

What to wear under yoga pants? A man wears WAMA hemp trunks to do a handstand.

We’ve covered what to wear to yoga class (hint: don’t forget your breathable hemp bra and comfy yoga pants!), but there’s one specific topic that still needs to be addressed...what to wear under yoga pants.

While there are many women going commando and men freeballing at yoga class, you might want to think again before ditching your underwear for any form of exercise. The right underwear will keep you comfortable and supported, as well as stave off excess moisture and bacteria growth. These are one of the many things we offer at WAMA. Don't believe me? Find out why hemp underwear is worth it in the latest WAMA Underwear review by Honest Brand Reviews.


A woman does a yoga pose in front of large windows.

The short answer: yes.

While it can be tempting to go sans undies to avoid panty lines or bunching under your yoga pants, the potential for discomfort, skin irritation, and even infections just isn’t worth it. By wearing the right yoga panties or underwear, you can:

  • Wick moisture and keep things breathable down there, no matter how sweaty your practice is.
  • Stay comfortable and not get distracted by rough seams, wedgies, or other itchy situations.
  • Avoid harmful bacteria growth, which thrives in moist environments, especially when you’re wearing synthetic workout gear (as so many yoga pants are made from).



A woman stretches into Warrior III pose in black yoga pants and a sports bra.

Before getting into the top choices for yoga pants underwear for both men and women, let’s go over all the factors you’ll need to consider when choosing the best style for your own preferences. At the end of the day, everyone likes a different kind of underwear when working out, but following these guiding principles will ensure you’re comfortable throughout yoga class and not distracted by whatever you’re wearing to protect your privates.

  • Comfort: the underwear you wear to yoga should move with you and barely be noticeable when you’re wearing them. This is not the time for complicated lingerie or itchy fabrics!
  • Breathability: you need to wear breathable underwear to yoga to wick moisture away and keep your downstairs healthy and happy.
  • Antibacterial: even better, go for antibacterial underwear options like hemp—it naturally fights off bacteria growth!
  • Close fit: for yoga, you need underwear that’s going to move with you and not bunch up under your yoga pants.
  • Seamless look: for some, this’ll mean always wearing a yoga pants thong to avoid panty lines, for others, it’ll mean wearing boxer briefs that fit well under athletic shorts.
  • Natural fibers: more than anything else, you want to be wearing underwear made from all-natural fabrics to keep your privates safe and healthy. That’s why I always recommend hemp options!

With all those factors in mind, let’s take a look at the top three yoga pants underwear options for both men and women so you can figure out the best choice for you!



A woman in yoga pants thong and unzipped jeans stands in a garden.

Thong underwear is one of the most popular underwear choices for women who practice yoga. For many, yoga pants and thongs are a match made in heaven because thongs eliminate the chance of a visible panty line and create a clean, smooth look from the back.

While yoga pants and thongs are comfortable together, wearing a thong for extremely intense sessions could irritate the sensitive skin down there, so take note of any friction you experience and adjust what you wear accordingly.

Perfect for:

  • Women wanting to avoid visible panty lines
  • Lower impact yoga classes that don’t get as sweaty
  • Those who wear thongs regularly
A woman in boy shorts underwear from WAMA stands, adjusts her hair, and smiles.

Boy shorts underwear is rising in popularity as yoga panties, as more and more yoga classes go online and people practice more often at home. That’s because if you’re comfortable doing so, you can wear boy shorts underwear on their own instead of throwing on yoga pants or shorts over top.

Many girls wear boxers to lounge in, and if that’s you, you’ll love wearing boy shorts to yoga class. They don’t ride up or bunch, and allow a full range of movement as well as great breathability for sweatier classes.

Perfect for:

  • At-home yoga practice or online classes
  • Women who are comfortable wearing small shorts to workout
  • Sweaty classes like hot yoga or power yoga
A woman stands in high waisted underwear from WAMA next to a window.

Personally, high waisted underwear is always my top choice for what to wear under yoga pants. Especially with the colder weather, I often want to wear more than just my boy shorts during yoga class.

High waisted underwear is ideal to wear as yoga panties because so many yoga pants and exercise leggings these days come in a high waist fit. Wearing high waisted underwear creates a seamless look under high waisted bottoms, and leaves me feeling nice and secure no matter what yoga pose I’m in.

Perfect for:

  • Those who always wear high waisted yoga pants or leggings
  • Women who don’t find thongs comfortable
  • All ranges of classes, from low impact to Bikram



A man in mens boxer briefs from WAMA lounges on a white couch.

Mens boxer briefs are many men’s favorite style of underwear for day-to-day living, so it makes sense that wearing boxer briefs to yoga class is a popular option as well. Boxer briefs are cut like boxers, so they extend to the mid-thigh, but they fit tight to the body like briefs do.

This makes boxer briefs perfect for yoga class, because they’ll stay put and won’t move around no matter what yoga pose you’re twisting into. For men practicing at home, you can even wear boxer briefs on their own to do yoga, no need for yoga pants or athletic shorts!

Perfect for:

  • Men who like to wear boxers normally
  • Those who prefer a longer style of underwear
  • All class levels and intensities, from yin to hot yoga
A man and woman stand next to a brick wall and laugh with one another, the man wearing trunks underwear from WAMA.

Enjoy the fit of boxer briefs but after something a little shorter for greater range of motion? Then trunks underwear is the best option for you. Trunks are nearly the same as boxer briefs, but they don’t extend as far down your thigh, making them a favorite of men with shorter legs in particular.

Much like boxer briefs, feel free to wear your trunks underwear on their own next time you’re doing an online yoga class. This underwear style is particularly great for yoga classes that require a lot of movement or flexibility: with the reduced amount of fabric on your leg, you’ll be able to get even deeper into each stretch.

Perfect for:

  • Men who find boxer briefs to be too long
  • Wearing on their own as exercise bottoms
  • High intensity yoga classes, like power yoga and Bikram
A man stands in mens briefs from WAMA against a brick wall.

While boxer-style underwear are popular with many, mens briefs still hold an important place in many men’s lives as the ideal underwear style to exercise in. That’s because briefs offer the greatest sense of safety and security: your package is heavily supported in briefs and won’t move around no matter what pose you’re in.

So for men who want the highest level of support, briefs are the way to go. On top of that, they’re great as yoga pants underwear, because unlike boxer briefs or trunks the hems won’t bunch up underneath tight pants.

Perfect for:

  • Men who don’t like boxer style underwear
  • Those who prioritize a sense of security and who want to avoid excess movement
  • Men who like to wear yoga pants and don’t want bunching



Whether you go for a streamlined style like thong underwear or mens briefs, or you prefer to wear your boy shorts underwear or trunks underwear with pride, now you know what to wear under yoga pants! Just remember the key factors in choosing the best underwear for yoga class, and always look for underwear made from sustainable fabrics that protect your privates naturally, like hemp.

You already know I’m partial to high waisted underwear, but what kind of underwear do you like to wear under yoga pants? Let me know in the comments!

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