On a recent flight, I cashed in my miles to fly first class and was seated next to a very fashionable woman, wearing stylish, but comfy-looking, black fitted pants, a great black and white tank and a designer blazer. She caught me checking her out so rather embarrassed, I told her I wasn’t really being nosy, but I’m always looking for great travel clothes to write up. She told me that she travels almost non-stop for work and her secret is that she has an endless stash of yoga clothes that she pairs with a great jacket or cashmere sweater tied over her shoulders. She said that ever since she found some beautifully designed yoga apparel, it’s a snap to pack since everything fits in a carry on, is color-coordinated, washable, and can be worn starting from an early morning work-out all the way to a night on the town-with a few nice jewels!
Immediately after landing I researched a bunch of Yoga clothing companies and found two standouts for mat to street clothing, Zobha and Be Present.
Zobha is a Sanskrit word meaning grace, beauty and brilliance, which their apparel exemplifies with it’s superior fit and high style fashion statement. Founder Jamie Hanna, pays attention to detail by providing many thoughtful touches such printing on their labels, all seams are sewn flat so non- irritating, tops have a shelf-bra liner for added support and The Essential Pant, comes in two lengths, so I finally have a pair that’s long enough for boots.
P.s. Their tops rule when it comes to femininity, with just the right touch of sexy for a hot date.
Be Present is a Colorado-based family owned company which began in 2002 when Amy Lopatin Dobrin decided to create versatile, stylish clothing for the yoga lifestyle. It was also important that the clothes dried quickly (yeah!) and were eco- conscious. (Just check out her environmentally P.C. exclusive Bamboo knits–made from 95% bamboo / 5% Lycra. Not only do they fit great, but they are also naturally wicking, breathable, odor-reducing, anti-bacterial, in other words, perfect for travel.)
Plus you can have some fun with your color choices since they are based on the seven chakras, symbolizing energy centers in the body. For example, if you need more grounding, choose red, a root chakra, attributed to stability and inner strength, which is just what you need to get through the rigors of air travel.