There are a variety of benefits that come from of yoga, from physical fitness to flexibility and balance as well as improved muscle tone. That said, one of the best things about yoga, many would agree, is the clothing! Yoga pants are a must-have wardrobe item for busy moms; they’re perfect for stretching, lifting, chasing and carpooling. In addition to the many top spots to find yoga and pilates gear in Philly, a number of local studios also sell this workout gear. Whether you need yoga, pilates, or dance attire or simply like comfy yet stylish clothing that transitions easily from the gym to running errands, check out these top spots for all your yoga gear needs.
Aardvark Sports Shop
565 Main St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Located in picturesque downtown Bethlehem in the Lehigh Valley, an easy drive north of the Philadelphia area, Aardvark Sports Shop draws shoppers from Philadelphia to New Jersey. Known for excellent customer service, knowledgeable staff and their quality products, this venue is a popular go-to for area runners and triathletes. In addition to athletic shoes and apparel, Aardvark offers a number of fitness classes, including yoga, pilates and PiYo. The shop carries athletic wear – tops, sports bras, leggings, shorts, and more – designed for yoga and pilates, but with a universal fit that works across the spectrum of workout and daily activities, whether that be spinning, yoga, pilates, running, Zumba or even a stroll through the zoo with the kids.
1805 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
This fourth generation family-owned business has been serving Philadelphia’s dance community for more than a century. Recognized nationally as a top dance supply company, Baum’s Dancewear now manufactures and distributes dance and fitness wear through catalogs and their website, in addition to its store in Philadelphia. Along with manufacturing their own products, Baum’s is a wholesale distributor and retailer of a number of high end brands and sought-after products. While the store carries predominantly dancewear and shoes, they also stock pants, shorts, leggings and other garments that are ideal for yoga and pilates classes.
30 W. Lancaster Ave.
Paoli, PA 19301
DanceLine is conveniently located on Philadelphia’s Main Line in Paoli, Pennsylvania. A retail store with strong ties to a number of studios and dance academies in the area, DanceLine makes it a point to be stocked with the clothing and gear customers are asking for. From apparel to accessories and more, this venue has it all, from dance to gymnastics and cheerleading to fitness, Zumba to pilates and yoga. DanceLine is open Monday through Saturday, with Sunday hours by appointment.
Pure Yoga Pilates Studio
14 A Trolley Square
Wilmington, DE 19806
Situated in the Trolley Shopping Center of Wilmington’s Trolley Square, the studio is an easy 45 minute drive from Philadelphia. From high quality yoga wear to mats, bags and DVDs, Pure Yoga Pilates Studio has everything in stock for both men and women. Clothing by Prana, ALO, Beyond Yoga, Tyoga, Pink Lotus and Yoga Hyde is available for purchase, and customers who seek an item that isn’t stocked are encouraged to let the staff know. Many of the products sold are eco-friendly, and one can even purchase a particular brand of yoga mat that, for each one sold, a tree will be planted!
234 Haverford Ave.
Narberth, PA 19072
Swan Dancewear is tucked away in the heart of Narberth, just outside of Philadelphia. Open seven days a week, the shop is owned and managed by Marla Kaine, a dance instructor for more than 17 years who danced professionally for a number of companies, including the Pennsylvania Ballet. In addition to competitively-priced dancewear and shoes, Swan carries apparel for gymnastics, yoga and pilates, as well as footwear for Zumba and fitness classes. Gift certificates, gifts, accessories, training and stretching equipment, books, and music are also available for sale.
Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.