What is Sankalpa?
Sankalpa started as a company providing uniquely designed microfiber topped yoga mats designed by independent artists. Now they’re partnering with more artists to create yoga leggings and matching yoga mats!
Sankalpa means an intention formed by the heart and mind — a solemn vow, determination, or will. Sankalpa was started by husband and wife duo Josh and Elyse Nickell. They are both certified yoga teachers with a passion for sharing art and soul through yoga mats and leggings created by a global network of artists.
Josh reached out and invited me to review their leggings. I was immediately drawn to their Chakra Energy print by LA artist Ryan Blume. I loved the chakras and their synaptic energy beams. With over 60 designs to choose from, it was hard to narrow down the pair that would align with my intention. At the end I chose the Chakra Energy print to review because balancing my chakras was exactly what I needed!
Sankalpa Review: Indie Artist Designed Yoga Pants
#1 Size: Per Sankalpa’s size chart (below), I decided to go for a size SMALL. I am a size 6 in lululemon for reference. I would recommend sizing up in Sankalpa. My leggings stretched to white, which could have been avoided with a larger size.
#2 Style: As of now Sankalpa only creates long leggings and matching yoga mats.
#3 Inseam: Inseams vary by size. Inseams for my size small leggings were 26 3/4″. On my 5’5″ frame the leggings were able to cover my heels.
#4 Rise: Sankalpa leggings have a standard rise (fits 1″ below navel).
#5 Waistband: Standard waistband with bound elastic. I did experience the waistband folding over while exercising in my leggings. The standard waistband also made my sides protrude causing a mini-muffin top.
- Fabric Content: 82% poly and 18% spandex
- Leggings are made of high quality microfiber yarn that is breathable, quick drying and comfortable. Fabric is very soft and most similar to MyMantra and Altar Ego fabrics.
- Sankalpa works with a global community of artists and has created 60+ stunning and diverse designs. There are so many patterns and colors to choose from.
- They use a sublimination printing process that ensures vivid and bright colors on their leggings. It also uses less resources by eliminating water usage from the printing process.
- The print and colors are matte, making the pants look vivid and great in photos.
- The leggings are white backed and during my try-on, I did experience the pattern turning to white. The black on my pants turned to a dark grey. The seams on the back of the pant also stretched to white and did not look flattering.
- Pants pass the bend test. It does turn to white, but it is not see through. They are 100% opaque!
#7 When to Wear: Sankalpa leggings can be worn for any occasion. I wear mine during yoga and running errands.
#8 Cost: Sankalpa leggings cost $78. Right now they’re offering any pair of leggings you want through their Kickstarter Campaign for only $56 (includes shipping). This is limited to the first 500 people, afterwards it will be $64.
#9 Gusset: Sankalpa leggings do not have a gusset (+ shaped).
#10 Stitch Seam: Flat seams are used on the waistband and inseam of pant. Overlocked stitches are used on the inseams and the front and back rise of the pant. I noticed that the overlocked seams in the rear of the pants streched and turn to white. It looked very unflattering. Flat fell seams could have solved this problem.
#11 UPF Protection: Not disclosed.
#12 Made in Los Angeles, California, USA.
#13 Care Instructions: Wash machine in cold water with gentle detergent and hang dry. DO NOT dry in the dryer.
Should I Buy Sankalpa?
Overall, I recommend Sankalpa. The designs are unique and the brand is very community conscious. I love that independent artists are supported when you buy a pair of leggings. Their business model allows artists to remain artists while making other feel beautiful in their clothing. They take care of the manufacturing and sales processes for artists that want to get their products to people who will love them. It reminds me of Threadless – a t-shirt printing company that pays artists when their submitted artwork comes alive on a t-shirt!
I hope that they can eventually create prints that do not stretch to white and use flat seams all throughout the their pants for a chafe free fit and to prevent the thread from pulling and exposing the white fabric.
Where to Buy Sankalpa?
Right now Sankalpa is running a Kickstarter Campaign. You can back the campaign and get a pair of leggings for only $64 (normally $78). The cost includes shipping. They are also offering some limited edition secret designs that will be exclusively offered to Kickstarter participants only! There’s also an opportunity to get a Sankalpa yoga mat (retails $98) and yoga pants for only $118 (a $176 value). The campaign runs until June 11th, 2017, so don’t miss out!
If you’re interested in a Sankalpa yoga mat, they can be purchased on Amazon.
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**I was not compensated for this review. All my opinions and thoughts are my own.