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Yoga Retreat Essentials

The number one priority when traveling and going for a yoga retreat is to enjoy your present moment. Leave your worries behind.  Be grateful that you have the privilege to travel and do a yoga retreat. As they say:

“Do not regret about yesterday. You can’t change a single thing.

Do not worry about tomorrow as it will ruin your today.”

 

What to bring to a Yoga Retreat

The good thing that comes along with yoga’s rising popularity is that you have many travel and “practice” options. From the most simple little ashrams to intensive trainings with top-notch teachers, to ultra-luxe spa retreats. You can explore the world and at the same time do a yoga retreat!

Packing lightly helps avoid travel stress and sets you up for a relaxing retreat. When you do a retreat with Yogalife PH, we will give you a good idea of the amenities and facilities of the retreat place (and accommodation).  Yogalife PH retreats already include mats and blocks and other props for the participants’ use. If you’re comfortable sharing (i.e. not using your own mat), then you can get away with packing really light.

The number one priority when traveling and going for a yoga retreat is to enjoy your present moment. Leave your worries behind.

Be grateful that you have the privilege to travel and do a yoga retreat. As they say: “Do not regret about yesterday. You can’t change a single thing. Do not worry about tomorrow as it will ruin your today.”

Pack your presence of mind, body and spirit!

Second priority is comfort and practicality. Here is a suggested packing list for a 5 – 7 day yoga retreat:

Clothing 

FOR WOMEN:

  • 1 yoga shorts
  • 2 pairs of yoga pants.  Take at least two pairs of your  yoga pants  that can be dressed up.
  • 2 sports bras. One to wash, one to wear.
  • 3 yoga tank tops. Take at least two tank tops that isn’t too sporty, so it can be worn while sightseeing or out on the town.
  • 3 pairs undergarments
  • 1 tunic top. Tunic tops, maybe accessorized with a belt, will dress up your yoga pants so you can head out to dinner after class.
  • 1 dress or skirt for days off and dressing up.
  • 1 cardigan or hoodie for layering in yoga practice or chilly evenings.
  • 1 shawl for sitting in meditation and for dressing up.
  • 1 swimsuit. A must if you’re attending a retreat in the tropics! Our yoga retreats normally have swimming pools, or hot tubs or saunas on the premises or even near the beach.

FOR MEN:

  • 2 pairs of yoga shorts/pants. one to wear/one to wash.
  • 2 pair of shorts, a pair of jeans/pants.
  • 2 tank tops
  • 3 shirts (that you can also use for sight seeing and dinners).
  • 1 swimming shorts/trunks
  • 1 cardigan/sweat shirt/sweater


Footwear

  • Flip flops or other slip on shoes. If you’re staying at an ashram or yoga school, you’ll be taking your shoes on and off constantly because you can’t wear shoes in the yoga studio. Whatever your preference, make sure they’re easy to get on and off.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for sight seeing.


Protection from the Elements

  • Lightweight long sleeved top if you’re headed somewhere sunny.
  • Lightweight rain jacket. You can layer up underneath for warmth.

Yoga Gear

  • Yoga mat. A travel mat and/or a mat sized yoga towel is perfect! If you don’t have one of these, you can fold up a regular yoga mat so it fits in your suitcase.
  • Hand towel. A microfiber towel will keep you from slipping on your mat, and can also be used to mop off sweat.

Toiletries

  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap.
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sunblock (enjoy the outdoor activities while protecting your skin)
  • Minimal makeup: Tinted moisturizer, eyeliner, mascara, and a favorite lipstick
  • Hair ties and/or headband to keep your hair out of your face while practicing yoga

Tech Gear

  • Camera
  • Phone and charger – but try to keep it turned off during the day so as not to distract yourself or your fellow yogis.

Other

  • Notebook and pen
  • E-books come in handy so you’re not weighed down!

NOTE:  YOGALIFE PH RETREAT PARTICIPANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE RETREAT ACTIVITIES. SOME OF OUR RETREATS INCLUDE A HIKE AND THUS YOU WILL HAVE TO BRING PROPER HIKING GEAR DEPENDING ON THE “GRADE” OF THE HIKE.

SOME TRAVEL TIPS:

Most of you have traveled, if not often, then at least a few times already. Your past travels have provided you with learnings on WHAT TO DO AND NOT TO DO.  For those traveling for the first time, here is a list of some travel tips (for those frequent travelers, it is still good to do a review of travel tips):

http://indonesia.travel/en/destination/73/bali
http://www.baliguide.com
http://id.indo.com/geo/gen_info.html
http://www.baliglory.com/2012/10/bali-history-about-island-god.html
http://www.bali.lombok-network.com/general_info.htm

Make sure all your travel documents are in order and in a safe but accessible place in your carry on bag. Travel documents are your valid passport, driver’s license, airline tickets/boarding passes. Be sure to pack copies of prescriptions for medications (which should be carried in their original containers) In your carry-on bag, pack your toiletry bag and at least one change of clothing (in case of any flight or luggage delays).

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