What to Pack for your First Yoga Retreat
Yes! You’ve booked it! You’ve finally booked your first yoga retreat and now get the opportunity to spend a few days or a week getting deeper into your practice and learning with likeminded people.
But how do you know what to bring along? We’ve complied this list to help you with the essentials you’ll need to pack to make the most out of your yoga retreat.
A no-brainer some may thing but packing a few of your favourite vests and leggings is key. Try to keep to the yoga essentials and add a few layers. Consider the length of the retreat as well as the weather. Even if you are attending a yoga retreat somewhere tropical its likely in the evening hours the ocean breeze will make a long sleeve top essential.
Bringing along a lightweight mat is essential! A lot of resorts offer ones you can borrow but they will likely be used and quite sweaty! Bringing along your own mat will add a sense of comfort from the start.
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Nothing’s worse than the feeling of your feet slipping in your Warrior III pose because you’re dripping in sweat. Another top tip is a smear of Vaseline on your eyebrows which stops the sweat running through them!
We all know it, hydration is key. Packing a reusable water bottle will do both your body and the environment some good. Shop our stainless-steel bottles here.
Any retreat worth it's salt is likely to have some downtime in which you can head off to the beach for a welcome swim in the sea.
Don't forget to protect your skin from dangerous ultraviolet rays. Slather on some sweat-resistant sunscreen before you start your day and ensure you pop some in your bag so you can reapply throughout the day. With all the sequences and flows you’ll be moving through, remember to hit tricky spots like your underarms and the tops of your feet if you'll be practicing outdoors.
Stay squint-free by packing a pair of polarized sunglasses for when you're looking up and focussing on your middle finger in triangle pose
If you regularly use blocks or straps in class to get into those tricky poses, it might be wise to pack them to get the most out of every movement. You might also consider gloves/socks with treads on them, so your hands/feet don't slip on the mat. Shop our grip socks here.
Regardless of your destination, one must-have for any yoga retreat is a positive attitude and open mind. Set daily intentions to help you stay present and patient. Try not to get caught up in your phone or think about work. Set yourself up for success in both body and mind.