First time on a yoga retreat? Here are 10 things you can’t forget to pack.
1. Yoga Clothing
Thankfully, yoga fashion has become so widespread that many women use it for more than just yoga. You can find yoga clothing on any online platform, or in an outlet store or sports shop. Yoga bras are a staple, as they provide support and comfort through the sweaty, focused workouts. Light yoga tops and yoga pants are also quite easy to find.
2. Yoga Mat
Not just any exercise mat will do. Yoga takes a lot of balancing and you need all the help you can get. Your yoga mat should not be more than one-half inch thick, so you can feel the floor through the mat. It should have good traction on any surface, so it doesn’t slip while you’re using it. It shouldn’t be slippery even when wet, because you are sure to sweat on it. And lastly, it should be of solid, sturdy material.
3. Small Towel
Your own small towel is a must. First of all, you don’t want to rent one (if that’s an option). Second, you definitely don’t want to have to buy one. But most importantly of all, a small towel will help you keep going through a long day of yoga. You can wipe your sweat, soak up any water drops, and give your mat a quick clean between sessions. This helps you keep cool and comfortable, and removes any possible slippery surface.
Sunscreen protects your skin from burning, which happens when heat is trapped in your skin and cannot be released. This is why sunburnt skin is hot to the touch even when you are out of the sun. As a result, sunscreen also prevents heat stroke. The heat surrounding your body from the sun is turned away, and your skin continues to release heat normally. So don’t forget to slather on that sunscreen before Day 1.
You’ve put your daily life and routines on break for this yoga retreat. How can you make the most of it? Keeping a daily journal is one way. When the day begins, freely write your thoughts and feelings for 10-15 minutes. As the day continues, let the yoga workouts sink into your body and calm your mind. As the day closes, write out your thoughts and emotions for another 10-15 minutes. You will see concrete evidence of the retreat’s success.
6. Water Bottle
Really? A water bottle for such a chill workout? You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll sweat! Yoga retreats help you release the stress that comes from your daily routines and worries. This means they will push you just enough that you can only focus on the yoga session. Being in the moment takes a lot of focus. That much focus produces a lot of sweat! Keeping a 1-liter bottle nearby will help you stay hydrated throughout the exercise.
7. Self-Massage Balls
After a long day of yoga, despite the deep breathing and many stretches, your muscles will inevitably tighten up. Self-massage balls can help you loosen those tight muscle points. When used correctly, they get the blood flowing better, which helps your body carry building blocks and healing to any strained areas. If your yoga retreat is longer than one day, a few minutes with a massage ball will get you fresh and ready for the next day.
8. Healthy Snacks
Sometimes we forget this bit. Or we might even believe those who say eating less after a workout will help us lose weight. Yes, less calories and more exercise will help us lose weight, but it’s not always healthy weight loss. Overstraining your body can bring as many problems as weight management. Make sure you always have a small, healthy snack that will replace the energy you burned and give your body good fuel to work and rebuild your body with.
9. Comfortable Shoes
Yoga shoes, or socks, or sandals, might be something you want to consider bringing to the retreat. While many classes are okay with their students going barefoot, you might need the extra support and traction that a shoe would give you. Especially if you are starting out, and still adjusting to the balancing and stretches, you don’t want to deal with sliding on the mat because of the unfamiliar position. Comfortable, lightweight yoga shoes with good traction are just what you need.
With deodorant, you always feel and smell fresh even after a long session. However, with one or more days of intense workouts, the antiperspirant you use might clog up your pores unhealthily. You might want to find a better, more natural option that kills the bacteria on the surface of your skin. The bacteria is the real cause of the odor. Natural deodorant will keep your skin healthy even throughout the sessions.
You can now enjoy your retreat, knowing you have everything you need for a relaxing yoga break.