Going to a yoga retreat is a wonderful way to destress and really focus on recentring yourself, especially after a hectically busy period at work or a stressful time at home. A yoga retreat can be a high-end luxury, with every meal beautifully catered, or it can be a bit more cheap and cheerful, with a great community spirit and everyone working together to cook and perform all the chores, in between yoga sessions – of which there will be many! Here are some suggestions of what to take along to your yoga retreat.
What Should You Bring to a Yoga Retreat?:
This is a bit of a no-brainer, but it should be said: take clothes that you can bend and stretch in and that you do not mind getting sweaty! One thing that you might not have considered is that you will need several changes of yoga clothes as you will be working out anywhere from once a day to several times a day, and you will need fresh sets of workout gear. Also, don’t forget your non-yoga clothing! You will need something to wear for meals and evening activities, which may well be more social and possibly even dressy.
Of course, check the details of your specific yoga retreat, but in general, if you have particularly good equipment – or even just firm favourites! – like a Manduka yoga mat UK, do be prepared to take along the equipment you will need. As well as a yoga mat, you might need blocks, straps or blankets to offer you some extra support or leeway as needed. Do not be intimidated by needing blocks and other aids: it is better to perform the actions and poses correctly rather than strain yourself by stretching beyond your body’s levels of flexibility!
Yoga can be a sweaty business, especially hot yoga, and it is very important to stay well hydrated. Getting into the habit of carrying a water bottle with you at all times can help you to maintain your all-important fluid levels. Drinking water has many benefits to the body, from clear skin and healthy digestion to improved circulation and improved general health, so it is a good idea to carry a water bottle, even when not at a retreat!
Get Into Journaling:
Keeping a journal can be a wonderful way to clear your mind, even as you work on toning and rejuvenating your body. Journals do not have to be heartfelt outpourings of emotion if that is not the way you work: you can simply write three bullet points about your day. Keeping the number limited ensures you focus on the most important things that happened during the day – you can set the number to suit your needs. Another useful way of journaling is to write three positive things and one area in which you would like to improve –this focuses your mind on problem areas without becoming depressing or turning into a record of self-loathing.
The most important thing to take on a yoga retreat is PMA: Positive Mental Attitude! Being sure that the retreat will be wonderful, and that you will achieve your goals is an excellent way to start any retreat – and it is more likely to come true if you believe in yourself. As Henry Ford once said: ‘Whether you think you can or can’t – you’re right!’
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