What To Pack For a Yoga Retreat
Updated: Aug 2
Pages from my Journal will be taking a break this week, the past couple of weeks my sole focus has been on Retreat planning, that’s all I seem to be able to think about – in a good way!
So this week I am sharing my top tips on what to pack for a Yoga Retreat with Katie J Yoga.
Dig out your favourite yoga outfits, bring something you will be comfortable in, we will have hatha yoga workshops which involve working up a sweat so a lighter outfit required, and then a cosy outfit for gentle/yin yoga in the evenings. Retreats could be a nice excuse to treat yourself to a new item of clothing, why not support local, if you’re in Bath Bullfrog an eco-driven brand has a selection of gorgeous apparel.
I will provide you with mats, blocks, bricks and blankets, however if you have any of your own equipment you are more than welcome to bring. If you’re looking to purchase a new piece of equipment a bolster for savasana for example would be a great addition. Again, supporting local I would recommend Charlotte C King she has a wonderful selection of handmade bolsters and lavender eye pillows.
All my yoga retreats involve a guided walk as I feel it’s so important to get out in nature and explore the stunning countryside in Devon and the Cotswolds. As the British weather can be very unpredictable please ensure you are prepared with a rain jacket and any other waterproofs that you may own. A pair of walking boots or sturdy trainers is also essential with uneven terrain expected. Bring a water bottle to keep hydrated (again Bullfrog can help you here), and some sunscreen.
On my Retreats I like to provide guests with the opportunity to have dinner out in the local town or village one evening, so they are able to experience more of the wonderful host locations. For each Retreat I will book a table at a restaurant for any guests that would like to eat with the group, however for those who wish to make their own arrangements this is also encouraged. So know that one evening you’ll be ‘out of the house’ and may wish to don a pair of jeans or a dress instead of your yoga leggings. If you’re based in Bath and looking for a lovely dress check out Nickie Portman she has a great selection.
There will be some free time during the Retreat which you are welcome to take a wonder into town, or a dip in the lake or sea, or chill in your wonderful bedroom with a good book. If you’ve had one on the side table and been too tired to read it each night now is the time to allocate a couple of hours to getting stuck into those pages. If you need a good book store recommendation, try Topping Books in Bath.
Swimming Costume & Towel
Bath towels will be included, however remember to bring a beach towel if you’d like to go for a dip in the sea in Salcombe or the lake in the Cotswolds. Equally ensure you bring your swimmers, shop with an eco friendly brand Batoko - they make gorgeous bold swimwear from recycled plastic rubbish.
Last but not least bring with you an open mind. Classes will have themes, with the intention to make you think, taking you through a journey from stress and overwhelm to calm and connection. Those that benefit most from the Retreat will embrace stepping away from the everyday busyness and allowing themselves to be mindful and present in the moment. Positive Planner have a selection of beautiful journals which could help collect your thoughts, so you can remember how you felt on Retreat and bring parts of it into your everyday.
Hope this clears up any questions you might have about what the bring on a Yoga Retreat.
If you're interested in finding out which Yoga Retreats I'll be offering this year please check out www.katiejyoga.com/etreat- hope you can join me there!