The Must List

Where to go and what to pack for your next yoga re­treat.

Yoga Journal - - Contents -

Make any ho­tel room or re­treat space feel like home with these travel-friendly crea­ture com­forts.

1 SEVA RE­TREAT

Hanu­man Ad­ven­tures Rishikesh, In­dia Join the or­ga­niz­ers of the Hanu­man Fes­ti­val for an an­nual re­treat in Rishikesh (the birth­place of yoga) from March 8–18. Ex­plore the mean­ing of seva (self­less ser­vice), visit lo­cal or­phan­ages, and prac­tice yoga with Dayna Ser­aye and Rishikesh na­tive Anand Mehro­tra ($2,500, hanu­manad­ven­tures.com).

2 MUS­CLE REM­EDY

All Good Her­bal Freeze Pain Re­lief Spray with Ar­nica Prac­tic­ing yoga sev­eral hours a day while on re­treat (or dur­ing in­ten­sives or yoga teacher train­ing) can take a toll on your mus­cles. Spritz sore spots with this her­bal blend, which in­cludes pain-re­liev­ing ar­nica and cool­ing men­thol for in­stant re­lief ($12—$20, all­go­od­prod­ucts.com).

3 MAT

JadeYoga Voy­ager Mat This travel mat, made of biodegrad­able la­tex, of­fers plenty of grip for your prac­tice, weighs only 1.5 pounds, and folds to the size of a yoga block for easy tot­ing in a suit­case. Plus, JadeYoga plants a tree for each mat sold and is ded­i­cated to bring­ing yoga to un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties ($40, jadeyoga.com).

4 AROMATHERAPY

Oo­jra Soy Wax Travel Can­dle Gift Set A com­pact trio of clean­burn­ing soy can­dles in­fused with es­sen­tial oils will help clear the air dur­ing your trav­els. We love the in­vig­o­rat­ing combo of jas­mine bam­boo, cherry blos­som, and eu­ca­lyp­tus to stay en­er­gized and cen­tered. Each 2.5-ounce can­dle lasts for about 14 hours ($30, oo­jra.com).

5 SUP­PLE­MENT Flora El­der­berry Crys­tals

Pro­tect your health dur­ing air travel— or at the first sign of any snif­fles—with this im­mune booster. Re­search shows that el­der­berry can help re­duce the du­ra­tion and in­ten­sity of cold symp­toms. Pack these or­ganic dry : crys­tals in your carry-on and dis­solve in wa­ter or juice when you need them ($35, flo­rahealth.com).

6 JOUR­NAL Com­pen­dium Write Now Jour­nal

Your in­ner work com­pan­ion: Com­pen­dium’s yoga-cen­tric jour­nal is the per­fect size to slip into your travel bag and fea­tures beau­ti­ful quotes and na­turein­spired il­lus­tra­tions to spark cre­ativ­ity. Use it as a travel log and to record post-med­i­ta­tion mus­ings ($7, live-in­spired.com).

7 AC­CES­SORY Bantu Project Zulu Ban­gles

Pack a state­ment piece for your next trip. Each Bantu Project beaded bracelet ( bantu is the Zulu word for “peo­ple”) is de­signed and hand­made by fe­male ar­ti­sans in Cen­tral or South­ern Africa. Founder Ha­ley Sch­walm, a na­tive of South Africa, cre­ated the com­pany to help re­verse the marginal­iza­tion of women by of­fer­ing them a means of fair in­come ($20 each, ban­tupro­ject.com).

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