The Must List
Where to go and what to pack for your next yoga retreat.
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).
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).
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).