Yoga vacation tips


Tips on what to pack

Nicole Stone, from our supplier, Yoga Breaks, shares her tips on what to pack: “Every yoga retreat will have all of the mats, blocks and other equipment you’ll need for your yoga vacation, so I think it’s a good idea to take some things to pamper yourself with because it’s likely you’ll have relaxation time off every day. Consider packing face masks, hair masks, maybe some nail varnish for a manicure and a pedicure in your downtime. We don’t have enough time for self care in our fast paced lives these days, so bring things that you can reward yourself with – some music, good books, comfy slippers and things that will help you slow down and nurture your wellbeing because that’s what a yoga vacation is all about.”

Tips on where you practice

Julie Slade, from our supplier, Real Boot Camp Spain, offers her yoga vacation tips on where you practice: “Research thoroughly – after all you are investing a significant amount of money into a healthy vacation, so check out previous guest testimonials, reviews and YouTube videos of the retreat…if available. Think about what you want and look at the retreat as a whole package – ask lots of questions for example: how long has the company been in business? Are the staff experienced professionals or enthusiastic amateurs? Are they a legal business with professional premises, or an individual person offering a retreat in a private house / villa? do they have full public liability insurance? …Then you can make a well informed decision...”

Tips on what you’ll eat

Nicole Stone, from our supplier, Yoga Breaks, shares her yoga vacation tips on what you’ll eat: “Serving a vegetarian diet on a yoga retreat is better for your guests because vegetarian food is less taxing on the digestive system, so it means that people feel lighter and more energised when they are doing their yoga classes. If they’ve been having heavy, rich food and eating three courses in the evening washed down with wine then they will feel lethargic, which isn’t how we want them to feel. Some people will query it and ask for some chicken or fish and we do cater for that because we recognise that not everybody wants to make a total commitment where their diet is concerned.”

Tips about pre-existing health conditions

Andrew Winter, from our supplier, Vale de Moses, shares his tips on yoga and your health: “If you have had surgery or a baby or any long-term health concerns then it is a good idea to speak to your doctor and get the all clear for yoga from them. Do let your yoga teacher know in advance some idea of your specific needs and then be prepared to modify your practice with them during the retreat. You may not be able to do all the postures in class, but don't worry as there are other aspects to yoga, such as breathing and meditating, that should still be accessible for you.”

Yoga vacation tips from our travelers

Recommendations from those who have been there

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travelers are often... other travelers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful yoga vacation tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your vacation - and the space inside your suitcase.
“Bring a notebook to write down the variety and depth of information provided on nutrition and yoga and meditation.” - Danny Golden

“Don't be afraid if you have never done a yoga retreat before or are unsure whether your yoga practice is "good enough" to keep up. We were all abilities, ranging from complete beginners to those who have been practicing for 20 years and our yoga instructor was brilliant at making us feel at ease and supported to go at our own pace.” - Domini Stone

“A bit chilly overnight and in the morning, don't forget to pack layers.” - Catherine Cone

“Incredible value and experience - go with an open mind and heart as this vacation is intended as an education as well.” - Anna Oxley

“Attend the life coaching sessions even if you've not experienced them before as they provide some very useful tools to approach aspects of your life from different perspectives.” - Kirstin Jones

“The food was absolutely delicious and we were never hungry which was quite a surprise for a detox vacation. The exercise program was just perfect and you could do as much or as you felt able to.” - Sari Winckworth

“I would definitely encourage people to book extra treatments in advance - you will not regret it, and to definitely reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol before the programme.” - Jita Shah

“To really open yourself up to a unique and precious kind of 'vacation' - you will benefit from it far more than lying in some cloying resort hotel, hungover and bloated from too many piña coladas!” - Penelope Granycome

Photo credits: [Packing tips: Artotem] [vegetarian food: Alpha] [Nicole - tip: Angel Torres] [Elizabeth - tip: The Yoga People]
Written by Polly Humphris
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