Fun and Functional Travel & Retreat Fundamentals
When you’re getting ready for your next retreat or vacation, selecting a few quintessential practice solutions can help you enjoy your experience. Check out these selects to support your travels.
The Pure Bag
When you’re committed to wellness on the go, how you carry can be as important as what you bring. The Pure Bag Founder Lori Gildea has produced an innovative line of mat bags that are designed to provide hypo-microbial protection from bacteria, fungus, mold, and everything gross. They’re easy to clean and easy to carry. Pictured: Glacier Reversible Yoga Bag ($148)
Even when you’re not traveling with mat cleaner, you want to keep your practice surface fresh for your hands, feet, and face, The Pure Bag’s lightweight Silver Lining Mat Wrap ($34) is an easy-to-pack accessory you can take anywhere in the world. The hypo-microbial fibers protect you from rolling up invisible bugs when you roll up your mat. For more info, visit: thepurebag.com.
Jade Yoga Mat
Made sustainably with natural rubber, Jade Yoga mats provide great grip when you’re traveling or on retreat. A variety of thicknesses, sizes, and colors are available for every situation, from needing to fitting your essentials into a carry-on bag, to cushioning your practice in style. For more, info, visit: jadeyoga.com.
Make sure your water bottle is empty when you go through airport security if you are flying, but remember to pack this aid for hydration on any trip. The award-winning Aspen TriMax Insulated Bottle by EcoVessel is a versatile companion that keeps hot drinks hot (for 20 hours) and cold drinks cold (100 hours). It can even serve as a container for wine. Shown: The Aspen in Gold Dust ($31.95). Learn more at: ecovessel.com
Love & Asana
Throughout the year, sales from Power Yoga instructor Tiffany Lord’s Love & Asana supports a variety of nonprofits including: yoga4cancer, Mindful Yoga Therapy, Eat Breathe Thrive, and Give Back Yoga Foundation. Her soft fabrics, flattering designs, and message-forward imagery are perfect for mixing and matching with solids and prints while traveling. Pictured: Walking Elephant Dolman Tee ($30) and Walking Elephant Shawl/Infinity Scarf ($22). Learn more at: loveandasana.com.
Root to Rise
Dana designs the prints on Root to Rise’s mindful yoga wear and she sews all of the garments in her home studio in Calistoga. A variety of playful patterns adorn the high-rise leggings shown here ($78) as well as tops, shorts, joggers, and bell cut pants. Be bold when you’re on vacation, and keep the celebratory retreat vibe going when you’re back at home. Learn more at: rootyogawear.com.
Gemstones have a long tradition and history of providing energetic support and protection, even while being beautiful accessories. Shaman Sisters crafts protective handmade jewelry with genuine gemstones to strengthen your subtle energy. Awaken your inner superhero. Bracelet prices vary based on gemstones. Learn more at: shamansisters.com.
Sarit Rogers is a photographer, yoga teacher, writer, and founder of the LoveMore Movement, who is a Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner. She is also a contributor in the anthology Yoga Rising, by Melanie Klein: saritphotography.com. saritzrogers.com