When I was packing for my Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, I failed to find a single packing list on the internet. And unsurprisingly, once I got to India I realized that I had packed poorly: I brought one pair of athletic shorts, one maxi skirt and absolutely no snacks. I also didn’t consider that the near-vegan diet would leave me in dire need of iron pills.
So please allow me to humbly remedy the internets and share what you should pack for a teacher training in Rishikesh, India.
Don’t have time to read the whole post? Here’s what you should pack!
- Jade Harmony yoga mat
- YogaRat mat-length yoga towel
- Snacks: Protein Bars, Almonds and Peanut Butter
- Medication: Pepto Bismal tablets and Imodium
- Vitamins: Iron tablets and A multivitamin
- 3 breathable athletic tops
- 3 pairs of athletic shorts
- 2 pairs of yoga pants
- Face wipes
- Multisubject notebook and pen
- 3 maxi skirts + 3 floor-length dresses
- Antitheft crossbody bag
- Flip flops
Packing for a Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
As an aside, you will inevitably buy hippie pants in India, regardless if you do yoga. Accept it.
1. Your own mat + yoga towel
When you’re doing four sweaty hours of yoga a day, you might as well do it on a clean, cushy yoga mat. My yoga school provided thin, ratty mats so I purchased my own.
2. Iron supplements
Despite eating a vegetarian diet rich in spinach and lentils, I still wasn’t getting enough protein or iron at Yoga Teacher Training. A daily dose of iron would have been a godsend, though I imagine a multivitamin would have done nicely as well.
During my Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, I woke up at 6 a.m. every day but breakfast wasn’t until 10:30 a.m. I don’t know about y’all, but I struggle with waiting so long to eat. Pack non-perishable snacks like Larabars, almonds or peanut butter that are high in protein and calories and will give you a boost.
A little parental shoutout- during my training my parents sent a box full of Larabars, almonds and other essentials all the way from the states. I seriously don’t know how I would’ve gotten through teacher training or my 10-day Himalayan hike without those Lara Bars!
4. Pepto Bismal and Imodium
Ever heard of Delhi Belly? Well, it’s a thing. Chances are you will get food poisoning in India and it’s better to come prepared.
5. Shorts and sleeveless athletic tops
This is very Captain Obvious of me, but India is hot, especially during the rainy season. Pack shorts rather than full-length yoga pants, as well as lots of breathable athletic tops. (Even thinking about doing vinyasa in 110-degree heat wearing full-length Zellas gives me heatstroke.)
I personally love Gap’s athletic line because it’s attractive, sleek and often on sale.
The air pollution in India is bad so your eyes may suffer from dryness– mine certainly did. I found even reading in bed irritated my eyes quite considerably! So pack eyedrops and you’ll be good to go.
7. Face wipes
Again, the air pollution in India is really bad, so I used face wipes throughout the day to clear my face of grime and sweat. Trust me, you’ll be so happy to have them.
8. A multi-subject notebook and pens
In India, I took seven classes a day: hatha, mantra, anatomy, yoga philosophy, therapy, vinyasa and meditation. While I used a single Moleskine for all of them, it would’ve been smarter to use a notebook section per class in order to easily go back and review.
9. Maxi skirts and dresses
In India, women often expose their midriffs but never expose their legs. So ladies, bring a few maxi skirts and dresses for exploring the streets- they’re cute, comfortable and colorful, and you won’t get unwanted attention. (Okay, you still will. But it’s not as bad.)
When the power was out (which was 10+ times a day) we would hang the headlamp from the showerhead in order to shower. #OnlyInIndia
I have to say I was very glad I packed my headlamp!
We used it at night for safety. That way if someone tried to break in the room, there would be some protection.
12. Antitheft crossbody bag
I used this antitheft crossbody bag while in India and it served me well. It has plenty of space, is super secure, and looks cute.
13. Flip flops
You do not want to be barefoot in Rishikesh!
Have you done a Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh? What did you forget to bring?
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