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What to Pack

Books you must bring to the course with you:

  • Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
  • The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
  • The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

PERSONAL ITEMS:

  • Passport – please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you whenever you leave the retreat center. 
  • A couple of footwear options (water shoes and flip flops that can get wet + dry quickly for the beach and ocean, avoid bringing heavy hiking shoes or tennis shoes that are slow to dry)
  • Alarm clock
  • Any medications or special treatments you may need
  • Bathing Suits (at least 2 so you have one available while the other is drying)
  • Camera
  • Casual clothes — e.g., shorts & sundresses for daytime, dresses + light layered cardigan for evenings
  • Chargers for phone, camera, and computer
  • Computer, iPad, or tablet device to use as an e-reader, to access Alchemy of Yoga teacher training manual as PDF, create class plans, and to access Google Drive
  • Cover for laptop or iPad to protect it from humidity or in case it is dropped
  • Eye pillow for savasana (optional)
  • Extra pairs of contacts if you wear them
  • Favorite DVD (yoga related or just fun or inspirational)
  • Hat
  • Headlamp **very important so you can be hands-free**
  • Light rain-coat or rain-poncho for the occasional afternoon shower (umbrellas are provided as needed)
  • Lightweight backpack for hiking so you can be hands-free
  • Natural bug repellant (Blue Spirit has taken all precautions, and the breeze keeps bugs at bay but it is a good idea to have on hand if needed)
  • Notebook, pens, pencils
  • Small personal token as an offering for our group altar (puja)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Tampons (it is not uncommon for women to have their period while near the water)
  • Toiletries that are earth-friendly & biodegradable
  • Travel coffee or tea mug
  • Water bottle that you can re-fill
  • White clothing to wear during graduation (satsang)
  • Yoga mat, if you prefer to use your own. Blue Spirit provides yoga mats and props
  • Yogitoes
  • Yoga practice clothes (see recommendations below)

EXTRA: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO PARTICIPATE IN EXCURSIONS SUCH AS HORSEBACK RIDING OR SURFING

  • Horseback Riding: We recommend long jeans (i.e., no capris or cut-offs), however if you are not accustomed to riding, you may wish to bring an even sturdier pant. If you are an accustomed horseback rider, please feel free to ride in the clothing in which you are most comfortable.
  • Surfing: Rash guard shirts, board shorts, and any other clothing in which you will feel comfortable.
  • Mountain Biking: If mountain biking in your free-time, please bring appropriate clothing + gear.

GRADUATION:

  • All white clothing for Graduation Satsang (skirts, pants, dress shirt, dresses)

PHOTO SHOOT:

  • Please bring your favorite yoga outfit and a casual non-yoga outfit

GROUP PHOTO:

  • Please bring a black top + black bottom AND white top + black bottom

YOGA CLOTHES:

  • Yoga clothes that are comfortable and easy to mix with other pieces. (*No need to over-do it, we don’t mind if we see you in the same outfit.)
  • Loose-fitting and flowy pieces + easy layers that you can put on for breakfast & lunch.
  • You will find while living in Costa Rica that breathable fabrics are best – it is recommended that you bring more than tight-fitting stretchy pants and tops. Avoid bringing heavy material tops or pants. The ease of the Pura Vida lifestyle becomes the way you want to practice your yoga too.
  • Consider bringing shorts for asana practice.
  • If possible, please try to bring 2-3 of the Chakra colors so that you can align with that chakra on its specified day.
    • 1st Chakra: Red
    • 2nd Chakra: Orange
    • 3rd Chakra: Yellow
    • 4th Chakra: Green
    • 5th Chakra: Turquoise
    • 6th Chakra: Indigo
    • 7th Chakra: Violet or White

TO CONSIDER:

  • As a practice in non-attachment (aparigraha), please consider bringing 3-4 items that you can leave behind as donations for locals.

What do I personally wear? I wear a lot of dresses, flowy pants, light fabrics.

● Yoga clothes that are comfortable and easy to mix with other pieces. (*No need to over-do it, we don’t mind if we see you in the same outfit.)
● Loose-fitting and flowy pieces + easy layers that you can put on for breakfast & lunch.
● You will find while living in Costa Rica that breathable fabrics are best – it is recommended that you bring more than tight-fitting stretchy pants and tops. Avoid bringing heavy material tops or pants. The ease of the Pura Vida lifestyle becomes the way you want to practice your yoga too.
● Consider bringing shorts for asana practice.
● If possible, please try to bring 2-3 of the Chakra colors (if not all 7: 1st – red, 2nd – orange, 3rd- yellow, 4th – green, 5th- turquoise, 6th—indigo, 7th- violet or white), so that you can align your clothing with the chakra specified for that particular day. E.g. I bring a top in each color.
● Lightweight longer sleeve tops for the evenings or early morning meditations
● Bring an outerwear piece that is light
● Yoga clothes (but no need to overdo it, we don’t mind if we see you in the same outfit more than once or twice or three times.)
● Graduation: All white clothing for Graduation Satsang (skirts, pants, dress shirt, dresses)
● Photo Shoot: Please bring your favorite yoga outfit and a casual non-yoga outfit
● Group Photo: Please bring a black top + black bottom AND white top + black bottom

What NOT to pack

  • Fancy clothes or expensive jewelry.
  • Tons of clothes.
  • Lots of shoes: The only shoes you will need in Costa Rica are flip flops and a good pair of walking/water shoes if you want to do any hiking. Do not bring high heels.
  • Expensive Shoes
  • Jeans. You may see locals in tight jeans but for us we will over heat.

Wear the colors of the Chakras

If possible, please try to bring 1 piece in all of the Chakra colors so that you can align with that chakra on its specified day.

  • 1st Chakra: Red
  • 2nd Chakra: Orange
  • 3rd Chakra: Yellow
  • 4th Chakra: Green
  • 5th Chakra: Turquoise
  • 6th Chakra: Indigo
  • 7th Chakra: Violet or White

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