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DIY Yoga Mat Bag, Mat Spray & Post-Yoga Coverup

We yogis (yes, you too) tend to be quite eco-conscious. It's something about the whole yoga-is-connection thing. Makes us want to do good in the world. Or at least, make ethical choices (which can still be stylish) & do as little harm as possible.

To help you with your rather admirable eco goals, here are three great DIY's - you can use fabric you already have, or source ethically made fabric and the mat cleaner is chemical free. Win! 

DIY Yoga Mat Bag:

Free People DIY Yoga Mat Bag

Free People DIY Yoga Mat Bag

Keep you bag nicely protected on the tram/train and when it's lurking under your desk waiting to be used. This is a really simple tutorial with step-by-step photos  - find the whole thing here.

DIY Yoga Mat Spray:

Fitnessista DIY Yoga Mat Spray

Fitnessista DIY Yoga Mat Spray

Nobody wants a stinky yoga mat. Or a germy one. Keep yours nice & fresh (and free of nasty chemical cleaners) with this easy-peasy mat spray tutorial from the Fitnessista.

DIY Post-Yoga Top:

Peppermint Magazine box-cut tee. Perfect for after yoga. Also perfect for restorative or yin yoga.

Peppermint Magazine box-cut tee. Perfect for after yoga. Also perfect for restorative or yin yoga.

Such a great tee, and so easy to make. This is just perfect for a bit of warmth and modesty on the way to and from yoga, and it'd be great to stop you from getting too cold during a restorative or yin yoga session too. It's from Peppermint Magazine and you can even download and print the pattern! See it at their Sewing School.

If you are the DIY type, check out our MAKE board on Pinterest. Also, do you really need a yoga mat

 

How I Learnt the Hard Way About Over-Packing For a Retreat

Yoga retreats are simple holidays: you really don't need much in the way of clothing. Some yoga gear (the RIGHT type, I'll get to that in a moment), a swimsuit or two, and a couple of floaty dresses. Plus some sandals.

Swimsuit and skirt from Kelsey Genna - see her full range  here .

Swimsuit and skirt from Kelsey Genna - see her full range here.

It's even easier for blokes: some shorts, some yoga gear, a t-shirt or two and maybe a collared shirt for night times.

I'm a light packer - I travel everywhere with carry-on sized luggage. And yet, the first time I went on retreat to Bali, I STILL managed to overpack. How, you ask?

Well, I thought I needed a bunch of stuff that I really didn't:

  • Shoes. It's too hot and humid in Bali for closed shoes to be a good idea. You probably don't need more than a pair of Havainas. But, since they play havoc with your foot mechanics, a pair of sandals that attaches properly around your ankle. Just the one pair. Not the three pairs of shoes I thought I needed. Do you know how much more shopping I could've done if I didn't have those shoes in my case?
  • Full-length nylon yoga pants. Oh, so much too hot. Full-lenth is okay, but go for cotton, or you will cook yourself. Or, shorts. If you can't face shorty shorts (and who can, past a certain age) try these cute bike shorts, still long enough for modesty.
Yoga pants to wear on a retreat. Full details for all garments  here

Yoga pants to wear on a retreat. Full details for all garments here

  • Multiple changes of outfit. If you are going to be spending your days doing yoga, lounging around a pool, and getting massages (with a bit of touristing thrown in), you really don't need 12 dresses and 5 pairs of non-yoga pants. I promise! 
  • Jeans. See above: full-length pants + tropical humidity = par-boiled yogi.

You know the worst of it? Because of the over-packing, I ended up with no space to stash any shopping. And Ubud is known for its shopping. What? Did I mention my shopping regret already? Oops...

Don't do like I did: be smart & take these suggestions from Yoga Journal:

Ps: Only two weeks left of early-bird pricing for this year's retreat, so book soon! Also, Retreat. Yoga. Love.