What To Bring On A Yoga Retreat

Been dreaming about booking onto a yoga retreat somewhere remote and exotic? Us too.

It's that time of year again. Holidays are being booked, healthy eating regimes are underway.

Chances are you've started to take your yoga practice more seriously - thanks to the early morning sunshine easing you out of bed.

So if you're going on a retreat - or you just fancy treating yourself - take a look at our favourite yoga items this spring...

magic carpet yoga mat anthropologie

Now, this is one special yoga mat.

It features a unique design from Californian artist Sophie Leininger who wanted to combine her passion of yoga and textiles.

Each mat is made in the USA and the designs are printed on using non-toxic ink.

With a mat this beautiful, you'll be far more inclined to roll it out every morning.

£88, anthropologie.eu

ONZIE CRISS-CROSS BRA TOP - CITRON

Sports bras with interesting backs are everywhere right now.

We love this simple design from yoga brand Onzie. It's a super soft bra without underwire but provides enough support for yoga.

They come in dozens of colours. We are big fans of this yellow number - in fact, we can't bring ourselves to wear any other bra at the moment.

£34,95, yogarebel.com

gaiam yoga clutch

This is such a good idea - introducing the yoga clutch from Gaiam.

The idea is you zip up your keys, phone, jewellery and all the little bits you don't want floating around your bag in this pouch while you practice your asanas.

We like the fact that it's made from yoga mat material as well.

£6.73, gaiam.com

Block Manduka

Blocks are really handy props when you're starting out, and will last you right up into those difficult poses, like standing splits.

We love these blocks from Manduka - not just because the colours are dreamy as - but because they are made from over 50% recycled EVA foam.

£10.15, manduka.com

Sweaty Betty Finsbury LSlv Sweat

Looking for something to pull on after savasana?

This cute jumper from Sweaty Betty looks perfect. It's made from breathable, lightweight cotton so you won't feel stuffy after you finish class.

So simple, yet so nice.

£65, sweatybetty.com

suki yoga oil

OK, so this one's a bit of an indulgence. However it's nice to treat yourself every now and then, right?

If you've ever been to a yoga class where they use essential oils, you'll know how nice they are.

Just dab two or three drops on your wrist before you start and you'll enjoy the aroma all afternoon.

We like the Geranium, Mandarin and Lemongrass scent. It's 100 per cent natural and isn't tested on animals. What's not to like?

£14.95, sukishufu.com

ONZIE TRACK LEGGING - BLACK TEAL CHEVRON MALI

Everyone needs a jazzy pair of yoga leggings sometimes.

These ones from Onzie are perfect. They're not so outrageous that you'll feel embarrassed strolling to Tesco in them, but they will definitely make you stand out on the mat.

The best part? They are made for yoga and athletics, so the material is super comfortable and breathable.

£46.95, yogarebel.com

ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Folk Embroidered Tunic

This isn't yoga wear as such, but we think it's the perfect thing to slip on after class.

It's part of the Asos Reclaimed Vintage collection. It's one size fits all, which means you can just slip it on over your head and stroll into town.

£42, asos.com

Toms BURLAP WOMEN'S CORREA SANDALS

You'll need a pair of sandals to go with your new sun dress (of course).

We're loving this pair from Toms. They are made with natural burlap (or hessian to us Brits) with neat colourful detailing around the edges.

With every pair of shoes you buy from Toms, they give a pair to a child in need.

£34.99, toms.co.uk

Lululemon Pure Focus Glass Waterbottle

If you're going to a yoga class - particularly a bikram one - you need to stay hydrated. This swanky water bottle from Lululemon does just the trick.

It's made from glass, which might sound like an accident waiting to happen, but it's got this silicone sleeve to protect it.

It is also BPA-free which means your body won't take in any nasty chemicals from this bottle.

£25, lululemon.co.uk

Sugarskyshop KALEIDOSCOPE TURBAN HEADBAND

These comfy cotton jersey headbands will keep the hair out your face while you practice. Totally necessary on a hot summer's day.

We like the fact they are handmade in the USA by Skyler Thomas, a construction engineer turned crafter who lives in Georgia.

SugarSky offer a tonne of rad patterns to choose from, so you'll be totally spoilt for choice.

£13.50, sugarskyshop.com

Prana Reine Tank Sail Blue gearforgirls

Lightweight fabrics are key when it comes to practicing yoga.

This lovely tank top from Prana is so breathable, it will feel like you're practically wearing nothing at all.

It also dries super quick, so brilliant for travelling when you need to wash your tops in the sink.

£44.95, gearforgirls.co.uk

Sweaty BettyNo Show Knickers in Buttecup Yellow

Say goodbye to VPL when you're wearing your yoga pants.

These nifty knickers from Sweaty Betty are made without any visible seams, so you won't have to deal with that awkward knicker line situation ever again.

They are also made from sweat-wicking and quick-drying fabric, ideal for when you get sweaty.

£16, sweatybetty.com