- Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
- The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
- The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
- A flashlight (or headlamp if you are going on early morning Volcano hiking excursion)
- Camera (bring extra batteries, a backup camera)
- Sunglasses (even a spare wouldn’t hurt)
- Hat! You are close to the equator!
- Sunblock is EXTREMELY expensive in Bali. It is probably because it’s imported and
therefore subjected to a high tax. You will go through sunscreen faster then you expect
because you have to put it on every time you go out in the sun or you will get burned. I
would bring one large tube for each week, and then a nicer tube of sunscreen for your face with a higher SPF.
- Light clothes in natural, breathable fabrics. No heavy synthetics, especially not for yoga
- Choose colors that will reflect the light of the sun; white is a staple and you can never go wrong with it.
- Recommend knees covered when possible in Ubud or in smaller villages, out of respect,
instead of short shorts. The short shorts are fine at the beach.
- Sleeveless tops are fine, so are tank tops but have a scarf/shawl with you that you can wrap over your shoulders if necessary.
- Light weight long sleeve to protect yourself from the sun for those that are more sensitive.
- Easy, flowy lounge pants, beach pants are a nice option
- Shoes: you need flip flops and a pair of shoes you can walk/hike around in (closed athletic shoe). No need to bring your heavy hikers. And a cute set of sandals but no heels. The sidewalks in Ubud are famous for tripping.
- An extra pair of contacts if you wear them, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- For hiking, be sure to have a lightweight backpack to carry your personal belongings. Also great when riding a Vespa, or riding a bike into town and around.
- Chargers for phone, camera
- A small backpack or bag you can bring your magazines and sun block and such. And can be used for all the cool stuff you buy to take home with you!
- Bug repellent (at least something, then you can always buy more sprays, lotions in Bali for very cheap)
- Little wetnaps or kleenex pack. Most of the nice places will have toilet paper, but it won’t be unusual not to find any or easy way to wash your hands. It is a good idea to keep little wet naps or tissue with you at all times just in case.
What do I personally wear? I wear a lot of dresses, flowy pants, hats, sunnies, purse over shoulder (with phone, scarf, and temple wear so I’m always ready)
You’ll be wearing on average two outfits a day: yoga and then a travel outfit for excursions later.
- 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 Bali 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 Bali 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 to protect from sun
- Light and airy beachy pants will offer you some extra coverage and still keep you cool.
- 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.)
- Scarf to cover shoulders (or buy one there) for entering temples. They will cost $3-7
- Shorts above the knee are fine on the beach or touristy destinations but not in the temples or holy places. You will NOT be allowed entry.
- 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 for Bali
- Tons of clothes: You will end up buying clothes while in Bali, because everything is so beautiful and well priced.
- Don’t try to bring an electric toothbrush because the outlets may fry the charger.
- Lots of shoes: The only shoes you will need in Bali are flip flops and a good pair of walking/water shoes if you want to do any hiking. Do not bring high heels because the sidewalks are uneven and hard to walk on.
- Expensive Shoes
- Jeans. You may see locals in tight jeans but for us we will over heat.
What to BUY in Bali
- Surfers delight! You will get super great deals on Billabong and Quicksilver
Jewelry both high end but inexpensive silver pieces made by true artisans to leather bracelets, gorgeous inventive one of a kind pieces
- Malas! Giddy up. No one loves malas more than me. Here you’ll find heaven for malas.
- Art: both high end, incredible artwork and less expensive canvas art. I always find beautiful pieces to add to my collection. I can take you where you want to go.
- Deities: Statues of Ganesh, Laskmi, you name it they are here made with heart and love
- Furniture: Your trip could be about getting the most amazing bedroom set or dining room. The wood working is something Bali is known for.
- Designer Shopping. Mister Zimi, Alice McCall, Auguste Frank, Uma, Leopald, Magali Pascal to name a few. You can go as high end as you want here. You’ll have options ranging from French designers to Australian innovators and more!
- Penises: What?! Yes, key chains, kites, coffee table size. I’ll explain when together. It’s the power of Shiva Lingam!
- Coffee: most expensive coffee in the world is from Bali. Kopi Luwak. We’ll take you to a coffee plantation for a tasting and tour.
- Eco Stuff: aromatherapy stuff, cacao, art pieces.
- Market: This is where we’ll buy sarongs to wear into Temples. And other things like incense and such.
- Remember Bali shopping is legendary! Come prepared to buy something.
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