Have you ever experienced that sinking feeling when you arrive to your destination only to realize you’ve forgotten to pack some major essentials? As our Kundalini Quest Retreat to Zanzibar is quickly approaching (only 3 weeks left!), it’s time to start ensuring that you’ll have everything you could possibly need.
WHITE COTTON CLOTHING
Expand your aura and neutrality by wearing clothing made from natural fibers in nature’s purest color; white. Wearing white not only symbolizes spirituality and enlightenment, but also creates a powerful interface between you and your environment as your dive deep into the practice of Kundalini Yoga. More so, the spectrum of light energy that makes up white consists of all colors; a truly wholesome embodiment of exploration. Additionally, wearing natural fibers act as energy conduits, guiding the ‘prana’ inwards to filter out the negative energies.
FABINIDIA is a great place for cotton/linen wear that gives you the space to feel confident and comfortable as you practice KUNDALINI Yoga. (Deira City Center, Level 2)
YOGALINI by celeb designer Malini Ramani is a line created specifically for this practice. (Marina Plaza, Floor 33, Unit 3304, Dubai Marina)
KALYAN SILKS is another beautiful store that gives you more choice in terms of materials if you prefer silks and satins over cotton. (Office Land Building, Block 1, Al Karama, near Lulu Hypermarket)
Turbans are excellent for holding your energy in, creating a focus at the third eye point which is ideal for the practice of meditation. Our skulls are made up of tiny bones that are constantly moving, often at the roots of our anxiety and inability to find serenity within ourselves. Covering our head stabilizes the 26 parts of the brain that are interlocked with the neurological system and the electromagnetic field. Additionally, tying your hair on top of the head and covering it allows us to harness energy inflow, and quiet our minds for a brief second.
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Just like a turban covering our head, having a natural fiber blanket/shawl to cover ourselves whilst meditating or practicing yoga helps preserve our meditational vibrations. For the best results, try a pashmina shawl.
Zanzibar is a destination that boasts of sunshine and a tropical climate all year round. Yes, even through their rainy seasons! Although beautiful, tropical climates often have mosquitos and other insects that can cause irritation, especially considering that we will be spending a large amount of time in the outdoors, connecting to mother nature. To avoid searching for repellants in a new town on your first evening, bring a small bug spray to take care of the first few days of this trip. By arriving prepared, you can start off the retreat without having to worry about pesky bug bites!
BUY ONLINE: Mosquito Repellent
SUN SCREEN AND SUN GLARES
Outdoor activity is what a large part of this tropical retreat is about. To stay safe and shield your skin, bring a sunscreen which is at least SPF 30. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that to block 98% of UVB rays (the ones that are harmful for our skin), a sunscreen with SPF 50 is required. Additionally, also consider getting a tube of pure Aloe Vera gel, an excellent natural soother for sunburns and rashes. And of course, to shield yourself from the direct glare of sunlight, do bring a pair of sunglasses.
BUY ONLINE: Organic Sunscreen
Zanzibar has some of the most beautiful beaches to offer. Therefore, make sure to bring at least 2 swimsuits and 2 bath towels as the natural humidity in the atmosphere may result in your clothes drying a little slower.
BUY ONLINE: Swimsuit
BOHO CHIC GEAR
When travelling to a tropical climate like Zanzibar, it is important to pack clothing that is light and loose to circulate air around the body and ensure comfort throughout the day. For women, we recommend long, flowing dresses or skirts made from natural fibers in light layers for when the weather gets breezy. For men, linen/khaki pants and shirts are always ideal. To truly enjoy the tropics, make sure you bring a sun hat with you!
RAIN. THE LABEL by KAYA PETERS
Kaya Peters has been a pioneer in bringing yoga therapy to the Middle East. In doing so, she has now launched her own label: RAIN which is a leisure wear brand for empowered women who prefer yogic garments that are figure hugging to embody strength and softness. Again, made of the finest natural fibers, the items in this line are suitable for every day wear, yoga and workouts ensuring maximum comfort.
BUY ONLINE: Rain. The Label
UNIVERSAL TRAVEL ADAPTORS
The make of electrical sockets differs from country to country. Thus, as you may wish to use electric appliances whilst on this retreat, we recommend investing in a universal travel adaptor that is built to work with any type of socket and voltage. If you would like to see the kind of adaptor needed for Zanzibar specifically, check out WorldStandards.
BUY ONLINE: Universal Adaptor
The most important part of travelling overseas is ensuring that you have all the necessary documents you will need to enter the country. For entry into Zanzibar, please check you have all the following documents before you depart from Dubai:
TOURIST VISA TO ZANZIBAR (unless you will be applying on arrival)
PHYSICAL COPY OF AIRLINE TICKETS
YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD (only required if you have chosen to administer it)
A VALID FORM OF ID (emirates ID, driver’s license etc.)
HEALTH INSURANCE CARD
A SPARE RESERVE OF CASH FOR EMERGENCIES