The Essential Yoga Festival Survival Guide

Set yourself up for success: prepare your body, pack smart, and take care of yourself.

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A four-day yoga festival on the horizon this summer? Prepare to harness your powers of positivity, physicality, and mindfulness, as you get ready for one of the most rewarding weekends of your life, but also prepare to be challenged in ways you may not have expected. With a little work in the lead up and a proper care throughout the weekend, your enjoyment factors will be as high as your handstand.

Set a Goal

I am going to enjoy my yoga festival. I am going to let go of my expectations. I am going to practice self-care. I am going to be open to learning new things and making new friends. Goals sound simple and obvious but having a purpose to your actions over the weekend will give your lead-up, focus. For example if you goal is to enjoy your festival you will want to make sure you body is ready to get the most out of the experience.

Yoga Game on Point

Four days of yoga is hard and brings in a very different element to your practice—endurance. The best way to get ready for the physical aspect of multiple classes over multiple days is to step-up your yoga practice in the lead up. Make a plan at least one month out from your event and increase your visits to the yoga studio. On day two of your festival and 80 Chaturangas later, you will be glad you did. Consider getting your feet wet with a 108 Event. Combing running with yoga and meditation is a great way to include some endurance into your practice.

Rest Up

While you should condition your body for more yoga in the month leading up, be sure not to run yourself into the ground before the festival has even started. The same as you would do preparing for any endurance event, make sure you rest in the week leading up to your festival. Get your Yin on at your favorite yoga hub and enjoy less rigorous physical activities. Eat well, drink lost of water, and practice self-care.

Pack Smart

Go a head and treat yourself to some type of mat carrier. Sometimes you don’t have a lot of time in between classes and a mat carrier can make travel in between two venues smoother.

Also bring:

  • A backpack
  • High-calorie healthy snacks, like nuts and dried fruit. Pack enough for the day.
  • Water bottle
  • Journal
  • Extra yoga clothes. You might get sweaty, you might get cold.
  • Comfy shoes
  • Sweater or warm layer

Set Reasonable Expectations

Work within your limits and leave your ego at the door. You do not need to do an inversion class followed by a tutorial on Virabhadrasana. I learned this one the hard way, waking up day two of a four-day yoga festival and being so sore from the previous day I was barely able to walk! There are easier options. Enjoy the Speakeasy Talks or informational sessions. Let your body rest while your mind gets a workout.

Don’t Forget Self-Care

There is so much happening a night, you are going to wonder, when am I meant to sleep? If you eat healthy, drink lots of water, and rest when you can, your stamina will allow you to persevere as you get swept away in a weekend of fun you’ll never forget.

Jane EmerickJane Emerick is a travel writing momma and yogi adventurer. From the top of the mountain to the depths of the sea and everything in between, find Jane on her snowboard, skis, surfboard, or bike any given day. A self-proclaimed “unorganized Mom,” Jane is a hippy at heart who loves to explore. She teaches yoga and has a background in marketing and writing. Follow Jane on Instagram or her blog,