The Netherlands! What does it remind you of? Enthralling beaches, wonderful lily gardens, incredible modern architecture, windmills or canalside cafes? If this European nation is not in your holiday hit list, you certainly need to reframe the list.
Wait, wait, wait… I have already made my mind up for a blissful visit to the country. For the last couple of months, I have been planning for a rejuvenating timeout. A number of places came to my mind – Thailand, Belize, and Morocco, just to name a few. Since the vacation arrives after a long time, I want to relax and invigorate my soul. There would absolutely be nothing better than a Yoga retreat- as advised by a number of my friends and online portals. Being Indian by birth and globetrotter by nature, I chose this country because of its fascinating cultural blend, historical richness, astonishing location, and the current yogic influence.
Anyways, here I am ready to take my journey to the Dutch nation for an amazing Yoga retreat. I’ll be sharing my preparations for the retreat program in this blog. In addition, there are a few pieces of suggestions that I love to share with my readers.
A retreat in the Netherlands is one of the most sought-after choices people make to holiday. What to carry and what not to – two of the major questions, right? I’m planning a little differently. All my preparations are based on previous experiences that I have faced.
Rolling duffle or a backpack
While traveling, the first thing I care about is the way of carrying my goods. It is very important to take complete care of your personal belongings, especially in a country that is unknown to you. Most of the people prefer a wheeled suitcase. But I prefer a backpack, since I find it easy to travel with. Also, I am more partial to carrying as light as possible, since it’ll be easy to travel with. I can roam around anywhere in the Dutch streets with the backpack.
Items for Yoga
Although most of the Yoga retreat centers offer Yoga essentials, I recommend taking my own goods and chattels. Sports clothing is considered the best for a Yoga program. This is what I have learnt while attending the 200 hour Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. Most of the teachers had suggested me to wear sports pant and tees. I would suggest a lightweight Yoga mat and sweat-soaking towels are quite important items to be carried on a Yoga vacation. While choosing the mat, I made sure that it was printed with certain asanas and spiritual mantras. It keeps me motivated enough to take the beauty of spirituality to my soul.
Apart from Yoga, there are a number of things that I care about. The Netherlands is located in Northwestern Europe, which is usually quite cold. The climatic condition is entirely opposite to that of India. That’s why I plan to prepare myself to sustain in the cold environment. I would be carrying 2-3 sets of woolen clothes. Since Europe is one of the most fashionable regions, it would be awesome for me to display my own sense of fashion. In addition, there are a number of beaches in the Netherlands for which beach-wear is a great choice. I’ve already packed a pair of beach pants. Sunglasses, water bottle, camera, etcetera are some of the very important things I will be carrying to Holland.
Of course, one needs to manage traveling tickets before time. I believe in advance booking and thus, I plan my flight tickets before time. This not only lets me avail significant discounts but also helps me escape the horrors of the last-time rush. Why engage in hectic affairs before moments of relaxation that I will receive on the retreat program? If you are a solo explorer like me and want to save some penny, check out different websites for discount offers. You will get a good deal.
Of course, I will utilize this opportunity to explore various places in the Netherlands. Along with the retreat, I have saved an ample amount of time for knowing about the culture, society, lifestyle, art and architecture of the nation. The first thing in my mind is to enjoy the thrill of a canal ride, which is quite popular in the country. Van Gogh Museumis, of course, the place to visit that displays works of Van Gogh in a huge house. In addition, I have heard about multiple other museums that are worth visiting. The iconic 19th century park, Keukenhof is known as the garden of Europe. In my travel plan, this flower garden holds a prominent spot. A number of historical sites such as Anne Frank House, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Portuguese Synagogue, etc. are also in my traveling plans.
Hope everything will go well and I will come back with new experiences to share with you all.
Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organizes 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh. Manmohan Singh conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas, and Trekking in India.