When you are planning to spend about a month or two in the tropical weather conditions or icy cold months of the Indian subcontinent, it is ideal to prepare a list as to what to pack for the yoga teacher training program in India. The climate be a cry baby and take the best of you, so firstly and most importantly, we would suggest you to check with the yoga school in India about the temperature and if any other extras stuff you would need through the intensive yoga teacher training in India. Apart from this, if you have any other personal preferences or stuff you cannot do without, we suggest briniging it with you rather than expecting it to find it near the yoga school in India.

Here is a list (in no particular order) of the stuff a westerner would need to carry with him/her to make the most of the period in the eastern world:

Ear plugs:

India is a place where a festival, an event or a marriage is taking place somewhere or the other. The land of festivity, where everything needs to be celebrated, it is can be a tad bit difficult to find your space. If you are in an ashram for yoga teacher training in India, you could still have stray dogs partying at night and taking away a good night’s sleep.

Mosquito Net and Repellant:

Mostly the schools have the net part covered, but you do not want to be exposed to mosquitoes while you are here. It is best to have a net handy and you would be using it more than you thought you would. This point is especially helpful for the sweet-blooded beings. And the repellants while you are on the go or in a posture, you will thank yourself for taking the decision of carrying a repellant.


The intensive yoga teacher training course in India will leave little or no time in your space to go out. Usually you will step out in the evening and head back after dark and sometimes late in the night. A headlamp will be your guide through the small streets and by lanes in India. Also, if you plan on trekking or heading to a camp, well, headlamps would be required.

Sleeping bag:

Ashrams, motels, guesthouses, throughout your tour in India and other South East Asian countries, you would need a sleeping bag especially if you are bug sensitive. The yoga schools in India might have higher standards, but the ashrams and guesthouses might not. It is suggested to sleep in a place where you will mentally feel clean.

Adapters and Converters:

A plug adapter is a basic necessity in India for the westerners due to the difference in socket shapes. The plug adapters can be found in India too, but you might need a good one with surcharge protection to avoid any sparks from your device. Also, heavier voltage items might call for voltage adapters, check the product manual for further details.

Water Purifiers:

Although Bisleris and filtered water is available everywhere, still to kill the doubt away, you can keep the water purifiers on you. It kills up to 99.999% germs and viruses and allows you to drink from any tap or filter.

Swiss Knife:

This is yet another very handy item to keep on you whether you are going for a yoga teacher training in India or a trek to a Volcano. The knife, scissor, bottle opener etc. are all required items in one kit.

There could be other items, depending on place and personal choice. Make a list and stick to it when you pack.

Author's Bio: 

Sophia smith is freelance writer.