- Be Sure to Pack a 3oz Travel Size Oil – Oil is one of the best things for Vata. It is heavy, nourishing and smooth which helps to balance the light, dry and rough qualities of Vata. Every time I get on a plane I ensure I have a 3oz travel bottle of oil – organic almond or avocado are good choices – in my carry-on bag. Before take-off I remove my shoes and oil my feet and put on socks (I have been known to do this in my seat and I swear no one has flinched but you can also go into the bathroom if you don’t believe me) in addition to oiling my forehead and temples. The oil helps to ground you when you are up in the air, providing you with some stability for your journey.
- Drink Warm Liquids – Vata is cold which you need to balance with warmth. It is best to drink warm or room temperature water and to stay away from ice cold beverages.
- Fast If You Can And Avoid Dry, Cold Food – One of my favorite teachers from Ayurveda training called the airport the Vata-port. He made this reference because pretty much all of the food you find in an airport is Vata aggravating. Some of the qualities of Vata are light, cold, rough, dry, and hard. Now think about what you find in an airport store for snacks – chips, bars, nuts – mostly foods with these qualities. The best thing to do when travelling is to eat before you go and try to fast on the plane. Your digestion will thank you.
- Meditate During Lift Off – Meditation during lift off is a great way to keep your body and mind still to balance the mobility of heading up into the ether. I typically do one of my daily 20 minute meditations or you can try a breathing body meditation and focus on your breath going in and out. Just use the time to be still to help balance and calm your body and mind for a safe journey.
Archives for September 2016
Hoping everyone had a great long weekend! While the weather in NYC looks like it’s going to remain hot for a while, Labor Day weekend is a symbolic end to summer, or Pitta season, and the beginning of fall, or Vata season.Every year, I fondly look at this transition time to fall as a new beginning. Even though I am no longer in school and don’t have kids who are either, I still think of September as the beginning of the year more so than January. The seasonal transition is an important time according to Ayurveda. At the end of a season, in this case Pitta season, the qualities that correspond with that season tend to be built up in our bodies, making us feel out of balance. So at the end of the Labor Day weekend, you might be feeling hot, oily and sharp both physically and mentally. In order to help bring these qualities back into balance so we can help our bodies and minds transition to the new season, it is an ideal time to cleanse to help expel the excess qualities that have built up in our system.
If you aren’t ready for a full out cleanse, don’t sweat it. Start with something simple such as drinking this digestive tea once a day. The tea – CCFT – which stands for Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea – is cleansing to the system and ideal to drink a half an hour before or after a meal to help with digestion. Try it out and let me know what you think!
Ayurvedic Digestive Tea
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- Boil the seeds in four cups of water and steep for 15 minutes
- Strain and enjoy!