- 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.
Even though I am someone that thrives on travel, I also am a stickler for routine. I love the adventure of travel but don’t like the fact that my digestion can get thrown off; I have to eat out a lot; and even if I don’t get full blown sick, a travel cold, stuffy nose or headache can sneak in. Below are some of my favorite Ayurveda-inspired travel tips I will be leaning heavily on over the next few months which are full of travel for me. According to Ayurveda, travel is all about Vata management. Vata is made of the elements of air and ether and is the only dosha that is mobile, so when we are travelling – particularly by plane – our Vata can get out of whack which can lead to constipation, anxiety and nervousness, amongst other things. Below are some of my favorite Vata management travel tips that anyone can incorporate into their travel routines. Try them out next time you jet off somewhere and let me know how you do!