Begin your holiday feeling nourished
A change in our environment and our daily routine when we travel can provide a wonderfully refreshing experience that stimulates our senses leaving us feeling invigorated and renewed. But how does travelling, especially in an aeroplane , affect our Vata Dosha?
Vata is governed by space and air, with qualities that are light and drying. When we fly there is an increase of Vata due to the pressure in the cabin, the plane’s enclosed air conditioning system, and the fact that we are no longer on the ground.
This can lead to experiencing the not-so-pleasant symptoms of dry skin, dry nostrils, and constipation. Luckily there are some practical ways to prepare for this so that you can arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy your holiday.
Tips for staying nourished when you travel
Before you go
- Be prepared well ahead of time which takes the pressure off you and avoids last minute rushing. This helps to keep your Vata Dosha in a calmed state.
- Having a massage before you leave relaxes your nervous system and keeps your skin nourished with oil.
- Avoid junk food that can make you feel sluggish and stimulants like coffee and tea that increase Vata Dosha.
On the plane
- Massaging the soles of your feet with a little organic sesame oil helps to ground you and is very relaxing.
- Also rub a little of the oil into your nostrils and ears to counteract dryness and can protect your airways.
- On the plane, stay hydrated with warm water, avoid overly salty food and snacks, and stay away from the stimulation of caffeinated drinks.
- Once you arrive, treat yourself to a soothing chai, a herbal tea or a smoothie with coconut water to keep up your hydration.
- Include a refreshing facial spray bottle with aloe vera or rosewater in your hand luggage. This can be used throughout the flight to help keep your skin hydrated.
- Practice breathing exercises to equalise the breath within your body, creating a state of relaxation.
- Regular meditation is beneficial to keep you feeling centred instead of scattered.
Depending on which part of the world you are travelling to, and which season you are entering, there are several other vital Ayurvedic tips that you can use.
Article by Liesl Horne Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach
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