Written by John Immel,
Ayurveda Travel KitTravel is fraught with uncertainty. Delayed plane flights, jet lag, and new environments disrupt our routine and rhythms. We may find ourselves choosing unhealthy fast foods when desperately hungry. The following Ayurvedic travel kit minimizes uncertainty and should include:
Airplane / Rest Stop YogaGood circulation is essential to health and good immunity while traveling. Long periods of sitting can cause swollen ankles, and stagnant Qi. These simple yoga poses will encourage your circulation without looking too weird in public:
Surviving Jet LagPlanes fly at unimaginable speed to our ancestral DNA, which is more accustomed to a walking pace. The body loves routine and schedules efficient use of blood according to the daily rhythms of the sun. When we changes time zones, we disrupt our biological clock. Generally, our clock gradually resynchronizes to the sun over two weeks time. While you are waiting to reset your clock, your appetite may be low during meal times, and strong in the middle of the night. Drink ginger tea at mealtimes helps reset your clock sooner. Even if you are not tired at bedtime, go to bed and close your eyes. Practice relaxing breath techniques. Climate changes may be too abrupt for our body. Try to moderate the temperature change with appropriate clothing.
Food in new countries may actually be unrecognizable to the body. Even if you aren't changing time zones, food culture changes from region to region, family to family, friend to friend. It's a good idea to drink warm water or ginger tea while traveling to guard your digestive health. Be sure to follow these tips when eating out at restaurants.
Travel & the SpiritOn a spiritual level, travel is inspirational. It stimulates new ideas and personal growth. However, travel is also emotional cocaine. When we return home, we may experience a psychological crash. Home life may appear dull and boring. The goal of travel is to bring innovation back home and re-integrate new ideas into our family life with the spirit of love, compassion and patience. Sooner or later, wherever we live becomes our home, even if it's an exciting new country. Robert Svoboda, author of 'Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution' says, "Until you learn to love your family, you can't learn compassion for any living thing."
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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