Written by John Immel,
The following Ayurvedic travel kit minimizes uncertainty and should include:
Airplane / Rest Stop Stretch & MovementGood circulation is essential to health and good immunity while traveling. Long periods of sitting can cause swollen ankles, buildup of toxins, and even blood clots. A simple stretch will encourage your circulation without standing out too much 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. A change in time zones disrupts our biological clock.
You 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. Drinking ginger tea at mealtimes helps reset your clock sooner.
Even if you are not tired at bedtime, go to bed and close your eyes. Take a few long, deep exhales to slow your heart rate.
Climate changes may also be too abrupt for your 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, the uncertainty that accompanies travel can lead to anxiety and impatience with loved ones. Try to be forgiving of those around you who are acting out, and stay calm.
Travel can also feels like emotional cocaine. Then when you return home, you may experience a psychological crash as the quotidian reality sinks back in. 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 generosity and patience. Sooner or later, wherever you live becomes home. People have the same struggles even if it's an exciting new country. Until you learn to love your home, you can't really love anything.
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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 biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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