Summer is here! It’s time to check your travel bucket list. While sightseeing is exciting, the joy of traveling can be stressful and tough on your joints and muscles. Yoga practices and teachings are becoming more popular for easing travel discomforts and the travel industry has definitely taken note of it.
Keep cool and stay healthy this summer with these 8 Ayurvedic tips.
Spring is here and the earth has gladly received the embrace of the sun. Let’s embrace the light to renew and revitalize our body and mind!
Spring is a season characterized by warmth and moistness departing from the cold, dry winter. It is the season of Kapha (a combination of water and earth). Let’s leave winter behind and spring forward with a seasonal diet and lifestyle that invites a little extra lightness, sharpness, dryness and heat into our lives.
Ayurveda is a traditional, ancient Indian health science. The name “Ayurveda” means “life knowledge”. It is a holistic system that emphasizes balancing the body, mind and spirit to prevent and treat disease. This 5,000-year-old practice focuses on harmonizing the body with nature through diet, herbal remedies, yoga and meditation, exercise, lifestyle and body cleansing.
Traveling could be hard on your body. Catching a cold or flu is more likely within the confined and crowded spaces in the planes and airports. Many travelers also find their sleep patterns disrupted by these conditions. A lesser-discussed problem is our digestive system going out of kilter due to an inadequate diet as well as prolonged sitting on the plane or car.
Unless you are lucky enough to be traveling in first or business class, you’ll probably find most in-flight meals and snacks are not very appetizing. On some long haul US domestic flights no meal at all is provided. In that case, you need to bring your own food or make a purchase before you board.
If this is your first trip by airplane, you might be wondering what airplane sounds are normal, and why does everyone act like these strange sounds are OK. Well, even though most people act nonplussed about flying, some people become anxious about the unfamiliar sounds that they hear and worry that they might not be normal. Some people worry about their flight so much that they cannot enjoy themselves, or they end up bargaining with God. For someone who flies a lot, fretting the entire flight about some sounds is not a good coping mechanism. Don’t waste your mental energy. Learn how to deal with the thumps and bumps of air travel.
You get off your long flight and schlep your carry-on bags off the plane. You are stiff and still have another flight that boards in two hours from a nearby gate. What can you do in the airport other than sit at the next gate? If you are lucky enough to land at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), you can pop out your yoga mat (or use a complimentary one) and do some salutations to the sun and downward dog postures in their fabulous yoga room for FREE!
Those little trays on the back of an airplane’s seats are perfect for making some fun paper folding projects. Origami is a traditional Japanese art form, which is widely taught all over the world.
Not everyone likes to travel. In fact, for some people travel can be stressful. If you are someone who gets anxious when flying, worries excessively, feels a lack of control, or isn’t experienced at travelling and finds the experience overwhelming, then read about mindfulness and how you can practice it during your next trip.