Anand Srivastava, Chairman of Maharishi Ayurveda, travels the globe multiple times a year. Stepping off a long-haul flight, straight into the boardroom, he is always a picture of calm. And why not. After all, he follows the planet’s oldest system of healing, where the keyword is balance.
“Ayurveda believes we are composed of three doshas or humours, vata, pitta and kapha,” explains Srivastava. “Of these, vata, which embodies the qualities of ‘air’ (light, dry, restless) is the first to go out of whack when you are on the move. That’s why, travellers often suffer from joint pain, dry skin, lack of sleep, constipation and nervousness. So, tame your vata dosha and you will find it a breeze to travel without hassle.”
We asked him to share his favourite stress-relief tips:
1. Never take a sedative before you travel. The mind needs to remain alert during a journey.
2. Give yourself a comforting massage with warm sesame oil before you leave. Wipe off the excess oil with a wet cloth. Take a shower afterwards.
3. After you arrive, soak feet in warm salted water for a few minutes. You will feel the stress leaving your body and mind. This is particularly wonderful after a trek.
4. Splash or mist your face with cold mineralised water from time to time. Its coolness replenishes moisture and balances vata dosha.
5. Spritz organic rose water on your face and neck. Or, dab some rose water on a cotton pad and press it over closed eyes for a few minutes. Such a relief! Roses are highly prized in Ayurveda for their cooling and soothing properties—ideal for balancing the vata dosha.
6. Avoid alcohol and coffee when flying or travelling long distance: they leach moisture from the body, leading to the aggravation of the vata dosha. Eat sweet, juicy fruits; drink plenty of water or sip herbal tea.
7. Dabbing some organic, cold-pressed oil on your forehead. It improves circulation, alleviates travel sickness and settles the stomach.
8. Constipation often troubles travellers, especially in colder climes. Taking triphala at night clears toxins and boosts digestion. Triphala means ‘three fruits’, namely haritaki, amalaki and bibhitaki, each one of which plays a powerful role in healing. It is easily available at quality chemist shops all over India.
9. Think a couple of meals ahead when you’re travelling. It’s important to eat at regular intervals, so that your metabolism works well. Choose light, warm and nourishing foods such as wholesome soups and freshly cooked grains and veggies.
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