Part of traveling to far-away lands means letting go of attachments, putting routines aside, and doing some new stuff.
I recently got back from a two-week trip to Turkey and, though I enjoyed being away, I’m also I’m also very much a creature of habit. When I’m not at home, I miss my routine: my morning yoga practice and the assorted props that go with it, comfy meditation cushion, herbs I take to maintain health and digestion, my favorite foods…you get the idea.
Routines aside, travel is hugely disruptive to our sensitive systems. The movement of the plane and stress from being patted down by the TSA disrupts the vata dosha (which regulates movement in the body—namely, breath, elimination, and circulation). As a result of vata increasing, you may feel dryness, constipation, anxiety, edema, headache, and a compromised immune system.
By taking a few precautions to keep vata in check, you can avoid getting sick while traveling, you won’t need to take pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter meds, your digestion will remain solid, and you’ll sleep well, too.
Over the years, I’ve assembled a small travel kit with commonly found items and portable routine that ensures I can still squeeze in a bit of yoga and stay healthy–no matter where I am in the world. What’s in that kit, you ask?