According to Ayurvedic principles, travelling is a major cause of Vata imbalance. Excessive travelling leads to Ayurveda Vata imbalance. This exhibits through the symptoms like headache, giddiness, vomiting sensation, backache, body ache etc. Having said that, it is impossible in the modern lifestyle to avoid travelling. But you can take simple measures to prevent Vata imbalance, though you travel a lot.
Health tips for travel keep Vata balance while travelling:
Select a good seat: If you are travelling in a bus or car, select a seat that is comfortable, and that gives a good rest to your back. In a bus, it is good to choose a seat that is in between the front and rear tyres, as you can avoid the jerks. If you are travelling in a car, then it is a good habit to keep pillows or other supportive things so as to maintain yourself in a comfortable position.
Proper leg position: Keeping your feet rested on the floor so that the knee joint makes an obtuse angle. Do not keep the legs crossed.
Keep your ears plugged: If you get headache usually during or after travel, it is advisable to keep the ears plugged with cotton swabs. Make sure you select a bigger swab, so that the swab sits snug in the ear.
Keep the windows closed or with minimal opening: This way, your body is not directly exposed to wind. Exposure to direct wind is a big cause for Vata imbalance.
Keep the A/C very near to normal temperature: Excessive cool air leads to Vata imbalance.
Let the dress or cloth cover your arms and legs: So as to avoid direct wind exposure to skin, which is a cause for Vata Dosha imbalance.
Ayurvedic massage: Before and after a long travel, it is a good habit to have an Ayurvedic massage with Ayurvedic herbal oil.
Wear a helmet: If you are travelling on your bike. It not only protects your Vata, but also your head.
Hot water : Especially in long travels, use hot water to drink. This maintains Vata balance.
Do not talk much while travelling.
So, these are the very easy to follow, yet at the same time, highly effective travelling tips for Vata Balance.
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