Do you have vacation on your mind now that summer is fast approaching? Have you ever stopped to think about what a balancing vacation spot may be for you?
Environment plays a role in your health and well-being, too! According to Ayurveda, there are various environments which harness healing properties for specific doshas. This blog sheds light on how to choose a vacation that supports your constitution.
Funny enough, this article was sparked by a dream I have one night. In my dream, I contemplated various destinations for each dosha. Read below for tips to plan a trip that is best for you!
Vata types struggle with travel because travel sparks movement. Vata is air and space and has plenty of movement already. Traveling on an airplane means you are traveling through space and time quickly (400 mph+)! Even traveling by car, you are moving quickly (75 mph+ on the highway). Ayurveda provides insight on how to balance the elements in your environment and your body for optimal well-being.
Travel Insider Trick: Constipation is common with travel due to excess movement. Movement increases vata which increases dryness. Triphala is a wonderful Ayurvedic herb which can be used for constipation due to travel. It is a blend of three fruits and helps to regulate bowel movements.
Here are two recommendations for vata types:
Staycation! Get extra sleep, each nourishing foods, and stay warm where you are.
Go somewhere tropical! Warm and moist environments are most balancing for the cold and dry properties of vata. Here are a few locations to consider:
- Hawaiian Islands
- Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Pitta types need to pay extra attention to staying cool in the summer. Pitta is fire and a little water. The sun and heat can cause rash, inflammation and redness for pittas.
Choose somewhere that is cool in temperature! Here are some places that are notoriously cooler in the summer months:
- San Francisco, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
- Rochester, New York
- San Diego, California
Kapha is earth and water, and these types can use the activation and stimulation of a dry heat. While on vacation, choose to move around. Go for walks or hikes in the heat. Hop on a bike and go for a ride. Movement is great for you!
Choose a location that is warm and dry - think desert! Here is a list of hot and dry places:
- Sedona, Arizona
- Tucson, Arizona (my hometown!)
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Palm Springs, California
- Moab, Utah