All About Vata

By Noelle noelle bio picture

Here are some factors that increase vata (and are especially important since we are entering the vata season!):

Exposure to cold

No routine in your life

Eating too much dry, frozen, or leftover food, or foods with bitter, pungent, or astringent tastes.


Too much traveling

Too much inappropriate exercise

Misuse/overuse of senses

Too much sex


Suppressing natural urges

Abdominal surgery

Stimulants and other drugs

Too little sleep, staying up late, working nights

Not oiling the skin

Frequent colonics/enemas

Worry, fear, anxiety, grief, and repressing these

Fall and early winter


Simple ways to balance vata:

Have a regular routine

Oil your skin regularly

Take gentle exercises daily

Have plenty of sleep and rest

Keep warm

Nurture your senses


Try this delicious vata soothing bedtime drink (it encourages sleep!):

To a small mug, add generous pinches (such as a quarter teaspoon) of ground ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon, and a small pinch of nutmeg. Fill with hot milk or any kind of nut mylk of your choice. When it has cooled slightly, add raw honey to taste if desired. Stir well. You can try different proportions of spices, such as clove in place of the cinnamon.

Make your own version of the spiced mylk!

Make your own version of the spiced mylk!