• Six Ways to Access Vata’s Gifts in the Fall and Early Winter
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • November 28, 2023
    Six Ways to Access Vata’s Gifts in the Fall and Early Winter

    Vata dosha is responsible for creativity, imagination, intuition, communication, movement, and joy. Learn how to harness these superpowers during vata season.

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  • How to Stay Healthy While Traveling | Ayurvedic Tips for Flying
    • Holidays
    • May 23, 2023
    How to Stay Healthy While Traveling | Ayurvedic Tips for Flying

    Air travel can take quite a toll on our bodies and minds. Use these simple Ayurvedic flying and packing tips to stay healthy on your journey.

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  • 3 Chai Spiced Ghee Recipes to Spice Up Your Day
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • January 03, 2023
    3 Chai Spiced Ghee Recipes to Spice Up Your Day

    These yummy recipes may become new favorites. With a creamy texture and an uplifting infusion of aromatic cardamom and cinnamon, there's no end to the ways you can use Chai Spiced Ghee.

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  • 3 Turmeric Ghee Recipes for Golden Nourishment
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • January 03, 2023
    3 Turmeric Ghee Recipes for Golden Nourishment

    Enhance your kitchen creations and nourish your well-being with this delicately spiced ghee. These three tasty recipes can get you started!

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  • Tending Home Base: 4 Ways to Balance Vata This Fall
    • Health and Wellness
    • October 17, 2022
    Tending Home Base: 4 Ways to Balance Vata This Fall

    Did you know that each dosha has a special seat within the body where it is most at home? Learn about vata's seat and how it can help you stay balanced.

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  • Haritaki: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • October 05, 2022
    Haritaki: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    Perhaps best known as one of the three fruits in triphala powder, haritaki (Terminalia chebula) is a potent herb and powerful plant ally. 

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  • Understanding the Dynamics of the Doshas in the Workplace
    • Health and Wellness
    • March 31, 2022
    Understanding the Dynamics of the Doshas in the Workplace

    While understanding your dosha isn’t foolproof in helping you land the right job, it can give you the footing you need to set out in the right direction, and with a little more happiness and ease.

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  • What the Doshas Can Teach You About Your Relationships and Love Language
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • February 09, 2022
    What the Doshas Can Teach You About Your Relationships and Love Language

    When it comes to romantic relationships, the doshas play a big role, influencing what you contribute, how you show affection, and how to find harmony with your partner.

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  • How to Exercise for Your Dosha
    • Health and Wellness
    • January 21, 2022
    How to Exercise for Your Dosha

    Different people need different types of exercise. Here’s how Ayurveda can help you optimize your fitness routine and get the most out of your movement.

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  • How to Help Kids Balance Their Vata
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • January 06, 2021
    How to Help Kids Balance Their Vata

    As we continue to adjust to this ever-changing “normal,” it’s important that we adopt ways to balance excess vata and support our children in doing the same.

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  • Ginger Tulsi Almond Smoothie Recipe
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • March 18, 2020
    Ginger Tulsi Almond Smoothie Recipe

    This tasty smoothie with tulsi and ginger is perfect for de-cluttering the mind, soothing the nerves, supporting healthy energy, and helping you feel amazing.

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  • Can Vata & Kapha Be Out of Balance at the Same Time? [video]
    • Kapha
    • January 27, 2020
    Can Vata & Kapha Be Out of Balance at the Same Time? [video]

    What happens when vata and kapha are both imbalanced? In this Ask Banyan video, we address what this type of imbalance might look like, and what to focus on to bring both doshas back to balance. 

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  • How to Have the Perfect Yoga Practice for Vata + 6 Poses
    • December 17, 2019
    How to Have the Perfect Yoga Practice for Vata + 6 Poses

    Not all yoga practices are calming to vata. A vata balancing sequence should incorporate warming, grounding, and slow qualities to counteract the dry, rough, mobile qualities of vata. 

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  • How to Embrace Your Vata Superpowers
    • Vata
    • October 21, 2019
    How to Embrace Your Vata Superpowers

    Vata has superpowers! The first step in harnessing them? Focus on celebrating the positive aspects of this dosha, while also using Ayurvedic wisdom to stay balanced and healthy. 

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  • 6 Secrets for a Balanced, Vibrant Vata This Fall
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 27, 2019
    6 Secrets for a Balanced, Vibrant Vata This Fall

    Fall is one of the best times of the year to find a connection to our inner peace and calm. Read this article to learn some of Ayurveda's best secrets for making this practical and attainable. 

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  • 12 Ways to Stay Grounded in a Digital World
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • May 01, 2018
    12 Ways to Stay Grounded in a Digital World

    The elements of the virtual world are ether and air. Prana, the life force, flows virtually as we exchange information and energy with the internet and our phones. But that prana is ungrounded, dispersed, and often undirected. The result? Aggravated vata dosha, the primary imbalance of our time.

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  • This Is Why We Call It Vata Season
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • October 25, 2017
    This Is Why We Call It Vata Season

    A cool and dry fall wind sneaks into the days, stripping leaves from the trees. Vata inspired air seems to move in all directions. Irregular and unpredictable, just like the vata dosha.

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  • Exercise in the Vata Time of Life
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • May 08, 2017
    Exercise in the Vata Time of Life

    What are some ideal vata time of life exercises? Here are a few that I’ve fallen in love with over the years (well, not golf, but I’ll include it on the list!) that have helped to pacify my vata. I’ll bet you can guess what will be at the top of the list (hint hint—it’s the sister science of Ayurveda).

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  • Lack of Focus is a #VataProblem. Here’s How to Fix It.
    • Health and Wellness
    • December 12, 2016
    Lack of Focus is a #VataProblem. Here’s How to Fix It.

    When practically everything in our environment is calling for our attention, our ability to focus is at an all-time low. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to regain control of your attention. Here’s how you can do it on your own: practice mindfulness.

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  • Pacifying Vata Dosha During the Holidays
    • Holidays
    • December 08, 2016
    Pacifying Vata Dosha During the Holidays

    Long before I knew anything about Ayurveda and vata dosha, I sensed the palpable anxiety that would arise in me towards the end of October/early November, knowing that the holidays were fast approaching. I wish I knew then what I know now. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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  • The Best Essential Oils for Balancing Vata
    • Vata
    • November 16, 2016
    The Best Essential Oils for Balancing Vata

    Winter is the vata time of year: the weather is cool and crisp, days are short, and nights are long. The vata dosha relates to the air element out of balance and can include windy symptoms that come and go (like being unable to concentrate), dryness, hypersensitivity, and restless sleep. There are lots of ways to help bring that windy vata back into balance, and one of the most amazing is using essential oils.

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  • 10 Ways to Avoid Vata Fails this Fall
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • November 10, 2016
    10 Ways to Avoid Vata Fails this Fall

    With fall, the dry, cold, and mobile qualities associated with vata come stumbling forward. Ayurveda is a system that is both preventative as well as curative. By utilizing ancient Ayurvedic principles, we can prepare for an all around healthier season. 

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  • How to Make Food Your Ally During Vata Season
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 28, 2016
    How to Make Food Your Ally During Vata Season

    The qualities of vata dosha—cold, dry, rough, clear, and mobile—are characteristic in the disorders associated with this time of year. Many people experience restless nights with racing thoughts, increased anxiety, dry skin and lips, constipation, indigestion, bloating, and gas. In Ayurveda, we can create balance during this season by cultivating the opposite qualities of vata dosha. 

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  • Transition Through the Seasons with Love
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 21, 2016
    Transition Through the Seasons with Love

    The moments right before and after a change in season can be very intense, and proper nourishment can help keep us balanced during this shift. The transition from summer into fall is one of many marked contrasts, so it’s important to add even more nourishment during this particular period.

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Vata

As the dosha comprised of air and ether that is responsible for movement and communication, there are so many beautiful qualities of vata dosha—we can thank vata for our inspiration, creativity, and spontaneity, among other gifts. Sometimes referred to as “the cheerleader of the universe,” the upbeat, cheerful attitude balanced vata brings can be contagious.

But when this ethereal dosha is ungrounded and out of balance, it can come with a whole slew of issues that can affect the whole person, physically, mentally, and emotionally—such as overwhelm, spaciness, anxiousness, variable appetite, digestive issues, and so much more.

If this sounds familiar, don’t fret—Ayurveda offers ample resources to help you come back to balance. There are plenty of herbs for vata and suggestions that can help you incorporate a vata diet and lifestyle. Make changes in a way that feels empowering and inspiring to you, and if you feel overwhelmed during the process, just come back to the basics. These articles are here to guide you on your journey!