Luckily, finding balance for Vata dosha during fall requires warming, aromatic, and nurturing recipes like this Ayurvedic Pumpkin Spice Latte.
This is the healthiest, most grounding version.
We will make it vegan, with plenty of spices, and only using high-quality whole foods.
*Plus, you will find variations for each dosha!
Let’s feel good 🙂
Autumn and Vata
Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, identifies Fall as Vata season.
Vata dosha is one of the three primary energies that make up our physical and mental constitution.
It is dominated by the Air and Space elements, which are inherently predominant in Autumn.
Therefore, according to the principle of Like increases Like, Vata body types tend to get especially aggravated at this time of the year.
Vata is cool, light, dry, moving, and erratic.
Very similar to the weather patterns occurring now: fall winds, shifting daylight hours, and lower temperatures.
Symptoms of Vata Imbalances
Fall can still affect your body and mind, even if your dominant dosha is not Vata.
There are some distinct signs that show Vata dosha is disturbed.
These are some of the symptoms:
- Dry skin
- Light, interrupted sleep
- Bloating (gas)
- Sudden episodes of fatigue
- Irregular appetite
- Irregular periods
Nourishment for Fall
Nature is inviting us to nourish ourselves at a deeper level to prepare for the Winter months.
It is important to consume foods that are moist, well-cooked, warm, and heavy.
Spices and the right temperature can alleviate the coldness that Vata people often experience.
Moreover, favor the Sweet, Sour, and Salty tastes and try to eat seasonal foods. The natural shift toward seasonal products can pacify Vata immensely.
Ayurvedic Pumpkin Spice Latte — The Recipe
This is the perfect fall drink!
Rich, smooth, spicy enough to improve digestion issues and incredibly grounding to help calm your nervous system.
Ayurvedic Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 1 cup Walnut milk
- 1/4 cup Cooked pumpkin (purée texture)
- 1 tbsp Ghee or coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Dry ginger
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric
- pinch Nutmeg
- pinch Black pepper
- Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
- Simmer gently in a saucepan until hot.
- Add 1/2 tsp of maple syrup.
- Serve immediately and sip slowly.
Spice Latte Modifications for each DOSHA
This is the perfect recipe for Vata dosha; however, feel free to increase the amount of each spice, if you’d like.
You could also use almond milk.
Prepare the latte with oat or rice milk, instead of walnut milk.
Remove the ginger and black pepper. Likewise, reduce the amount of turmeric and cinnamon.
Substitute the ghee for coconut butter. Yum!
Use 1/2 cup of rice milk and 1/2 cup of water to prepare the Ayurvedic Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Reduce to half the amount of pumpkin purée.
Add 1/4 cup of home-made dark roasted coffee.
Don’t add any sweetener.
If you are feeling Vata aggravated, follow my FREE Meal Plan for Vata dosha.
Don’t know your dosha yet? Take my Body Type Quiz today and find out.
Hopefully, this elixir helps you warm your soul.