Sarahjoy’s Vata Chai Recipe

Sarahjoy’s Vata Chai Recipe

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Fall brings with it a predominance of the air element. Prana (the vital breath, the subtle essence of life) is abundant in the atmosphere. Autumn is dry, rough, windy, erratic, cool, subtle, and clear. These are all qualities shared by vata dosha, and because like increases like, autumn is considered a vata season.

This same principle illustrates why taking a few simple steps to balance vata this fall can be tremendously beneficial.

Our delicious Vata Chai recipe is made without caffeine, which can push vata out of balance—so it’s a great way to help maintain balance during the season.


  • 1 quart water
  • 1/2 Cup sliced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom pods
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepercorns
  • pinch of anise
  • 1/2 cup cream or whole milk
  • your preferred sweetener to taste



Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes and then simmer for 30-40 minutes. If you want a stronger flavor to your chai, you can simmer it for longer.

Add your preferred milk (Sarahjoy personally uses heavy cream) and simmer 10 minutes more.

Then add sweetener such as coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey.  (Note: Don’t boil honey.)



Makes 2-4 servings

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Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, E-RYT 500 is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and author with more than 25 years of experience in the field of yoga. She is the founder of the DAYA Foundation, Yogajoy and Living Yoga. Her book, Hunger, Hope and Healing can be purchased from Amazon.

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