Understanding your stress response and how to balance it out with Ellen Carr

“[I realised] there is empowerment in discovering your Dosha and understanding your stress responses.”

Undoubtedly we are living in times of heightened stress. Uncertainty, fear, anxiety, living in close quarters, loneliness – they’re all stressful experiences and in some way or another, we’re all grappling with them as we live through the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Today’s guest, Ellen Carr, is a holistic coach and yoga teacher who believes that Ayurveda – the ancient sister science of yoga – offers us a way to learn how to identify our stress responses, and importantly, how we can begin to balance them out. 

Just a quick note: Before you dive in to today’s episode you might want to take a moment to take Ellen’s ‘Dosha Type’ quiz, which you can find over here. (This will all make more sense once you listen to the poggie, but for reference, I’m tri-doshic and Ben is pretty much a 50/50 split between Pitta and Kapha).

During the episode Ellen and I talk about Ayurveda, how it can help us live a more well-rounded life and why it’s so important to identify our stress responses, particularly in a time of high stress. We also discuss:

  • What is a ‘dosha’ type and why is it an important part of Ayurveda?
  • How to discover your dosha
  • What happens if you’re split across two or even three dosha types 
  • Some practical actions that will help calm your nervous system, no matter what your dosha 
  • What are some of the more common stress responses? 
  • How do we identify our stress responses and work to balance them out? 
  • Why naming it can help in alleviating some of the stress we’re currently living with

It’s a really fascinating conversation on a topic I’ve never really explored before, always putting it in the ‘Intimidating’ basket, assuming I would never really understand it.

What I’ve discovered however is not intimidation but a real curiosity about Ayurveda, and particularly how seemingly simple changes to our day-to-day life can be so powerful in offering us peace and balance and understanding.

If you’re at all interested and curious about managing your stress during this time, I think you’ll take a lot away from my chat with Ellen. And if you want to dig a little deeper, take the test to better understand your mind, body and spirit, and see what you discover about yourself.


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