Nov 20 2022
S2 E20: Learning To Manage Long Term Stress: A Special Interview with Heather Johnson, Ayurvedic Health Coach and Podcaster
Jennifer and Rose are back with another exciting interview with Heather Johnson, founder of Ayurveda Life School and the Ayurveda Life School podcast.Heather is a licensed Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Massage Therapist, and Yoga Instructor. We first met Heather during one of her amazing 28 day ayurvedic immersion programs, and she has forever changed how we view a healthy approach to eating, sleeping, and forming healthy habits that blend with the seasons and nature.In this episode, we ask her to talk about a very common problem in Western cultures today: Long term stress and overwhelm, and ways that we can incorporate ayurvedic practices to help reduce the negative impacts this can have on us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Listen as Heather discusses:What drew her to Ayurveda.The origins of Ayurveda and the importance of it.Common symptoms from long term stress and overwhelm.Leading/root causes of long term stress.Changes one can make to help with stress.Living in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sun.How patterns, routines and aligning your habits with nature can help with long term stress and overwhelm.Living a Pathogeniscist (path following life).And so much more! Food list/recipes recommended by Heather in this episode: Golden Milk recipe:Ingredients 1 ½ Cup Milk-organic, raw if desired (almond milk is a good nut milk alternative) 2 tsp spice mix 1 tsp ghee Honey or maple syrup (based on your dosha) Spice Mix: ¼ cup Turmeric 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger powder 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp cardamom Blend and store in a glass airtight container Preparation:Bring milk to a low boil. Turn heat off and add 2 tsp spice mix while stirring gently. Once milk has cooled a bit, add desired sweetener to taste and a tsp of ghee. *If using honey, never add honey while milk is still hot. Cooked honey denatures and turns into an ama-causing substance. Honey should always be raw and only added into food or drinks that are warm, not hot. Always measure ghee and honey to be equal in weight. Other helpful foods/herbs mentioned in this episode:Ghee- makes everything smooth. 1 tsp each morning is recommended. Helps with lubrication of joints.Rejuvenation tonics: Fenugreek tea, Triphala, AmalakiLicorice Root- soothing for stress and burning digestionSesame oil and seeds- can use refined sesame oil for daily massagesBrahmi / Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) – good for mental stress, great for rashesChyavanprash-good for lungs, immune support, and rejuvenation of the mind and body. To connect with Heather visit her website: ABOUT | Ayurveda Life School (ayurvedalifeschoolpodcast.com)Help us learn more about YOU!. Click HERE to fill out quick (5 minutes) and confidential questions. Your answers can help us identify the topics that are most beneficial for you and others like you. To learn more about Rose and Jennifer and their Reiki offerings, please visit their websites below:Jennifer Eash YogaRose Wippich Wellness To submit comments or questions or if you have any topic ideas for future podcast episodes please visit Chat Off The Mat Q&AHelp support us by sharing and liking!