Interview with Cate – Ayurveda, Diet, Plants, Menopause + the future!
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Annette Shellenbarger invited me to an interview for her audience. We decided to share it here, for those who want to see what it’s like to work with a Yoga Health Coach.
From Annette, “Welcome everyone to my first ever interview – and I couldn’t be luckier to be interviewing Cate Stillman, owner and founder of yogahealer.com and very well known in the yoga world. Before I bring Cate on, let me give you a short introduction – Cate not only is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a yoga teacher herself, but she is most importantly an entrepreneur and the founder of Yoga Health Coaching and The Living Ayurveda Course. Cate is a teacher, author, surfer, momma, wife, and she is also my own Ayurvedic teacher and business coach. You can check out her website at yogahealer.com to read more about her and everything she offers because I only scratched the surface here.”
1. Why do you think studying Ayurveda and practicing yoga has been so separate and not combined? I know many yoga students today are learning more about Ayurveda, but we still seem to have a long way to go in accepting the fact that if you practice yoga, you ideally should have a working knowledge of Ayurveda. Why the separation?
2. One of the beautiful things you said and that really resonated with me, is that all the cooked grains we see in the Ayurvedic diet today is actually very recent – this is not how people ate in India thousands of years ago. The real Ayurvedic diet was more plant and raw based because that is how we connected with our plants/vegetables and how prana/consciousness was transferred to us – can you expand on that, or explain this concept to our listeners. I think so many people think that in order to be a good yogi or if you want to embrace the Ayurvedic diet, you must eat kitchari, or a lot of grains and dairy – but you say not so.
3. How important is Dinacharya for our yoga practice, our health and the aging process?
4. What advice can you give women who are about to hit menopause or have entered menopause and are just now trying to figure out ways to go through this transition gracefully and with ease (or a couple of practical things they can start implementing today)? And let’s not forget the men, they go through andropause and their hormones are shifting, how should they approach this new phase in their lives?
5. How do you see the world of yoga and Ayurveda evolving in the coming years here in the West – can you give us some predictions?
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Cate Stillman founded Yogahealer.com in 2001 to guide Yoga people into Ayurveda and Ayurveda people into yoga. Built on the value of both personal and planetary thrive and a deep connect to one’s ecosystem, community and body, Yogahealer grew into a team, 2 podcasts a week, regular blogging, an arsenal of courses to guide people into their potential, an a professional community + certification program Yoga Health Coaching. Cate wrote and self-published Body Thrive: Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Ayurveda, which helps people who dig yoga take a giant leap forward in their wellness trajectory with Ayurveda.
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