The Slow Home Podcast

We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-connected and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't have to. There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. Brooke McAlary, founder of, is one of them, and in this podcast she chats to others who have adopted a similar approach to life: simple living, slowing down, opting out, saying no. Learn what makes people change, how life is different, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.


episode 4: Understanding your stress response and how to balance it out with Ellen Carr - Life in the Time of Covid-19

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. 

In today's episode Brooke and Ellen talk about Ayurveda, how it can help us live a more well-rounded life and why it's so important to identify your stress responses, particularly in a time of high stress. They 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 


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 2020-05-01  37m