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Jan 30, 2020

The last episode of our series on stress: Yoga for Stress Management. Check it out to identify pitta and vata patterns of stress and learn what postures will bring you back to balance. 


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

  • How to differentiate pitta, vata and kapha stress.
  • What kind of yoga practice is most beneficial for each dosha.


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Show Highlights:

  • Cate describes her yoga teacher training.
  • Cate talks about the benefits of functional movement.
  • The power of savasana and Cate’s love of sandbags.



  • 4:53 Yoga for the Pitta pattern of stress.
  • 8:40  Third Chakra energy and letting go of the need to accomplish.
  • 17:23 Yoga for the Vata pattern of stress.
  • 25:57 The Kapha tendency of stress.


Favorite Quotes:

  • “Vata is the energy of wind, and it's air moving through ether, air moving through outer space. It’s the universe expanding and it’s all the movement in the universe. Pitta is the energy of fire, it's the energy of digestion. It’s the energy of intensity, of focus, of goal setting and moving towards a direction. It’s the energy of vision into action. So those energies are really super different. One expands and moves all around in infinite potentiality and the other goes towards an object. Think about it. It’s not the same thing at all. If you're trying to put out a fire, that's one thing. If you're trying to calm down a whirlwind, that's quite another.” - Cate Stillman
  • “One of the goals of yoga is to actually become nothing so you can intentionally become something. This practice of dissolution and then reengagement is so deeply healing for pitta types.” - Cate Stillman
  • “Bow and allow the breath to lead.”  - Cate Stillman
  • “What we need to do is bring all that scattered energy inward and downward. Because what’s happening is the daily rhythm of a person with vata stress imbalance is all their energy is going upward and outward and it’s getting scattered to the wind. We want to cultivate the energy of earth, the energy of water and the energy of fire for a vata reducing practice.” - Cate Stillman