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Align Podcast

Hi, I'm Aaron Alexander, manual therapist and movement coach, and I'm here to optimize your life through aligning your mind, body and movement. Each Monday, I'm joined by world-renowned health experts, discussing the most pressing topics in the world of wellness. And each Thursday, I provide you with my person expertise on aligning your life. This podcast always takes a holistic approach to all things health, explores topics from unique view points, and provides you with actionable tips and tangible takeaways. I would love for you to connect with me on Instagram, @alignpodcast.
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Mar 5, 2020

In this episode of the Align podcast, I talk you through a seven-minute breathwork and meditation practice that is perfect for helping you tune your nervous system and give yourself the rest you need. At the beginning of the episode, I first talk through how to sit properly while mediating, as well as explain how to properly perform the breathwork practice. This breathwork and mediation practice is great for helping you tune your nervous system and give you a reset any time throughout your day. 

Feb 21, 2020

Hanging? That’s right, hanging! Allow yourself to hang from a pull-up bar, tree branch, playground, or anything that will support your weight, for 90-seconds every single day. I promise you, it will change your life! This episode of the Align podcast educates you on the power of hanging and decompressing your spine. I dive into the anatomy of your spine and how hanging helps to successfully bring it back into alignment, and what happens when you don’t. I also dive into the science-backed benefits of hanging. I explain not only how hanging improves your physical health, but how it also has a dramatic effect on your physiological health by bringing you a greater sense of confidence. Plus, I provide you with pointers on how to successfully incorporate hanging into your lifestyle. 

Feb 21, 2020

Hanging? That’s right, hanging! Allow yourself to hang from a pull-up bar, tree branch, playground, or anything that will support your weight, for 90-seconds every single day. I promise you, it will change your life! This episode of the Align podcast educates you on the power of hanging and decompressing your spine. I dive into the anatomy of your spine and how hanging helps to successfully bring it back into alignment, and what happens when you don’t. I also dive into the science-backed benefits of hanging. I explain not only how hanging improves your physical health, but how it also has a dramatic effect on your physiological health by bringing you a greater sense of confidence. Plus, I provide you with pointers on how to successfully incorporate hanging into your lifestyle. 

Feb 17, 2020

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I chat with Aubrey Marcus on all the shame and stigma that surrounds sex. Why do we feel shame? Why do we think we are doing something wrong? Why do we allow it to change the way we feel about ourselves? Aubrey shares his personal experiences with sex, as well as lessons he has learned and the wisdom he has cultivated through these experiences. Aubrey’s insight helps us break through our own sexual barriers, allowing us to enhance our own personal experience. 

 

Aubrey is a long-time close friend of mine, as well as the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization, and is one of the leading health and wellness influencers in the industry, 

 

Aubrey and I discuss: 

  • Ketamine-assisted meditations 
  • Dealing with depression 
  • The connection between your relationship with your parents and your relationship with yourself 
  • Why we feel shame about sex
  • Where sex stigmas stem from 
  • Thoughts on threesomes
  • Stepping into your sexual phobias
  • Using rejection as an opportunity for self love
  • Aubrey’s best life advice 

 

Find more from Aubrey:

@aubreymarcus

onnit.com

 

Find more from me: 

@alignpodcast

alignpodcast.com

Feb 13, 2020

To live your most optimized life, prioritizing meditation for at least ten minutes a day is essential.  Countless people come to me saying “meditating is impossible” and I understand it’s a difficult practice, but I believe people make it much more difficult than it needs to be. 

 

In the episode of the Align Podcast, I break down three common mistakes you’re probably making when meditating that are preventing you from growing your practice. I truly believe, when these mistakes are addressed, meditation will not only become more tolerable, it will become extremely enjoyable. 

 

I also share three of my all-time favorite mindful quotes, and explain what each one means to me and how it relates to a mindfulness practice. 

 
Need help getting started with mediation? I share a simple meditation with you in this YouTube video.
Feb 6, 2020
Apparently there is a perception that I don’t have a ton of stress in my life. And to be honest, that is ridiculous! I experience stress almost every day. Although I have a handful of practices I prioritize that have helped lessen the impact stress has on me. When practiced, it gives me the opportunity to release built-up stress, and prevent more from building up within me.
 
In this episode, I share my best tips for managing and reducing stress in your life. I don’t believe it’s possible to completely eliminate stress, but I believe by incorporating specific practices and activities into your daily life, it’s possible to lessen the control it has over your health and happiness. 
Jan 20, 2020
In this episode of the Align podcast, Natalie MacNeil and I have a real, raw, and completely uncensored conversation based on her newest book, The Rituals.
 
Having visited over 100 countries and exposed to countless different cultures, Natalie brings a compilation of rituals for experiencing more joy, activating our highest selves, releasing our emotional blocks, and cultivating wellbeing. Natalie discusses how the integration of these practices will allow us to experience a deeper connection with ourselves and true intimacy with our partners. 
 
Not only is Natalie one of my dearest friends, she is also an Emmy Award-winning media entrepreneur, bestselling author. She’s also the creator of SheTakesOnTheWorld.com, which is recognized by Forbes as one of the top sites on the planet for entrepreneurial women. Natalie is frequently quoted and interviewed in the media and has appeared in top media outlets like Glamour, TIME, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Entrepreneur.com, and more.
 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Breath work for releasing emotional blocks
  • Finding movement through the inner wisdom of your body
  • The power of opening your energy centers
  • How to explore your sensuality 
  • Sex rituals for a deeper connection with your partner
  • Plus more of Natalies life-changing rituals

Find more from Natalie: 

Website: shetakesontheworld.com 
 
Instagram: @nataliemacneil
 
Book: The Rituals: Simple Practices to Cultivate Well-Being, Deepen Relationships, and Discover Your True Purpose
 

Find more from me: 

@alignpodcast

alignpodcast.com

 
 
Jan 16, 2020

If you’re someone who is striving to be proactive with their health, tune into this episode of the Align Podcast to learn more about floor sitting – one of the simplest things you can do to increase your vitality and longevity.

Our hips, ankles, knees, spines, and the fluids throughout our body have been built upon movement, necessitated by getting up and down off the ground. Although in western societies, floor sitting is not a staple in our lifestyle.

So here is where the problem lies…our body is like a home.  If we make good use of the space, squatters will take over. Inside the body, the squatters will look like adhesions, calcifications, and inflammation. But, when we move our body through its full range of motion regularly, in ways it’s intended to be moved, we prevent the “squatters” from taking over.  And when our knees, ankles, and hips can smoothly move through their full range of motion, it’s a clear indication of the vitality of the rest of our body.  

In this episode I discuss: 

  • How floor sitting will improve your life
  • Studies backing up the benefits of floor sitting
  • The affect floor sitting has had on different cultures 
  • How to include more floor sitting in your daily life 
  • How to sit on the floor properly
  • How much time should be spent on the floor daily to reap the benefits

Find more from me: 

@alignpodcast

alignpodcast.com

Jan 6, 2020

We live our lives in boxes–going from our box house, to our box car, to our box office, just to go back to our box house. The boxes our society and culture have created for us cause us to live with such seriousness. Rarely do we move our bodies naturally and rarely do we allow ourselves to just be silly. It’s this seriousness and lack of natural movement that robs us of our health and happiness, and decreases the quality of our lives.

In this episode of the Align Podcast, JP Spears and I have a conversation about how making simple changes like correcting our posture, being more playful and paying attention to our breath is the secret to our healing.

JP Sears is a YouTuber, comedian, emotional healing coach, author, speaker, world traveler, and curious student of life.  He is dedicated to empowering people to live more meaningful lives, as well as encouraging healing and growth through his humorous and entertainingly informative videos.

Tune into the full episode for our deep thoughts, actionable advice and life-changing tips. 

 

What you’ll learn:

  • Breathing techniques
  • How posture has a direct effect on mental health
  • What happens to your body when you don’t use it to its fullest 
  • How to perfect your posture and mobilize your body
  • Why babies have perfect posture and what happens to it over time
  • Why you need to be in relation to gravity and not fight it
  • The effect playfulness has on your nervous system
  • The different types of playfulness and how you can incorporate each one into your life
  • How to get to the root cause of your seriousness
  • How living more like a kid will change your life 

 

Find more from JP: 

Instagram: @awakenwithjp

Twitter: @awakenwithjp

Youtube: Awaken with JP

Website: awakenwithjp.com

 

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