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Align Podcast

Welcome to the Align Podcast, hosted by me, Aaron Alexander. This is a place where we focus on optimizing your mind, body, and movement through exploring unconventional approaches and unique viewpoints on all things health, wellness, and life. I'm joined by top wellness experts and world-renowned thought-leaders, including Byron Katie, Bruce Lipton, Aubrey Marcus, Jim Kwik, Marriane Williamson, Ben Greenfield, Robb Wolf, Shawn Stevenson, Abel James, Mark Sisson, Wim Hof, James Clear, Zach Bush, Gabby Reece, and many more. Get ready for deep conversations that open you up to new perspectives and ways of life that will ultimately take your mental, physical, and emotional wellness to the next level. If you love this podcast, I would love for you to connect with me on Instagram, @alignpodcast.
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Jan 26, 2023

In this episode of The Align Podcast, we talk all about intimacy, opening up to love and the fears that may block us from doing so. We also discuss what it really means to heal our emotional wounds and whether our partners should be responsible for holding our childhood trauma. John tells us all about the masculine and feminine essence and how everybody needs an integration of both to reach the perfect balance. We also touch upon sex, healthy communication and navigating grief.

John Wineland is an author, teacher and speaker who has been guiding both men and women in the realms of life purpose, relational communication, spiritual intimacy, sexual intimacy and embodiment.

John brings a multi-faceted approach, which is both energetic and highly practical, to his workshops and experiential coaching sessions. John's embodiment-driven teaching draws from not only over 30 years experience of his own Buddhist meditative practice, but from 13 years of intensive study and practice in Yogic Intimacy. Drawing from the deep lineages of Vajrayana, Tantra, Kundalini yoga, Taoist and Iron Shirt Qigong traditions, John seeks to create a profound experience for men and women longing to express their deepest desires with open, fierce and loving hearts.

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Jan 19, 2023

In this episode of The Align Podcast, we talk about all things sex and most importantly, pleasure. Dr Laurie Mintz explains what an orgasm actually is, why it’s so important and how it differentiates between men and women. We then go on to discuss the orgasm gap and why it’s so prominent within our society. We debate how the patriarchy, body image issues, sexual trauma and cultural pressures ultimately play an important part in our sex lives.

Dr. Laurie is the author of two popular and highly acclaimed books on sexual pleasure, Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get it and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship.

She wrote her books to empower women sexually, and thousands of women who have read them have regained their sexual desire, as well as improved their sexual satisfaction, arousal, lubrication, and rates of orgasm. Men who have read the books have also learned how to pleasure women and become better sexual communicators. Becoming Cliterate has been recognized by Men’s Health as one of the best books for improving your sex life, and it won the 2019 Society for Sex Therapy and Research Consumer Book Award. She is also a tenured Professor at the University of Florida, where she teaches the Psychology of Human Sexuality to hundreds of undergraduate students each year and has won many professional awards, including being named one of 50 Sexual Health Revolutionaries by the University of Minnesota Program in Sexual Health.

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Jan 12, 2023

This episode of the Align Podcast is a little different. Scott Berman and I talk all things ‘Darkness Retreat’. We discuss what it is, its origin and why people, including myself, decide to take part. We go over all the mental and physical benefits of a darkness retreat as well as the struggles and fears it might bring up. I share my personal experience, how I wish I prepared and why it was unlike anything I could have ever imagined.

Scott Berman is the founder of Sky Cave Retreats - the first darkness retreat center in the US. Throughout the last decade, he has spent over two years in self-guided solo retreats in remote wilderness. He did his first darkness retreat in 2012 and has spent over 70 days in multiple darkness retreats and has also done a couple with his wife Jill. Over the last few years, he has supported hundreds of people in their dark retreats and has been pioneering the darkness therapy movement at his center in Ashland, Oregon.

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Jan 8, 2023

A couple of months ago I attended a darkness retreat and shortly after, some life events catalyzed me to embark on a journey of somatically based therapy which has turned into one of the most impactful shifts of my life. This episode provides my personal experience with therapy as well as an overview of different approaches and suggestions on how and why to begin the process of unpacking stored trauma within the body. 

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Jan 5, 2023

In this episode of the Align podcast, Psychology expert Gabor Maté tells us all about trauma, how we can define it and how we can solve our internal psychological wounds. We explore the relationship we have with ourselves and others and what it truly means to be vulnerable. We also speak about the repression of our emotions, the essence of human nature and whether evil really exists within people or in the nature of their actions.

A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It, and has coauthored Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His works have been published internationally in nearly thirty languages.

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Jan 1, 2023
Here's a simple list of my biggest lessons from 2022, consolidated down to 20 minutes and 7 lessons. Happy new year!
 
  1. Exercise generosity (like a muscle) daily - what you give comes back multiple-fold
  2. Practice compassion for yourself and those around you daily - without it you’ll always feel like a guest in your own heart.
  3. Create space daily to listen deeply to your internal self as well as those around you - everything you need is with you now.
  4. Intimate relationships are of the most powerful and sacred forms of deep healing work. If you choose to lean into them and are courageous enough to open your heart, it creates space for the oldest and stickiest contractive patterns from the past to be integrated and released. Your relationship is to be deeply honored, respected, and nurtured daily if you care for it to be fruitful.
  5. Take actions daily to develop self-respect and trust in yourself - do the hard things, and habituate yourself to excellence.
  6. You are only as strong as your team. Invest in people - hire a coach, therapist, mentor, etc. and nurture the relationships of those you work with. Your business is a garden, you get out of it exactly what you put into it. 
  7. Love your family - this is a part of loving yourself as you are a continuation of them. Life is too short and beautiful to live behind walls, lean into vulnerability and allow yourself to be seen by those you care for most.  

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Dec 29, 2022

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Lorin Kren talks all about intimacy and how to develop trust within yourself and your relationships. We discuss how romantic relationships are the deepest and most spiritual paths to understanding ourselves and our past traumas and question why we might be afraid to open up. Lorin also shares his thoughts on how to protect our partners from our own wounds, interpreting the meaning behind our emotions and knowing when to ask for help.

Lorin Krenn is an internationally sought after teacher in the field of relationships, who helps people to experience deep intimacy through the power of masculine & feminine polarity. Lorin has worked with countless clients all over the world, including star coaches and highly successful CEOs. Lorin is known for his provocative style and down-to-earth approach when it comes to relationships and sex. As well, he is the author of the highly-rated book ‘Understand Women Better’.

Before Lorin started teaching, he trained with exceptionally experienced coaches to ensure he had a strong and solid foundation. What matters most to him is practice and direct experience. He immerses himself day in and day out, not only doing the deep inner work in his own relationship but working with groups and 1:1 clients, ensuring that he always stays in practice. Lorin likes to say: ‘Theory is uninteresting to me. I am only interested in results and creating bold changes in the collective.’

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Dec 21, 2022

Did you know that the average human attention span is now 47 seconds?

In this episode of The Align Podcast, Dr Gloria Mark tells us all about our attention span and how social media has increased distractions, affected our screen time, and altered our relationships with people. We tackle questions like “Is there a limit to how much information our brains can take?”, “Do we use short attention spans to avoid our feeling?” and “How can we reclaim our attention abilities?”. Find out how technology has affected our daily lives, culture and our emotional self.

Gloria Mark is Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine and has been a visiting senior researcher at Microsoft Research since 2012. She received her PhD from Columbia University in psychology. She studies the impact of digital media on people's lives: their attention spans, multitasking, distraction, mood and behavior when they use their computers and smartphones. She also studies the future of work, and how remote work impacts how we use our devices. She regularly publishes in the top conferences and journals in her field. She was inducted into the ACM SIGCHI Academy in 2017 recognizing leaders in the field of human-computer interaction. She has presented her work at SXSW and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Atlantic, the BBC, and many others.

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Dec 14, 2022

Have you ever wondered where all your thoughts and memories are stored in your brain?

In this episode of The Align Podcast, we talk all about the anatomy of the brain, our minds and how they affect our relationships with others and the world around us. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor also shares her experience with suffering a stroke and how she managed to regain control of her brain. We speak about the dangers of psychedelics, what we can learn from a schizophrenic brain and how the four different character types of the brain ultimately affect our personalities.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist. In 1996 she experienced a severe haemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain causing her to lose the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Her memoir, My Stroke of Insight, documenting her experience with stroke and eight-year recovery, spent 63 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and is still routinely the #1 book in the category Stroke in the Amazon marketplace.

Dr. Jill is a dynamic teacher and public speaker who loves educating all age groups, academic levels, as well as corporations and not-for-profit organizations about the beauty of our human brain. She focuses on how we can activate the power of our neuroplasticity to not only recover from neurological trauma, but how we can purposely choose to live a more vibrant, resilient, and satisfying life.

In 2008 Dr. Jill gave the first TED talk that ever went viral on the Internet, which now has well over 28.5 million views. Also in 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” webcast. Her new book, Whole Brain Living – the Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life is a #1 release on Amazon in categories ranging from Neuroscience to Nervous System Diseases and Stroke.

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Dec 8, 2022

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Connie Zack tells us all about Infrared saunas. We go through the differences between traditional Finnish and infrared saunas and how our bodies react to each one. We then discuss the incredible health benefits that infrared can provide us and all the ways in which we can detoxify our bodies through them. We also talk about sound therapy, light healing and how to optimise your sleep through this process. Have a listen for a truly enlightening conversation!

Connie Zack is co-owner of Sunlighten™, the global leader in infrared light therapy and infrared sauna manufacturing. After seeing how spending time in an infrared sauna transformed her brother's traumatic health issues, Connie and her husband committed everything they had to helping others through the benefits of nature's healing infrared light. They've now spent more than 22 years bringing light, hope and happiness to people around the world with locations in 13 countries, as well as operating an award-winning day spa at its headquarters location in Kansas City. Sunlighten delivers its promise to help people feel better so they can do more of what they love and live fully through a caring approach that drives innovation, investment, and relationships. 

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Dec 1, 2022

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Manoj Dias and I dive deep into the fundamentals of Buddhism. We break down its principles and discuss how these can be implemented in our daily lives. We also talk about the concept of suffering. Why do we suffer? Do we chase pain? And how can we reduce it? Dias also shares his personal meditation practices with us and how we can better understand our minds and increase our levels of awareness. If you want to find out more about getting in touch with your humanity and reaching a spiritual awakening then you don’t want to miss this one!

Manoj is VP of mindfulness and co-founder of Open - Open is a mindfulness app built to transform your life, with breathwork, meditation, and movement practices. Through mindfulness & meditation, Manoj has helped thousands of people around the globe trade mania for pause, so that they can live a happier, more meaningful life. You can practice with Manoj on Open's app or website, or in person at Open's studio in Venice, CA.

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Nov 24, 2022

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t be yourself because of what other people would think?

In today’s episode of Align Podcast, entrepreneur and health motivator Shaun T tells us all about his experience growing up and raising children as an openly gay man. We discuss the difference between heteronormative and queer relationships and the lack of education surrounding the subject. We also talk about the issue with traditional gender roles and how those can affect our romantic expectations. If you also want to hear about the benefits of therapy, discovering your erogenous zones and how to stimulate them, you won’t want to miss this one!

Shaun T is a world-renowned health and fitness motivator, entrepreneur, TV host, and creator of the best-selling fitness programs INSANITY, HIP HOP ABS, FOCUS T25, INSANITY MAX:30, CIZE and SHAUN WEEK, and TRANSFORM:20. His latest mega-hit, LET’S GET UP!, was Beachbody’s most successful launch in history, amassing over 1 million views in 30 days.

Shaun has hosted several primetime TV series and shared the stage with Adam Lambert and Val Kilmer in the musical version of the Ten Commandments, as well as landing roles in Pippin, Applause, Six Feet Under, and the feature film Beauty Shop. A native of New Jersey, Shaun T received a B.A. in Health and Exercise Science and a minor in Theater and Dance from Rowan University. He’s danced with Mariah Carey as well as Aaron and Nick Carter and choreographed for USTA’s Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the NCAA Final Four Halftime Show, and the movie Bring it On: All or Nothing.

Through personal appearances, live classes on Beachbody On Demand Interactive, his workout programs, his many self-development courses, his podcast Trust and Believe with Shaun T, and his best-selling self-help memoir, T IS FOR TRANSFORMATION, Shaun T is focused on affecting positive lifestyle changes in people around the world and proving that becoming the best version of yourself is attainable. Shaun’s mission is to inspire people to realize their full potential by promoting positivity through health, fitness, and motivation.

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Nov 16, 2022

In this episode of Align podcast, JP Sears tells us all about his thoughts on gender ideology and feelings of identity. Why is this generation more inclined to express themselves? Is it because the world is a safer place to do so or because we’re indoctrinated to do it? We also start a debate around truth, freedom of speech and the value of censorship. We then go on to discuss the extent to which our actions are a reflection of our childhood learnings and whether we can identify the real heroes and villains in our lives.

JP Sears is a YouTuber, comedian, author, speaker, and curious student of life. His work takes an unapologetic stand for freedom, free speech, and encouraging people to live free from fear. His content has served over 4 million followers and acquired 600 million views. When JP’s not making videos or performing on stage, JP loves to spend time at home with his family in the great state of Texas.

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Nov 10, 2022

In this episode of Align podcast, I speak with the brilliant Terry Wahls about all things surrounding the nervous system and how we can care for it. She explains why we need mitochondria and what our bodies require to have a healthy balance. We talk about what it actually means to have an autoimmune disease, how they happen and what factors may affect it. We also discuss the definition of pain, how we can regulate it, the evolution of our dietary habits, and how humans thrive with diverse food diets. Everyone has a different version of their ideal diet, and there is no such thing as wrong.

Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials in the setting of Multiple Sclerosis.  In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. She is the author of *The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles*,  and the cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life.

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Nov 3, 2022

Have you ever questioned your purpose in life?

In this episode of Align podcast, I speak with one of the brightest minds on the planet, Jonathan Pageau. We talk all about the deeper sense of purpose in this life and how to feel more fulfiled, the meaning of religion and why it matters and whether we really need a God.

We also discuss the difference between Christianity and spirituality, all the ways in which we practice self-sacrifice and worship and the dangers of relying on psychedelics. Ultimately, we seek to uncover how much control we actually have in our lives.

Jonathan Pageau is a professional artist, public speaker and writer. He carves Eastern Orthodox icons and designs other traditional images and products. He is also a teacher, with an online course on icon carving and he has written extensively on religious symbolism. His YouTube channel has 160k subscribers and an accompanying podcast called 'The Symbolic World' explores how ancient symbolic patterns underlie our experiences of the world and can re-enchant contemporary life.

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Oct 27, 2022

In this episode of Align Podcast with Gerald Pollack, we talk all about the different types of water and whether water can have memory. Gerald tells us about the ‘fourth phase’ of water and how this relates to the research between water and DNA. We also discuss how important easy water is for us and how this can increase the energy in our bodies. We question everything we know to be true about water and whether what we have been taught by textbooks is truly accurate. 

Gerald Pollack received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He then joined the University of Washington faculty and is now a professor of Bioengineering. He is also the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, WATER, convener of the Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water, and Executive Director of the Institute for Venture Science.

His interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an “Excellence Award” from the Society for Technical Communication. His 2001 book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, and his newest book, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor won that Society’s “Distinguished Award,” their highest distinction. The latter book went on to receive the World Summit Excellence Award.

Pollack received an honorary doctorate in 2002 from Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was more recently named an Honorary Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and foreign member and Academician of the Srpska Academy. He received the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002. In 2008, his colleagues chose him as the recipient of his university’s highest annual distinction: the UW Faculty Lecturer Award.

Pollack is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He received an NIH Director’s Transformative R01 Award. He was the 2012 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems, and in 2014 he received the Scientific Excellence Award from the World Academy of Neural Therapy, as well as the Dinsdale Prize from the Society for Scientific Exploration. He has presented two TEDx talks on water.

In 2015, he won the BrandLaureate Award, previously bestowed on notables such as Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton and Steve Jobs. In 2016 he was awarded the Emoto Inaugural Peace Prize, and more recently the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chappell Natural Philosophy Society. He appears briefly in the 2016 Travis Rice sports-action film, The Fourth Phase, named after his recent book. And, he is included in the 2019 listing, OOOM Magazine, as one of the “World’s 100 Most Inspiring People.” In 2020, he presented his work at the “Majlis” by invitation from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, at his Royal Palace.

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Oct 20, 2022

Have you ever felt constricted by society to have a certain type of relationship?

In today’s episode with Stefanos Sifandos, we talk all about sex and relationships. We explore why humans are inclined to cheat, the nature of our communication and whether an ideal style of relationship actually exists. Social constructs can often dictate what we believe to be right, but we don’t always have to follow the norm if it doesn’t work for us. We also discuss the true meaning of infidelity, the key factors to maintaining healthy relationships and how our past traumas can affect how we view ourselves as sexual beings.

Stefanos is a trained educator and relationship expert with a background in behavioral science. He is passionate about leading people closer to their highest potential and to each other. Stefanos’ philosophy merges the best of Eastern and Western methodologies to promote spiritual balance and empower people in life and love. From trauma release to navigating the at times murky waters of modern masculinity to helping women understand the men in their lives, he helps people escape negative patterns and cultivate a positive sense of self. Stefanos has also cofounded a world-class coaching and education institute and a global men’s empowerment movement. Stefanos has worked with thousands of men and women from all walks of life; special forces soldiers, Olympic gold medalists, elite fighters, and everyday people have relied on him to restructure and reframe their relationships with themselves and their loved ones.

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Oct 13, 2022

Have you ever felt guilty for fantasizing about having sexual relations with somebody that wasn’t your partner? You’re not alone.

In this episode of Align Podcast, Wednesday Martin and I talk about all things sex. We discuss the myths around sex, monogamy and gender roles, the way we engage in modern relationships and why divorce rates are so high. We also explore what Heterozygosity is, the difference between pleasure and reproduction and how no kink is too weird if you’re into it. So if you’d like to hear us discuss the answers to questions like, 'Why is the female orgasm so different from that of men?' 'What is the purpose of the clitoris?' or 'Why are women more successful at dating apps?' have a listen!

Dr. Wednesday Martin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and feminist cultural critic who blends science, social science, and storytelling to help you understand yourself—why you want what you want, feel what you feel, and do what you do—better. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, Psychology Today, and more. Dr. Martin was the regular sex columnist for Refinery 29 and Elle Italia, and she is the author of seven books including UNTRUE, a reconsideration of female non-monogamy across cultures and species. Critics called UNTRUE ‘indispensable’ and ‘revolutionary.'

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Oct 6, 2022

In this episode of Align podcast, Matt Maruca and I talk about all things light. What is it, where does it come from and how does it affect our everyday lives? Light plays a really important part in our physical and mental health. It can alter our physiology, sleep, pain levels, sensitivity and even sexual function. We just need to learn how it associates with the human organism and how to balance our intake of it. We also discuss the villainization of the sun, how it relates to our existence, and how light can potentially be one of the best human healing mechanisms.

Matt Maruca is the founder and CEO of RA Optics, a stylish and science-based blue-light blocking glasses company focused on helping people improve their health using the science of light therapy for mitochondrial repair.

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Sep 29, 2022

Have you ever thought about which muscles control the rest of your body?

In this episode of Align podcast, Dj Murakami and I discuss how you can increase your body strength and understand your range of motion. We also talk about how important the jaw’s role is when it comes to our posture and how everything in the body is connected. We find out how we can start cultivating our own jaw to release tension in the body, maximise our global strength and find the power to change our face structure through training. 

Meet the guy who lifts stones, flips tree stumps and sprints on sand to pump up his strength. Who needs metal? DJ Murakami is a trainer and “movement libertarian” with over 15 years experience in Southern California. Dj is the owner of Human Strong Training, and the creator of Chi Torque Course, Torque Stick Course, and Predator Protocol Program.

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Sep 22, 2022

Have you ever asked yourself what effect the weather can really have on our moods?

In this episode of Align podcast, Ginger Zee and I discuss the negative connotations surrounding mental health and the effects this can have on someone who is struggling with a mental disorder. Ginger shares her own personal experience with suicide and what we can do to create a better future for ourselves. We also talk about the similarities between our minds and the weather, how climate relates to our moods and find out what the real definition of a storm actually is. 

Ginger Zee is the chief meteorologist at ABC News, reporting on the nation’s weather for “Good Morning America” and across ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms. Additionally, Zee is the managing editor of the climate unit at ABC News. Since joining ABC News, Zee has covered almost every major weather event and dozens of historic storms. She broadcasted from the devastated Jersey Shore during Hurricane Sandy, the Colorado floods and wildfires, and covered the aftermath of tornadoes in Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma. In 2018, she was in the eye wall of Category 5 Hurricane Michael live in the Florida Panhandle and in the 2020 hurricane season, Zee told the stories of devastation from the record number of named storms. From the epic bushfires in Australia to Boston blizzards and record-breaking heat in Death Valley, Zee is there to warn and show the impacts including the relationship to climate change.

Zee’s passion does not stop with storm chasing. Her love of adventure has taken her and ABC News viewers across the world.  She has gone para-hawking in Nepal, flown a drone into the fissure of a volcano in Iceland, hiked the largest cave in the world in Vietnam, para-glided from the Himalayas to the Andes, dove with sharks in the Bahamas, rappelled 27 stories down the exterior façade of the Wit Hotel in Chicago, explored the 275 waterfalls of Iguazú Falls in Argentina and talked climate change on the edge of Victoria Falls in Africa. Plus, skydiving, ice boat racing and surfing live on “GMA.” Prior to joining ABC News, she was a meteorologist at NBC station WMAQ-Channel 5 in Chicago from 2006-2011, also filling in for several NBC and MSNBC News programs. Before that assignment, Zee worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she part of the Storm Team 8, also covering the environment, science and the impact of weather throughout West Michigan. From 2003-2005, Zee worked at WEYI NBC 25 in Flint, Michigan.

She began her career at WLAV FM/ WXMI in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zee, who has storm chased since college, has a genuine passion for the atmosphere and a dedication to getting young people interested in science. Zee is the author of a trilogy for 8-12 year-olds called “Chasing Helicity.” She is also the author of two bestselling memoirs, “Natural Disaster” and “A Little Closer to Home,” which feature Zee’s life and mental health journey. Additionally, Zee and her husband, Ben Aaron, starred in “Renovation Realities: Ben & Ginger” on DIY Network. Zee is the co-host of Hearts of Heroes on ABC Saturday’s, highlighting the natural disasters she knows so well from the first responder and hero's point of view.

The Emmy Award-winning meteorologist attended Valparaiso University and holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University from 2008-2011. Zee also holds the CBM Seal for Meteorology.

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Sep 15, 2022

Have you ever wondered what methods you can use to feel and move better?

In this episode of Align Podcast, Jose and I talk about why and how he developed GOATA, the mathematics behind it, and how it helps people train to get out of pain. We learn how traditional methods differ from the rules of ancient geometry and how slow-motion videos can analyze your movement patterns and assess what you need to improve to keep your body healthy. He then explains what it means to ‘recode’ your body, the difference between GOATA and WOATA and how can you achieve the perfect body pattern.

Jose Boesch a.k.a ‘Coach Gil’ is the founder of GOATA and a sports performance coach at their training facility, GLS Training. GOATA stands for ‘Greatest Of All Times Athletes’ and is a movement pattern which preserves joints, keeps the spine safe, and makes you bulletproof from the muscle pull and repetitive stress injuries. It has gotten a lot of attention from athletes around the world for helping thousands of people get rid of their pain or prevent injuries that traditional training methods are unable to do.

‘Coach Gil’ is an Entrepreneur, father, husband and Author of ‘How To to Un-Wreck or Never Wreck Your Body: Using The Mathematics Of Goata And The Ancient Exercise. After having three levels of his lumbar spine destroyed before he was 27 years, he started using slow-motion video science to advise the redevelopment of all Modern-day training, which includes fitness, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, yoga, pilates, and more. Jose walked away from the status quo fitness, performance, and bio-medical models of our time and their failed sciences to secure joints for life. 

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Sep 8, 2022

Have you ever asked yourself what it means to have a good life?

In this episode of The Align Podcast, Chase Jarvis and I talk about how our agency and our connections with other humans influence our experiences in life. We also discuss the definition of creativity and how we can foster it daily, the importance of movement and play and how our actions can sometimes matter more than our thoughts.

Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and one of the most influential photographers of the past 20 years.  His expansive work ranges from shooting advertising campaigns for companies like Apple, Nike, and Red Bull; to working with athletes like Serena Williams and Tony Hawk, to collaborating with renowned icons like Lady Gaga and Richard Branson. As a fine artist, he’s had solo and group gallery shows in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East. In 2013 Chase contributed to the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times story Snowfall, and in 2014 earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created Best Camera – the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs…and his company, CreativeLive, was recently acquired by Fiverr, a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. His recent book Creative Calling debuted as an instant National Best Seller.

He’s long been an advisor to Fortune 100 brands, and a guest at the White House, the United Nations, the Library of Congress, 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, and the DIFC in Dubai. Chase lives with his wife, Kate, in Seattle, and serves as a volunteer board director for several non-profits.

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Sep 1, 2022

Do you ever wonder why we feel pain and how to deal with it?

In this episode of The Align Podcast, Dr. Adriaan Louw and I talk about pain and the factors that influence it, including the connection between the brain and why our perception matters. We also discuss how to teach people on how to deal with pain, how to calm our nervous system and how our nervous system affects our reaction to pain. 

 

Adriaan is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 25 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group - an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. He is a senior faculty, pain science director and vice-president of faculty experience for Evidence in Motion.

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Aug 27, 2022

Lorimer is Bradley Distinguished Professor in Clinical Neuroscience, Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy and Director of IIMPACT in Health at the University of South Australia. His main interests are persistent pain and other protective feelings. His research group investigates pain in humans, from cognitive and behavioral experiments to clinical trials and implementation studies. He has authored over 350 scientific articles and seven books. He has received international awards for his contributions to the science of pain, the treatment of persistent pain, to pain and health education, and for his public outreach initiatives. In 2017 he founded the not for profit Pain Revolution and in 2020 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, that country’s second highest civilian honor, for ‘distinguished served to humanity at large in the fields of pain and its management, science communication, education and physiotherapy.’ He lives and works on Kaurna Land in Adelaide, South Australia.

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