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 view points 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, 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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Jun 11, 2021

When is it “acceptable” to surrender? How much impact does the vocabulary you use to have on the situation? How does trauma pass down through our chemistry? 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Sah D’Simone and I discuss difficult passages in life and how we can navigate those challenging times. Above anything else, being aware of the present and taking the opportunity to pause and ask yourself WHY you are experiencing this situation and then, HOW can you change that is the key to healing.

Plus, Sah talks about surrendering. Life is not what it is, it is actually what we make it to be. If we are holding on to a certain type of feeling or things as part of our routine, we will create a life that is destructive for ourselves. That’s why when it’s necessary and there is nothing to be gained through resisting a situation, it’s time to accept and surrender.

Sah D’Simone is the new teacher in town: synergizing spirituality with sass, and delivering heart wisdom with the warmth of your best friend. His life’s mission is to serve as a spiritual guide, meditation teacher, transformational speaker, and author. He’s leading a heart-based healing movement rooted in tried-and-true ancient techniques, allowing joy and authenticity to illuminate the path to enlightenment. 


To learn more about Sah:


Instagram: @sahdsimone

Book: Spiritually Sassy

Jun 2, 2021

What is fear? Why do we hold on to it? What does the process of letting go of fear look like? What do we actually have control over? Are we pushing something too much? When can we make the decision to let something go?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Light Watkins and I discuss a subject that we experience often but that we dread, which is fear. When we experience fear, most of the time we fabricate this intense feeling in our own minds,  which explains why we all have different fears. But when we allow curiosity to overtake our fear, that’s when it becomes an opportunity for growth. In fact, gaining control over how we feel about fear will allow us to stay present at the moment long enough to make better choices at that moment that we are fearful.

Plus, Light also talks about how his lifestyle allowed him to become resilient to change. Eventually, when we are faced with one too many events where uncertainty is high, we become capable of letting go of the little things and taking ownership of the bigger things. In other words, we become capable of knowing when it is necessary to be actively engaging and working towards something great VS simply being patient and waiting for that something to come along, in its own time.

Light Watkins is a bestselling author, an accomplished meditation teacher, founder of The Shine Movement, and an inspirational keynote speaker and workshop leader. He has delivered over 500 wellness-themed talks around the globe since 2007.


To learn more about Light:


Instagram: @lightwatkins

Book: Knowing Where to Look

Podcast: At the End of the Tunnel

May 28, 2021
Why are we so comfortable with the idea of failure, but fear the idea of success? Why do we self-sabotage ourselves when we are at the brink of reaching new levels of success? What part does your ego play in this?
In this episode of the Align Podcast, Steven Pressfield and I chat about resistance. While we tend to be afraid of failure, we tend to be more comfortable with that than the idea of being successful. In fact, we often find ourselves resisting success and engaging in self-sabotaging behavior. While the exact reason why we do this to ourselves is unknown, a plausible theory that Steven shares with us is that our own ego is trying to stop us from making that shift to the greater self, which is the I. 
Plus, Steven also talks about how most of us are awaiting this one big Aha! moment in our lives in order to find our passion and zone of genius, but that the reality is that life is comprised of plenty of little ah-ha moments that slowly guide us towards that ‘big thing”.
Steven Pressfield is the author of 18 books. His struggles to earn a living as a writer (it took seventeen years to get the first paycheck) are detailed in The War of Art, Turning Pro, The Authentic Swing, Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t, and The Knowledge.
To learn more about Steven:
Instagram: @steven_pressfield
Book: The War of Art 
May 19, 2021
Just how strong is the relationship between your mind and your health? Did you know that inflammation is not actually the REASON for your pain, but a symptom?
In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Stephen Cabral and I discuss Naturopathic & Functional Medicine and how looking for the root cause of an illness is the key to healing. Stephen mentions how in today’s Western medical practices, doctors are quick to prescribe a drug that only serves as a band-aid over the real issue. They don't look for the root problem that is causing the health issues that their patients are experiencing. Examples of root causes include hormone imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, a leaky gut, unknown allergies and intolerances, and so much more.
Plus, we also discuss the relationship between the mind and the body and how important the mindset we take can impact our health and cause us to feel like a victim of our illness(es). In fact, for the longest time, Stephen himself felt like a victim to the immune disease he had during his childhood. However, we must accept these difficult challenges that we face in life and in health, as these are the opportunities that help us grow and become stronger both mentally and physically.
Stephen Cabral is a Board Certified Doctor of Naturopathy with post-doctoral specializations in Ayurvedic, Integrative Health and Functional Medicine. Dr. Cabral also runs one of the largest health & wellness practices in the U.S. and where he and his team have completed more than 250,000 client appointments.
To learn more about Dr. Stephen Cabral:
Instagram: @stephencabral
Podcast: The Cabral Concept 
Book: The Rain Barrel Effect: How a 6,000 Year Old Answer Holds the Secret to Finally Getting Well, Losing Weight & Feeling Alive Again!
May 12, 2021

Are you bullshiting yourself? Did you give yourself permission to want what you REALLY want, or do you want what society says you should? How can you be a more effective participant in this life experience you were given?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Lauren and I chat about the important relationships we have in our lives, such as with our intimate partner, with our friends, with our family members, and most importantly, the relationship we have with ourselves. In fact, when we start thinking about our aspirations and what our dreams are, most of us bullshit ourselves. While society has been working very hard to make us want things that don’t align with what we TRULY want for ourselves, we shouldn’t beat ourselves over it. As long as we take the time to learn more about ourselves and figure out what we truly want, we can still experience the lives we were given the way we want to live.

Plus, Lauren talks about how horrified we humans are about the ways that we act and the lies that we tell. In fact, if we were to ask someone right now to write down a list of all the lies that they ever told, they would be too ashamed to do so. Except in the case where abuse and trauma come into play, most of us feel ashamed because we deserved it. So why do we lie to start with, but most importantly, why can’t we admit to our wrongdoings? 

Lauren Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and life coaching company. Her coaching methodology, The Handel Method®, is taught around the world. She has spent nearly 20 years coaching thousands of private and corporate clients, including executives at Vogue, BASF, and AOL.


To learn more about Lauren:


Book: Maybe It's You: Cut the Crap. Face Your Fears. Love Your Life

Program: Inner.U Program

Instagram: @handelgroup

May 6, 2021

What does it take to thrive in business? How can you start thinking like a disruptor? Can you take control over your destiny or is that something you should leave to the Universe?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Miki Agrawal and I discuss how we all have complete control over our destiny and how we can succeed in our endeavors if we give ourselves permission to see things differently. In fact, when it comes to business, Miki was able to test her own thesis when it came to being successful. In order to create a winning product in today’s market, it needs to challenge the ordinary and everything we take for granted as “ normal”. Through innovation, an artful design, and communicating in an accessible language, your disruption will make you a success. 

Plus, we also talk about how tenacity is essential to being successful in both business and in life. Miki swears that being tenacious played an immense role in her success and that she can say, without a doubt, that without tenacity, her vision wouldn't have stood a chance. 

Miki Agrawal is a social entrepreneur who uses creativity and disruptive innovation to challenge the status quo and change culture. Miki is the founder of several acclaimed social enterprises, such as TUSHY, THINX, & WILD.


To learn more about Miki:



Book: Disrupt-Her: A Manifesto for the Modern Woman

Apr 29, 2021

What did you learn from the challenges you surpassed? Do you think that self-confidence is key to “winning” or thriving in life?  

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Chris Duffin and I chat about the challenging and uncomfortable situations that we may face in our lives and how surpassing those is the only way for us to grow both mentally, but physically too. In fact, the same can be said about your muscles.  

We also talk about Chris’ impressive training techniques that have been tested and clinically proven to get the results most people are looking for when weight lifting, but with less weight and less training time. Known as the BFR (blood flow restriction) method, this allows your body to actively flush your body’s toxins and forces both lymphatic and blood drainage. In fact, this method reduces the blood flow in your body to an area, provoking deep muscle fatigue sooner. This causes hypertrophy, which is an increase and growth of your muscle.

Chris Duffin is an inventor, thought leader, and serial entrepreneur in Health and Fitness. He has Co-Founded multiple prominent brands the largest of which, Kabuki Strength. Chris has invented multiple ‘game-changing’ products improving human biomechanics under load, as well as systemized approaches to assessing and correcting human movement dysfunctions.

Find out more about Chris:


Book: The Eagle and the Dragon: A Story of Strength and Reinvention


Apr 22, 2021

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Amen and I discuss the stigma towards mental illness and how it makes those who are suffering feel ashamed, which can worsen their symptoms and conditions. While most doctors might look at mental illness as a simple diagnosis, Dr. Amen was thought to think of people going through these health conditions not as someone with a diagnosis, but as a whole by considering the four circles of life; biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. 


Plus, we also talk about how to deal with negative thoughts and a negative mindset. The first thing is to be able to detach ourselves from our thoughts, so we can deeply question them. Then, it is important to live with the end, meaning death, in mind. This way, we are much more likely to be present and take advantage of the now.


Dr.Daniel Amen is one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts. Dr. Amen has helped millions of people change their brains and lives through his health clinics, best-selling books, products and public television programs.He has appeared on numerous television shows including Dr. Phil, Larry King, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The View.


To learn more about Dr. Amen:



Book: Change Your Brain Change Your Life

Podcast: The Brain Warrior’s Way

Instagram: @doc_amen


Apr 15, 2021

What is embodied cognition? How do our senses help us process our reality? How can psychedelics help us let go and surrender?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Kyle and I discuss psychedelics. Kyle narrates his 17-day experience with a medicine known for allowing its users to continue living through the experience during their sleep, with one single dosage. Further on, we also discuss depression and what is currently going on in the world. 

Another interesting subject we cover is the value of intentionality. We are intentional about certain things, such as a business. but then we can be completely unintentional about other things, such as a geographic location. However, having acceptance and love for whatever your answers are to what you are intentional and unintentional about is essential. There’s no answer to what is the right or wrong way to live a life, but you must have the awareness to be able to engage with the choices you make. 

Kyle Kingsbury is the host of the Kyle Kingsbury Podcast, is an optimization expert, everyday shaman, full-time coach on the Fit For Service Fellowship, and a former UFC fighter.

Apr 8, 2021

How important is blood sugar stability to your overall health? What happens if we don’t have that? How should we be eating for optimal energy, brain function, and to achieve satiety?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Will Cole and I discuss how exactly fasting affects our levels of hunger and our health. In fact,  fasting in a ketogenic diet, where most of the diet is plant-based, is a proven and effective way to help stabilize blood sugar, if done consistently. 

Plus, Will discusses the benefits of eating and living intuitively and why he supports this lifestyle, beyond what the medical data says. He encourages people to check within themselves; check on their sleep quality, their energy levels, their brain functions, and to learn to listen to what feels better for themselves. This is the best way to achieve optimal health; by simply listening to your body.  

Dr. Will Cole is a leading functional-medicine expert. Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional-medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is a health expert and course instructor for the world’s largest wellness brands such as mindbodygreen and goop.


To learn more about Dr. Will Cole:



Instagram: @drwillcole

Podcast: The Art of Being Well with Dr. Will Cole

Book: Intuitive Fasting


Apr 1, 2021

Are you sleeping enough, eating enough, hydrating enough, or socializing enough? What happens if the answer is “no”? At what point will efficiency become a burden to our biology?

In this Episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Ruscio and I talk about how the answer to our health issues often lies in the foundational layers of our health. Too often, we have the initial reaction to look beyond those layers, when the answer to our conditions or disease lies in what we nourish and treat our bodies on a daily basis.

Plus, we talk about how moderation is key to everything. We all have different bodies, so we must all make use of measures on a moderate basis, such as dieting and exercising, as all of our bodies will respond in their own unique way. Lastly, stress isn't always a hazard. When loaded properly, stressors help our organisms become more resilient, every time we recover.  

Dr. Ruscio is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, Doctor of Chiropractic, clinical researcher, and author. His book, Healthy Gut Healthy You, has helped countless patients regain their health even when numerous doctors have been unable to.

What we discuss:


02:19: At what point can efficiency become a burden to our biology?

05:22: Under what circumstances is stress beneficial?

06:31: Gut health issues and how they manifest in the US population

08:59: How Dr. Ruscio got into this field

13:23: How can we determine the likelihood of an issue coming from the gut?

14:43: What is an effective way to determine a gut-joint-related issue?

17:07: What are FODMAPs and how do they work?

23:09: Diets, food sourcing. and quality ingredients

27:53: Scientific research behind the cellular impact of feeling connected to something greater than yourself

34:36: Is sun exposure dangerous?

37:06: Vitamin D: supplements for the microbiota

38:16: Why is there an epidemic of undiagnosed sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome?

45:57: What is bloating and how can we use probiotics to reduce bloating?

53:09: What is the gut, actually?

56:27: The gut-brain relationship

58:56: The detrimental effects of excessive exercise

1:07:08: The ultimate balance in medicine


To learn more about Dr. Ruscio:

Instagram: @drruscio

Book: Healthy Gut, Healthy You

Mar 25, 2021

Where did COVID come from? What can you do right now to make sure you can fight the virus, if you are ever infected? Should you get vaccinated?


In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Steven Quay and I discuss how the Coronavirus has been able to develop so quickly in the human body, the mechanisms of it, and how our immune system works to fight it. We talk about how exactly vaccines act to help our body fight viruses and how the antibody-dependent enhancement’s (ADE) unpredictability can affect people of different ages.


Plus, Dr. Quay points out how the posture that we tend to hold during the day causes us to lose lung capacity. With our lungs and intercostal muscles being primordial to effectively fight the hazards of COVID, he suggests a yoga-based practice to help us develop both of these capacities.


Dr. Steven Quay has over 360 published contributions to medicine, placing him in the top 1% of scientists worldwide. He holds 87 US patents and has invented seven FDA-approved pharmaceuticals which have helped over 80 million people. He is the author of the best-selling book on surviving the pandemic, Stay Safe: A Physician's Guide to Survive Coronavirus.

What we discuss:

03:58: How can we train our body to help combat COVID and other respiratory diseases?


06:09: Aaron’s symptoms when he was infected with COVID


08:04: What does Dr. Quay recommend you do to fight Covid?


09:20: Supportive breathing practices you can start today


10:27: Where does the virus originate from?


15:19: What kind of repercussions has Dr. Quay faced for his scientific opinions? 


17:59: What will the world be like post-vaccination?


19:06: Should young and healthy people take the vaccine?


20:35: The race between covid-2 vs the immune system


21:42: Are masks effective?


27:39: What does the future of the coronavirus look like?


30:41: The antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE)


32:28: What is the virus’ infection mechanism?


34:39: Describing the 3 phases of the virus


36:09: The burden of COVID in our world and political implications


40:56: Physiologic response to the vaccine Vs developed immune response


47:03: Why did Dr. Quay write his book?


48:50: What can we do to protect ourselves if we suspect we were exposed to the virus?


49:55: Why does it turn into pneumonia?


52:31: The issue with western medicine not looking at the importance of nutrition

57:52: How the metro transport system could have been the conduit to spreading COVID in major cities


Learn more about Dr. Steven Quay:



Book: Stay Safe: A Physician's Guide to Survive Coronavirus

Mar 16, 2021

What is the cure to pain? What are we supposed to do with the learnings we gain from going through painful experiences? What does holding space actually mean? What happens when we withhold our own truth?

In this episode of the Align podcast, Stefano shares with us why and how he hit rock bottom, how he expressed his addictions to sex, alcohol, physical extenuation, materialism, status, and how someone living through a similar passage can find peace with their story. 

Plus, we explore the reality that most of us act according to what people feel is “normal” and expected by our society, which results in us feeling ashamed of expressing what we truly want and suppressing our own fantasies. 

Stefanos Sifandos is a relationship alchemist, international speaker, and author who facilitates transformational growth through neuro-empowerment practices to help evolve and enhance relationships.


What we discuss:


06:03: Stefano’s 10 day fast in the wild

12:50:  What does ‘holding space’ actually mean?

14:27: How to cultivate depth within ourselves in order to be of supportive of others

15:28: Stefano’s story of learning through pain

20:04: How does one acknowledge their own story in order to re-write it?

24:50: Are there any 'neuroses' that can't be healed by love?

28:34: Is it possible to re-parent ourselves?

29:30: What shame feels like to Stefano

35:55: How to come to peace with your own story

37:00: More about relationships

40:00: Thriving in familiarity Vs novelty

46:13: Masculine and feminine energy - how does polarity work?

51:33: How can we relate to each other effectively?

57:36: How a female embodies feminine elements to attract a masculine figure

1:04:49: Will society erupt?

1:05:39: Is equilibrium even sustainable?

1:10:31: Modern use of psychoactive substances to address trauma and wounds


To learn more about Stefanos:



Instagram: @stefanossifandos

Mar 11, 2021

Can the dietary choices we make right now affect how we feel later in the day? What’s the difference between “doing” health and creating health?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Drew and I discuss how the food that we consume can impact our mental health both in a positive or negative way. For example, incorporating brain food such as omega-3 fatty acids and leafy greens are proven to help promote healthy brain functions and keep your mood stable. 

Plus, we talk about how individuality is not something that is taken into consideration on social media when advice is shared in regards to health and diets. We all have different genetics and needs in terms of nutrition and following a cookie-cutter rule for nutrition can lead to unintentional malnutrition. 

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry's leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.


What we discuss:


03:26: The 6-week anti-depressive timeframe

04:21: Why Drew decided to focus on anxiety and depression

07:43: The impact on the health care system when the health care providers' mental health is not taken care of

11:28: Being in the cycle of nature

15:24: Bacterial exposure in nature and how it relates to mental health

20:29: How are bugs controlling us?

24:24: A prediction on the effect on young people being hindered from facial expressions due to the current mask usage

28:47: What is nutritional psychiatry?

34:06: How does social media influence our choices and the dangers of not considering our individuality

37:53: Why some patients might feel worse in their first psychiatry appointment

40:51: Are we at an inflexible point in the masculinity shift?

50:53: How will the world be after COVID in regards to social and sanitization matters

55:24: Discussion on labeling people with a certain pathology

57:23: What can awareness actually do?

1:01:22: Drew's Ramsey book

1:07:55: What’s next in medical research?

1:18:26: Olive oil; why it should be the main fat we consume

1:19:26: Top foods that might cause depression from a nutritional standpoint

More about Drew:


Instagram: @drewramseymd

Book: Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety

Mar 4, 2021

For some of us, we tend to say yes to any opportunity that comes our way. For others, we just aren't able to say no to favors that are being asked of us. But why is that? Why do we say YES when we want to scream NO?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Christine Hassler and I define issue-based relationships, how to build a proper foundation for opening up to relationships, and what type of people should be staying single at certain points in their lives. 

Plus, we cover how compensatory strategies are formed in childhood as coping mechanisms that are later reflected throughout our adult lives.

Christine Hassler is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, master coach, and podcast host who is committed to guiding people and organizations into their highest potential.


What we discuss:


02:00: Christine's process in saying “no”

05:04: Where does the fear of saying “no” come from?

08:34: How can someone recognize their own compensatory patterns? What is the expectation hangover?

11:16: Why are we here?

12:54: Does the ideal mate exist?

17:25: How to create a foundation in order to open up space for a relationship

20:42: What are issue-based relationships?

23:02: Can a relationship just be easy?

25:02: Can we create a healthy foundation by examining our childhood?

28:48: how to connect to ourselves as a child

30:59: Christine's first deep inner child meditation

42:34: Who should stay single?

45:59: How does Christine define God + her religious upbringing

1:03:44: How are our outer experiences a reflection of the inner reality?


To learn more about Christine:



Instagram: @christinehassler

Podcast: Over It & On With It

Feb 24, 2021

What is a thought? Where are our thoughts located? What weight do our thoughts have? 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Caroline Leaf and I discuss what defines the concept of thoughts and how exactly they affect our body and our DNA. In fact, the human brain is capable to identify toxic and negative thoughts and treat them as foreign invaders, similar to how our bodies react to foreign invaders that attack our immune system.

Plus, Dr. Leaf shares with us a proven 5 step process that is designed to help us overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, and more. 

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. She has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. Dr. Leaf is also the bestselling author of Switch on Your Brain, Think Learn Succeed, Think and Eat Yourself Smart, and many more.


What we discuss:

02:02: What is a thought? Where are thoughts located? What weight do our thoughts have?

06:12: How much control do we have over our entire thought process?

08:01: Dr. Leaf’s path to engaging in the knowledge of the mind

14:4: How do we experience things through our mind?

18:29: An explanation to why we don’t have a negative bias

19:18: Why are our brains drawn to the negative?

23:16: What is consciousness and unconsciousness? How do they relate to each other?

36:55: Where does shame come from?

43:27: Breaking down the NeuroCycle

51:55: The advantage of multi-perspective

To learn more about Dr. Leaf:



Instagram: @drcarolineleaf

Podcast: Cleaning Up the Mental Mess

Book: Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess

Feb 18, 2021

We often feel that the career choice we made years ago is permanent, that we are hostages of a degree we earned or a couple of decades of experience that we accumulated. But that isn’t true.

In this episode of the Align podcast, Ashley Stahl and I discuss the 9 core skill sets that you should develop if you are contemplating switching careers. Plus, Ashley explains how the skills that you naturally have are more important than the interests you have.

Lastly, we get to hear all about how Ashley’s impressive background in counterterrorism helped her develop soft skills that are essential for the career choice she made after leaving the Pentagon.

Ashley is an angel investor, writer, career coach, podcast host, and an ex-counterterrorism professional for the Pentagon. Her leadership firm, Ashley International Inc., offers private coaching and unparalleled online programs to empower Millennials to find their purpose, land more job offers, and increase their income.


What we discuss:


04:26: Ashley's creative process for writing her new book

08:36: Expanding options vs going unidirectionally in a career

12:56: Making core skill sets relevant

16:22: Ashley's background in counter-terrorism

22:39: How Ashley incurred a loss in her business

24:41: What brought Ashley to her current formula?

29:25: Why did the Senate get raided?

32:22: Ashley's day to day working in counter-terrorism and international development

35:57: How are skill sets becoming obsolete in the workforce

40:01: What was Ashley's relation to Al-Qaeda in her professional role?

41:51: Ashley's experience as a female in her previous field

44:42: Developing self-awareness to determine our own hardness

47:00: Making career choices based on past wounds

48:46: What are the required skills of a good spy?

52:37: The power of being good with words

55:16: How did Ashley's perception of death evolve throughout time

01:03:05: The value and disadvantages of the current educational system

01:05:42: Changing careers at a mature age

To learn more about Ashley:



Instagram: @ashleystahl

Podcast:  Your Turn Podcast

Feb 9, 2021

How many of you experienced bullying in your childhood? How did that experience shape the person that you are today? Is self-love all that you need to get through difficult times?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, we get deep and personal with Justin Wren. From bullying to self-sabotage with addiction, we discuss the importance of learning self-love and how expressing kindness towards yourself and others is the key to healing.

We also get a very intimate insight into Justin’s darkest thoughts and moments and how he overcame them. Plus, a message is given to those going through dark times.

Justin Wren is a former heavyweight division fighter, holding an MMA record of 15-2. After overcoming depression and addiction, Justin took the decision to step away from MMA, seeking out a purpose and passion for his life. He then founded Fight For The Forgotten initiative, where he now fights for those who don’t have a voice.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Call 1-800-273-8255 to talk.


What we discuss:

02:26: Justin's relationship with his mom

05:30: What do martial arts teach you?

07:11: What makes a bully?

11:18: Justin's experience with bullying

24:50: Learning how to love yourself

29:17: Discussing suicide ideation and attempt: Justin's experience

01:08:44: How kindness can help you

01:17:47: Self-sabotage with addiction

01:22:58: A message for those going through dark times

01:34:10: More about the Fight for the Forgotten initiative



To learn more about Justin:


Instagram: @fightfortheforgotten / @thebigpygmy

Podcast: The Justin Wren Podcast

Feb 2, 2021

Are you honest with yourself? Do you have realistic expectations of how your body can perform? What thoughts are you using to fuel your body and optimize its performance? 

In this episode of the Align podcast, Steven Kotler and I discuss how understanding our own human biology is the most important thing we can do for ourselves in order to properly pursue and attain our goals. In fact, knowing how to make biology work for us and not against us is the secret of many successful people.

We also talk about the crucialness of honesty, and how we must accept that we can only work with what we have. Steven recommends how we should feed our pattern recognition system properly and on a daily basis to help us reach peak body and brain performance.

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. His nine bestsellers are praised all around the world and by industry leaders such as Elon Musk, Bill Clinton, and more.


What we discuss:

02:56: Discussing Steven's religious upbringing

08:42: How peak performance and honesty related to each other

10:00: Changing a child's direction through parenting

12:20: How praying is great training for peak performance

14:36: How evolution has been shaped by the force of innovation

16:31: What is the general thinking of flow?

18:13: Drivers of evolution: more food and better health

22:36: Why long-term planning and flow are dissociated

26:03: Kotler's Art of Impossible book

28:26: Motivation, learning, creativity and flow


To learn more about Steven:


Book mentioned: Art of Impossible

Instagram: @kotler.steven

Podcast: Flow Research Collective Radio

Jan 26, 2021

If time is relative, how can we dilate it to live presently? How can you improve your focus to bring more time, energy, and money into flow? What does a monk think of money and what financial advice does he give? 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I have a conversation with Pedram Shojai, a.k.a. The Urban Monk, about the very fundamentals of meditation, how to be present and mindful, and how you can go as far as you can with the means you have today.

Plus, we talk about the concept of identity and how so many of us nowadays find our identity structure through ideology groups. We also discuss the value of rites of passage and the importance of wilderness, which often seems to be a missing component in urban life.

Pedram is a master herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, and wellness consultant. He is a dynamic teacher, Taoist minister, and lifelong student of various Alchemical Traditions. Pedram is also a Filmmaker and author, father, and husband.


What we discuss:


03:55: Pedram’s experience of studying with the Dalai Lama

04:47: Explaining educational and philosophical differences between Tibetans and Westerners

06:51: How and why Pedram became a Taoist monk

10:16: How to self-reconcile

12:53: Best practices for optimal focus

14:55: Why do we spend so much time online and how can we stop doing that?

20:08: The value in rites of passage

26:41: Money is trade

29:28: Financial advice from a monk

33:15: Being able to re-write our own story

38:42: Can meditation have different forms?

40:32: How to meditate effectively

44:17: Dissecting the perception of time and how to dilate it

:51:44: Dealing with imposter syndrome

53:55: Transitioning to a bigger game in life


To learn more about Pedram Shojai:


Instagram: @official_urbanmonk

Book: The Urban Monk

Podcast: The Urban Monk Podcast

Jan 19, 2021

What is thyroid disease, exactly? What causes it? Can we even reverse thyroid disease? If so, how can we do that?

In this episode of the Align Podcast,  I have a conversation with Alan Christianson, where we discuss how the foods we choose to fuel our body can actually help reverse thyroid disease and how a healthy thyroid contributes to our immune system, our mental health, and our physical health. We then break down what is iodine, what are the optimal levels for human consumption, and what are the best resources we can refer to in order to ensure we are intaking the proper and recommended amount. 

We also pick Alan’s brain about emotions and how they can impact our overall wellbeing, his own personal practices of meditation and journaling, and we even touch upon epistemology!

Alan Christianson is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) who specializes in natural

endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders. He is the author of The Metabolism Reset Diet

and the New York Times bestselling book The Adrenal Reset Diet. He has been named a Top Doctor in Phoenix Magazine and has appeared on national TV shows and in numerous print media.


Instagram: @dralanchristianson



What we discuss:

[00:02:46] Christianson's new book on thyroid disease research

[00:04:26] The value in making our own food

[00:06:54] What is Iodine?

[00:09:47] The repercussions of iodine deficiency and excess

[00:11:52] What are the optimal levels of iodine?

[00:13:12] What causes thyroid disease? 

[00:15:59] Can thoughts and feelings affect the functioning of the thyroid?

[00:18:45] What is the thyroid and how does it work?

[00:20:10] How emotional states contribute to your physical health issues

[00:22:50] Do we have free will?

[00:26:01] Alan’s biggest challenges

[00:32:09] How do we know we know?

[00:36:30] A guide to mediation and journaling practices

[00:38:37] Alan’s thoughts on God

[00:40:19] What are signs of an underlying thyroid issue?

[00:41:26] Can all diseases be reversed and what be the root cause for it?

[00:43:10] How does toxic fat develop?

Jan 13, 2021

What's the planet's most nutritious food? SPROUTS! And in this episode of the Align Podcast, the author of the Sprout Book, Doug Evans, tells us why.

Among the mind-blowing nutritional qualities of sprouts:
― they have 20-30 times the nutrients of other vegetables and 100 times those of meat
― they pack cancer-fighting properties and help to protect us from cardiovascular disease and environmental pollutants
― they aid in digestion
― they are a simple way to grow your own vegetables and compatible with all diets

Ready to learn more? Tune into the full episode! 

Jan 7, 2021

Over 70% of our body is composed of water, which means that staying hydrated is extremely important. But is simply drinking water enough to keep us hydrated? 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, our guest Tracy Duhs covers the hidden capabilities and benefits of hydrating adequately. We discuss the incredible amount of information that water is capable of holding onto and how that is crucial for processing our emotions.

We also discuss the different water filtering processes and filtering systems and how we can upgrade the quality of the water we drink, catered to various budgets.

Tracy Duhs is the director and founder of The Sanctuary Wellness Experience, a luxury retreat that provides complete nurturing for the mind, body, and soul. She is a herbalist, alchemist, and specialist in integrative medicine.


What we discuss:

03:54: What is water?

08:13: What are the potential contaminants in water?

11:08: How does water hold information?

13:52: Masaru Emoto's experiments with water

16:22: What is structured water?

19:57: How do our bodies create structured water?

20:46: What is vortexing water?

22:58: Possible methods to upgrade the water we drink

26:33: What is Ocean Plasma?

31:14: Why and how Tracy started to experiment with different types of water

37:40: How to mineralize our water

44:16: How movement and hydration relate to each other

48:12: How sunlight exposure impacts hydration

51:16: The 9 Pillars of Health


To learn more about Tracy:

Instagram: @tracyduhs

Book: Hydrate with Tracy Duhs
Podcast: Hydrate 

Dec 30, 2020

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I have a wonderful conversation with Emily Fletcher where we dive into the semantics of meditation and how it's much more powerful than many of us may realize. It's not only a tool for calming our mind, but it physically transforms our mind and body. 

We also dive into our childhood wounds, how it has affected us in our adult life, and what we have found to be successful in our healing process.

And as a bonus, at the end of the episode, Emily offers us a transformative 5-minute mediation practice that you
can use as a tool for yourself.

Emily Fletcher is the creator of The Ziva Technique and the founder of Ziva, where she developed the world meditation training program. She is also a best selling author: she wrote
Stress Less, Accomplish More - Meditation for Extraordinary Performance. She is one of my best friends and overall, a meditation legend.

What we discuss:

[00:08:16] How meditation calms our chaotic energy
[00:11:43] The cerebral processes that occur in meditation that make us more empathic
[00:12:29] Bypassing our emotions vs. allowing ourselves to feel them
[00:23:13] How the body is a record of our past
[00:24:13] How meditation is healing: de-exciting our nervous system
[00:27:15] 5-minute meditation exercise

Instagram: @emilystellafletcher

Dec 23, 2020

What’s keeping you from claiming your true powers? Are you even aware of the powers you hold within you and how you can tap into them?

Today’s conversation is with one of my closest friends and widely known, Mr. Jim Kwik. We talk about his book, Limitless – a fabulous read! Jim’s main niche is about memory, focus, and accelerated learning, although the book content is much wider than that. While our imagination might make us think that being limitless is a synonym for perfection, in this episode, Jim explains it in a much more tangible and human way: Limitless is about advancing and progressing beyond what we believe to be possible.

Jim has created a three-part framework that he breaks down for us in this episode. This framework acts as a lens to see what holds us back and to construct our self-awareness to "unlimit" the areas that are in our way. Plus, we both talk about what makes us come alive and our purpose - both fundamental emotional factors for
reaching our full potential.

Jim is a renowned brain coach, a memory and speed-reading expert, international speaker, and a social entrepreneur. He has been featured in many programs and podcasts and his book, Limitless, became an instant New York Times bestseller and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller.

What we discuss:

[04:45] Jim’s go-to practices for dealing with stress and anxiety
[05:53] Defining what it means to be "limitless"
[11:11] Why we need to have a sense of purpose in our lives
[15:36] What makes Jim feel alive?
[16:52] What makes Aaron feel alive?
[20:52] Opening our own mechanisms through the love towards another person
[27:03] The antidote for feeling stuck
[27:20] The 3 M’s: Mindset, Motivation, Methods
[29:06] What Jim would change in the current western educational system

Find more from Jim:

Instagram. @jimkwik

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