People are less in touch with their bodies―and especially their breathing―than ever before. And ironically, people who take pride in taking care of their bodies actually put themselves at greater risk. Why? Because they’re asking their body to take on next-level demands, but failing at life’s most essential skill: efficient breathing.
Proper breathing is the world’s most powerful biohack.
In this episode of the Align Podcast, Belisa Vranich shares how we can master our breath to unlock more strength, greater endurance, sharper precision, faster recovery, and ultimately optimize our lives.
Belisa is a clinical psychologist, author of Breathing for Warriors, founder of The Breathing Class, and is here to give you a step-by-step guide on how to biohack your breath.
Find more from Belisa:
Book: Breathing for Warriors
Disclaimer: This isn’t your typical Paul Saladino podcast episode on the Carnivore Diet.
I’ve had him on the podcast before where I challenged him on the topic. This conversation is more focused on how food has effected human evolution, why our brains are shrinking, the actual cause of visceral fat, what it would take to actually get the nutrients you need through plant-based foods. Plus, during the episode, he pulls up an assortment of different graphs and charts to validate his points which I found beyond fascinating. Be sure to watch the episode on YouTube as well to view.
One thing I respect about Dr. Saladino is the extensive research he does before putting his viewpoints into the world. I know for many people, believing we should only be eating animal-based foods sounds like the unhealthiest thing we could do for ourselves. Although, Paul has extensive studies to back up his claims and also does not believe you need to eat 100% animal-based to reap the benefits. And another disclaimer, he does not believe only eating conventional animal foods and muscle meat attributes to a healthy diet. And in the episode, he explains why.
I believe Dr. Saladino to be an important figure in the wellness community as he challenges the general narrative of nutritional dogma. He is completely going against the grain of most accepted modern concepts of having a balanced nutritional diet and goes more towards an ancestral approach utilizing animal-based foods for our nutrition.
What we discuss:
Be sure to checkout the newest version of his, The Carnivore Code, here.
Listen to our other conversation on the Carnivore Diet here where I give him a good challenge on his beliefs behind consuming an animal-based diet.
Our food is getting cheaper and cheaper, but at what cost? Not only are our current farming and food processing practices and systems deteriorating our health, but it's causing even more harm to our ecosystem.
The question at play in this episode is how can we create food for ourselves in such a way that actually restores the health and vitality of the soil of which we are producing our food?
In this episode, I am joined by Anya Fernald who has the asnwer. She is the founder and CEO of Belcampo Inc., a family of companies that encompasses Belcampo farms where they humanely raise organic meat (which I believe produces the highest quality meat I have ever come across in my life). Belcampo focuses exclusively on regenerative farming practices, which means it restores the land it uses rather than deteriorate it.
Anya is a brilliant woman and I was in complete awe throughout the entire interview learning from her about our food, where it comes from, and the impact it has on our environment.
What we discuss:
How we have “perfected” nature 5:00
The interconnectedness of nature (How we solve one problem but create another): 13:00
The different roles of animals: 18:30
How animal digestive systems work and how it’s integral to our ecosystem: 21:30
Eating non-socially acceptable parts of animals 23:30
Shocking foods fed to animals: 29:00
Animals in Confinement vs. Pasture-raised: 30:00
Why cow farts are harmful to the environment: 32:00
What is regenerative farming: 33:00
What happens when you farm on marginal land: 40:00
Is regenerative farming scalable?: 41:00
The shift in mentally that needs to happen in the value we place on meat in our diet: 47:00
Anya’s tips for what our first steps should be 53:00
Check out Belcampo here.
Follow Anya on IG here.
In this episode of the Align Podcast, I chat with Jamie Kilstein who is the host of the Fuckups Guide to Self-Help, as well as a well-known stand-up comic and Jai Jitsu fighter.
Jamie shares the root of his humor, why weirdness is something you should accept and love about yourself, and his journey towards building more self-awareness. Plus, we dive into the divide in our country when it comes to social movements and political stances and how harsh each side can be towards each other.
What We Discuss:
Accepting your weirdness
Why the US is so divided right now
Being a political flipflopper
Find more from Jamie:
Podcast: A Fuckups Guide to Self-Help
Joe Rogan: #1031
We are a species that–whether we want to face it or not–is on it’s way to becoming extinct and this earth will carry on with or without us. So the great question Michael and I explore in this conversation is how can we pull ourselves back from all the noise so that we are able to hear the signal? Michael believes the answer to this question is shifting the way we live by reverting back to ancient ways, techniques, and worldly views. What does that mean? Download now to find out more.
Michael is a social entrepreneur focused on building movements for social impact. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied community-building strategies in Sri Lanka, where he lived and researched for two years. As a member of the Board of Directors of Sarvodaya USA Michael worked intimately with Sri Lanka's largest social movement and NGO, Sarvodaya, serving 11 million people across 15,000 villages. Since that time he has traveled and worked to build global movements.
What we discuss:
The collective vs. Individual way of living: 6:00
Shifting the way we live to preserve humanity: 20:00
Michaels shamanic experience: 34:00
Using psychedelics 37:00
RIghts of passage: 42:00
Find more from Michael:
Podcast: Peak Mind
In this episode of the Align Podcast, I am joined by Harry Grammer, who is by far one of the most important figures I have had on the podcast and one of the most important conversations I have ever shared.
Harry discusses the primary roots of oppression, injustice, and racism that exists in the United States. There are a lot of layers. It’s not as simple as putting one blanket statement on a cardboard box and going out and yelling about it. There is a deep injustice happening among our fellow human beings and it is our duty to uncover it.
Harry is an activist, scholar, and poet and founder of New Earth, an organization playing an integral part in reforming the juvenile justice nationwide system. In 2017, Harry was honored as a CNN Hero and in 2018 selected as an inaugural Obama Foundation Fellow.
Harry is an invaluable character with invaluable information to share. I hope my conversation with Harry will help you begin to peel back the layers.
What we discuss:
Find more from Harry:
If you think you’ve heard everything Max Lugavere has to say about the Genius Life, I’m guessing you haven’t heard this. We go deeper than his brand-new book and take a look into how Max lives his personal Genius Life. We not only discuss his brand-new book, The Genius Life, but also dive into how he has navigated through the events of 2020, the music he creates (did you know he’s a musician?), and all things mind and body because that’s what this podcast is all about.
Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and the author of the New York Times best-seller Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, as well as The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary, which is his newest book. He is also the host of the #1 Apple Podcasts Health podcast, The Genius Life.
What we discuss:
How posting only your “best side” can be a form of violence to others 4:30
Max’s experience navigating through the coronavirus: 8:00
Statistics on obesity: 18:00
What inflammation does to your body: 20:30
The three H’s that define good health: 28:00
Common nutrient deficiencies: 29:45
Max’s personal journey as a musician: 34:00
Dealing with trauma: 49:00
Mastering your voice: 55:00
Find more from Max:
Book: The Genius Life
Podcast: The Genius Life Podcast
Let's talk about Black Lives Matter.
Some people believe protesting and posting on social media is the most effective way to bring about change in our country, although I believe the most effective way is to become better educated on exactly what is happening, as well as have open dialog and honest conversations to help better understand.
In this episode of the Align Podcast, I'm joined by Robert Fergusson who shares his experience growing up as an African American with the racism and injustice in our country. He also shares his approach to supporting the movement and his best advice for how we can make an actual change.
I cannot thank Robert enough for providing me with a new perspective on the movement. I hope you enjoy the conversation and find it as beneficial as much as I did.
In this episode of the Align Podcast, I chat with fitness influencer, Nimai Delgado, who shares his interesting journey through life from being an American raised in a Hindu community to becoming one of the most prominent vegan bodybuilders in the industry.
We begin our conversation discussing the foundations of Hinduism and Niami’s view on God. Niami explains what it was like growing up in Southern America as a Hindu and how he made a personal shift from, “sharing less to fit in more” to embracing his full self. We also dive into his journey from being a vegetarian, to actively deciding to never eat animal products again. Niami explains common mistakes vegan’s make, as well as his best advice for thriving on a plant-based diet.
After listening, you will not only be left with greater knowledge on a vegan diet, but you will also be left with a new perspective on embracing your difference in a world where you feel pressure to follow the norm.
Find more from Nimai:
Youtube: Nimai Delgado
Podcast: Generation V
In this conversation with Lindsey Simcik, we dive into the simple practices Lindsey incorporates into her life for connecting deeper with her higher self. She gives a beautiful explanation for each practice and provides you with a clear guide on how to implement these practices into your daily life. We touch on the topics of overwhelm, releasing feelings, finding tranquility, and being authentic. As well as discusses the practices of shadow work, channeled writing, gratitude, and vision boards. If you’re looking to develop a new daily routine for connecting with your higher self, you will leave this conversation with countless ideas as to how to do so.
Shadow Work: 8:30
Releasing feelings and finding tranquility 12:00
Channeled writing: 16:00
Finding a daily habit that connects you to your higher self: 19:30
Gratitude practice: 22:00
Vision boards: 27:00
Embodying how expansive you are 30:30
Communicating authentically: 37:00
Being 100% yourself in relationships 40:30
In this episode of the Align podcast, special guest Mike Wasilisin talks about the power of embracing pain. We chat about how everyone has the ability within them to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve and how everyone can live an unbelievable life that is free from pain. But in order to get there, we need to endure the pain, as it's a necessary part of growth, both physically and mentally. So instead of avoiding the pain, we need to steer towards it to live the life we want for ourselves.
Mike is the founder of MoveU, a step by step method for helping you develop positional presence, a state of whole-body symmetry where you’re constantly observing, and correcting your body’s position with your muscles to achieve balance and strength.
Prior to MoveU, Mike had a clinical practice that led him to work around the clock, with no room for a personal life. Realizing this isn’t the life he wanted for himself, he dedicated every free moment to building the life he truly wanted that allowed him to commit to his higher purpose: inspiring the world to transform pain into a powerful mind and body.
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In this episode of the Align podcast, I chat with returning guest Dr. Christian Gonzalez on the happenings in the world right now. We discuss:
Are the numbers screwed? And why are they screwed?
Are face masks actually effective?
Is quarantining the best solution flattening the curve?
Is a vaccine the ultimate solution?
Is over-sanitizing helping or hurting our immunity?
What are alternative measures we can be taking to strengthen our immunity?
Why is our free speech being taken away?
It’s important to note this is a conversation and not to be taken as hard facts. Now more than ever it is important for you to question everything you hear, do your own research, and take everything with a grain of salt. Although, I hope this conversation provides you with a new perspective and challenges you to rethink and question what is happening in the world today.
Dr. Gonzalez is a naturopathic doctor who earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Rutgers University and his Medical Doctorate at the University of Bridgeport's College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Gonzalez's previous episode on the podcast:
Find more from Dr. Gonzalez:
Podcast: Heal Thy Self
In this episode, I am joined by a good friend, Luke Storey, who shares his wisdom cultivated through overcoming his personal addiction and trauma and developing his higher self.
We begin the conversation discussing the topics of the current situation with tech senatorship, Luke’s outlook on pollution and why we pollute the earth, and the effects 5G and radiation have on our bodies.
We then dive into a deep and meaningful conversation on why we become addicts, how to break our cycles of addiction, the karmic effect of how we live our lives, and how it ties into our spiritual evolution.
Luke Storey is a motivational speaker, kundalini yoga and meditation teacher, world-class biohacker, host of The Life Stylist Podcast, and founder of the world's premier online fashion school for stylists, School of Style which he founded in 2008.
Luke’s spent the past twenty-three years developing and refining the ultimate wellness lifestyle, based on the most transformative principles of primal health and ancient spiritual practices, while at the same time embracing the most cutting-edge natural healing and consciousness-expanding technologies. He has tenaciously applied the results of his field research and used them to not only completely transform his own life but also the lives of thousands of fans and followers through his various media channels and speaking engagements.
What we discuss:
Tech censorship 2:00
Polluting the earth 6:00
5G and radiation 11:00
Addiction and trauma 23:00
Karma and our spiritual evolution 55:00
Find more from Luke:
In this episode of the Align podcast, Jim Kwik and I have a conversation on the three senses: sound, touch, and sight. We discuss how you are born with these powerful tools but the majority of us never get trained on how to use and develop them effectively. We also discuss how these powers relate not only to our overall wellbeing but also to our cognitive performance and physiology. This episode will give you a clear guide on how to tap into the power of sound, sight, and touch, to change the way you interact in the world and more importantly, the way you interact with yourself.
Check out Jim's new book: Limitless
Follow Jim on Instagram: @jimkwik
In this episode of the Align Podcast, I chat with my dear friend, Byron Katie, who shares invaluable insight into living in the present moment. Through this conversation, you will have a deeper understanding of how our unhappiness, stress, and anxiety all stem from our lack of living in our now. And through simply shifting our perspective to the moment we are living in, we are able to experience our life to the fullest.
We also dive into how to come to terms with our death, un-trapping ourselves from the story we are living in, and many more mindfulness nuggets you don’t want to miss.
About Byron Katie:
In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, rage, and self-loathing, Byron Katie woke up one morning to a state of constant joy that has never left her. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of inquiry is called The Work.
The Work consists of four questions and the turnarounds, which are a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. When you question a thought, you see around it to the choices beyond suffering.
Katie has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than thirty years. Her public events, weekend workshops, five-day intensives, nine-day School for The Work, and 28-day residential Turnaround House have brought freedom to people all over the world.
Byron Katie’s books include the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself. For more information, visit thework.com.
What we discuss:
Why we are so serious. 1:30
Duality vs. Unicity 2:30
Katie’s 10-year depression 5:00
Having a timeless state of mind 8:30
Being trapped in our story 14:00
Steps for coming to terms with our own death 25:00
Find more from Byron Katie:
How often do you think about why you do what you do, why you see the world a certain way, and why you’re unable to create change within yourself? In this episode of the Align podcast, Kyle Thiermann and I have a deep conversation that will change your viewpoint on how you approach multiple aspects of your life.
We answer the questions...
Kyle is a Patagonia Surf Ambassador, producer, freelance journalist, and host of the podcast, The Kyle Thiermann Show. Kyle is also the co-creator and producer of The Motherf*cker Awards, a satirical awards show that aims to create corporate accountability through comedy.
Did you know up until the age of five, the interaction between our movement and gravity is subconscious? After the age of five, we begin to "learn" how to use our muscles, which is an incredible disruption to our relationship with nature.
In this episode of the Align podcast, I chat with well-known movement expert, Dr. Nicholas Romanov, on the biomechanics of movement and why it's essential we realign with gravity to prevent injury and move optimally. We go further than just movement, and also dive into how our emotions, perception, and vibrations all correlate to the way we move.
Dr. Nicholas Romanov is a two-time Olympic coach and creator of the Pose Method, an essential guide for all runners seeking to go faster and farther without injury.
What we discuss:
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In this episode of the Align podcast, world-renown poet, In-Q, shares his deepest thoughts on universal issues of love, loss, forgiveness, transformation, and belief, based on his new book Inquire Within. Through our conversation, he provides us with a unique perspective in which we can see and think about ourselves and the world. The new light In-Q shines on our lives will help us learn to stop getting in our own way and tap into our authentic selves.
Find more from In-Q:
Book: Inquire Within
“Yoga has never been about the stretch, it’s always been about your reaction to the stretch.” In this episode of the Align podcast, guest Seane Corn, celebrated yoga teacher and activist , shares a deep, gut-level understanding of our highest self through yoga philosophy. She shows that spirituality and yoga have nothing to do with a mat, or stretching, or sweating, but everything to do with changing our perspective and waking up. Her thoughts and lessons shared in this episode will encourage you to heal, evolve, and change the world.
What we discuss:
Living out the true definition of yoga
Accessing your inner child
The benefits of therapy
Speaking with your “unconscious” self
Feeling “whole” and split at the same time
Find more from Seane:
Book: Revolution of the Soul
This is a fascinating time we are living in. We can’t control what’s happening in the world around us, but we can control the perspective in which we view what’s happening. We can choose to look at it through the perspective of anxiousness and fear, or we can choose to look at it through the perspective of opportunity. In this episode, I walk through multiple different ways in which we can shine light on this commonly perceived dark time.
The foods you choose to consume and the lifestyle practices you live out daily determine the quality of your relationships, the happiness you experience, and ultimately your fate.
In this episode of the Align podcast, I chat with Dr. Terry Wahls, who is more than a doctor specializing in autoimmune conditions, but also a patient with a chronic, progressive disease. Dr. Terry was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2000, and by 2003 she had transitioned to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. It was clear that eventually she would become bedridden by her disease, and she made it her mission to forestall her fate as long as possible.
From Dr. Terry’s direct experience, she shares her expertise on the connection between our diet and lifestyle and the quality of our lives. We chat about everything from the amount of love and loneliness we feel, to the amount of energy and vitality we experience, and the deep relationships we have in our lives.
Dr. Terry Wahls is also a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College, the creator the Wahls Protocol diet, and the author of the Wahls Protocol book.
What you’ll learn:
Cold showers and cold plunges are widely spoken about in the world of wellness, but are they really worth the pain and discomfort theyput you through? In this episode of the Align podcast, I dive into cold- exposure therapy–why it’s essential for optimizing your life, and how to do it properly to ensure you are reaping the full benefits. I also give you a deep explanation on brown adipose tissue, what it is and where it comes from, and the science-backed benefits of Wim Hof-style breathing techniques.
What you’ll learn:
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