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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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Dec 23, 2021
Do you want to pursue greater things but can't find the courage to leave your comfort zone?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, top ultra marathoner and world-record holder Michele Graglia shares empowering insights that will get you off the couch and start running towards your highest dreams.

His unimaginable wins are plastered in various websites but, in this rare interview, Michele reveals why competition ruins the essence of ultra running, what sets his mindset apart from other ultramarathoners, and how to overcome your ego-centric tendencies that keep you from growing into a better version of yourself.

From getting high on the addictive supermodel lifestyle at age 24 to feeling the unbearable existential void at 27, Michele found an escape in the world's most inhospitable places: ice mountains and torrid deserts. His pivot from the limelight set him off to epic adventures that test the limits of human potential. Giving his all to run extreme distances in extreme conditions, he has conquered both the scalding canyons of Death Valley and the sub-zero Yukon region. Amid the COVID pandemic, he won the 2020 Moab 240 Endurance Run, a death-defying 240-mile foot race through some of Utah’s most challenging terrains.

It seems insane to give up fame, fortune, and comfort for intense mental and physical pain, suffering, and despair, but Michele believes it’s necessary. “We can all transcend our perceived limitations to grow as a person,” he remarks. If you feel trapped in your current situation and struggling to break free from your comfort zone, this episode is perfect for you.

 

What we discuss:

3:15 - What made him leave the luxurious modeling world for ultra running?

6:00 - Why ultra running is about self-exploration, not competition

8:30 - On beating world-renowned ultramarathoner David Goggins in a race

13:50 - What mind and body transcendence is, and why running a race is an spiritual pursuit

20:08 - How your ego keeps you from achieving greatness

22:35 - Michele's realizations after his confrontation with David Goggins

38:04 - How your ego makes you do stupid things

45:00 - Why life is an endless pursuit of self-discovery

51:50 - Tips to preparing for a big race

57:15 – Ultra Running Diet: Optimized Fat Metabolism (OFM) diet, ketosis, or veganism?

 

Learn more from Michele Graglia:

Website: https://michelegraglia.com/

Instagram: @mickeygraglia

 

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Dec 17, 2021

Is there such a thing as breathing too much? Yes! And if you’re doing it through your mouth, that’s much worse.

In this latest episode of the Align Podcast, world-renowned breathing expert Patrick McKeown explains why you should stop breathing through your mouth and start taking slow, light breaths through your nose. One huge reason for this is that nasal breathing will drastically improve your sleep, attention and memory, calm your mind, and reduce your stress almost instantly.

Do you notice how anxiety makes your breathing fast and shallow, which only reinforces your suffering? That's mostly because of dysfunctional breathing patterns you’re not even aware of.

Here, Patrick gives tips on how to stay calm and collected in stressful situations by controlling our breath. His focus is not in deep breaths but in the gaps between those breaths. Also, we cover the healing effects of nasal breathing on COVID and asthma patients, the dangers of mouth breathing in kids, and how tongue posture affects your gait and appearance.

Patrick McKeown is a best-selling author and leading expert on the topic of optimal breathing for improved health and fitness. He has written 8 books, including top sellers "Close Your Mouth" and "Asthma Free Naturally". His latest book, "Atomic Focus,” is packed with science-proven breathing techniques that help people achieve the highest level of focus they need to succeed.

 

What we discuss:

6:00 - The secret to staying calm in stressful situations lies in your breath

12:30 - The harmful effects of mouth breathing in children

23:00 - Why solving the mental health crisis starts with addressing sleep disordered breathing

30:00 - Stimulate your vagus nerve through this breathing technique

35:30 - 6 Tongue Exercises to boost brain function

44:15 - Why you should start breathing less and slow, not fast and shallow

50:43 - How nasal breathing improves your focus and memory

53:40 - Self-actualization begins with deep sleep and correct breathing patterns

56:00 - Microcosmic Orbit: Harnessing strength and energy from your tongue

59:00 - How are your tongue position, gait, and posture related?

 

Learn more from Patrick McKeown:

Websites:

https://oxygenadvantage.com/

https://buteykoclinic.com/

Instagram: @oxygenadvantage, @buteykoclinic

 

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Dec 10, 2021

Ever wonder how you can show up better in your relationships? Your dog has the answers!

On this episode of the Align Podcast, Tamar Geller shares how she believes that our dogs are in our life to teach us how to show up for a relationship. In other words, she considers them to be our training wheels as we learn how to develop better relationships in our lives with ourselves and others. 

Tamar Geller is a New York Times bestselling author and as OPRAH says “A Life Coach for Dogs and their People”. Known for her mindful, fun, innovative and effective methods, her enthusiasm revolutionized the way dog training is done. She doesn’t believe in giving commands to a dog, instead she prefers to teach them the life skills that allow them to self-regulate and make better decisions.

To learn more about Tamar:

Website: theloveddog.com 

Instagram: @theloveddog

 

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Dec 2, 2021

Having trouble connecting with your partner sexually and emotionally? Sex expert Jaiya Ma says it can be because of your unprocessed traumas and lack of self-love.

In this wildly vulnerable episode of the Align Podcast, world-renowned sexologist Jaiya Ma and her partner Ian Ferguson reveal the top secrets to having the best sex of your life. Hint: Great sex isn't about what you do; it's about who you are.

Jaiya and Ian talk about the importance of taking on "masks" or personas to fully express your erotic self without the conditioned feeling of shame. In this rare instance, Jaiya also openly shares her struggle with an incurable Complex Post-traumatic Disorder (CPTSD) and how it interfered with her relationship with Ian and herself, leading her to test the healing wonders of Psychedelics.

Highlighting the naked truth that humans are wired for pleasure, this power couple aims to put an end to the institutionalized shame around sexuality. If you want to get over that shame and optimize your sexual life, this episode is for you.

Jaiya is an award-winning author and Somatic Sexologist with over two decades of clinical research and client observation under her belt. She is the creator of The Erotic Blueprints and writer of best-selling books “Red Hot Touch” and “Cuffed, Tied & Satisfied.” She and Ian are contributors to the hit Netflix show, “Love, Sex, and Goop.”

 

What we discuss:

3:30 - How self-love affects your sex life

4:36 - The Attachment Theory: Why you feel unsafe in a relationship

6:40 - Coping with Complex Post-traumatic Disorder (CTPSD)

17:30 - Jaiya's experience of MDMA/Ecstasy as treatment for CTPSD

25:00 - What taking on erotic personas really mean

28:26 - Empowered Erotic Persona Work: Identities you can try with your partner

35:20 - How to deal with sexual shame

38:20 - How to activate your pleasure hormones through paradoxical breathing

1:00:00 - Sex, death, and orgasm

1:06:00 - The secret to falling in love with yourself and your partner again

Learn more from their website: https://missjaiya.com/

 

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