Align Podcast

Hi, I'm Aaron Alexander, manual therapist and movement coach, and I'm here to optimize your life through aligning your mind, body and movement. Each Monday, I'm joined by world-renowned health experts, discussing the most pressing topics in the world of wellness. And each Thursday, I provide you with my person expertise on aligning your life. This podcast always takes a holistic approach to all things health, explores topics from unique view points, and provides you with actionable tips and tangible takeaways. I would love for you to connect with me on Instagram, @alignpodcast.
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Sep 7, 2020
Most of us are nutrition and supplement obsessed when it comes to increasing cognitive health, although exercise is at the top of the list for preventing cognitive decline, yet it's the least utilized. In this episode, guest Ryan Glatt breaks down how we can properly use exercise as a means to boost our brain health. 
Ryan also does a deep dive into what the heck the brain is in the first place, how it is deeply interconnected to the rest of the systems throughout your body, how exercise affects it, how to prevent cognitive decline and depression, and many other fascinating topics in relation to neuroscience. 
Ryan Glatt is a psychometrist and Brain Health Coach at the Brain Health Center in the Pacific Neuroscience Institute. With a strong background in exercise science and human health, Ryan develops curricula specifically targeted towards developing optimal brain health.
Ryan is an amazing friend with a similar background, which means we get pretty silly. 
What we discuss: 
3:30 - What is the brain?
4:30 - How movement affects the brain
8:00 - Micro, Macro and Behavioral effects
9:30 - The effects of exercise duration, intensity, and modality
11:40 - Bloodflow, angiogenesis, BDNF
15:00 - Forced exercise vs. voluntarily exercise
18:00 - Nutrition and cognitive health
21:50 - Skill-based exercise
23:15 - Why not all exercise should be cognitive demanding
26:00 - Motor units within the muscles
33:45 - How movement modifies our expression and personality
35:15 - How movement affects your thoughts and feelings
39:00 - The impact of facial gestures
44:20 - Task initiation and executive functioning
47:00 - How exercise affects learning
49:50 - Cortisol-sensitive areas of the brain
50:40 - How HITT brings down inflammatory bio-markers
54:00 - Why adaptation is the key
56:40 - Why you need to do more of what you're not doing
01:06:00 - Nature therapy
01:12:45 - Manipulating the brain with movement
01:13:00 - Depression and inflammation in the brain vs. dopamine hypothesis
Jul 30, 2020
Most of us run on an endless string of vague goals and should-haves, with true, empowering change always just out of reach. Many of us feel stuck in our day-to-day routine, without the proper tools to break the mold and live our best lives every single day.
David Nurse, a renowned life optimization coach of more than 150 NBA players and CEOs, knows it doesn't have to be that way. His key is to make mindful mindset pivots that allow you to shift your perspective by incremental yet powerful degrees, which is what we discuss in this episode.
But, we also dive into a deep conversation on Christianity. What is God? Is there a Heaven and a Hell? What about Adam and Eve? David and I have two opposing viewpoints and challenging each other brings about an interesting conversation.
What we discuss: 
08:55 - What is an NBA Optimization Coach?
11:30 - The Enneagram Personality Test.
14:40 - We have 50,000 self-talk thoughts, 80% are negative. How to flip!
15:50 - Redefining what words actually mean.
17:25 - Where do negative thoughts come from? 
18:00 - How to get out of the slump.
24:00 - How comparison can be good.
26:20 - Where does the drive come from?
27:45 - The recipe for a driven individuall.
29:45 - What is God?
30:30 - Thoughts on different religious cultures? 
32:15 - Heaven and Hell? 
33:55 - Where do they exist? 
44:20 - Psychodelic Christianity
45:55 - Where people were created 6,000 years ago?
48:00 - We are the earth.
48:20 - Alan Watts and the Apple Tree
49:29 - Shit is contrary.
50:00 - Titanic conspiracy theory. 
52:25 - Moon landing was fake.
54:30 - Homosexuality back in the day.
Find more from David:
Instagram: @davidnursenba
Book: Pivot & Go
Jul 23, 2020
Why are you the way that you are? Were you born this way or have you conditioned yourself to be this way? Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D is here to answer this pressing question.
Dr. Lipton is a stem cell biologist, author of The Biology of Belief, and an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. H has spent decades examining the mechanisms by which cells receive and process information and his findings have radically changed our understanding of life–showing that genes and DNA do not control our biology. 
What does control our biology?
In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Lipton explains how our consciousness, not our DNA, ultimately determines our biology and how our bodies can be changed by retraining our conscious thoughts.
What we discuss: 
08:05 - Three different culture-mediums
09:50 - Why our brain is the chemist of our lives
12:45 - Your consciousness is creating your biology
14:40 - Concept of manipulation.
15:00 - The brain is a computer, everything is programmable
18:15 - Delta consciousness
21:00 - Epi-genetics.
22:45 - We are in charge of the genetics. We are not victims.
23:15 - Consciousness is creating your experiences.
25:20 - Concious mind manifests wishes and desires.
28:30 - Programming in the sub-concious mind.
30:00 - Concious vs sub-conscious.  
31:00 - Self-sabotaging programs and victimhood
34:30 - The honeymoon effect
41:00 - The heart transplant effect
47:00 - "The spirit is not in your body, the body is in your spirit."
52:30 - Bad behaviour, negative programs and it's connection to suboncsciouness
53:20 - Reprogramming our mind
59:30 - Covid through death and fear
01:00:45 - Vibration theta
01:05:30 - Coherence between your program and your life experience
01:08:00 - Feng Shui and quantum physics
01:09:40 - Illusion of the physical world
01:10:30 - Harmony and disharmony
01:17:30 - Finding the ultimate balance
01:17:45 - How do you actively question the heart? 
Find more from Bruce:
Jul 8, 2020

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: 

Jai Jitsu 

Controversial comedy 

Accepting your weirdness


Why the US is so divided right now

Being a political flipflopper 

Online fighting 


Find more from Jamie:

Podcast: A Fuckups Guide to Self-Help

Instagram: @thejamiekilstein

Twitter: @jaimiekilstein

Joe Rogan: #1031

Jun 25, 2020

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:

  • African American, people of color, or black? 4:30
  • The appropriate response for white people during this movement: 6:30
  • The difference between the BLM Movement and BLM organization: 13:30
  • How oppression and prejudice are highly adaptable: 16:00
  • The issues of our prison system: 18:30
  • Defunding the police: 24:00
  • Is posting on Instagram enough action? 28:30
  • Must-read books and must-see movies: 30:30
  • The history of Jim Crow: 35:30
  • The progress made between 1865 and now: 40:30
  • Our justice system is a scary beast: 49:30
  • How do we stop “othering” each other?: 53:30
  • The Pygmalion Effect: 55:00
  • My experience with being arrested 1:01:00
  • Henry’s perspective on the system and how it needs to change: 1:04:00
  • How to can we support the movement? 1:20:00

Find more from Harry:

Harry's TedTalk

Jun 3, 2020

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:

Instagram: @nimaidelgado

Youtube: Nimai Delgado

Podcast: Generation V


May 26, 2020

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.


What we discuss: 

Overwhelm: 0:30 

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


Find more from Lindsey:

Podcast: | @almost30podcast

Instagram: @lindseysimcik



Apr 23, 2020

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


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

Addiction 38:00

Trauma 42:45


Find more from Byron Katie:

Mar 30, 2020

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 


Instagram: @inqlife

Mar 23, 2020

“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: 


Reaching enlightenment 


Living out the true definition of yoga

Experiencing trauma

Repressing emotions

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: 


Instagram: @seanecorn 

Mar 19, 2020

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. 

Mar 15, 2020

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: 


  • How to mentally face and deal with chronic conditions/diseases
  • The affects chronic conditions/diseases have on relationships 
  • The connection between love/loneliness and nutrition
  • The affect a healthier diet has on the mentality of children
  • Lifestyle factors that lessen the symptoms of chronic diseases 
  • A new approach to the Paleo diet
  • A breakdown of the Walhs Protocol diet for autoimmune conditions 


Find more from Dr. Terry: 

The Wahl's Protocol


Mar 12, 2020

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: 

  • Wim Hof breathing techniques 
  • The science behind holding your exhales
  • The benefits of cold-exposure therapy 
  • Why you want more brown adipose tissue 
  • Why you need to place good stress on your body regularly
  • How to easily set up a cold plunge at home
  • How to perform a cold plunge for the greatest results 


Links discussed in this episode: 

Wim Hof: Inner Fire, Reversing Disease, Breathing 

7-Minute Guided Breath-Work and Meditation

Feb 3, 2020

We’ve gotten so far from what is central to us being human, making it essential for us to find our center again. Much of this has to do with letting go of our ego, discovering the practices that bring us silence within, and aligning our actions with our true selves.


In this episode of the Align podcast, Micheal Trainer and I chat on a wide array of topics that ultimately boil down to how  living authentically leads us to experiencing the greatest contentment, purpose and success in our lives. This conversation is a must-listen for anyone who is serious about leveling up in their lives. 


Micheal helps you recognize the different ways in which you are living now and how they are pulling you out of alignment of who you are at your core. Plus, he gives you clear guidance on how to make the necessary shifts for aligning with your authentic self, as well as his formula on how to experience true success and contentment in your life. 


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 else we discuss: 

  • Ancient tools we need to return to utilizing 
  • The difference between having vs. being
  • The problems that lie within the ego
  • Why your actions must align with who you are
  • Asking others for their aligned actions
  • Why it’s important to connecti with the right people
  • The power of volunteering
  • Why commitment is essential 
  • What’s holding you back from experience true happiness and success
  • How to return to your center
  • Rights of passage 


Hear more from Micheal by checking out his podcast: Peak Mind