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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 1, 2022

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

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

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Nov 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 16, 2022

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

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

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Nov 10, 2022

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

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

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Oct 27, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 20, 2022

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

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

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

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Sep 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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Aug 18, 2022
Ever wonder what happens if you stop wearing shoes and go about your lifebarefoot? 
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Graham Tuttle and I chat about foot freedom and how it directly impacts life.  We talk about the different ways to unpack the feet and the common mistakes when doing it, as well as, peripersonal space. Plus, Graham explains what Plantar fasciitis is and the treatment options available to help reduce symptoms. Lastly, we touch on how we measure safety through the amount of money someone makes.
 
Graham Tuttle, AKA the Barefoot Sprinter, is a coach that specializes in building better athletes from the ground up through a focus on intrinsic foot strength. Inspired by his own experience from years of struggling with sports injuries and refusing that conventional, status quo “fixes” were the answer, Graham embarked on a journey to figure out exactly why injuries in sports happen, and how to prevent them.
 
3:25 - What are the overarching facts on why we wear shoes? 
10:22 - Human optimization trope
15:50 - Does “foot freedom” affect how a person engages in life? 
21:04 - Why is it important to treat trust as a physical being?
24:53 - Can an insulated culture cause more damage in the long run?
29:20 - Peripersonal space and when does the body feel safe again?
32:28 - What are ways to “unpack the feet”?
47:54 - Could we use money as a measure on how we cultivate life and safety?
52:22 - How can making more money help you say no?
1:07:45 - Where do you start checking when you are in pain?
1:16:41 - What is “Plantar Fasciitis” and why it happens?
1:20:32 - What are treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions?
1:28:47 - What are the most common mistake when unpacking the feet?
1:33:01 - What are the technicalities of sprinting?
 
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Instagram: @thebarefootsprinter
Courses: https://grahamtuttle.com/programs
 
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Aug 11, 2022
Do you ever have a sudden fear of not having enough time left in your life?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Zach Bush and I chat about the divergence of humans from nature, the function of this split, as well as the effects of this split in our society now. We also talk about the relationship between art,  and “play” with medicine. We touch the process of healing our past traumas as well as the core idea of intrinsic health. Lastly, we talk about the idea of looking past the obsolete idea of aging and how it can positively impact our body. 
 
Zach Bush, MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care. He is the co-founder and CEO of Seraphic Group and the non-profit Farmer's Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. His education has highlighted the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and planet.
 
2:30 - Divergence of humans from nature
5:40 - What is the evolutionary function of our split with nature?
9:30 - Why are we capable of seeing ourselves “separate”?  
13:27 - Maximizing the experience of pleasure and beauty
16:28 - What are the societal effects of our split with nature?
20:08 - Interconnection between awe-inspiring aesthetics and medicine
24:58 - What is the value of “play” in medicine?
31:59 - Is there a blueprint to get back into "cooperative play” state?
37:40 - How do we heal our ancestral and deep traumas?
39:45 - Understanding the journey of intrinsic health 
52:43 - What happens to us biologically if we start appreciating aging?
 
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Aug 4, 2022
Do ruminating thoughts regularly disrupt your sleep and keep you awake at night?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Ethan Kross and I chat about how to effectively deal with chatter, and self-criticism. We also talk about high individualism as well as our relationship with others and our thoughts towards them. Lastly, we also touch on having internal dialogues to switch our overall perspective in life.
 
Ethan Kross, PhD, is one of the world's leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. He is an award-winning professor at the University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business, and is the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory. He has also participated in policy discussion at the White House and has been interviewed on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper Full Circle, and NPR's Morning Edition. 
 
Ethan Kross, PhD, wrote a book called Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
 
3:50: What are the physical toggles to change our state of mind?
6:33: How do we find our awe triggers?
8:25: Paradox of high individualism
11:52: When is self-criticism a good thing?
14:00: How can "splitting oneself" help in overcoming struggles?
16:00: How congruent is our relationship with ourselves and others?
18:23: Should we be held accountable for EVERY thought we have?
23:20: What is the value of shame?
29:10:  Does our brain have sovereignty over life occurrences?
35:10: Can stillness help us perceive things more?
40:10: What are tools that we can use to lessen chatter?
48:07: Affectionate touch as another chatter fighting tool
56:49: Distanced self-talk and temporal distancing
1:02:46: How can we optimally show gratitude?
 
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Jul 28, 2022
Ever wonder what happens to our body if we skip carbs for long periods of time? 
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Michael Brandt and I chat about ketogenic diet, how we can fully reap the benefits of it and where to naturally get ketones exogenously. We also chat about sugar addiction and insulin spikes, how ketones can be used both in facilitating body restoration and in keeping satiation and MCTs. 
 
Michael Brandt is the CEO and co-founder of Healing Via Modern Nutrition (HVMN). He’s an avid triathlete and marathoner with a 2:42 personal record.
 
2:24: Ketones and ketosis for dummies
5:55: Understanding the difference between ketone bodies
11:15: Why is the military interested in ketones?
22:42: Are there any caveats in experimenting ketones? 
24:54: Ketones in American diet and Ketoacidosis
29:05: What are the risks when taking exogenous ketones?
32:57: Can ketones be used in the restoration of the body?
36:36: What are the mechanisms behind ketones as anxiolytic?
43:00: Is there a natural way to extract exogenous ketones?
49:06: What are MCTs?
54:18: Naysayers on endogenous ketone usage
 
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Jul 26, 2022
Ever wonder what someone is thinking when they flex their eyelids? Or purse their lips?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Vanessa Van Edwards and I chat about the science of people. Without even realizing it, we constantly give away what we are thinking in our heads through our body language. Vanessa explains what the most common cues may mean and she also explains how we can adjust our social interactions based on our readings of people. 
 
Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, translated into 16 languages, and Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication. More than 50 million people watch her engaging YouTube tutorials and TEDx Talk.
 
What we discuss:
 
02:15: What stands out in today’s daily interactions?
08:10: Should you be faking it until you make it?
14:03: What does the eyelid flex cue mean?
31:00: Why is it so hard for people to get away with lying?
39:09: The importance of having tools
42:44: When are you trying too much?
48:52: What to do when you sense shut-down?
55:36: What is the ideal eye-contact ratio in western cultures?
 
 
To learn more about Vanessa:
 
Website: scienceofpeople.com 
Instagram: @Vvanedwards
YouTube: Vanessa Van Edwards 
Book: Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication 
 
 
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Jul 21, 2022
How can we make our society more equalitarian, fair, and empathetic?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Steven Kotler and I chat about species die off and how the current circumstances we find in our world may be contributing to the human species die-off. Steven also shares with us if there is really any evolutionary value to hate and how it can be used as weapon by humans.
 
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.
 
What we discuss:
 
02:12: What is species die-off?
03:24: Does the declining birth rate have any impact on the human species die-off?
07:02: How can we measure empathy of a generation?
09:18: How can we cultivate empathy?
15:00: What is the value of the flow state?
23:16: Can we experience our life as different chapters?
32:17: What is Steven’s meditation practice?
38:52: Is there any evolutionary value to hate?
54:54: What is the value in tripping evolution?
 
 
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Instagram: @stevenkotler
Website: www.stevenkotler.com 
Book: The Devil’s Dictionary 
 
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Jul 14, 2022
Do you ever wonder how the stories you tell yourself are impacting your reality?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Angus Fletcher and I chat about how the human brain is predisposed to create and tell itself narratives that fit with its hopes and fears and how these stories we tell ourselves influence our perception of life. We also chat about why a human brain will always outperform artificial intelligence, the origins of technology, and what will happen if we fail to go beyond the “selfie” in today’s society.
 
Dr. Angus Fletcher (PhD, Yale) researches the science of human intelligence--the science of why humans are smarter than machines. His research has been published in The New York Academy of Sciences, Harvard Business Review, and dozens of other academic journals. His most recent books are Wonderworks and Storythinking.
 
 
What we discuss:
 
02:27: What is the power of story?
05:36: What is the effect of culture on an individual who sees the world through the lens of science?
16:00: Where is Artificial Intelligence heading and why do we worship it so much?
24:33: What are the origins of technology? 
30:51: What happens if we don’t go beyond the “selfie”?
46:49: What are the different potentials of psychedelics for helping people reboot?
50:34: How to recognize the opportunity of rebirth in our every day life
 
Learn more about Angus:
 
Website: angusfletcher.co and www.justbloomschool.com
Linked in: Angus Fletcher
 
 
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Jul 7, 2022
Do you know what species of grass you have in your backyard? Chances are, you don’t.
 
In this episode of The Align podcast, David Vitalis and I chat about our loss of connection with nature. Many of us live a life where we can’t identify the animals in our backyard or the herbs that grow in our local forests, which are things hunters and gatherers used to be able to do. We unravel the implication such a change may have on our evolution as a species. We also chat about how our ancestors created communities and tribes that are different from the ones we create today. 
 
David Vitalis is a Registered Maine Guide, writer, public speaker, interviewer, and lifestyle pioneer who’s especially interested in helping people reconnect with wildness, both inside and outside of themselves. After learning to hunt, fish, and forage as an adult, Daniel created WildFed to inspire others to start a wild-food journey of their own.
 
 
What we discuss:
 
02:19: Why is the overall health of our population in constant decline despite medical and scientific advancements in health care?
05:10: Is it really possible to feed the masses without industrialized farms?
23:53: Did we make technology or did technology make us?
42:00: Is the hunter-gather theory over-romanticized?
47:53: The truth about communities and tribes
01:04:00: What does the Bible really say about God?
 
To learn more about Daniel:
 
Website: https://www.danielvitalis.com/ and https://www.wild-fed.com/ 
Instagram:  @danielvitalis and @wild.fed 
Podcast: Wild Fed
 
 
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Jun 30, 2022
Do you wish you could experience the same effects of alcohol, but without the hangover?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Cameron George and I chat about what Kava is exactly, its main benefits, and how it impacts your nervous system. We also explore what senescent cells are and how they relate to the psychedelic experience of psychotropic medicines. Lastly, we cover how Kava can help reset your sympathetic system. 
 
Cameron is a researcher, writer, entrepreneur and the founder of TRU KAVA, a company that is striving to set the industry standard for quality, safety and education around kava within the mass market. TRU KAVA is focused on developing scalable user-friendly products that deliver the full therapeutic action of the traditional kava drink, which is the only form has been highly prized in south pacific islands for over 3000 years.
 
What we discuss:
 
03:16: What does the psychedelic experience like from a neuro-chemical perspective?
09:27: What does it mean to experience a re-sensitization to reality?
14:23: What is a senescent cell?
31:07: What is Kava?
52:02: How does Kava impact the nervous system?
01:02:48: How does being in a constant sympathetic state affect your libido?
01:13:42: What other substances can restore the GABA system?
01:30:45: How did Cameron beat his addiction
01:51:40: What is a tonic?
01:53:35: What is the recommended dosage of Kava?
02:02:52: What “stacks” does Cameron recommend?
 
 
To learn more about Cameron:
 
Website: trukava.com 
Instagram: @trukava
 
 
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Jun 23, 2022
Do you make time for play in your day?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Jason Nemer and I chat about the benefits of acroyoga, playing, and connection for our health. While we tend to forget it, humans do need to experience play to feel their optimal selves. We also chat about the concept of the “perfect fit” when it comes to AcroYoga.
 
Jason Nemer is a world-champion acrobat and the Co-Founder of AcroYoga. Jason’s work was featured in New York Times Bestselling author Tim Ferriss’ book, Tools of Titans.
 
What we discuss:
 
03:20: What does it mean to have space in the body?
08:35: What are meridian lines?
18:04: What is AcroYoga?
21:19: What can people learn about their bodies in this process?
31:13: Does the concept of “perfect fit” exist?
43:13: What are the benefits of �“play”?
48:50: Where does DougChiang fit in?
01:10:19: What does it mean to be extreme?
 
To learn more about Jason:
 
Website: AcroYoga.org and JasonNemer.com
Instagram: @jasonnemer and @acroyoga 
 
 
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Jun 16, 2022
Did you know that someone’s genetics may explain why some people prefer chaos over order?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Doug Brackmann and I chat about what it really means to be Driven. Essentially, our Driven characteristics are related to a certain genetic makeup, meaning our ways of being are not simply personality traits but are ingrained in our DNA. We also debate over why love and social acceptance are not the same thing, the differences between intuition and feelings, and why not all feelings are bullshit. 
 
Dr. Doug Brackmann is one of the leading psychologists to some of the most successful and Driven entrepreneurs, pro athletes, executives, and other top performers. By combining the components of meditation, long-range shooting, and therapy, Dr. Doug helps those with Driven characteristics (often wrongfully diagnosed as ADD, ADHD, OCD, or other) to harness their hunter abilities.
 
What we discuss: 
 
02:43: What about one’s genetics makes them more scientific or spiritual?
08:32: Can trauma affect your characteristics?
13:33: What does it mean to be driven?
25:00: Are hunters really superior to farmers?
39:40: Are all feelings bullshit?!
45:31: What is the ego and how does it relate to the narratives we create?
53:41: What exercises can you perform to explore the shadow?
1:01:00: Is social acceptance and love the same thing?
 
To learn more about Dr. Brackmann:
 
Website: drdougbrackmann.com
 
Book:  Driven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy Seals, Pro Athletes, and Maybe You 
 
 
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Jun 9, 2022
Did you know that our jaw structure could be an indicator of evolutionary decline? 
 
In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Steven Lin and I chat about what our tongue posture and jaw structure can tell us about our health. We also chat about the health risks associated with over-disinfecting everything and how oral antibacterials can surprisingly increase your risk of diabetes.
 
Dr. Steven Lin is a world-leading functional dentist, TEDx speaker, and author of the International #1 Amazon Best Selling Book, The Dental Diet. As a passionate preventative, whole health advocate, Dr. Lin focuses on the understanding of dental disease through nutritional principles. 
 
 
What we discuss:
02:24: Overlays of eastern and western mechanics
04:12: Why does tongue posture matter?
10:12: What can we do with our trauma?
13:40: Is there a link between how we’re using the jaw and nutrition?
20:34: Is there a direct correlation between the structure of our jaw and nutrition?
34:00: Why are humans heading towards an evolutionary decline?
36:50: Has there ever been any proof of malocclusion in the past? 
43:20: Is sugar infused in culture?
53:45: What do oral antibacterials do to your mouth’s health?
56:56: Can alcohol-based mouthwash increase the risk of diabetes?
58:00: Are there any health risks associated with disinfecting everything
1:00:11: Are sweeteners better?
 
 
To learn more about Dr. Steven Lin:
Website: drstevenlin.com 
Instagram: @drstevenlin 
Book: The Dental Diet
 
 
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Jun 7, 2022
Did you know our suppressed emotions could be ruining our sex lives?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Lorin Krenn and I chat about the inner work men can do to have better sex and more intimacy in their relationships.  We also chat about how one can know if they’re meant for monogamy or polygamy and how they can determine which partner is perfect for them. 
 
Dr. Lorin Krenn  is an internationally sought after teacher in the field of relationships, who helps people to experience deep intimacy through the power of masculine & feminine polarity. As well, he is the author of the highly-rated book‘Understand Women Better’.
 
 
What we discuss:
 
02:02: How can a man cultivate himself  in order to have the best sex?
06:23: What is sex?
08:06: What does the process of knowing yourself better look like?
13:46: What is the shadow?
26:00: What is the optimal playing board for modern relationships?
30:19: Why do we experience fear of commitment?
37:00: How does someone know which partner is perfect for them?
47:32: The biggest gift of the feminine energy
50:05: Why are stress-tests so difficult for men?
54:34: How can you stop resisting commitment to “the one”?
01:08:54: How does this inner work allow us to have greater sex?
 
 
To learn more about Dr. Lorin Krenn:
 
Instagram: @lorinkrenn
TikTok: @lorinkrenn
 
 
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May 26, 2022
Did you know that pain is experienced differently by everyone?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Garrett and I chat about why an MRI scan may not show physicians and therapists everything they need to know about the source of chronic pain many patients experience. In fact, the psychological stressors we have within us could be just as much the culprit as something being physically and structurally wrong in the body. Garrett also explains how pain is something that is subjective and is tolerated differently by everyone, as we all separate psychological pain from physical pain differently.
 
Garrett Salpeter combined training in neuroscience and engineering to start NeuFit, a company at the nexus of neurology and fitness, dedicated to treating athletes and patients in the realization of fitness goals, effective rehabilitation, and improved overall health.
 
What we discuss:
 
02:18: What is electrical stimulation therapy?
10:10: What is pain?
19:07: Why does the pain feel different for everyone?
25:50: Is it possible to separate psychological pain from physical pain in the brain?
30:39: How do psychological stressors induce physical pain?
37:31: What methods does Garrett use and what are the starting points in the analysis?
40:09: What can the Neubie do that other tools can’t?
51:53: What are some stumble blocks that Garrett has learned along this journey?
57:42: What are the differences between each device?
 
To learn more about Garrett:
 
Website: neu.fit
Book:  The NeuFit Method: Unleash The Power of The Nervous System For Faster Healing and Optimal Performance
Instagram: @neufitrfp
 
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May 19, 2022

Do you know what your meaning in life is? What about your meaning OF life?

In this episode of the Align podcast, John Vervaeke, Ph.D. and I share a profoundly striking dialogue on our collective starvation for meaning. Plus, we tackle why we experience a gnawing disconnection from ourselves, from each other, and from nature. As he sheds light on the difference between meaning “in” life vs. meaning “of” life, we also touch on cancel culture, addiction, the power of a flow state of mind in meaning-making, and how to cultivate wisdom in the Age of Disinformation.

John Vervaeke, Ph.D., is an author of several books, and he’s been a professor of cognitive science at the University of Toronto since 1994. His award-winning 50-part lecture series on Youtube titled "Awakening from the Meaning Crisis” has garnered 500k+ views worlwide.

What we discuss:

0:00 - Introduction to John Vervaeke

3:00 - Culture, Grammar, and the Creation of Meaning

6:00 - What is the Meaning Crisis?

9:00 - The roots of our alienation + how to harness our power to self-correct

16:00 - Cancel culture as a symptom of the meaning crisis

23:30 - What exactly is cognition?

27:00 - Love, psychedelics, and the flow state of mind

36:00 - The definition of meaning-making & the different kinds of knowing

41:30 - Addiction: A learned behavior or a disease?

44:50 - Why we should never stop looking for meaning & seeking wisdom

56:00 - Actionable Tips to cultivate wisdom & live a fulfilled life

1:01:00 - How religion contributes to solving the meaning crisis

 

Learn more from John Vervaeke:

Website: johnvervaeke.com

Twitter: @vervaeke_john

Youtube: johnvervaeke

Book: Zombies in Western Culture: A Twenty-First Century Crisis

 

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May 12, 2022
Did you know your beliefs about aging can have a direct impact on how long of a life you will live?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Becca Levy and I chat about how our positive and negative beliefs about aging impact our health. 
 
We also chat about what western cultures can learn from other cultures that celebrate growing old and living until old age, such as the famous blue zones.
 
Dr. Becca Levy, Ph.D., is an award-winning Yale Professor of Psychology and Global Health. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. She has been invited to testify before the United States Senate on the effects of ageism, contributed to briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases, and participated in United Nations discussions of ageism. 
 
What we discuss:
 
04:00: Why did Dr. Levy get involved with the field of aging?
 
06:04: What is the connection between the mind and the body?
 
07:49: What is Dr. Levy’s definition of “the mind”?
 
08:45: Where do we think?
 
09:39: How can your beliefs about aging impact your health?
 
13:56: What is the difference between blue zones and westernized cultures in terms of aging?
 
17:07: How does someone’s idea of death affect their perception of aging?
 
19:22: What does the research say about thought-partnering and beliefs in relation to aging?
 
21:00: How to shift your beliefs about aging?
 
22:30: Do women face more pressure around aging than men?
 
24:32: Does Dr. Levy experience any negative beliefs around her age?
 
26:44: How can visualization of self-image help develop positive beliefs around aging?
 
28:12: What are things you can do to develop positive images of aging?
 
26:02: How can social media make you more prone to ageism?
 
32:51: How can people start changing the internal narratives they have?
 
 
 To learn more from Dr. Becca Levy:
 
 Website: https://becca-levy.com/ 
 Image of Aging Quiz: https://becca-levy.com/quiz/ 
 Book: Breaking the Age Code 
 
 
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May 5, 2022
Do you think you have stiff ankles? Chances are, you just lack mobility.
 
In this episode of the Align Podcast, Gray Cook and I chat about the fundamentals of movement and how our current culture is out of touch with them. In Gray’s experience, a simple practice of self-awareness can help us identify a lot of our movement patterns that are broken and allow us to bring it back to their performing state.
 
We also talk about how we can integrate the basic fundamentals of movement in today’s sedentary modern world where sofas, desks, and cars all have an impact on our mobility.
 
Gray Cook is a physical therapist, orthopedic certified specialist, and certified strength and conditioning coach. His developments in movement pattern screening and assessment are at the forefront of fitness, physical conditioning, injury prevention, and physical rehabilitation. 
 
 
What we discuss: 
 
02:36: What are some of the low-hanging fruit in terms of mobility in today’s world?
05:45:Which movement fundamentals should be thought in our education system?
10:52: What are Gray’s observations on physical independence?
27:22: Have we really conquered nature?
31:02: How do we integrate modern life into the natural and seamless self?
34:48: Can we seamlessly integrate more than one movement practice into our daily lives?
42:30: What does it mean to walk “well”?
51:13: How has Gray’s perspective on breathe shift over the years?
01:11:59: How can we get to a point where we’re effortlessly inhabiting our physical body?
 
 
 Learn More from Gray Cook:
 
Website:  www.functionalmovement.com
Podcast: www.movementpod.com
Book: The Business of Movement 
 
 
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