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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 view points on all things health, wellness, and life. I'm joined by top wellness experts and world renowned thought-leaders, including Byron Katie, Bruce Lipton, Aubrey Marcus, Jim Kwik, Marriane Williamson, and many more. Get ready for deep conversations that open you up to new perspectives and ways of life that will ultimately take your mental, physical, and emotional wellness to the next level. If you love this podcast, I would love for you to connect with me on Instagram, @alignpodcast.
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Oct 14, 2021
Oct 7, 2021

Is there a connection between your gut and your overall health? 

In this week’s episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum joins in to discuss all things gut microbiome and its effect on our physical and mental health. As one of the world’s leading fungal community scientists, Dr. Ghannoum enlightens listeners with a wealth of knowledge and research on this very important topic. 

Dr Mahmoud Ghannoum is the Director of the Integrated Microbiome Core and the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He has been called the leading microbiome researcher in the world; by The Washington Post, and has published over 450 papers on his research on how bacteria and fungi impact our health. 

 

What we discuss…

2:27- Gut-brain axis 

3:42- Your body communicates to you

5:51- The connection between the gut biome and depression

8:33- What should we be doing?

17:28- Fungus and bacteria within us 

19:45- Is over-sanitization better?

21:43- Do things in moderation

25:07- Toxins in our soil 

28:11- Building friendly gut biomes

30:34- The gut, brain, skin connection 

35:38- Sexual organs and our microbiome

40:25- Listen to your body & be a critical thinker 

45:19- Gut connection and autism

53:55- Stress and the microbiome 

55:44- Fungus plays a role in our environment

58:29- Mushroom supplements 

 

To learn more about Dr. Ghannoum…

Website: BIOHM Health | Gut Health & Probiotic Supplements

Instagram: @dr.microbiom 

Facebook: BIOHM Health - Home | Facebook

 

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Sep 30, 2021

In this week’s episode of Align Podcast, Dr. Zach Bush joins in to discuss the science behind healing the body physically, mentally, and spiritually even in the face of today’s health crisis and sometimes toxic environments we live in.  Dr. Zach enlightens listeners with alternative healing modalities and ways to ascend physically and spiritually in order to live an optimal and abundant way of life. This is an episode you don’t want to miss! 

Zach Bush MD is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. Dr Zach founded *Seraphic Group and the nonprofit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. 

 

What we discuss…

3:54-4:13- Deconstruct harder & digging deeper 

4:50-5:04- You are writing this story 

6:03-6:15- Opportunities that the universe brings

7:00- Complexity vs. simplicity: Be willing to be shifted

8:10- Health comes from within

11:48- Why Dr. Bush chose to study endocrinology

14:20- Chemicals in our food and our environment

17:46- Genetics of fear and guilt

19:09- What are viruses?

26:39-The purpose of a fever 

30:57- Life needs more life

32:30- Let go of judgements, fear, and guilt & embrace abundance

37:11- Technology is an accelerator

39:54-Is everything around us a hologram?

41:28- We are all God energy

49:28- Let go of judgement

54:19- The draining of our life force

1:00:24- Another dimension we’re missing in allopathic medicine

1:02:12- The intersection between human health & food systems

1:04:36- Life is regenerative and there is a generative force on this planet

1:05:30- Stories from hospice work and lessons for life

1:14:17- Hormone therapy and its effect on health and the endocrine system 

1:17:37- Connecting with indigenous wisdom 

 

 

To learn more about Zach Bush…

Website: zachbushmd.com

Facebook: facebook.com/ZachBushMD/

Instagram:@zachbushmd

Twitter: @DrZachBush

 

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Sep 23, 2021

Why are sexual pleasure and aging both forbidden topics of discussion?  Why are people so hesitant to discuss these pertinent topics when it brings about so much enjoyment and gratification in life?

In this week’s episode of Align Podcast,  Dr. Amy Killen joins in with a fun and educational approach to sexual health, anti-aging, and discusses taboo topics related to sexual pleasure and sexual optimization. 

Dr. Amy Killen is a Board Certified Physician and leading expert in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Dr. Killen also speaks internationally and trains physicians about PRP and stem cells, sexual longevity, and skin health. 

 

What we discuss…

4:14- Why do people see Dr. Amy?

5:58- There’s more going on! 

7:17-Stem cells...what do they do?

9:24- Injecting stem cells into genitals

10:13- Root causes of erectile dysfunction

12:39- Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, & Sexual Healing

13:56- What does working with Dr. Amy look like?

15:22- Nitric oxide, blood flow, and erectile dysfunction

20:51- Stress states and aging

21:50- Allopathic vs. holistic medicine

28:56- Shame and genitalia 

31:17- Normalizing talking about sexual health

33:09- Emotional connection to sexual health

44:31- Prostate massages...should men do it?

46:14- Testosterone levels and ejaculation 

46:48- Clitoral injections and its’ association with increased sexual pleasure

48:52- The “G Spot” 

50:09- How does one get to know their vagina?

53:38-Decreasing the likelihood of prostate cancer 

 

To learn more about Dr. Amy Killen…

Website: https://dramykillen.com/

Instagram:@dr.amybkillen

 

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Sep 17, 2021
Luke Storey is a writer, meditation and metaphysics teacher, lifestyle design expert who shares transformative principles of health, addiction recovery, and spirituality, and the host of the top-rated The Life Stylist Podcast. Luke’s spent the past two decades refining the ultimate wellness lifestyle. His teachings combine primal health, and ancient spiritual practices with 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.
 
One of the things that he has uncovered over the past two decades is the harmful effects EMFs have on our overall health and wellness. He has made it priority, and has gone to the extremes, to minimize his exposure to EMFs and has even created a course educating us on how to do the same. In this episode, we are going to dive deep into EMFs, educating you on what they are, where we are being exposed to EMFs in our day-to-day lives AND what you can do to reduce your exposure.
 
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Sep 10, 2021

Have you been going to the gym for years, working out with trainers or taking gym classes, but not seeing the results you want?

This week,  Dr.John Jaquish and I talk about controversial ideas that go against the grain of what many people are doing inside gyms and dispel myths of the traditional fitness methodologies.  Dr. John discusses ways to improve your fitness outcomes by utilizing his unique, scientific-based approaches and his proven methodologies in order to get the fitness results you want! 

Dr. Jaquish has spent years researching and developing improved approaches to health. He is a notable scientist, inventor, and author. He is the founder of the X3 System, best selling author of the book, Weight Lifting is a Waste of Time, So is Cardio, and There’s a Better Way to Have the Body You Want. Dr. John is also the founder of OsteoStrong- the most effective bone density building medical technology, which is now partnered with Tony Robbins.

What we discuss…

6:56-  The inefficiencies in standard human fitness and focusing on a different approach

8:46- What is variable resistance training and why does it matter? 

13:41- Who is using the OsteoStrong methods and why are they using it?

22:41- More about OsteoStrong scientific 

26:10- How much training is too much training? How much training is not enough training? Tying Dr. John’s methodology of OsteoStrong and X3 into this equation.

33:31- Training with greater force to trigger greater gains 

37:47-Why rest is important in building muscle

44:57- Does visualization in strength training work to produce results in your body?

52:51- Setting goals, standard education, and lessons learned in goal setting 

54:51- Success at a deeper level:  Material success vs. deep internal success

58:05- Decluttering your life by purging unnecessary material items around your space

59:05- Everchanging version of self and growing throughout life

1:03:37- Stepping into the empowered version of yourself

1:08:36- Thoughts on love and fear 

1:15:02- Community and connection and its correlation to health

 

To learn more about Dr. John…

Website: https://www.jaquishbiomedical.com/

Instagram: @drjaquish

 

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Sep 3, 2021

Almost two hours in a cylinder filled with 700 kilograms of ice cubes seems like an impossible feat. To climb the highest and coldest mountains in the world, in only shorts, you have to be almost superhuman. And a half marathon barefoot running through snow and ice?! Yep, it might sound unbelievable, but it’s nothing but true. You know what else? You can do this too! Wim Hof has several breathing exercises and cold-water training that made him able to deliver this performance.

It begins with proper breathing.

Wim is able to hold his breath with ease for over six minutes while his entire body is submerged underwater. Coldwater, obviously. It’s possible for everyone. The base lies in proper breathing.

Through proper breathing and training, you can train to hold your breath longer and make conscious contact with your heart, autonomic nervous system, and immune system. It also has a positive influence on your blood circulation.

Next step: Confrontation with the cold.

After the breathing and meditation exercises, your body and mind will be prepared for the next challenge: the confrontation with cold. Through certain exposures to the cold, you can make your body stronger. You can start now by practicing this at home! For example, take a cold shower after a hot one. This will train the tiny muscles in your veins to become more flexible. As you progress you can even sit, walk, or run through the snow and ice. More importantly, this helps your body prevent future diseases

 


To learn more about Wim…

Website: wimhofmethod.com

Instagram: @iceman_hof

 

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Aug 26, 2021

Have you ever thought there was "good" anxiety?

This week, Dr. Wendy Suzuki and I talk all about the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of anxiety. She explains how to approach anxiety, the thoughts behind it, the tools to use to take control of your anxiety and take back your life! We discuss her research while writing her new book, Good Anxiety, and how important mindset is and the effect of physical activity on the brain. 

Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Her major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. Wendy is passionate about teaching, exercise, and supporting and mentoring up-and-coming scientists.

 

What we discuss…

2:32- What was the reason for writing your book?

4:04- What is the difference between good and bad anxiety?

6:56- What is stress inoculation?

10:54- How to think about stress and stress responses

15:42- Did anything surprise you during your research on stress

19:24- The effects of physical activity on the brain

23:10- The effects of meditation on the brain

25:44- What happens to one’s physiology during the stress state?

33:14- Is there truth in the research of the smile effect?

40:51- Tools to use for fixing anxiety and joy conditioning

48:04- How to change your mindset to a joy bias

51:48- How does one begin to engage more into implicit memories?

54:40- What was the root of your social anxiety?


To learn more about Dr. Wendy…

Website: wendysuzuki.com

Instagram: @wendy.suzuki

 

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Aug 19, 2021

Have you ever thought about running 100 miles?

Zach Bitter has, multiple times. In this weeks episode of ‘Align Podcast’, I interview running extraordinaire, Zach Bitter. He has broken multiple World and American running records, and has ran hundreds of races. We discuss all things running, injuries, foot strikes, stamina, motivation, mindset, and experiences. Zach and I discuss the mechanical aspects of running, how training and diet works while getting ready for an ultra marathon, and what started his career and passion for running!

Zach has competed professionally in ultramarathons since 2010. Zach has broken both World and American Records, as well as won three national championships. Zach has competed for Team USA’s World 100km Team on three occasions. Zach is the current 100 Mile World Record Holder (11 hours 19 minutes 13 seconds), the current 12 Hour World Record Holder (104.88 miles), the 9th Fastest Time Recorded on the historic JFK 50 Mile Course and the three time National Champion (50 mile ‘12 & ‘15 100km ’14). With his many achievements, he is the expert on running long distances and coaching runners all of the world.

What we discuss…

1:14- Are you a freak of nature? 3:30- Running as the most injury prone exercise 5:29- What are the foundational bullet points for a person to go out and run a marathon? 10:17- Different runner’s foot strikes 15:03- What is your opinion on minimalist shoes & barefoot running? 20:53- How does relaxation take part in your marathons? 31:27- Have you had perceived pain or injuries during your races? 36:07- Do you have any advice for those struggling with mental limitation? 38:55- How do you explain pain disappearing while running? 43:20- Do you have anything else you master & put a lot of time into? 45:00- What did the beginning of your career look like? 50:08- Did you use running to fill some type of void? 56:43- How do you coach someone who is unmotivated? 1:01:17- What thoughts come up in your head while running 100 miles? 1:06:24- What does a typical week of training look like 1:09:48- Other runners breaking Ben’s records 1:14:40- What makes your training different than others?

 

To Learn More about Zach Bitter

Website: https://zachbitter.com

Instagram: @zachbitter

 

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Aug 12, 2021

Have you ever thought about the intricacies of the water you drink?

 

This week’s episode of ‘Align Podcast’ we discuss everything water. We get into all of the intricacies of water filtration devices, the origins and sources of different water, spring water, filtered water, distilled water, it is a highly nuanced subject and can make a massive difference in your athletic performance, your recovery. Robert gets into some very interesting research on the various impact on different illnesses as well. This conversation gets into topics that are happening in the world presently in various ways, we get into deuterium depleted water and what exactly that is, which water filtration system is best for you, and so much more.

 

Robert Slovak is the primary pioneer in the production of reverse osmosis water and is the expert on deuterium depleted water. He is an international water scientist and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost water experts. He devoted himself to the science of water after life-altering experiences. He took his astronautical and mechanical engineering degrees and decided to pursue the research of reverse osmosis with his brother Jack. The dynamic duo were considered the early developers of Reverse Osmosis technology.

 

What we discuss…

5:06- Finding the Passion for Water Science 9:04- Growing Up Enthralled with Science 12:42- Control and Censorship 19:04- 9/11 as a Inside Job 23:50- Tesla Technology 26:01- Who is forbidding the advance of hydrogen cars? 26:41- Contacts with Extra Terrestrial 31:24- Best Science at this Time 33:37- Where did the water come from on Earth? 34:50- Creation v. Evolution  45:20- Human Regulation 46:47- Magic of Sea Water 50:02- Isotonic Water Solutions & Blood Transfusions 53:48- What is Ketone? 57:08- What is structured water? 1:06:03- Benefits of Exclusion Zone Water & Radiation 1:11:10- Water Vortexing 1:14:14- What fixes radiation? 1:22:24- Aging and Keeping Energy 1:26:04- Deuterium Depleted Water 1:36:20- How to get & consume Deuterium Depleted Water?

 

To Learn More about Robert Slovak

Website & Company: Water & Wellness

Instagram: @robtslovak

 

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Aug 5, 2021

What do you HAVE to do, really? “I have to go get groceries.” But… do you?

In this episode of Align, I interview Satsang’s Drew McManus. Drew is such a special and creative friend, and has touched so many with his music and creative soul. We get into the meaning of childhoods, and how certain events create our mindsets decades later. I ask all about Drew’s creative process and how he continues to make music. Drew unpacks why his band doesn’t tour anymore, doing life with a purpose, and only doing what you really have to. 

“My wife, my kids, Montana, they’re all one thing to me now, they’re home.” Drew McManus is the brains behind the indie band, Satsang. He creates meaningful music through his life experiences, psychedelics, and the love for his wife, kids, and Montana. The pause from COVID-19, allowed him to stay home and connect with nature and be able to create more, meaningful music. Art has given so much to him, he just wants to give back to it, and his goal is to touch as many lives as possible.

What we discuss… 0:38- Finding yourself outside of the way people perceive you 5:26- Childhoods and how it forms your mindset 8:52- The positives of the pause from COVID-19 10:58- Mountains and nature being medicinal 13:45- Nature doesn’t need anything from us 15:12- Is your history infused in your music? Have you used it to process? 16:46- Has your music always been made for the right reasons? 21:36- Do you have a process for your art? 24:58- What do you think about the idea that ideas are matter? 26:07- DO you have anything that lubricates the muse? 28:25- The importance of routines and the energy it creates 29:33- Psychedelics and Art  31:01- Constructing to understand 33:01- Life happens for you, not to you 34:41- What do you HAVE to do, really? 38:50- Life can be whatever you want it to be

To Learn More about Satsang

All. Right. Now. By Satsang is Out Now 

Satsang Podcast

@satsang on Instagram

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Jul 30, 2021

Have you ever wondered exactly how your thoughts effect your body?

Everything that happens in your mind; thoughts, feelings, expectations, hopes, fears, desires, guilts, are all tied to the manner in which you occupy your physical vessel. The brain is not designed for accuracy, it’s designed for survival. Our minds can sway our pain because its main goal is to survive, rather than to thrive. We discuss the ways our brain can control our pain and actions through our thoughts. The human body is under no obligation to make sense to us, but we can always try to understand it. The human body is complex, but it’s not complicated. 

 

Dr. Perry is the founder of ‘Stop Chasing Pain’, a podcast that is a resource to help take care of your mind and body, and stop running after pain, and instead get to the root of the problem. He is a master in the world of biomechanics and general healing of the mind and body. Dr. Perry’s strategy with his patients is treating individuals rather than their diagnosis. Every person has a different story, someone who shares the same issue as another, will need a completely different treatment, because they have a completely different past.

 

3:14- Dr. Perry Nickelston Son and Family Life

7:59- Do you think there is a certain ‘code’ to the way trauma are passed down and manifest in our bodies?

13:50- Life is Supernatural, How to Trust the Healing Process

19:52- Explaining pain and your brain

29:46- Diagnosis’ becoming labels and the negative effects of manifestation

34:25- Chronic Back Pain has nothing to do with your back

39:20- How creating good energy for your body is dire for healing

42:19- the relevance of your past to your current health

49:38- What drives the brain?

53:53- Treating people, not diseases

1:00:08- Pain and suffering is how you learn lessons

1:14:14- What do different pain areas mean?

1:21:26- Changing the subconscious to conquer pain

1:26:33- Every system in the body works together

1:29:54- Trusting the process after trauma

1:36:01- The effectiveness of simply moving your body

 

To learn more about Dr. Perry:

Website: www.stopchasingpain.com/

Instagram: @stopchasingpain 

 

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Jul 22, 2021

When did humans become so far from nature?

I talk with Paul Saladino, the ‘Carnivore MD’ to discuss all things natural living. Society has become so full of right angles, straight roads and crips buildings. Just sitting under a tree and looking at the sky is exactly what we need living in this fast-paced world. We discuss the importance of visual nutrition and getting outside. It wouldn’t be a conversation with the ‘Carnivore MD’ if we didn’t unpack all the goodness of meat-eating, and how it is part of our ancestry.

Dr. Saladino is the leading authority on the science and application of the carnivore diet. He has used this diet to reverse autoimmunity, chronic inflammation and mental health issues in hundreds of patients, many of whom had been told their conditions were untreatable.

He hosts the podcast, Fundamental Health and released his first book in 2020 titled, “The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to our Ancestral Diet.” We talk about his supplement brand, “Heart and Soil” where he designed supplements based on all the nutrients found in meat.

 

3:10- Living with Right Angles and Visual Nutrition

06:37- How does someone incorporate a more natural lifestyle?

08:30- What is true health & happiness?

09:48- Navigating Human Origin Behaviors in the Modern World

12:56- The Cultural Direction Since Corona Virus

15:42- Do you think there there is any misinformation in our ancestry?

18:08- The negativity of plant-based living based on human history

22:50- The foods we eat today are not the same foods of our ancestors

25:49- The lack of fiber in ancestral diets

29:36- Comparing the factory farming of animals and plants

33:04- Looking at both macro and micronutrients 

 

Instagram: 

@carnivoremd

 

Websites

carnivoremd.com

heartandsoil.co

Jul 15, 2021

Where in history did ideas of human sexuality change? What was sexually normal in ancient times that is not normal now?

Danielli Bolelli is one of the most fascinating, precise, interesting, historians. You may have seen him on Joe Rogan's podcast, he also hosts both the 'History on Fire' podcast and the "Drunken Taoist' podcast. He is a martial artist and all around a badass. 

In this episode of Align, we get into the history of human sexuality. We discuss ancient sexual norms in Rome and Greece, as well as modern day practices. How urbanization has created widespread loneliness, how humans still have the hunter-gatherer mindset, submission, matriarchies and patriarchies, and so much more.

 

To learn more about Danieli

Instagram: @daniele_bolelli

Twitter: @DBolelli 

Website: http://www.danielebolelli.com

 

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Jul 9, 2021

Dakota considers himself a religious traveler who explores the taboo and nature of human expression. He essentially is a documentary filmmaker who travels around the world to the strangest possible nooks and crannies on this planet, spending time with some of the most fascinating individuals – from Hindus and Christians to cannibals and Satanists, and people who live in caves.

In this episode, we dive into the experiences he has had and the wisdom he has cultivated from the vast groups of people he has documented. 

To learn more about Dakota...

Instagram: @dakotawint

Podcast: A Place for Humans

YouTube: dakotawint

Merch Website: stayhappystayweird.com

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Jul 2, 2021
At what point in time between childhood and adulthood did we stop playing? Have we abandoned the child within us? What do we give our freedom to?
 
In this episode of the Align Podcast, Tony Riddle and I chat about play and imagination's place in adulthood. When most of us look back to our childhood, we remember wanting to be older and wanting to abandon the child in us. And once we finally go through the rite of passage of becoming an adult, a lot of us continue to push the child within us away because we tend to associate our childhood with being vulnerable. However, those times where we were the most imaginative and most playful in our lives are what helped us learn and grow into who we are today. Therefore, going back to that state of play and imagination can only help us further develop ourselves.
 
Plus, Tony talks about how fragile freedom is. In today’s world, we tend to develop materialistic tendencies that cause us to become attached to things. While we may think it is the material things that are taking our freedom away, it is actually the superficial attachment that we develop towards those things which causes us to lose our freedom. However, we do have the power to decide what we allow ourselves to be attached to, meaning that we can control what we value and give our freedom to. 
 
Tony Riddle, also known as The Natural Lifestylist, is a natural lifestyle coach, father, husband, author, and record-breaking barefoot endurance athlete. Tony is attempting to run the entire length of Great Britain, barefoot.
 
To learn more about Tony: 
 
Website: tonyriddle.com
Instagram: @thenaturallifestylist
Community: The Nat Life Tribe
 
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Jun 25, 2021

Dr. Chris Ryan is the writer of the best-selling book 'Sex at Dawn' and the soon to be best-seller 'Civilized to Death'. He is one of my absolute favorite thinkers on all things anthropology, sexuality and the this strange human experience. Visit him at https://chrisryanphd.com/ Enjoy!

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Jun 16, 2021

Can psychedelics really be the future of medicine? What is ketamine-assisted therapy? What are energetics? What can you start doing today to properly energize your body? 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Kien Vuu and I discuss psychedelics and how they are used in modern medicine. An up-and-rising form of psychedelic therapy used is Ketamine-assisted therapy sessions. This gives us the potential to deal with our thoughts by dissociating different parts of the brain, which allows us to silence our ego and see ourselves from a higher perspective. This permits us to see our own thoughts in a different light, which can then be discussed with a therapist to help integrate whatever our findings were in our journey, into our lives.

Dr. Vuu also talks about energetics and the pillars of health. In his opinion, a low-hanging fruit that we can almost all consider picking to improve our health is to monitor and adapt our cell phone usage.  This is the catalyst to many physical and mental ailments that we experience in western culture, such as poor posture, back pain, depression, loneliness, and more. 

Dr. Kien Vuu is one of the most sought-after anti-aging physicians in the country. He’s also a health media personality, appearing on national TV shows such as The Doctors and Access Hollywood.  As someone who has overcome two chronic diseases himself, Dr. Vuu is passionate about empowering people to reclaim their health and live with fulfillment, abundance, and purpose.

 

To learn more about Kien:

Website: kienvuu.com

Instagram: @kienvuumd

Book:Thrive State

Podcast: Thrive State Podcast

 

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Jun 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

 

To learn more about Sah:

Website: sahdsimone.com

Instagram: @sahdsimone

Book: Spiritually Sassy

Jun 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

 

To learn more about Light:

Website: lightwatkins.com

Instagram: @lightwatkins

Book: Knowing Where to Look

Podcast: At the End of the Tunnel

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

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

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

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

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

 

To learn more about Lauren:

Website: handlegroup.com

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

Program: Inner.U Program

Instagram: @handelgroup

May 6, 2021

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

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

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

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

 

To learn more about Miki:

Website: mikiagrawal.com 

Instagram:@mikiagrawal

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

Apr 29, 2021

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

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

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

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


Find out more about Chris:

Website: christopherduffin.com

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

Instagram:@mad_scientist_duffin

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