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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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Jan 26, 2021

If time is relative, how can we dilate it to live presently? How can you improve your focus to bring more time, energy, and money into flow? What does a monk think of money and what financial advice does he give? 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I have a conversation with Pedram Shojai, a.k.a. The Urban Monk, about the very fundamentals of meditation, how to be present and mindful, and how you can go as far as you can with the means you have today.

Plus, we talk about the concept of identity and how so many of us nowadays find our identity structure through ideology groups. We also discuss the value of rites of passage and the importance of wilderness, which often seems to be a missing component in urban life.

Pedram is a master herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, and wellness consultant. He is a dynamic teacher, Taoist minister, and lifelong student of various Alchemical Traditions. Pedram is also a Filmmaker and author, father, and husband.

 

What we discuss:

 

03:55: Pedram’s experience of studying with the Dalai Lama

04:47: Explaining educational and philosophical differences between Tibetans and Westerners

06:51: How and why Pedram became a Taoist monk

10:16: How to self-reconcile

12:53: Best practices for optimal focus

14:55: Why do we spend so much time online and how can we stop doing that?

20:08: The value in rites of passage

26:41: Money is trade

29:28: Financial advice from a monk

33:15: Being able to re-write our own story

38:42: Can meditation have different forms?

40:32: How to meditate effectively

44:17: Dissecting the perception of time and how to dilate it

:51:44: Dealing with imposter syndrome

53:55: Transitioning to a bigger game in life

 

To learn more about Pedram Shojai:

Website: theurbanmonk.com

Instagram: @official_urbanmonk

Book: The Urban Monk

Podcast: The Urban Monk Podcast

Jan 19, 2021

What is thyroid disease, exactly? What causes it? Can we even reverse thyroid disease? If so, how can we do that?

In this episode of the Align Podcast,  I have a conversation with Alan Christianson, where we discuss how the foods we choose to fuel our body can actually help reverse thyroid disease and how a healthy thyroid contributes to our immune system, our mental health, and our physical health. We then break down what is iodine, what are the optimal levels for human consumption, and what are the best resources we can refer to in order to ensure we are intaking the proper and recommended amount. 

We also pick Alan’s brain about emotions and how they can impact our overall wellbeing, his own personal practices of meditation and journaling, and we even touch upon epistemology!

Alan Christianson is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) who specializes in natural

endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders. He is the author of The Metabolism Reset Diet

and the New York Times bestselling book The Adrenal Reset Diet. He has been named a Top Doctor in Phoenix Magazine and has appeared on national TV shows and in numerous print media.



Website: https://www.drchristianson.com

Instagram: @dralanchristianson

Book: https://www.drchristianson.com/thyroidresetdiet/#Bonus

 

What we discuss:

[00:02:46] Christianson's new book on thyroid disease research

[00:04:26] The value in making our own food

[00:06:54] What is Iodine?

[00:09:47] The repercussions of iodine deficiency and excess

[00:11:52] What are the optimal levels of iodine?

[00:13:12] What causes thyroid disease? 

[00:15:59] Can thoughts and feelings affect the functioning of the thyroid?

[00:18:45] What is the thyroid and how does it work?

[00:20:10] How emotional states contribute to your physical health issues

[00:22:50] Do we have free will?

[00:26:01] Alan’s biggest challenges

[00:32:09] How do we know we know?

[00:36:30] A guide to mediation and journaling practices

[00:38:37] Alan’s thoughts on God

[00:40:19] What are signs of an underlying thyroid issue?

[00:41:26] Can all diseases be reversed and what be the root cause for it?

[00:43:10] How does toxic fat develop?

Jan 13, 2021

What's the planet's most nutritious food? SPROUTS! And in this episode of the Align Podcast, the author of the Sprout Book, Doug Evans, tells us why.

Among the mind-blowing nutritional qualities of sprouts:
― they have 20-30 times the nutrients of other vegetables and 100 times those of meat
― they pack cancer-fighting properties and help to protect us from cardiovascular disease and environmental pollutants
― they aid in digestion
― they are a simple way to grow your own vegetables and compatible with all diets

Ready to learn more? Tune into the full episode! 

Jan 7, 2021

Over 70% of our body is composed of water, which means that staying hydrated is extremely important. But is simply drinking water enough to keep us hydrated? 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, our guest Tracy Duhs covers the hidden capabilities and benefits of hydrating adequately. We discuss the incredible amount of information that water is capable of holding onto and how that is crucial for processing our emotions.

We also discuss the different water filtering processes and filtering systems and how we can upgrade the quality of the water we drink, catered to various budgets.

Tracy Duhs is the director and founder of The Sanctuary Wellness Experience, a luxury retreat that provides complete nurturing for the mind, body, and soul. She is a herbalist, alchemist, and specialist in integrative medicine.

 

What we discuss:

03:54: What is water?

08:13: What are the potential contaminants in water?

11:08: How does water hold information?

13:52: Masaru Emoto's experiments with water

16:22: What is structured water?

19:57: How do our bodies create structured water?

20:46: What is vortexing water?

22:58: Possible methods to upgrade the water we drink

26:33: What is Ocean Plasma?

31:14: Why and how Tracy started to experiment with different types of water

37:40: How to mineralize our water

44:16: How movement and hydration relate to each other

48:12: How sunlight exposure impacts hydration

51:16: The 9 Pillars of Health

 

To learn more about Tracy:

Instagram: @tracyduhs
Website: tracyduhs.com

Book: Hydrate with Tracy Duhs
Podcast: Hydrate 

Dec 30, 2020

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I have a wonderful conversation with Emily Fletcher where we dive into the semantics of meditation and how it's much more powerful than many of us may realize. It's not only a tool for calming our mind, but it physically transforms our mind and body. 

We also dive into our childhood wounds, how it has affected us in our adult life, and what we have found to be successful in our healing process.

And as a bonus, at the end of the episode, Emily offers us a transformative 5-minute mediation practice that you
can use as a tool for yourself.

Emily Fletcher is the creator of The Ziva Technique and the founder of Ziva, where she developed the world meditation training program. She is also a best selling author: she wrote
Stress Less, Accomplish More - Meditation for Extraordinary Performance. She is one of my best friends and overall, a meditation legend.

What we discuss:

[00:08:16] How meditation calms our chaotic energy
[00:11:43] The cerebral processes that occur in meditation that make us more empathic
[00:12:29] Bypassing our emotions vs. allowing ourselves to feel them
[00:23:13] How the body is a record of our past
[00:24:13] How meditation is healing: de-exciting our nervous system
[00:27:15] 5-minute meditation exercise

Instagram: @emilystellafletcher
Website: zivameditation.com
Book: zivameditation.com/my-debut-book

Dec 23, 2020

What’s keeping you from claiming your true powers? Are you even aware of the powers you hold within you and how you can tap into them?

Today’s conversation is with one of my closest friends and widely known, Mr. Jim Kwik. We talk about his book, Limitless – a fabulous read! Jim’s main niche is about memory, focus, and accelerated learning, although the book content is much wider than that. While our imagination might make us think that being limitless is a synonym for perfection, in this episode, Jim explains it in a much more tangible and human way: Limitless is about advancing and progressing beyond what we believe to be possible.

Jim has created a three-part framework that he breaks down for us in this episode. This framework acts as a lens to see what holds us back and to construct our self-awareness to "unlimit" the areas that are in our way. Plus, we both talk about what makes us come alive and our purpose - both fundamental emotional factors for
reaching our full potential.

Jim is a renowned brain coach, a memory and speed-reading expert, international speaker, and a social entrepreneur. He has been featured in many programs and podcasts and his book, Limitless, became an instant New York Times bestseller and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller.

What we discuss:

[04:45] Jim’s go-to practices for dealing with stress and anxiety
[05:53] Defining what it means to be "limitless"
[11:11] Why we need to have a sense of purpose in our lives
[15:36] What makes Jim feel alive?
[16:52] What makes Aaron feel alive?
[20:52] Opening our own mechanisms through the love towards another person
[27:03] The antidote for feeling stuck
[27:20] The 3 M’s: Mindset, Motivation, Methods
[29:06] What Jim would change in the current western educational system

Find more from Jim:

Website: www.jimkwik.com
Instagram. @jimkwik
Book: www.limitlessbook.com

Dec 18, 2020
How can we cultivate an environment in our homes and lives that brings us closer to Nature? How do psychedelics help us see our lives from a different perspective? What can we do to slow down in a world that seems to never stop?
 
In this episode of The Align Podcast,  we discuss Kyle Kingsbury’s vast mesmerizing experiences with psychoactive substances and how that affects his intuition and inner trust, which in turn allows him to connect deeper with his family and see himself from different angles. We also cover why Kyle’s family created their own“eco-field” and how they fully enjoy nature from their home by dedicating themselves to keeping their home low-tech. 
 
Plus, we cover Kyle’s experiences and perspectives with polyamorous and monogamous relationships, as well as what we think about what is happening in the present, modern world.
 
Kyle Kingsbury is the host of the Kyle Kingsbury Podcast, is an optimization expert, everyday
shaman, full-time coach on the Fit For Service Fellowship and a former UFC fighter.
 
 
What we discuss: 
                   
09:07: How does the environment we create shape the way we think and feel?
 
13:48: Creating resonance with green space
 
18:54: How does visualizing and exposing yourself to nature promote healing?    
 
24:09: Discussing mediums to channel your emotions
         
28:10: Using art as a tool for therapy and the state of flow    
    
41:41: Exploring Kyle and Natasha’s polyamorous marriage                           
55:26: Psychoactive substances and attaining higher forms of consciousness              
       
1:11:14: Our perception of time and how we experience life based on that
 

Find out more about Kyle:

Podcast: kingsbu.com

Instagram: @livingwiththekingsburys

 
Be sure to check out the Align Collection, including Align bands, pants, shorts, and more! Shop now here.
Dec 11, 2020
What is cholesterol? Is it beneficial or is it harmful to our body? How is it related to insulin resistance (and what the heck is insulin resistance in the first place)?
 
Looking back over the past few decades, the benefits and dangers of cholesterol have been constantly shifting – triggering a war on fat and popularizing both high and low-fat diets. It’s confusing, frustrating, and even more overwhelming. So what’s the truth?  
 
In this episode of the Align Podcast, author of The Great Cholesterol Myth, Jonny Bowden, gives us the answers. Jonny explains why we have demonized cholesterol and why HDL cholesterol isn’t what we should be looking at as a predetermining factor for heart disease. And, he breaks down what the heck is cholesterol in the first place, the values of it in our body, blood, and brain, and how it actually gets produced in our body.
 
Plus, he dives into the close relationship between cholesterol and insulin resistance, which is one of the most leading factors of inflammation and heart disease. Essentially, if we are insulin resistance, our hormones and metabolism are all out of whack. But don’t worry, the good news is that it can be treated, prevented, and reversed by diet alone.
 
Jonny Bowden, PhD, C.N.S. is a nationally known expert on weight loss and nutrition and author of twelve books, including multiple best-sellers. Johny offers inspiring advice on weight, health and nutrition have been read by millions and he has contributed material to over 50 national magazines and newspapers.
 
What we discuss:
 
6:29: Why cholesterol was the wrong target for measuring the risk of heart disease
9:33: What it means to be insulin resistant
13:15: Issues associated with high blood sugar
17:53: Where did the low-fat diet evolve from?
20:54: Cholesterol’s role in the body
23:16: Why should we be monitoring our lipoprotein levels?
24:27: How do LDL and HDL relate to each other?
29:06:Effects of our attitudes, sleep, and relationships on our stress hormones
32:30: Stress and imbalanced cholesterol resistance
34:03: Non-nutritional factors impacting the mechanisms of cholesterol
40:19: Preparing ourselves to face viruses more effectively
46:04: Best and worse dietary oils to consume
49:15: Navigating through confusing and conflicting information
 
Find more from Jonny:
 
Website: jonnybowden.com
Book: The Great Cholesterol Myth
Instagram: @jonnybowden
Twitter: @jonnybowden
 

Be sure to check out the Align Collection, including Align bands, pants, shorts, and more! Shop now here.

Dec 1, 2020

Do you know how to love? And more importantly, do you know how to let love in?

In this conversation, I sat down with the legendary Bobby Klein at his own awesome home in Tulum, Mexico who shares the most important life lessons he has learned throughout his 89 years of life, including why the bottom line of life is always love.

Plus, we explored the ideas of what this human experience is, our inner guidance and intuition, and how necessary it is to be brutally honest with ourselves.

As we go deep into what the hell we are doing here, he shared a handful of fascinating and badass experiences in his life.

Bobby Klein is a truly special guest: He carries a rare wealth of experience, deep compassion, and an arsenal of healing tools. He's a clinical psychologist, spiritual and psychological educator, writer, and intuitive Life Path Counselor. He was also a driving force in securing the legalization of acupuncture in America and became one of the first practicing acupuncturists in the United States. He is a true elder and a new friend I see as a mentor.

 

What we discuss:

03:53: Why 'fake it till you make it' is horse shit

05:09: What stands out that is different in the world today compared to the 60s?

06:06: How Bobby's relationship with death has transformed over the years

11:12: is fear the root of suffe14:28: Alcohol vs. psychedelics

21:30: How trusting someone can let them show who they really are

22:29: Do guidance systems exist? What are they?

29:40: The blueprint for cultivating a relationship with yourself

34:06: What it means to be wild

41:50: How Bobby got started with acupuncture

46:14: Healing and intuition

52:17: Is the concept of 'survivor' attached to the idea of suffering?

 

Find more from Bobby:

Website: bobbyklein.com

YouTube Channel: @bobbyklein

 

Be sure to check out the Align Collection, including Align bands, pants, shorts, and more! Shop now here.

 

 

 

Nov 23, 2020

What can we learn about ourselves when we go through a separation from another? It’s easy to feel strong when things are working, but what about when things aren't?

There is valuable opportunity given to us that only present themselves when relationships fall apart–The opportunity to navigate through the deep layers of ourselves. But how do we actually navigate through these layers? 

In this conversation, Aubrey Marcus and his wife Vylana - two of my very favourite people - answer the questions I have on separation from someone you love (or feel deeply about), as it's something I currently am going through in my own life. Plus, they discuss why “wounds allows the light to enter”, and how truly loving ourselves is the best tool for facing a broken heart.

Aubrey is the founder of ONMIT, a NYT bestselling author, the AMP podcast host, and founding member of Fit For Service Fellowship.

Vylana is a sound alchemist, singer, Tahitian dancer, and medicine woman.

What we discuss:

[00:07:09] Aaron's current context
[00:12:17] Love autonomy
[00:18:56] Using the pain of a separation to growth
[00:22:35] Facing and accepting fear
[00:27:37] Self-love practices
[00:40:38] Trust in acceptance
[00:45:25] Expediting the process of accepting events within ourselves
[00:51:22] Why current life events show you where there is still work to be done

Find more from Aubrey and Vylana:

Podcast: https://www.aubreymarcus.com/blogs/aubrey-marcus-podcast
Program: https://www.aubreymarcus.com/pages/fit-for-service-fellowship
Instagram: @aubreymarcus
Instagram: @vylanamarcus




Nov 19, 2020

Our ability to connect and relate to each other is dependent upon how we feel. Which means, the food we eat has a strong influence on how we connect to each other. But one of the issues lies in the fact that the environment we have created around us is conducive and supportive to sickness, and is ultimately preventing us from experiencing deeper connections. 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I have a conversation with Shawn Stevenson on what contributes to deeper human connection, how the media affects our relationships, and why Shawn’s marriage has been successful.

Plus, he also discusses how nutrition plays a surprising role in sleep, his thoughts on the conventional medicine approach.

Shawn is a bestselling author of Sleep Smarter and has another book coming out, Eat Smarter, is a nutritionist, science educator, & creator of The Model Health Show, featured
as the #1 Health Podcast in the U.S.

What we discuss:


[00:06:15] Shawn discusses the relationship between social media and sleep deprivation
[00:09:07] How nutrition affects sleep
[00:11:32] What Shawn thinks of the conventional medicine approach
[00:16:47] How the environment plays a role in our behavior
[00:24:32] Who we are at our core vs. how we behave
[00:29:08] Romanticized media vs. our true needs in a relationship
[00:37:55] Being human: intuition and connection 
[00:50:55] Our capacity of connecting to others is dependent upon how we feel individually
[00:56:12] How does our nutrition affects the way we relate to our significant other

Website: https://themodelhealthshow.com/
Instagram: @shawnmodel
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheShawnModel/
Book: https://eatsmarterbook.com/
Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-model-health-show/id640246578

Nov 10, 2020

How often do we extend the effort to connect with our parents as the humans they truly are? Do we really know who they were before their parent roles and who they are beyond?

This episode is truly special: My mother, Tina Louise Thomas, and I have a deeply intimate and vulnerable conversation that we initially were hesitant to release. Although, we decided if it helps even just one person connect more deeply with their parents or child, it's worth it.

We talk about holding in emotions (and why my mother felt the need to hide her emotions during my upbringing), accepting aging and death, dealing with regrets, navigating forgiveness, moving forward after divorce and so much more.

This has been a beautiful moment in which we felt deeply connected to each other, and probably one of the most important moments of my life.

What we discuss:

[00:05:48]: - The legacy my mom wishes to leave to her children
[00:07:00] - My challenging emotional openness
[00:07:53] - Holding emotions and covering up suffering
[00:10:53] - Feeling joy even when circumstances are difficult
[00:12:37] - Letting thoughts flow
[00:14:45] - Accepting the cycle of life
[00:18:32] - Self-love, growth, and self-expression
[00:21:26] - Fears around ageing and death
[00:22:48] - Beauty vs. value and expectations
[00:26:32] - Why my Mom stayed for years in the relationship with my father
[00:27:45] - My Mom's upbringing regarding expression of emotions
[00:33:51] - My mom feeling understood and loved by her children
[00:34:46] - Feelings of not belonging
[00:40:03] - Being worthy of love
[00:48:53] - Knowing my mom as a person
[00:55:35] - Regrets and forgiveness
[00:59:25] - My father
[01:00:46] - My Mom's spiritual experiences

My mother is a brilliant and very musician and artist, former Miss Pennsylvania and Miss America scholarship pageant national talent winner and runner-up.

This to her music here: https://soundcloud.com/tina_louise_thomas

 

 

Nov 3, 2020

What impact did the dietary changes in humanity have on our bodies? Going back as far as our pre-historical ancestors hypothesize very interesting correlations. What does the wide research say about eating animal products and how that influences our brain size and capacity? Research shows we have shrunk our brains in the last 10-12 thousand years, very possibly due to relevant shifts in our diet and habits. These big shifts were forced by major planetary changes such as the Younger Dryas, which took place 12,900 years ago.

Dr. Paul Saladino, who is back on the Align Podcast, not only discusses why our brain is shrinking but also shares with us very interesting suggestions on nutrition and lifestyle through an anthropological lens. He discusses findings and hypotheses by significant figures throughout history that observed indigenous peoples and compared their aligned diet to the general western diet. 

We also dig into our surroundings as a factor for stimulation, focus, and relaxation, and we pose the question of if we need to get away from common human behavior.

The outdoors provides us a natural way of life and we might be taking a step in the wrong direction, placing a burden upon us that is opposite to the way we have been designed to live. Being in nature barefoot and experience a shift in the microbiome, interacting with other humans, eating foods that are in line with our genetics: all is perpetually being relegated in place of living mostly in squared-line architecture.

Dr. Paul Saladino is the leading authority on the science and application of the carnivore diet, author of the “The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to our Ancestral Diet”.

What we discuss:

[0:02:48] Paul Saladino's upbringing

[0:05:35] Why we should always challenge our beliefs

[0:09:04] Earth's temperature correlation with periods of intellectual and cultural flourish and stagnation

[0:11:21] What happened on Earth 12,900 years ago that might have changed how we eat

[0:15:36] Three pre-historical species that relate to us and their diet

[0:17:26] Human's change from primates to Australopithecus: eating animals vs. eating plants

[0:20:31] Expensive Tissue Hypothesis: gut vs. brain

[0:22:58] Correlation between B12 levels and brain size

[0:28:15] Effects of chewing properly

[0:30:56] Could Vitamin A deficiency by under-diagnosed in most people?

[0:46:00] How architectural shapes and forms influences our state

 

Find more from Dr. Paul Saladino:

Website: https://carnivoremd.com/

Instagram: @carnivoremd

podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fundamental-health-with-paul-saladino-md/id1461771083

Products: https://heartandsoil.co/?ref=CarnivoreMD

Book: https://carnivoremd.com/book/

 

Grab your Align Pants: www.alignpodcast.com/alignpant

Oct 28, 2020
This month there has been a general trend of discussing relationships. I think relationships are the most important things we could ever invest our time and energy into as we are literally in relationship with everything, from being in a relationship with yourself, your partner, your friends, and your family to your work or business and the entire world around you. How can we cultivate deeper relationships? How can develop relationships that last?
 
In this episode of the Align Podcast, I'm joined by Colin Guinn and Christie Woods who have been together for almost 20 years, and to me, that is beyond fascinating. They discuss why we need to take conscious responsibility, be aware of our ego, say yes to growth with our partner, and give our partner permission to be human. Plus, we touch on the topics of tantra, sex magic, psychedelics, and relationship plateaus.
 
Colin and Christie are dear friends of mine, although you may know the two from winning Season 31 of The Amazing Race. Colin is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, and pioneer in drone development and technology and Christie is an actress, model, Ms. Texas, breathwork facilitator, and a complete badass. 
 
What we discuss:
 
[00:00:23] How Colin defines his specialty
[00:04:50] Why you need to vibrate as close to love as possible
[00:06:05] The different stages in Colin and Kristi's relationship throughout the past 19 years
[00:10:30] Taking conscious responsibility in your relationship
[00:12:33] Becoming aware of your ego and saying yes to growth and expansion together
[00:14:43] Tantra sexuality
[00:17:18] Using sex as a modality for raising the vibration
[00:18:50] Sex magic
[00:20:53] Giving your partner permission to be human
[00:26:20] The practices Kristi and Colin do to understand how each one of them are growing
[00:27:29] Relationship plateaus
[00:34:12] The difference between the first 12 years of Kristi and Colin relationship to where they are now
[00:36:40] Why there is no spiritual bypassing in Kristi and Colin relationship
[00:41:29] Childhood traumas that reflect in the present
[00:44:55] Colin's perception of energy, vibration, and humanness
[01:01:11] Use of psychedelics as a tool of expansion of the mind vs. abusive use
[01:02:23] Colin's take on how to start using psychedelics
 
Find more from Colin and Christie:
 
Instagram: @colinguinn | @christiewoods1
Oct 21, 2020

Do you wonder how your sex life can improve our relationships– with others and with yourself–either in a monogamous, a polyamory, or an open relationship?

In this conversation with Whitney Miller, we talk about the dynamics of monogamous vs. polyamory relationship, we go deep into details of sexuality within relationships and we discuss a very interesting pleasure exploration technique of the vulva: the vulva mapping.

In her past polyamory experience, she shares what she learned about herself to be able to thrive in it, namely understand why she got jealous, why she got sad, and how she was able to cultivate meaningful relationships with women by having to constantly have vulnerable conversations which allowed her to truly love the other women. 

Often, relationships help us to open up a part of ourselves that needs to be exposed in order to heal and to know ourselves better: our thought processes, our patterns, and how we respond to challenges. Whitney tells us how deeply transformative this process was in her open relationship with Audrey Marcus and how that forced her to profoundly dive into herself.

She shares with us intimate details of her preferences with candid honesty, so if you are dating or looking to date women this could be a key to understanding what might arouse and please a woman before and during sex. And it’s not at all just about sex: asking the other person meaningful questions is likely to be a skill that enables them to open up. Whitney also tells us what are her own favourites questions, what she finds attractive in a man, and how playfulness is so important.

Whitney is a love, sex, and relationship coach: an expert in the realm of union between partners and sexuality. Former Miss United States and sports anchor Whitney Miller has found her true calling helping individuals and couples. Her experiential journey to self-mastery started 5 years ago with her well-publicized open relationship with her fiancé, Aubrey Marcus. Whitney has since joined forces with some of the leading scientists and researchers in the field, and now hosts talks and workshops around the world. 

What we discuss:

[00:04:47] Letting go of how Whitney thought life should be has been making her more open to change.

[00:05:50] Where Whitney's need for protecting herself comes from.

[00:07:09] What permitted the sensation of safety to let people in Whitney's life.

[00:08:34] Why the relationship with Aubrey was fundamental to Whitney's self-discovery.

[00:09:09] How we receive superpowers and faults from our parents and our relationships.

[00:10:42] Why Whitney thinks there is usefulness in suppressing emotions.

[00:11:48] Whitney's latest Ayuashca experience showed her to go over one fear in particular.

[00:14:39] Making it through life instead of living life: "If you let out what is within you, it will heal you. If you hold it in, it will destroy you".

[00:15:57] Qualities in a man that are attractive to Whitney.

[00:17:18] What was attractive in Aubry from Whitney's perspective.

[00:19:06] Why Whitney and Aubrey were sincere about the constraints of their polyamorous relationship.

[00:20:31] What Whitney feel she learned from her experience in a polyamorous relationship

[00:21:39] Is polyamory sustainable and does it have longevity?

[00:24:27] Whitney's present terms of relationship preferences.

[00:29:38] How does a man show he holds the qualities of stability and safety?

[00:32:11] Is it possible to hold a certainty about the relationship course?

[00:33:21] What is the process of stepping back and re-access in a relationship?

[00:35:59] Whitney's experience in relationships in which one partner goes through change and the other isn't

[00:38:07] What good sex means for Whitney.

[00:46:14] How does a woman want a vulva massage?

[00:46:55] What is vulva mapping and how to do it.

[00:48:25] Butt play and anal sex.

[00:51:45] What is the perfect set up for sex?

[00:54:12] How does Aaron creates contact?

[00:56:01] How to ask meaningful questions about the other person.

 

Find more from Whitney:

Instagram: @whitnlove

Website: https://whitnlove.com/

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-sex-wild-love/id1472061802

Oct 14, 2020

Relationships are complicated, no matter what kind of relationship you are in–whether it's with your partner, your family, your friends, or your co-workers. The biggest issues that arise within relationships stem from our attachment to needing others to validate us and make us feel whole, our inability to communicate what we are feeling and holding onto attachment, and struggling to stay deeply connected in a society that is built to pull us apart. 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I'm joined by the beautiful and dynamic couple, Miki Agrawal and Andrew Horn, who share insight into navigating through these issues and how they personally keep their relationship alive, happy, and healthy.

This episode is somewhat of a couples counseling session that Andrew guides us through and I'm simply just a fly on the wall. 

Miki is a social entrepreneur who uses creativity and disruptive innovation to challenge the status quo and change culture. She is the founder of several acclaimed social enterprises: WILD, THINX & TUSHY (collectively valued at over $200 million).

Andrew Horn is a also serial social entrepreneur, speaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY who is a frequent contributor to media outlets like MindBodyGreen, HuffPo and TheMuse. He focuses his writing on “The Art of Meaningful Conversation” – How to overcome anxiety, ask better questions and connect with anyone.

Find more from Miki:

Website: www.mikiagrawal.com

Instagram: @mikiagrawal

Find more from Andrew:

Website: www.itsandrewhorn.com

Instagram: @itsandrewhorn

Oct 7, 2020

Did you know nitric oxide plays a fundamental role in the optimal functioning of your body? Nitric oxide not only has an anti-microbial effect (it kills bacteria and viruses), but also has a series of preventive functions, such as hypertension, inflammation, and coronary-artery disease and heart attack.

Dr. Louis Ignarro is the 1998 Nobel Peace price winner in Physiology Medicine for discovering nitric oxide acts as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. And in this episode, he shares the knowledge he has cultivated from his 50 years of research on the topic.

So how can we boost this important molecule in our bodies? It’s surprisingly easy: by intaking antioxidants from fruits and vegetables and breathing through our nose! As Dr Louis said, inhaling has been thought of for thousands of years as being important, especially by yogis, but only about 15-18 years ago the physiological significance was discovered: as we breathe through our nose Nitric Oxide is carried to the lungs.

What we dicuss:

  • [00:05:52] Dr. Louis Ignarro’s diet
  • [00:07:17] Dr. Louis Ignarro’s academic and professional background
  • [00:10:21] The background story on NO, what it is and how it works 
  • [00:11:56] Functions of NO
  • [00:12:59] Why NO is the most important molecule in the body for cardiovascular health
  • [00:13:50] Boosting NO by eating antioxidants in fruits and vegetables
  • [00:15:18] Viagra works by increasing NO in erectile tissues
  • [00:16:15] How NO is made in the body  
  • [00:17:55] How different ways of breathing impact the production of NO
  • [00:21:31] Antimicrobial effects of NO and how it’s relevant to the Coronavirus treatment 
  • [00:42:43] What types of salt are good for us
  • [00:24:22] NO in our nasal cavities - the importance of inhaling through the nose
  • [00:26:17] Does wearing masks constantly affect our health?   
  • [00:28:30] Why we should listen to science during COVID times
  • [00:30:13] Do our bodies produce enough NO? COVID cases
  • [00:33:12] Dr. Louis Ignarro’s story about his Nobel Prize

Find more from Dr. Louis Ignarro

Website: http://www.drignarro.com/

Instagram: @dr.louisignarro

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrIgnarro

Sep 28, 2020

Have you ever heard the term ‘humiliatrix’?

It might ring a bell and you can probably guess in which industry this profession belongs to. But the contours of it might surprise you!

In this episode, guest Ceara Lynch discusses her career: a niche in men’s fantasies and needs. She calls herself a Humiliatrix where she humiliates men, by request, in the most different ways.

During her career she has worked with all sorts of men and perhaps contrary to what many would think, there isn’t exactly an obvious pattern of men who seek to be professionally humiliated, which led her to gain a non-judgmental view of people. We also talk about Ceara plans for the future as a means to fulfillment and learning and how achieving life goals can have us spin into existential crises.

Overall, this was a fascinating conversation about the intricacies of being human.

Ceara Lynch works as a humiliatrix and had a curious start in the industry at only 17 years old. She is also the host of the Standard Deviation Podcast and an executive producer and actress on the fictional documentary ‘Use Me’.

What we discuss:

[00:03:01] What a Humiliatrix is

[00:04:31] How Ceara got into this line of work    

[00:08:20] Is there a type of man that seeks this service?    

[00:09:23] Do certain kinks come from trauma?

[00:11:21] How does usually one online session go?   

[00:13:10] A client's fetish that surprised Ceara 

[00:17:11] What Ceara has learned from her work that she applies to her daily life 

[00:19:38] How Ceara sees her future    

[00:21:41] How reaching one big goal led Ceara to a small-scale existential crisis 

[00:23:18] Is the sensation of helping people the solution to an existential crisis driven by having enough money?    

[00:24:20] Is Ceara's work in the line of pornography? 

[00:25:12] What are Ceara's friends like?   

[00:25:52] Are the common stereotypes about pornstars true?    

[00:26:48] Ceara's talks about her documentary 'Use Me'  

[00:27:27] How is the internet changing things for pornstars?    

[00:29:05] Is Ceara an entrepreneur?   

[00:30:02] How Ceara started to manage money differently throughout her career     

[00:32:23] The key to be successful in the industry     

[00:34:10] What Ceara's parents think about her profession 

[00:35:50] Is Ceara's job an issue to her relationships?   

[00:37:13] Is it fair to expect monogamy from most people?   

[00:39:04] Standard Deviation: Ceara's podcast     

[00:45:23] Are some exceptional individuals just products of their environment? 

 

Find more from Ceara Lynch:

Website: https://www.cearalynch.com/

Instagram: @cearalynch

Podcast: https://standardpodcast.com/

Film: https://www.facebook.com/usememovie/



Sep 19, 2020

Is the lymphatic system the missing link in your healing? In this episode of the Align Podcast, Dr. Perry Nickleston guides us through the vital role of the lymphatic system in the functioning of our entire body.

In western medicine, we often use a bandaid to cover the symptoms that possibility are trying to make us aware of a larger, underlying issue. And by treating symptoms in isolation, without considering the entire system as a whole, it often results in long-term chronic pain and fatigue, a compromised immune system, and cancer.

Plus, Dr. Nickleston discusses our mental and lymphatic health in-depth, why he thinks of the human body as an aquarium, and the correlation of the body-mind relationship by showing how trauma and physical and emotional stress can manifest in our health

Perry Nickelston, DC, NKT, FMS, SFMA, is a Chiropractic Physician with a primary focus on Performance Enhancement, Corrective Exercise, and Metabolic Fitness Nutrition He is the author of the “Stop Chasing Pain” program, combining his expertise in myofascial, orthopedic, medical and trigger point soft tissue therapy. He uses programs designed to find your source of painful dysfunction. 

He is an absolute wizard on functional medicine, functional movement, and the works of the lymphatic system.

What we discuss:

  • [00:05:25] What is the lymphatic system and how it’s connected to the other systems in the human body
  • [00:06:21] How the immune system is connected to chronic pain and inflammation
  • [00:12:23] The body as an aquarium: drainage precedes supply
  • [00:22:48] The two main ways to move the fluid in the body
  • [00:23:50] Can a person self-diagnose? Practices and symptoms 
  • [00:28:13] Why the abdomen is the primary region where there is more congestion leading to more pain
  • [00:30:04] When training becomes too stressful and how to keep it under control
  • [00:32:50] Is inflammation always bad?
  • [00:35:48] Understanding why certain emotional states are likely to manifest in physical pain
  • [00:37:31] How stress affects our posture and its broad consequences
  • [00:42:05] Why psychology and physiology can’t be separated
  • [00:50:13] The relationship between skin, brain and gut
  • [00:59:56] How can emotional pain be physically released
  • [01:05:58] Why a mental breakdown was key for Dr. Perry’s healing

Find more from Dr Perry Nickelston:

Website: https://www.stopchasingpain.com

Instagram: @stopchasingpain

 

Sep 14, 2020

Are you ready for anything life throws your way?

In this episode of the Align Podcast, guest Kelly Starrett discusses how putting ourselves in physically stressful situations prepares us for the mentally stressful situations life throws our way. The example he shares is how the risk he emersed himself in doing high-level white water kayaking mentally prepared him for the risk he took to start his own business.

We dive into why taking risks and breaking ourselves against our fear doesn't make us more reckless, but actually makes us more responsible in the decisions we make in our lives. 

Kelly is a physical therapist, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, the founder of The Ready State, and to be honest, my preferred human of choice.

Kelly has had a profound impact on me personally, and I'm excited to have him back on the podcast in hopes of having a profound impact on you as well.

What we discuss:

02:25 - How does your bike affect your spine?

05:05 - How to implement biking into your life?

10:45 - What's actively challenging you in your life?

15:20 - Acknowledge bad behaviours and taking action 

16:40 - The relationship between trying and doing

19:30 - The pressure of quarantine and it's social impact

22:10 - The value of experiences of being poor vs having too much abundance

27:00 - The relationship with tribalism.

32:45 - Breaking yourself against your fear 

36:35 - How fear teaches you how to be in your body

40:50 - Why we seek dangerous behaviours

47:00 - The connection between physical risk and mental risk.

51:00 - Normal Accidents Theory

53:00 - Why it's easier to add to your diet than to subtract from it

Find more from Kelly: 

thereadystate.com

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
Aug 31, 2020
Do you predominately move and live in a supplemented, linear way?
 
I personally believe the large majority of us aren’t actually living life. We are living a broken version of what we are taught life should be. At some point, we were taught it’s not mature to play. But, it’s so important for both our physical and mental health that we do shit that naturally engages our muscles. 
 
Your muscles and the way you move them work as an endocrine organ that releases hormones and various different proteins, all things that affect the way you think and the way you feel. Therefore, your exercise routines, postural patterns, sleeping patterns, and lifestyle choices affect the chemistry of your body which directly affects the way you experience your life. 
 
In this episode, which is audio pulled from my episode on the Mind Pump Podcast, I share ways we can stack variables in our lives to ensure we avoid making ourselves sick.
 
Listen to the original episode on the Mind Pump Podcast here.
 
Aug 27, 2020
Do you predominately move and live in a supplemented, linear way?
 
I personally believe the large majority of us aren’t actually living life. We are living a broken version of what we are taught life should be. At some point, we were taught it’s not mature to play. But, it’s so important for both our physical and mental health that we do shit that naturally engages our muscles. 
 
Your muscles and the way you move them work as an endocrine organ that releases hormones and various different proteins, all things that affect the way you think and the way you feel. Therefore, your exercise routines, postural patterns, sleeping patterns, and lifestyle choices affect the chemistry of your body which directly affects the way you experience your life. 
 
In this episode, which is audio pulled from my episode on the Mind Pump Podcast, I share ways we can stack variables in our lives to ensure we avoid making ourselves sick.
 
Listen to the original episode on the Mind Pump Podcast here.
 
 
Aug 17, 2020

Should cannabis be illegal? Is cannabis simply an escape? Does smoking it frequently makes us a “dud”? Should there be guilt and shame around using it? Or is cannabis a healing mechanism that allows you the opportunity to go deeper within yourself and become more in tune with the world around you?

 

In this episode, gust Eben Britton shares the history of cannabis, the truth behind cannabis, and how we can use it with the right intentions to seek a higher perspective and return to our true self. 

 

Eben is a former American football offensive tackle who played six seasons in the NFL. His football career provided him with an in-depth, firsthand experience of dealing with immense pain and trauma which led him to learn and cultivate practices that allowed him to heal and restore. This is what led him to cannabis and since then he has become an expert on the topic. Cannabis has allowed him to seek hidden truths and bring him back to himself.

 

 

What we discuss:

4:30 - How Eben became a cannabis advocate 

9:00 - Why cannabis is one of the most misunderstood plants

10:00 - Cannabis history, war on drugs, it's useful effects.

20:00 - The endocannabinoid system in our bodies

23:45 - The history of weed

27:00 - Propaganda and demonizing cannabis, why hemp farming was shut down, and the underworld that was created. 

35:00 - Cannabis mythology

41:00 - My experience with cannabis vs. alcohol 

43:00 - How cannabis is a mirror showing you a reflection of yourself

46:00 - Why cannabis isn’t always an escape

48:00 - How cannabis associates you with what’s truly real 

55:00 - The Bible as a psychedelic experience

57:00 - Cannabis as the first step into plant medicine

1:01:00 - How and why Eben started with cannabis  

 

Find more from Eben: 

Instagram: @edsbritton

Website: ebenbritton.com

Podcast: The Eben Flow

Aug 10, 2020

People are less in touch with their bodies―and especially their breathing―than ever before. And ironically, people who take pride in taking care of their bodies actually put themselves at greater risk. Why? Because they’re asking their body to take on next-level demands, but failing at life’s most essential skill: efficient breathing.

 

Proper breathing is the world’s most powerful biohack.

 

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Belisa Vranich shares how we can master our breath to unlock more strength, greater endurance, sharper precision, faster recovery, and ultimately optimize our lives.

 

Belisa is a clinical psychologist, author of Breathing for Warriors, founder of The Breathing Class, and is here to give you a step-by-step guide on how to biohack your breath.

 

Find more from Belisa:

Instagram: @drbelisa

Book: Breathing for Warriors

Website: thebreathingclass.com

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