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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Apr 27, 2020

In this episode of the Align podcast, Jim Kwik and I have a conversation on the three senses: sound, touch, and sight. We discuss how you are born with these powerful tools but the majority of us never get trained on how to use and develop them effectively. We also discuss how these powers relate not only to our overall wellbeing but also to our cognitive performance and physiology. This episode will give you a clear guide on how to tap into the power of sound, sight, and touch, to change the way you interact in the world and more importantly, the way you interact with yourself.  


Check out Jim's new book: Limitless

Follow Jim on Instagram: @jimkwik

Apr 23, 2020

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I chat with my dear friend, Byron Katie, who shares invaluable insight into living in the present moment. Through this conversation, you will have a deeper understanding of how our unhappiness, stress, and anxiety all stem from our lack of living in our now. And through simply shifting our perspective to the moment we are living in, we are able to experience our life to the fullest.

We also dive into how to come to terms with our death, un-trapping ourselves from the story we are living in, and many more mindfulness nuggets you don’t want to miss. 


About Byron Katie: 

In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, rage, and self-loathing, Byron Katie woke up one morning to a state of constant joy that has never left her. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of inquiry is called The Work.

The Work consists of four questions and the turnarounds, which are a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. When you question a thought, you see around it to the choices beyond suffering.

Katie has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than thirty years. Her public events, weekend workshops, five-day intensives, nine-day School for The Work, and 28-day residential Turnaround House have brought freedom to people all over the world.

Byron Katie’s books include the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself. For more information, visit


What we discuss:

Why we are so serious. 1:30

Duality vs. Unicity 2:30

Katie’s 10-year depression 5:00

Having a timeless state of mind 8:30

Being trapped in our story 14:00

Steps for coming to terms with our own death 25:00

Addiction 38:00

Trauma 42:45


Find more from Byron Katie:

Apr 13, 2020

How often do you think about why you do what you do, why you see the world a certain way, and why you’re unable to create change within yourself? In this episode of the Align podcast, Kyle Thiermann and I have a deep conversation that will change your viewpoint on how you approach multiple aspects of your life.


We answer the questions...

  • Why do we hold ourselves back from success? And why do others of us go after success at any cost?
  • How can we meet our enemy where they are? And why is it important to befriend your enemy? 
  • How can we have more empathy for others? And why don’t we have empathy in the first place?
  • What is the best way to create change in the world and in other people? 


Kyle is a Patagonia Surf Ambassador, producer, freelance journalist, and host of the podcast, The Kyle Thiermann Show. Kyle is also the co-creator and producer of The Motherf*cker Awards, a satirical awards show that aims to create corporate accountability through comedy. 

Apr 6, 2020

Did you know up until the age of five, the interaction between our movement and gravity is subconscious? After the age of five, we begin to "learn" how to use our muscles, which is an incredible disruption to our relationship with nature. 

In this episode of the Align podcast, I chat with well-known movement expert, Dr. Nicholas Romanov, on the biomechanics of movement and why it's essential we realign with gravity to prevent injury and move optimally. We go further than just movement, and also dive into how our emotions, perception, and vibrations all correlate to the way we move. 

Dr. Nicholas Romanov is a two-time Olympic coach and creator of the Pose Method, an essential guide for all runners seeking to go faster and farther without injury.

What we discuss:

  • The General Movement Theory (00:00)
  • How we disrupt our natural movement (4:00)
  • How to unlearn how we have been taught to move (8:00)
  • Actionable steps to come into relationship with gravity (9:00)
  • The POSE method (12:15)
  • The benefits of learning to run on ice (13:00)
  • Heal striking (15:45)
  • Why cushioning your heals when running increases injury (18:00)
  • What natural actually means (19:00)
  • How to align with gravity (20:00)
  • The definition of emotion (25:00)
  • How postural patterns affect how a person thinks and feels (29:00)
  • Dr. Romanov upbringing in the Soviet Union (32:00)
  • How Dr. Romanov became an elite athlete (36:00)
  • The evolution of fitness (38:30)
  • The dangers of micromanaging your nutrition and health (40:00)
  • The Central Governor Theory (46:30)
  • Perception in relation to your body (50:00)
  • Our emotional vibrations (55:00)


Find more from Dr. Nicholas Romanov:

Mar 30, 2020

In this episode of the Align podcast, world-renown poet, In-Q, shares his deepest thoughts on universal issues of love, loss, forgiveness, transformation, and belief, based on his new book Inquire Within. Through our conversation, he provides us with a unique perspective in which we can see and think about ourselves and the world. The new light In-Q shines on our lives will help us learn to stop getting in our own way and tap into our authentic selves.  


Find more from In-Q: 

Book: Inquire Within 


Instagram: @inqlife

Mar 23, 2020

“Yoga has never been about the stretch, it’s always been about your reaction to the stretch.” In this episode of the Align podcast, guest Seane Corn, celebrated yoga teacher and activist , shares a deep, gut-level understanding of our highest self through yoga philosophy. She shows that spirituality and yoga have nothing to do with a mat, or stretching, or sweating, but everything to do with changing our perspective and waking up. Her thoughts and lessons shared in this episode will encourage you to heal, evolve, and change the world. 


What we discuss: 


Reaching enlightenment 


Living out the true definition of yoga

Experiencing trauma

Repressing emotions

Accessing your inner child 

The benefits of therapy 

Speaking with your “unconscious” self 


Feeling “whole” and split at the same time


Find more from Seane: 


Instagram: @seanecorn 

Mar 19, 2020

This is a fascinating time we are living in. We can’t control what’s happening in the world around us, but we can control the perspective in which we view what’s happening. We can choose to look at it through the perspective of anxiousness and fear, or we can choose to look at it through the perspective of opportunity. In this episode, I walk through multiple different ways in which we can shine light on this commonly perceived dark time. 

Mar 15, 2020

The foods you choose to consume and the lifestyle practices you live out daily determine the quality of your relationships, the happiness you experience, and ultimately your fate. 


In this episode of the Align podcast, I chat with Dr. Terry Wahls, who is more than a doctor specializing in autoimmune conditions, but also a patient with a chronic, progressive disease. Dr. Terry was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2000, and by 2003 she had transitioned to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. It was clear that eventually she would become bedridden by her disease, and she made it her mission to forestall her fate as long as possible.


From Dr. Terry’s direct experience, she shares her expertise on the connection between our diet and lifestyle and the quality of our lives. We chat about everything from the amount of love and loneliness we feel, to the amount of energy and vitality we experience, and the deep relationships we have in our lives.


Dr. Terry Wahls is also a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College, the creator the Wahls Protocol diet, and the author of the Wahls Protocol book. 


What you’ll learn: 


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


Find more from Dr. Terry: 

The Wahl's Protocol


Mar 12, 2020

Cold showers and cold plunges are widely spoken about in the world of wellness, but are they really worth the pain and discomfort theyput you through? In this episode of the Align podcast, I dive into cold- exposure therapy–why it’s essential for optimizing your life, and how to do it properly to ensure you are reaping the full benefits. I also give you a deep explanation on brown adipose tissue, what it is and where it comes from, and the science-backed benefits of Wim Hof-style breathing techniques.


What you’ll learn: 

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


Links discussed in this episode: 

Wim Hof: Inner Fire, Reversing Disease, Breathing 

7-Minute Guided Breath-Work and Meditation

Mar 9, 2020
In this episode of the Align podcast, Abel James and I have a deep conversation on a wide array of topics that all drive back to letting go your ego and becoming deeper in-tune with yourself–from toxic masculinity and our obsession with validation, to breaking through the materialistic world and Abel’s new book, Designer Babies Don't Get Scabies. 
Abel is a New York Times best-selling, creator of #TheWildDiet, host of the Fat Burning Man podcast, and an all-around quality person. This conversation highlights his wealth of knowledge and unique outlook on life that will help you optimize your mind, body, movement. 
What we discuss: 
Comparing the way different cultures eat
Toxic Masculinity
Burning out for validation
Able’s new poetry book
How poetry is within all of us
Breaking through materialistic society 
Why you need to flip reality on it’s head
The power of visualization 
Find more from Abel:
Mar 5, 2020

In this episode of the Align podcast, I talk you through a seven-minute breathwork and meditation practice that is perfect for helping you tune your nervous system and give yourself the rest you need. At the beginning of the episode, I first talk through how to sit properly while mediating, as well as explain how to properly perform the breathwork practice. This breathwork and mediation practice is great for helping you tune your nervous system and give you a reset any time throughout your day. 

Mar 2, 2020
“Animal foods are clearly superior to plant foods in every way, shape, and form.” Do you agree with this statement? My guess is no. But if we all agreed on the same things, the world would be a very boring place. Regardless of your beliefs, it’s extremely important to explore all the different perspectives to gain a clearer understanding and deepen our beliefs.
In this episode of the Align podcast, I'm joined by guest Dr. Paul Saladino, MD, who dives into the topic of the Carnivore Diet based off his new book, The Carnivore Code. If you have listened to a podcast on the Carnivore Diet before, trust me when I say this episode is unique. I asked Dr. Saladino challenging questions that provides you with information you have never heard on a podcast before. 
He gives an in-depth explanation as to why he believes eating animal foods, from animal meat, animal organs, and animal fats, are the richest source of nutrition. Most likely, you’ve been led to believe plant-based diets is the healthiest diet to live by. He demystifies this myth and gives you a step-by-step guide on beginning the carnivore diet. 
It’s very important to note, I don’t have a firm stance in what I believe is the best diet for optimal living. Please keep in mind that this episode is not a reflection of my personal perspective on nutrition. I enjoy standing on the side lines and watching the world leading health experts tee off on what they think is best.

Find More From Dr. Saladino: 
Book: The Carnivore Code
Instagram: @carnivoremd
Feb 25, 2020

Celebrity dog trainer and guest of this episode of the Align podcast, Tamar Gellar, discusses the wisdom and knowledge she has cultivated through dog training and shares how it can be applied to the lives of humans. We discuss a range of topics, including how our ability to accept and embrace pain increases the quality of our lives, how we are forced out of living our truth in today’s society, and the importance of connecting and aligning with our feelings. 


Tamar Geller is a New York Times bestselling author and as OPRAH says “A Life Coach for Dogs and their People”. “The Loved Dog” method that she created almost 30 years ago is based on the knowledge she acquired as an intelligence officer in the Israeli Special Forces, from the respect that she gained for the wisdom of nature during the time she spent observing wolves in the wild, and her devotion to personal growth. Tamar has transformed lives and impacted relationships not only for dogs but also of people, who gained insight into themselves and their loved ones while learning Tamar’s unique and mindfulness-based dog training method.


Tamar has helped celebrity clients like Ben Affleck, Jon Stewart, Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Julianne Hough, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Anniston, Ellen DeGeneres & Portia DeRossi & of course Oprah, and many non-famous dog lovers, to have the most awesome dogs.


What we discuss:

  • The positive effects of “faking it until you make it” 
  • How we filter what we allow into our brains 
  • The power of noticing what we like and what we don’t like
  • Connecting and aligning with our feelings
  • How we are forced out of living our truth in today’s society 
  • How our ability to accept pain increases the quality of our lives 
  • The six needs of humans vs. the five needs of dogs
  • Plant medicine 
  • Shifting your negative thoughts
  • Feeling unworthy of love
  • The process of coming back to ourselves
  • The right way to communicate with our dogs and how the translates to communicating with people 
  • Best tips for training your dog 
Feb 21, 2020

Hanging? That’s right, hanging! Allow yourself to hang from a pull-up bar, tree branch, playground, or anything that will support your weight, for 90-seconds every single day. I promise you, it will change your life! This episode of the Align podcast educates you on the power of hanging and decompressing your spine. I dive into the anatomy of your spine and how hanging helps to successfully bring it back into alignment, and what happens when you don’t. I also dive into the science-backed benefits of hanging. I explain not only how hanging improves your physical health, but how it also has a dramatic effect on your physiological health by bringing you a greater sense of confidence. Plus, I provide you with pointers on how to successfully incorporate hanging into your lifestyle. 

Feb 21, 2020

Hanging? That’s right, hanging! Allow yourself to hang from a pull-up bar, tree branch, playground, or anything that will support your weight, for 90-seconds every single day. I promise you, it will change your life! This episode of the Align podcast educates you on the power of hanging and decompressing your spine. I dive into the anatomy of your spine and how hanging helps to successfully bring it back into alignment, and what happens when you don’t. I also dive into the science-backed benefits of hanging. I explain not only how hanging improves your physical health, but how it also has a dramatic effect on your physiological health by bringing you a greater sense of confidence. Plus, I provide you with pointers on how to successfully incorporate hanging into your lifestyle. 

Feb 17, 2020

In this episode of the Align Podcast, I chat with Aubrey Marcus on all the shame and stigma that surrounds sex. Why do we feel shame? Why do we think we are doing something wrong? Why do we allow it to change the way we feel about ourselves? Aubrey shares his personal experiences with sex, as well as lessons he has learned and the wisdom he has cultivated through these experiences. Aubrey’s insight helps us break through our own sexual barriers, allowing us to enhance our own personal experience. 


Aubrey is a long-time close friend of mine, as well as the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization, and is one of the leading health and wellness influencers in the industry, 


Aubrey and I discuss: 

  • Ketamine-assisted meditations 
  • Dealing with depression 
  • The connection between your relationship with your parents and your relationship with yourself 
  • Why we feel shame about sex
  • Where sex stigmas stem from 
  • Thoughts on threesomes
  • Stepping into your sexual phobias
  • Using rejection as an opportunity for self love
  • Aubrey’s best life advice 


Find more from Aubrey:



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Feb 13, 2020

To live your most optimized life, prioritizing meditation for at least ten minutes a day is essential.  Countless people come to me saying “meditating is impossible” and I understand it’s a difficult practice, but I believe people make it much more difficult than it needs to be. 


In the episode of the Align Podcast, I break down three common mistakes you’re probably making when meditating that are preventing you from growing your practice. I truly believe, when these mistakes are addressed, meditation will not only become more tolerable, it will become extremely enjoyable. 


I also share three of my all-time favorite mindful quotes, and explain what each one means to me and how it relates to a mindfulness practice. 

Need help getting started with mediation? I share a simple meditation with you in this YouTube video.
Feb 10, 2020

In this episode of the Align podcast, I chat with world-renowned boxer, Tony Jeffries. Tony was the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, 7 time national champion, and an undefeated professional boxer. Today, Tony remains active in the fitness industry, traveling the world as an international trainer, honing the skills of professional athletes, including UFC fighters, and sculpting the bodies of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.


I believe Tony is the kindest, most open-hearted human, especially for being such a bad ass, and know you’re going to enjoy our grounded and authentic conversation on what it’s like to have an Olympic mindset. Tony gets vulnerable, sharing the mental struggles he faced, the mental shifts he needed to make, and the affect his mentality has on his life now. Tony believes mental preparation needs to come before all else, and claims the game completely changed once he made it his number one priority.


Find more from Tony: 


Feb 6, 2020
Apparently there is a perception that I don’t have a ton of stress in my life. And to be honest, that is ridiculous! I experience stress almost every day. Although I have a handful of practices I prioritize that have helped lessen the impact stress has on me. When practiced, it gives me the opportunity to release built-up stress, and prevent more from building up within me.
In this episode, I share my best tips for managing and reducing stress in your life. I don’t believe it’s possible to completely eliminate stress, but I believe by incorporating specific practices and activities into your daily life, it’s possible to lessen the control it has over your health and happiness. 
Feb 3, 2020

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


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


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


Michael is a social entrepreneur focused on building movements for social impact. As a Fulbright Scholar he studied community-building strategies in Sri Lanka, where he lived and researched for two years. As a member of the Board of Directors of Sarvodaya USA Michael worked intimately with Sri Lanka's largest social movement and NGO, Sarvodaya, serving 11 million people across 15,000 villages. Since that time he has traveled and worked to build global movements.


What else we discuss: 

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


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

Jan 30, 2020

In this episode of the Align podcast, I give you a step-by-step guide on how I prepare for every single one of my podcast interviews. Plus, I give you a full breakdown of all the equipment I use for recording.


No matter what kind of interview you are conducting, I believe it’s beyond important to follow the guidelines I share with you to make your guests feel comfortable, respected, and prepared to give you their best knowledge. Whether you’re podcast interviewing, or simply having a conversation, using these tactics will improve your communication skills and ensure you get the most out of the person you are speaking with. 


If you have any questions on purchasing equipment, getting it set up, or on how I conduct my interviews, feel free to reach out to me on Instagram, @alignpodcast


The equipment I use: 

Blue Yeti USB Mic

Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset

Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder

Behringer Microamp HA400 Ultra-Compact 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier

Jan 27, 2020
In this episode of the Align podcast, I have a not so conventional conversation with Dr. Joel Kahn on plant-based nutrition. At his core, Dr. Joel Kahn believes that plant-based nutrition is the most powerful source of preventative medicine on the planet. Although, the two of us dive into the precautions vegans need to take when eliminating animal products from their diet long-term. 
Having practiced traditional cardiology since 1983, it was only after Dr. Kahn’s own commitment to a plant based vegan diet that he truly began to delve into the realm of non-traditional diagnostic tools, prevention tactics and nutrition-based recovery protocols. These ideologies led him to change his approach and focus on being a holistic cardiologist. Sharing many of these ideologies in this episode, Dr. Kahn educates us on plant-based nutrition in a refreshingly non-biased light. 
What you’ll learn: 
  • Vitamin deficiencies in a plant-based diet
  • Breaking the myth of protein deficiency
  • How meat is degenerative for the body
  • Environmental affects of vegetables vs. meat
  • Biochemical affects of a plant-based diet 
  • How studies vegan and non-vegan diets are skewed
  • How to recognize whether or not a specific diet is right for you
  • A new syndrome: Red Meat allergy 
  • Getting ketotic on plants only 
  • Keto-friendly beans 
  • How your microbiome changes when you take meat out of your diet
  • Effects of plaque build-up in the body 
  • The type of exercise the human body is built for 
Find more from Dr. Joel Kahn
Jan 23, 2020
In this episode of the Align podcast, I break down what my daily diet looks like, the beliefs I hold around nutrition, and my best advice for deciding what diet and nutrition practices are right fro you. 
This is a subject I typically stay away from, as I feel dietary dogmas are just like religious dogmas, and prefer to respect people's decision on what to put inside their bodies. But, enough listeners and followers have asked for an episode on what my diet looks like, so here it is! 
What I discuss: 
  • My diet
  • My meal timing
  • The benefits of Intermittent fasting
  • The importance of diversity
  • Other sources of nutrition outside of food 
  • Cooking practices for best nutrient absorption and digestion 
  • Foods I believe should be avoided
  • My thoughts on the keto diet 
  • How to decide what diet is best for you

Find more from me: 


Jan 20, 2020
In this episode of the Align podcast, Natalie MacNeil and I have a real, raw, and completely uncensored conversation based on her newest book, The Rituals.
Having visited over 100 countries and exposed to countless different cultures, Natalie brings a compilation of rituals for experiencing more joy, activating our highest selves, releasing our emotional blocks, and cultivating wellbeing. Natalie discusses how the integration of these practices will allow us to experience a deeper connection with ourselves and true intimacy with our partners. 
Not only is Natalie one of my dearest friends, she is also an Emmy Award-winning media entrepreneur, bestselling author. She’s also the creator of, which is recognized by Forbes as one of the top sites on the planet for entrepreneurial women. Natalie is frequently quoted and interviewed in the media and has appeared in top media outlets like Glamour, TIME, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNN,, and more.
What You’ll Learn:
  • Breath work for releasing emotional blocks
  • Finding movement through the inner wisdom of your body
  • The power of opening your energy centers
  • How to explore your sensuality 
  • Sex rituals for a deeper connection with your partner
  • Plus more of Natalies life-changing rituals

Find more from Natalie: 

Instagram: @nataliemacneil
Book: The Rituals: Simple Practices to Cultivate Well-Being, Deepen Relationships, and Discover Your True Purpose

Find more from me: 


Jan 16, 2020

If you’re someone who is striving to be proactive with their health, tune into this episode of the Align Podcast to learn more about floor sitting – one of the simplest things you can do to increase your vitality and longevity.

Our hips, ankles, knees, spines, and the fluids throughout our body have been built upon movement, necessitated by getting up and down off the ground. Although in western societies, floor sitting is not a staple in our lifestyle.

So here is where the problem lies…our body is like a home.  If we make good use of the space, squatters will take over. Inside the body, the squatters will look like adhesions, calcifications, and inflammation. But, when we move our body through its full range of motion regularly, in ways it’s intended to be moved, we prevent the “squatters” from taking over.  And when our knees, ankles, and hips can smoothly move through their full range of motion, it’s a clear indication of the vitality of the rest of our body.  

In this episode I discuss: 

  • How floor sitting will improve your life
  • Studies backing up the benefits of floor sitting
  • The affect floor sitting has had on different cultures 
  • How to include more floor sitting in your daily life 
  • How to sit on the floor properly
  • How much time should be spent on the floor daily to reap the benefits

Find more from me: 


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