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Welcome to the Align Podcast, hosted by me, Aaron Alexander. This is a place where we focus on optimizing your mind, body, and movement through exploring unconventional approaches and unique viewpoints on all things health, wellness, and life. I'm joined by top wellness experts and world-renowned thought-leaders, including Byron Katie, Bruce Lipton, Aubrey Marcus, Jim Kwik, Marriane Williamson, Ben Greenfield, Robb Wolf, Shawn Stevenson, Abel James, Mark Sisson, Wim Hof, James Clear, Zach Bush, Gabby Reece, and many more. Get ready for deep conversations that open you up to new perspectives and ways of life that will ultimately take your mental, physical, and emotional wellness to the next level. If you love this podcast, I would love for you to connect with me on Instagram, @alignpodcast.
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Feb 2, 2023

In this episode of The Align Podcast, human behaviour expert John Demartini tells us all about emotional intimacy and how to open up your heart to love. We also discuss what it really means to live a good life and how comparison can cause imbalances in our perception. We talk about the differences between love, infatuation and grief and what it really is we miss after losing someone or something in our lives. John also reveals how to define your personal values and how to truly find purpose in your life.

Dr. John Demartini is a polymath and a world-renowned human behaviour expert. He has five decades of research across multiple disciplines. His work has been described by students as the "most comprehensive body of work," and "an extensive library of wisdom," as well as "wisdom of the highest and most valuable order."

Dr. Demartini's mission and vision is to share knowledge and wisdom that empowers you to become a master of your own life and destiny.

His education curriculum ranges from personal growth seminars to corporate empowerment programs. He shares life, business, financial, relationship and leadership empowerment strategies and empowerment tools that have stood the test of time.

To learn more visit, www.drdemartini.com.

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Jan 26, 2023

In this episode of The Align Podcast, we talk all about intimacy, opening up to love and the fears that may block us from doing so. We also discuss what it really means to heal our emotional wounds and whether our partners should be responsible for holding our childhood trauma. John tells us all about the masculine and feminine essence and how everybody needs an integration of both to reach the perfect balance. We also touch upon sex, healthy communication and navigating grief.

John Wineland is an author, teacher and speaker who has been guiding both men and women in the realms of life purpose, relational communication, spiritual intimacy, sexual intimacy and embodiment.

John brings a multi-faceted approach, which is both energetic and highly practical, to his workshops and experiential coaching sessions. John's embodiment-driven teaching draws from not only over 30 years experience of his own Buddhist meditative practice, but from 13 years of intensive study and practice in Yogic Intimacy. Drawing from the deep lineages of Vajrayana, Tantra, Kundalini yoga, Taoist and Iron Shirt Qigong traditions, John seeks to create a profound experience for men and women longing to express their deepest desires with open, fierce and loving hearts.

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Jan 19, 2023

In this episode of The Align Podcast, we talk about all things sex and most importantly, pleasure. Dr Laurie Mintz explains what an orgasm actually is, why it’s so important and how it differentiates between men and women. We then go on to discuss the orgasm gap and why it’s so prominent within our society. We debate how the patriarchy, body image issues, sexual trauma and cultural pressures ultimately play an important part in our sex lives.

Dr. Laurie is the author of two popular and highly acclaimed books on sexual pleasure, Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get it and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship.

She wrote her books to empower women sexually, and thousands of women who have read them have regained their sexual desire, as well as improved their sexual satisfaction, arousal, lubrication, and rates of orgasm. Men who have read the books have also learned how to pleasure women and become better sexual communicators. Becoming Cliterate has been recognized by Men’s Health as one of the best books for improving your sex life, and it won the 2019 Society for Sex Therapy and Research Consumer Book Award. She is also a tenured Professor at the University of Florida, where she teaches the Psychology of Human Sexuality to hundreds of undergraduate students each year and has won many professional awards, including being named one of 50 Sexual Health Revolutionaries by the University of Minnesota Program in Sexual Health.

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Jan 12, 2023

This episode of the Align Podcast is a little different. Scott Berman and I talk all things ‘Darkness Retreat’. We discuss what it is, its origin and why people, including myself, decide to take part. We go over all the mental and physical benefits of a darkness retreat as well as the struggles and fears it might bring up. I share my personal experience, how I wish I prepared and why it was unlike anything I could have ever imagined.

Scott Berman is the founder of Sky Cave Retreats - the first darkness retreat center in the US. Throughout the last decade, he has spent over two years in self-guided solo retreats in remote wilderness. He did his first darkness retreat in 2012 and has spent over 70 days in multiple darkness retreats and has also done a couple with his wife Jill. Over the last few years, he has supported hundreds of people in their dark retreats and has been pioneering the darkness therapy movement at his center in Ashland, Oregon.

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Jan 5, 2023

In this episode of the Align podcast, Psychology expert Gabor Maté tells us all about trauma, how we can define it and how we can solve our internal psychological wounds. We explore the relationship we have with ourselves and others and what it truly means to be vulnerable. We also speak about the repression of our emotions, the essence of human nature and whether evil really exists within people or in the nature of their actions.

A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It, and has coauthored Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His works have been published internationally in nearly thirty languages.

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Dec 29, 2022

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Lorin Kren talks all about intimacy and how to develop trust within yourself and your relationships. We discuss how romantic relationships are the deepest and most spiritual paths to understanding ourselves and our past traumas and question why we might be afraid to open up. Lorin also shares his thoughts on how to protect our partners from our own wounds, interpreting the meaning behind our emotions and knowing when to ask for help.

Lorin Krenn is an internationally sought after teacher in the field of relationships, who helps people to experience deep intimacy through the power of masculine & feminine polarity. Lorin has worked with countless clients all over the world, including star coaches and highly successful CEOs. Lorin is known for his provocative style and down-to-earth approach when it comes to relationships and sex. As well, he is the author of the highly-rated book ‘Understand Women Better’.

Before Lorin started teaching, he trained with exceptionally experienced coaches to ensure he had a strong and solid foundation. What matters most to him is practice and direct experience. He immerses himself day in and day out, not only doing the deep inner work in his own relationship but working with groups and 1:1 clients, ensuring that he always stays in practice. Lorin likes to say: ‘Theory is uninteresting to me. I am only interested in results and creating bold changes in the collective.’

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Dec 21, 2022

Did you know that the average human attention span is now 47 seconds?

In this episode of The Align Podcast, Dr Gloria Mark tells us all about our attention span and how social media has increased distractions, affected our screen time, and altered our relationships with people. We tackle questions like “Is there a limit to how much information our brains can take?”, “Do we use short attention spans to avoid our feeling?” and “How can we reclaim our attention abilities?”. Find out how technology has affected our daily lives, culture and our emotional self.

Gloria Mark is Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine and has been a visiting senior researcher at Microsoft Research since 2012. She received her PhD from Columbia University in psychology. She studies the impact of digital media on people's lives: their attention spans, multitasking, distraction, mood and behavior when they use their computers and smartphones. She also studies the future of work, and how remote work impacts how we use our devices. She regularly publishes in the top conferences and journals in her field. She was inducted into the ACM SIGCHI Academy in 2017 recognizing leaders in the field of human-computer interaction. She has presented her work at SXSW and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Atlantic, the BBC, and many others.

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Dec 14, 2022

Have you ever wondered where all your thoughts and memories are stored in your brain?

In this episode of The Align Podcast, we talk all about the anatomy of the brain, our minds and how they affect our relationships with others and the world around us. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor also shares her experience with suffering a stroke and how she managed to regain control of her brain. We speak about the dangers of psychedelics, what we can learn from a schizophrenic brain and how the four different character types of the brain ultimately affect our personalities.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist. In 1996 she experienced a severe haemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain causing her to lose the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Her memoir, My Stroke of Insight, documenting her experience with stroke and eight-year recovery, spent 63 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and is still routinely the #1 book in the category Stroke in the Amazon marketplace.

Dr. Jill is a dynamic teacher and public speaker who loves educating all age groups, academic levels, as well as corporations and not-for-profit organizations about the beauty of our human brain. She focuses on how we can activate the power of our neuroplasticity to not only recover from neurological trauma, but how we can purposely choose to live a more vibrant, resilient, and satisfying life.

In 2008 Dr. Jill gave the first TED talk that ever went viral on the Internet, which now has well over 28.5 million views. Also in 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” webcast. Her new book, Whole Brain Living – the Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life is a #1 release on Amazon in categories ranging from Neuroscience to Nervous System Diseases and Stroke.

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Dec 8, 2022

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Connie Zack tells us all about Infrared saunas. We go through the differences between traditional Finnish and infrared saunas and how our bodies react to each one. We then discuss the incredible health benefits that infrared can provide us and all the ways in which we can detoxify our bodies through them. We also talk about sound therapy, light healing and how to optimise your sleep through this process. Have a listen for a truly enlightening conversation!

Connie Zack is co-owner of Sunlighten™, the global leader in infrared light therapy and infrared sauna manufacturing. After seeing how spending time in an infrared sauna transformed her brother's traumatic health issues, Connie and her husband committed everything they had to helping others through the benefits of nature's healing infrared light. They've now spent more than 22 years bringing light, hope and happiness to people around the world with locations in 13 countries, as well as operating an award-winning day spa at its headquarters location in Kansas City. Sunlighten delivers its promise to help people feel better so they can do more of what they love and live fully through a caring approach that drives innovation, investment, and relationships. 

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Dec 1, 2022

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

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

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Nov 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 16, 2022

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

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

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Nov 10, 2022

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

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

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Oct 27, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 20, 2022

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

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

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

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Sep 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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Aug 18, 2022
Ever wonder what happens if you stop wearing shoes and go about your lifebarefoot? 
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Graham Tuttle and I chat about foot freedom and how it directly impacts life.  We talk about the different ways to unpack the feet and the common mistakes when doing it, as well as, peripersonal space. Plus, Graham explains what Plantar fasciitis is and the treatment options available to help reduce symptoms. Lastly, we touch on how we measure safety through the amount of money someone makes.
 
Graham Tuttle, AKA the Barefoot Sprinter, is a coach that specializes in building better athletes from the ground up through a focus on intrinsic foot strength. Inspired by his own experience from years of struggling with sports injuries and refusing that conventional, status quo “fixes” were the answer, Graham embarked on a journey to figure out exactly why injuries in sports happen, and how to prevent them.
 
3:25 - What are the overarching facts on why we wear shoes? 
10:22 - Human optimization trope
15:50 - Does “foot freedom” affect how a person engages in life? 
21:04 - Why is it important to treat trust as a physical being?
24:53 - Can an insulated culture cause more damage in the long run?
29:20 - Peripersonal space and when does the body feel safe again?
32:28 - What are ways to “unpack the feet”?
47:54 - Could we use money as a measure on how we cultivate life and safety?
52:22 - How can making more money help you say no?
1:07:45 - Where do you start checking when you are in pain?
1:16:41 - What is “Plantar Fasciitis” and why it happens?
1:20:32 - What are treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions?
1:28:47 - What are the most common mistake when unpacking the feet?
1:33:01 - What are the technicalities of sprinting?
 
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Website: https://grahamtuttle.com/ 
Instagram: @thebarefootsprinter
Courses: https://grahamtuttle.com/programs
 
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Aug 11, 2022
Do you ever have a sudden fear of not having enough time left in your life?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Zach Bush and I chat about the divergence of humans from nature, the function of this split, as well as the effects of this split in our society now. We also talk about the relationship between art,  and “play” with medicine. We touch the process of healing our past traumas as well as the core idea of intrinsic health. Lastly, we talk about the idea of looking past the obsolete idea of aging and how it can positively impact our body. 
 
Zach Bush, MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care. He is the co-founder and CEO of Seraphic Group and the non-profit Farmer's Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. His education has highlighted the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and planet.
 
2:30 - Divergence of humans from nature
5:40 - What is the evolutionary function of our split with nature?
9:30 - Why are we capable of seeing ourselves “separate”?  
13:27 - Maximizing the experience of pleasure and beauty
16:28 - What are the societal effects of our split with nature?
20:08 - Interconnection between awe-inspiring aesthetics and medicine
24:58 - What is the value of “play” in medicine?
31:59 - Is there a blueprint to get back into "cooperative play” state?
37:40 - How do we heal our ancestral and deep traumas?
39:45 - Understanding the journey of intrinsic health 
52:43 - What happens to us biologically if we start appreciating aging?
 
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Instagram: @ZachBushMD
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Twitter: @DrZachBush
YouTube: Zach Bush MD
 
Instagram: @FarmersFootprint
 
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Aug 4, 2022
Do ruminating thoughts regularly disrupt your sleep and keep you awake at night?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Dr. Ethan Kross and I chat about how to effectively deal with chatter, and self-criticism. We also talk about high individualism as well as our relationship with others and our thoughts towards them. Lastly, we also touch on having internal dialogues to switch our overall perspective in life.
 
Ethan Kross, PhD, is one of the world's leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. He is an award-winning professor at the University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business, and is the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory. He has also participated in policy discussion at the White House and has been interviewed on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper Full Circle, and NPR's Morning Edition. 
 
Ethan Kross, PhD, wrote a book called Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
 
3:50: What are the physical toggles to change our state of mind?
6:33: How do we find our awe triggers?
8:25: Paradox of high individualism
11:52: When is self-criticism a good thing?
14:00: How can "splitting oneself" help in overcoming struggles?
16:00: How congruent is our relationship with ourselves and others?
18:23: Should we be held accountable for EVERY thought we have?
23:20: What is the value of shame?
29:10:  Does our brain have sovereignty over life occurrences?
35:10: Can stillness help us perceive things more?
40:10: What are tools that we can use to lessen chatter?
48:07: Affectionate touch as another chatter fighting tool
56:49: Distanced self-talk and temporal distancing
1:02:46: How can we optimally show gratitude?
 
To learn more about Ethan:
 
Website: https://www.ethankross.com/
 
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Jul 28, 2022
Ever wonder what happens to our body if we skip carbs for long periods of time? 
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Michael Brandt and I chat about ketogenic diet, how we can fully reap the benefits of it and where to naturally get ketones exogenously. We also chat about sugar addiction and insulin spikes, how ketones can be used both in facilitating body restoration and in keeping satiation and MCTs. 
 
Michael Brandt is the CEO and co-founder of Healing Via Modern Nutrition (HVMN). He’s an avid triathlete and marathoner with a 2:42 personal record.
 
2:24: Ketones and ketosis for dummies
5:55: Understanding the difference between ketone bodies
11:15: Why is the military interested in ketones?
22:42: Are there any caveats in experimenting ketones? 
24:54: Ketones in American diet and Ketoacidosis
29:05: What are the risks when taking exogenous ketones?
32:57: Can ketones be used in the restoration of the body?
36:36: What are the mechanisms behind ketones as anxiolytic?
43:00: Is there a natural way to extract exogenous ketones?
49:06: What are MCTs?
54:18: Naysayers on endogenous ketone usage
 
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Website: ketone-iq.com
Instagram: @bdm_runner 
Twitter: @bdm_runner
 
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Jul 26, 2022
Ever wonder what someone is thinking when they flex their eyelids? Or purse their lips?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Vanessa Van Edwards and I chat about the science of people. Without even realizing it, we constantly give away what we are thinking in our heads through our body language. Vanessa explains what the most common cues may mean and she also explains how we can adjust our social interactions based on our readings of people. 
 
Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, translated into 16 languages, and Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication. More than 50 million people watch her engaging YouTube tutorials and TEDx Talk.
 
What we discuss:
 
02:15: What stands out in today’s daily interactions?
08:10: Should you be faking it until you make it?
14:03: What does the eyelid flex cue mean?
31:00: Why is it so hard for people to get away with lying?
39:09: The importance of having tools
42:44: When are you trying too much?
48:52: What to do when you sense shut-down?
55:36: What is the ideal eye-contact ratio in western cultures?
 
 
To learn more about Vanessa:
 
Website: scienceofpeople.com 
Instagram: @Vvanedwards
YouTube: Vanessa Van Edwards 
Book: Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication 
 
 
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Jul 21, 2022
How can we make our society more equalitarian, fair, and empathetic?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Steven Kotler and I chat about species die off and how the current circumstances we find in our world may be contributing to the human species die-off. Steven also shares with us if there is really any evolutionary value to hate and how it can be used as weapon by humans.
 
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance.
 
What we discuss:
 
02:12: What is species die-off?
03:24: Does the declining birth rate have any impact on the human species die-off?
07:02: How can we measure empathy of a generation?
09:18: How can we cultivate empathy?
15:00: What is the value of the flow state?
23:16: Can we experience our life as different chapters?
32:17: What is Steven’s meditation practice?
38:52: Is there any evolutionary value to hate?
54:54: What is the value in tripping evolution?
 
 
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Instagram: @stevenkotler
Website: www.stevenkotler.com 
Book: The Devil’s Dictionary 
 
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Jul 14, 2022
Do you ever wonder how the stories you tell yourself are impacting your reality?
 
In this episode of the Align podcast, Angus Fletcher and I chat about how the human brain is predisposed to create and tell itself narratives that fit with its hopes and fears and how these stories we tell ourselves influence our perception of life. We also chat about why a human brain will always outperform artificial intelligence, the origins of technology, and what will happen if we fail to go beyond the “selfie” in today’s society.
 
Dr. Angus Fletcher (PhD, Yale) researches the science of human intelligence--the science of why humans are smarter than machines. His research has been published in The New York Academy of Sciences, Harvard Business Review, and dozens of other academic journals. His most recent books are Wonderworks and Storythinking.
 
 
What we discuss:
 
02:27: What is the power of story?
05:36: What is the effect of culture on an individual who sees the world through the lens of science?
16:00: Where is Artificial Intelligence heading and why do we worship it so much?
24:33: What are the origins of technology? 
30:51: What happens if we don’t go beyond the “selfie”?
46:49: What are the different potentials of psychedelics for helping people reboot?
50:34: How to recognize the opportunity of rebirth in our every day life
 
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Website: angusfletcher.co and www.justbloomschool.com
Linked in: Angus Fletcher
 
 
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Jul 7, 2022
Do you know what species of grass you have in your backyard? Chances are, you don’t.
 
In this episode of The Align podcast, David Vitalis and I chat about our loss of connection with nature. Many of us live a life where we can’t identify the animals in our backyard or the herbs that grow in our local forests, which are things hunters and gatherers used to be able to do. We unravel the implication such a change may have on our evolution as a species. We also chat about how our ancestors created communities and tribes that are different from the ones we create today. 
 
David Vitalis is a Registered Maine Guide, writer, public speaker, interviewer, and lifestyle pioneer who’s especially interested in helping people reconnect with wildness, both inside and outside of themselves. After learning to hunt, fish, and forage as an adult, Daniel created WildFed to inspire others to start a wild-food journey of their own.
 
 
What we discuss:
 
02:19: Why is the overall health of our population in constant decline despite medical and scientific advancements in health care?
05:10: Is it really possible to feed the masses without industrialized farms?
23:53: Did we make technology or did technology make us?
42:00: Is the hunter-gather theory over-romanticized?
47:53: The truth about communities and tribes
01:04:00: What does the Bible really say about God?
 
To learn more about Daniel:
 
Website: https://www.danielvitalis.com/ and https://www.wild-fed.com/ 
Instagram:  @danielvitalis and @wild.fed 
Podcast: Wild Fed
 
 
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