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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.

Align Podcast Aaron Alexander

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

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.

    Dr. Zach Bush: Scarcity in Nature, Perceiving Beauty, and Defying Aging

    Dr. Zach Bush: Scarcity in Nature, Perceiving Beauty, and Defying Aging

    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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    Website: ZachBushMD.com
    Instagram: @ZachBushMD
    Facebook: Zach Bush MD
    Twitter: @DrZachBush
    YouTube: Zach Bush MD
     
    Website: FarmersFootprint.us
    Instagram: @FarmersFootprint
    Facebook: Farmer’s Footprint
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Dr. Ethan Kross: Taking Control of The Voice in Your Head, Lessening The Chatter, and Distanced Self-talk

    Dr. Ethan Kross: Taking Control of The Voice in Your Head, Lessening The Chatter, and Distanced Self-talk

    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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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Michael Brandt: Being Metabolically Flexible, Sugar Addiction, and Avoiding Diet Dogma

    Michael Brandt: Being Metabolically Flexible, Sugar Addiction, and Avoiding Diet Dogma

    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
     
    To learn more about Michael:
    Website: ketone-iq.com
    Instagram: @bdm_runner 
    Twitter: @bdm_runner
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Vanessa Van Edwards: Reading Body Cues, Boundary Blowing Questions, and Adopting a Charismatic Communication Style

    Vanessa Van Edwards: Reading Body Cues, Boundary Blowing Questions, and Adopting a Charismatic Communication Style

    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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    • 57 min
    Steven Kotler: Weaponizing Victimhood, The Future of Humanity, Measuring Empathy

    Steven Kotler: Weaponizing Victimhood, The Future of Humanity, Measuring Empathy

    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?
     
     
    To learn more about Steven:
     
    Instagram: @stevenkotler
    Website: www.stevenkotler.com 
    Book: The Devil’s Dictionary 
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Angus Fletcher: Evolving Past The “Selfie”, Myths About Artificial Intelligence, and Choosing Our Narrative

    Angus Fletcher: Evolving Past The “Selfie”, Myths About Artificial Intelligence, and Choosing Our Narrative

    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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    Linked in: Angus Fletcher
     
     
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    • 53 min

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CharlieFosterPhillips ,

Purrrrfect: 5 stars every time

This podcast is slowly changing my life. Many thanks to you Aaron from across the pond in England.

Graceandbalanceyoga ,

This podcast is a GIFT!!!

I found this podcast down some apple podcast rabbit hole and I am BEYOND thankful I did!! I love all your wonderful, inspiring guests, love your authenticity + how you ask the questions I ALWAYS wanna know the answers to!! Thank you so so much Aaron 🙏🏼

Authenticity21 ,

Life Affirming

Such a great podcast. I love Aaron’s ability to bring philosophical view points into even the most scientific of conversations, and his enduring vulnerability across episodes. Listening to such honest, open conversations has changed my life for the better, making me more confident in myself and exposing me to alternative perspectives I don’t find anywhere else. Following The Align Podcast has been an incredibly rewarding journey of personal growth and I’m so grateful to Aaron and his guests for bringing such meaningful content out into the world. Sending love from the UK Aaron, keep up the great work!

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