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.
Dj Murakami: How and Why to Train Your Jaw To Maximize Strength And Improve Posture
Have you ever thought about which muscles control the rest of your body?
In this episode of Align podcast, Dj Murakami and I discuss how you can increase your body strength and understand your range of motion. We also talk about how important the jaw’s role is when it comes to our posture and how everything in the body is connected. We find out how we can start cultivating our own jaw to release tension in the body, maximise our global strength and find the power to change our face structure through training.
Meet the guy who lifts stones, flips tree stumps and sprints on sand to pump up his strength. Who needs metal? DJ Murakami is a trainer and “movement libertarian” with over 15 years experience in Southern California. Dj is the owner of Human Strong Training, and the creator of Chi Torque Course, Torque Stick Course, and Predator Protocol Program.
Ginger Zee: Destigmatizing Mental Health And Discovering How The Weather Relates To Our Moods
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.
Coach Gil: What Is ‘GOATA’ And Why It Could Be The Answer To Healing Your Body and Eliminating Pain
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.
Chase Jarvis: How to Boost Creativity and Depth of Human Connection
Have you ever asked yourself what it means to have a good life?
In this episode of The Align Podcast, Chase Jarvis and I talk about how our agency and our connections with other humans influence our experiences in life. We also discuss the definition of creativity and how we can foster it daily, the importance of movement and play and how our actions can sometimes matter more than our thoughts.
Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and one of the most influential photographers of the past 20 years. His expansive work ranges from shooting advertising campaigns for companies like Apple, Nike, and Red Bull; to working with athletes like Serena Williams and Tony Hawk, to collaborating with renowned icons like Lady Gaga and Richard Branson. As a fine artist, he’s had solo and group gallery shows in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East. In 2013 Chase contributed to the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times story Snowfall, and in 2014 earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created Best Camera – the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs…and his company, CreativeLive, was recently acquired by Fiverr, a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. His recent book Creative Calling debuted as an instant National Best Seller.
He’s long been an advisor to Fortune 100 brands, and a guest at the White House, the United Nations, the Library of Congress, 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, and the DIFC in Dubai. Chase lives with his wife, Kate, in Seattle, and serves as a volunteer board director for several non-profits.
Adriaan Louw: Understanding Pain, What Factors Influence It and How We Can Manage It
Do you ever wonder why we feel pain and how to deal with it?
In this episode of The Align Podcast, Dr. Adriaan Louw and I talk about pain and the factors that influence it, including the connection between the brain and why our perception matters. We also discuss how to teach people on how to deal with pain, how to calm our nervous system and how our nervous system affects our reaction to pain.
Adriaan is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 25 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group - an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. He is a senior faculty, pain science director and vice-president of faculty experience for Evidence in Motion.
Dr. Lorimer Moseley: How to Grow Beyond Your Pain and Understanding the Source
Lorimer is Bradley Distinguished Professor in Clinical Neuroscience, Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy and Director of IIMPACT in Health at the University of South Australia. His main interests are persistent pain and other protective feelings. His research group investigates pain in humans, from cognitive and behavioral experiments to clinical trials and implementation studies. He has authored over 350 scientific articles and seven books. He has received international awards for his contributions to the science of pain, the treatment of persistent pain, to pain and health education, and for his public outreach initiatives. In 2017 he founded the not for profit Pain Revolution and in 2020 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, that country’s second highest civilian honor, for ‘distinguished served to humanity at large in the fields of pain and its management, science communication, education and physiotherapy.’ He lives and works on Kaurna Land in Adelaide, South Australia.
One of my favorite podcasts I keep on rotation. His positive attitude is one I thoroughly enjoy listening to first thing in the morning. As a massage therapist I’ve enjoyed the information on how to take better care of your body. I can’t recommend this podcast enough.
As someone that has suffered from chronic pain, I have learned so much and improved tremendously from the Align Podcast. Aaron’s guests are always timely and extremely informative. Recommend to anyone seeking a more healthy, pain-free and balanced life. Thank you, Aaron.
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As a manual therapist and personal trainer, I use this podcast as the main resource when dealing with my clients and in my personal quest to become more aligned. No matter what type of diet, fitness, or mindfulness practice, you can find it all on this podcast. Aaron is the freaking man!