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How can we live our modern lives with balance? How do we find happiness in all the noise? Where can we find meaning and live an awesome life filled with purpose and adventure? Enter the Urban Monk.

Pedram Shojai is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a Taoist Priest, a Qi Gong Master, a film maker, an author, and a Kung Fu world traveler. He invites you to join in on this free-flowing conversation exploring what it means to live with balance in the 21st century.

The Urban Monk Podcast Pedram Shojai

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    • 4.5 • 163 Ratings

How can we live our modern lives with balance? How do we find happiness in all the noise? Where can we find meaning and live an awesome life filled with purpose and adventure? Enter the Urban Monk.

Pedram Shojai is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a Taoist Priest, a Qi Gong Master, a film maker, an author, and a Kung Fu world traveler. He invites you to join in on this free-flowing conversation exploring what it means to live with balance in the 21st century.

    Karlee Holden on What's Missing from Trauma Healing

    Karlee Holden on What's Missing from Trauma Healing

    Trying to get whole after a traumatic experience can feel like a lesson in acronyms – NLP, EMDR, CBT, etc. One method deserves to be better understood. You’ve likely seen videos of powerful physical reactions as people release the trauma their nervous systems have been holding onto. This is somatic experiencing. And Karlee Holden is a dedicated practitioner. She grew up well-versed in NLP and the language of healing. But later in life, it simply wasn’t enough to heal her. So she searched and she found

    • 46 min
    Radical Longevity: Practical Lessons on Sustaining Vitality

    Radical Longevity: Practical Lessons on Sustaining Vitality

    Ann Louise Gittleman, who is 71 years young (though you’d never know it to hear how she spends her days), fell into the world of detoxifying 40 years ago. The woman who mentored her was 84 when they met; she lived to be 106. She taught Ann everything she knew about longevity and sparked in her a powerful urge to grow stronger as the years advance. We’re living longer, but we’re not necessarily living healthier. That’s where the term radical longevity comes from. The future is here, and Ann’s at

    • 39 min
    The Ancient Kingdom Ruling your Gut

    The Ancient Kingdom Ruling your Gut

    Imagine if “joining the family business” meant partnering with your father to make groundbreaking microbiome research and gut solutions available to the masses 20 years before mainstream medicine gets hold of them. For Afif Ghannoum, that’s exactly what happened.  His dad, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, was one of the first medical minds to study the microbiology of the oral biome, and then the GI biome. His discoveries have led to breakthrough after breakthrough, and Afif's mission is to tell everyone about

    • 46 min
    A Rabbi and a Monk Walk Into a Clubhouse

    A Rabbi and a Monk Walk Into a Clubhouse

    There's no punchline here – just a frank, honest, and loving discussion about the unconventional paths Rabbi Doniel Katz and I took to achieve and sustain enlightenment. Across disciplines, there’s something we all have in common that makes us more alike than different. We rebuild our spiritual hygiene every single day. The years of studying create an energy field around us that binds us to a shared purpose – to find true integration and train the muscles that got us there to remember how to do it a

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Dr. Perry Cammisa — Leveraging Good Vibrations

    Dr. Perry Cammisa — Leveraging Good Vibrations

    Whole body vibration isn't a new idea, but the advancement of the technology recently might as well have reinvented the wheel. My good friend Perry Cammisa has been helping me rehab an injury through PM&R with the power of vibrational therapy, and if you didn't know that was a possibility... you need to hear this. This tech can be traced back to Russian astronauts innovating ways to reintegrate back into Earth's gravity-laden environment. Actually, even farther than that, but we'll get there. Ultimately? We're talking about bone mass and why it's so important to your WHOLE body health. 

    • 53 min
    Aaron Alexander: "I am 100% responsible"

    Aaron Alexander: "I am 100% responsible"

    In 2019, former bodybuilder Aaron Alexander published his book all about the eponymous method he developed himself: "The Align Method: 5 Movement Principles for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life." Tune in as we talk about compensatory practices (both Western and not, male and not), the importance of heightened senses to our nervous system, why nutrition means more than diet, the two biggest factors in miscommunication, and so much more. 

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

Washington63 ,

Superb

Soo glad you’re back!! Thank you.

TJRoar ,

COVID is NOT THE FLU!

Ok I came here to listen to a monk talk about some good peaceful stuff and I was so excited.
Instead, I listen to the June 23 episode and all I hear is misinformation about the pandemic.

Ok. So, I’ve decided to pause this BS and write a trash review. If they have anything better in the podcast I’ll come back and update this.

Anyways. So let’s get some facts straight.

COVID 19 is NOT THE FLU! It is not like the flu. And the death rate is actually way different. Every year, in the US hundreds of people die cause of the flu. That’s true.

BUT, As of today the US has 152,000 people dead. And this virus has only been a threat in the US for 6 months. So let’s do a comparison here. Is 900 < 152,000 people? Yes! It is!

I dunno where you got your medical education. But, I think you might need to go back to school, and hopefully an accredited one this time.

To the creators of this podcast I implore you to do your research and release updated information. Pease wear a mask, wash your hands and stay safe. Thanks.

P.S. please remove Doctor from your description. You’re not a doctor if you can’t even discern the pandemic to be a threat.

Lia Bello FNP ,

Lia Bello

Love your interviews! Thanks1

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