The Lucas Rockwood Show

This no-nonsense health and wellness show features best-selling authors and thought leaders in nutrition, mental health, relationships, and self-improvement. Each episode also includes listener Q&A. Hosted by yoga trainer, writer, and expert speaker, Lucas Rockwood, the founder of YOGABODY and The Yoga Teachers College.


  • 529: Living with Addiction with Dr. Cali Estes

    Aug 17 2022

    When you hear the word addict, it may conjure up images of alcoholics stumbling out of bars late at night, or of bleary eyed celebrities being admitted to rehab. But addiction comes in many forms and nowadays includes a whole new set of vices, such as online gaming, pornography and even social media. If addiction is now defined as any compulsive behavior that starts to impede your life in significant ways, it’s likely that many of us may need to take a long hard look in the mirror.   Listen and ...more

  • 528: How to Banish Productivity Guilt with Madeleine Dore

    Aug 10 2022

    I’m a productivity junkie in recovery. I’ve read just about every productivity and habit change book you can think of. From time blocking and “inbox zero”, to nootropics, I’ve tried almost everything. And while I’ve certainly learned many tactics, I’ve also learned that most things don’t last. We all need to find what works for us individually; and maybe accept that we are not, or at least don’t have to be, so productive all the time.  In a quest to boost her own productivity, my guest on this w...more

  • 527: How to Set Boundaries with Dr. Sasha Shillcutt

    Aug 03 2022

    Overwork and overwhelm are huge problems in today’s society, yet they are highly revered in many cultures. From the story of Elon Musk sleeping in the Tesla factory, to the parents so committed to their children they haven’t had a night out in three years. We shake our heads in dismay when we hear them, but smile in admiration at the same time. Why? Because finding balance is an issue many of us struggle with.  On this week’s podcast, we meet a medical doctor and mother of four who found herself...more

  • 526: Fascia, Pain & Recovery with Douglas Bertram

    Jul 27 2022

    Our own bodies are a source of infinite learning and mystery. Most of us are familiar with our skin, our hair, muscles, and teeth; but did you know that you have an internal latticework of connective tissues called fascia, that give shape and structure to what would otherwise be a bloody ball of soft serve? Unlike many tissues in the body with a distinct beginning and end, fascial sheaths are often long, complex, and can span the entire length of the body. Even more interesting, fascia is loaded...more

  • 525: Can You Slow Down Skin Aging? with Dr. Shyamalar Gunatheesan

    Jul 20 2022

    If you walk into any pharmacy, the anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, anti-cellulite creams and potions are everywhere. But does any of this stuff actually work? Most products are simply marketing gimmicks, but there are simple lifestyle measures you can implement to improve your skin health and reduce the speed at which it ages. On this week’s podcast, we meet a dermatologist focused on slowing down the skin aging process.  Learn How the food you eat and your gut bacteria influence your skin The role o...more

  • 524: A Pain-Free Future with Vinny Crispino

    Jul 13 2022

    We all experience aches and pains at times, sometimes even serious injuries. But what happens when your pain doesn’t go away for months, years, or even a decade or more? What happens when you’re dependent on painkillers to get through the day and you begin to alter your life because of it? Our guest on this week’s podcast is corrective exercise specialist, Vinny Crispino, who broke his back surfing one day and began a 10 year healing journey.  Listen and learn: How painkiller addiction can happ...more

  • 523: Finding Peak Performance with Wylie McGraw

    Jul 06 2022

    It’s hard enough to figure out what you really want to accomplish in a year, let alone in your lifetime, and once you do figure it out, how do you actually show up as the best version of yourself? Personal growth and development often feels like a smile-or-die race to accumulate accolades when most of us are not always smiling and are not even necessarily motivated by external validation. And yet, we continue to strive to become our peak selves. Our guest on this week’s podcast is a former bull ...more

  • 522: Women’s Hormonal Health with Dr. Anna Cabeca

    Jun 29 2022

    At what age should we consider hormone replacement therapy? Why is PCOS so common? Why is it that women often struggle with ketogenic diets more than men? Our hormones play such an important role in how we look and feel, but most of us are unsure how to optimize them or what ‘normal’ hormonal balance feels like. Medical doctor Anna Cabeca is our guest on this week’s podcast to help us make sense of the endocrine system and understand our hormones better.   Listen and learn: How to support rathe...more

  • 521: Could a 12-hour walk change your life? with Colin O’Brady

    Jun 22 2022

    Ever felt stuck in a rut with your job, your relationship, or maybe even the city you’re living in? You know what you’re doing isn’t what you want, but you’re unsure how to break your current pattern? It’s fun to think that anything is possible, but at certain phases of life, that’s just not true. On this week’s podcast, author and renowned explorer, Colin O’Brady, reveals how the simple act of taking a twelve hour walk alone, can help you to find peace, clarity and the mental space to help you ...more

  • 520: Finding Focus with Michael Balchan

    Jun 15 2022

    What does it mean to live your best life? What does it mean to self-actualize? It’s easy to fall into the trap of chasing status, titles, or physical property; but isn’t what really matters to you based more on your values? If so, your best life could be much closer than it seems. On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore personal and professional growth with coach Michael Balchan.  Listen and learn: Why top performers have coaches The importance of stacking wins Celebrating success each step of th...more

  • 519: Middle Age Fitness & Beyond with Anthony Balduzzi

    Jun 08 2022

    Have you noticed many leading voices in the fitness industry are single and are able to spend 2-3 hours per day working out? No matter how organized you are, if you have kids and a career (that isn’t fitness-related), most people struggle to find even an hour a day for themselves. Rather than ignore the very real time constraints of midlife, my guest on this week’s podcast has created a solution built around systems.  Listen and learn: Why walking can be an ideal starting point for many people ...more

  • 518: If Your Mouth Could Talk with Dr Kami Hoss

    Jun 01 2022

    Periodontal disease is correlated with just about every type of illness and disease. Sometimes it’s a canary in the coal mine for something wrong, but sometimes, it can even be the source of the problem. While many people dismiss dental care as only an aesthetic concern, straight, healthy teeth and a broad palate help with breathing, sleep and even digestion. My guest on this week’s podcast shares his academic and clinical experiences helping people improve their smiles as a means to improving t...more

  • 517: Finding Fitness Not Fanaticism with Mike Nelson

    May 25 2022

    Most of us overestimate what we can accomplish in a year and underestimate what we can accomplish in the next five years. With health and fitness, most of us focus so much on the short term that we don’t allow ourselves the space to make lasting change. On this week’s podcast, we’ll discuss finding fitness, not fanaticism, by focusing on doing things you enjoy to achieve sustainable long-term results.  Listen and learn: How negative self talk, even subtle negativity, can undermine your success ...more

  • 516: High Performance Life with Marc Bubbs

    May 18 2022

    When it comes to health and fitness, one of the biggest challenges in the digital age is information overload. Whether you’re excited about running or cycling, ketogenic diets or intermittent fasting, you can get so far lost down a rabbit hole of research that you never manage to actually get started. On this week’s podcast we meet Marc Bubbs, a coach and nutritionist, who helps pro athletes and people from all walks of life in middle age and beyond set appropriate targets and reasonable goals t...more

  • 515: How To Handle Diabetes with Dr. Mark Heyman

    May 11 2022

    You’ve no-doubt had a period of time in your life where your health was the first thing you thought of when you woke up, and the last thing on your mind before bed. Perhaps you had a virus, a severe injury, or even a serious disease like cancer, and your health suddenly dominated your life. For diabetics, this is a lifelong struggle - both physically and mentally. On this week’s podcast we meet Dr Mark, a psychologist who helps people find peace and balance despite the imposition caused by long-...more

  • 514: Risks of Mental Health Misdiagnosis with Sarah Fay

    May 04 2022

    For an elementary school student with severe ADHD, who’s at risk of getting expelled for behavior problems, a proper mental health diagnosis can mean the difference between success or failure with traditional education. In situations like these, we can all understand and appreciate the importance of a medical diagnosis.  But what about the rest of us? What if you’re depressed after two years of COVID lockdowns, socially isolated, and feeling lost with your career and life? What if you’re getting...more

  • 513: Lasting Change: Eating & Exercise with Michelle Segar

    Apr 27 2022

    New habit formation is so challenging. Not only do most of us struggle to establish new routines, we often rebel against our own best interest and go in the other direction. When we fall off a new diet regime, we then feast on junk food. When we slip up and have a drink during ‘dry January,’ we then proceed to have five more. This rebellious self-sabotaging behavior isn’t unique and psychologists have studied it extensively.  On this week’s podcast, we meet psychologist, Michelle Segar, who sugg...more

  • 512: Special Episode: Questions Show with Lucas Rockwood

    Apr 20 2022

    Is yoga enough for real fitness? Is there such a thing as non-religious meditations? What do you do if your chiropractor tells you your spine is misaligned? Lucas Rockwood fields common questions from listeners on this week’s special podcast episode. Learn Barefoot shoes transition Walking backwards for your knees Making sense of conflicting nutrition information Sciatic nerve pain management  ABOUT LUCAS ROCKWOOD Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher, trainer, and serial entrepreneur. He’s been ho...more

  • 511: Is Now the Best of Times? with Lucas Rockwood

    Apr 14 2022

    Haven you heard that environmental collapse is going to end life on earth in just 8 years? Do you think that World War III is looming? Are robots going to take over while we humans fight over NFTs in the metaverse? As absurd as all this sounds, these conversations take center stage despite the world’s rapid race toward a truly remarkable future of growth and progress.  On this week’s podcast, I’ll share with you my thoughts on why now might just be the best of times, despite its glaring tragedie...more

  • 510: Fitness After 40 with Mark Lewis

    Apr 06 2022

    Most anti-aging techniques are dubious at best. The hard truth is we’re all getting older, but at the same time, most people can quite literally get fitter every year for a decade or more. For non-athletes, the path toward fitness in your 30s, 40s, or 50s and beyond is incredibly rewarding because you can easily outperform your younger self. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet an out-of-shape offer worker who slowly but predictably transformed his body and life.  Links Mark’s Site Mark’s YouTub...more

  • 509: Your Brain on Food with Dr. Uma Naidoo

    Mar 30 2022

    You know that feeling when you order food that looks great but makes you feel like crap? Maybe it’s deep fried or sugar-ladden. It tastes great, but an hour later, you regret it. Now what if that happens once a week, once a day, or multiple times a day for years?  Obviously, your physical health can suffer, but your mental health can too. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a nutritional psychiatrist who is a thought leader on the mental health and nutrition connection.  Listen and learn: How t...more

  • 508: The Science of Sleep with Devin Burke

    Mar 23 2022

    Most people get an average of six-and-a-half hours of sleep each night while needing seven to nine hours. This chronic, endemic sleep deprivation contributes to hormonal imbalances, car accidents, and increased susceptibility to chronic illnesses. Even knowing this, we watch one more episode of our favorite series, stay up to empty our email inboxes, or toss and turn with anxiety until 2:00 am. Is there any way out of this trap? Our guest on this week’s podcast is a sleep expert and shares his b...more

  • 507: Revive Your Hormones with Sonya Jensen

    Mar 16 2022

    Hormones affect your attention, libido, fertility, and lean muscle mass. So much of how we experience the world is determined by these complex chemicals sloshing around inside us–and they are under attack! High stress lifestyles, high carbohydrate diets, and endocrine disrupting toxins threaten to throw us off balance every day. This week’s podcast guest will help you think strategically about how to find balance.  You’ll learn: Why negative thinking / shadow work can be helpful for finding mot...more

  • 506: Eat to Beat Depression with Dr. Drew Ramsey

    Mar 09 2022

    280 million people have depression worldwide, and 700,000 people will die of suicide this year. The problem is getting worse, not better, and while mental health awareness is at an all time high, conversations about the role nutrition plays is all but absent. On this week’s podcast, psychiatrist Drew Ramsey helps us rethink our mental health from a food choice perspective.  Learn How to boost BDNF and why it matters Seafood, beans, nuts and grees, dark chocolate Catch-22 of bad food choices whe...more

  • 505: Genius Foods with Max Lugavere

    Mar 02 2022

    How do you navigate the challenges of optimal nutrition while simultaneously considering budget, ethics, and the environment? Grass-fed beef might be a nutritional powerhouse, but how can we justify the environmental and ethical challenges of raising such large, inefficient ruminant animals when other alternatives are available?  My guest on this week’s podcast is a moderate voice of reason, health food advocate, and best-selling author.  Listen & Learn What carnivore’s get wrong How to avoid f...more

  • 504: Hyperbaric Medicine with Dr. Scott Sherr

    Feb 23 2022

    Hyperbaric chambers use pressure, and in some cases concentrated oxygen, to treat a wide variety of injuries and ailments. You’ve no doubt heard of high-level athletes using these treatments to speed up recovery, but you might not realize hyperbaric therapy is approved for 14+ medical conditions.  On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore the safe and simple use of pressurized therapy for reduced inflammation, oxygenation of plasma, fighting off infections, and more.  Listen and learn:  How pressur...more

  • 503: No More Crash & Burn Diets with Susan Peirce Thompson PhD

    Feb 16 2022

    Food is so much more than energy. It’s culture, tradition, family, comfort, indulgence, guilt, and pleasure all in one. To add to the complexity, certain foods are even addicting. Today, food abundance is the norm and food costs have dropped lower than any time (relatively speaking) in recorded history. With that in mind, is it any wonder we’re struggling with weight gain, cravings and food addiction? My guest on this week’s podcast is a recovered expert in the psychology of eating.  Learn How ...more

  • 502: Ideal Diet for Your Genetics with Dr. Yael Joffe

    Feb 09 2022

    What if your genetic code could tell you what form of exercise would be best for you, based on your ability to build muscle, endure physical stress, and recover? What if you knew which foods would be best-suited to your unique genetics? This is the future of individualized medicine, and according to my guest on this week’s show, it’s not far off. Learn How your genetics could inform your food choices What your genetics can tell you about your collagen and muscle potential  Epigenetic triggers o...more

  • 501: Harness the Voice in Your Head with Ethan Kross

    Feb 02 2022

    We speak an estimated 50,000 words to ourselves, in our head, every single day. That’s the same amount of information as you’d find in most paperback books. We have positive, negative, and instructive self talk; but for many of us, the negative takes center stage. It might be anxiety over an uncertain future or ruminations about regrets and pains from the past. Either way, when the voice in your head dominates, it’s very hard to get anything done, much less enjoy the process. My guest on this we...more

  • 500: Can Meat Fix Your Heart with Dr. Philip Ovadia

    Jan 26 2022

    It’s hard enough to navigate our modern food system if your goal is general health, but what if you’re trying to prevent or reverse heart disease? What if you have early warning signs like elevated triglycerides or high blood pressure? Open one book, and the recommendation is to eat nothing but whole grains and fruits. Open the next book, and you’ll be told to give up all grains and sugars. Who is right? Who can you trust? Our guest on this week’s show is a cardiac surgeon, and he eats almost e...more

  • 499: The Truth about PTSD with Dr. Michael S. Scheeringa

    Jan 19 2022

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder first appeared in the DSM-3 in 1980, and was clinically defined as exposure to an actual or threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence. Today, clinicians and pop health proponents have expanded the definition broadly, without supporting research, and the result is a catch-all term used to describe any past stress. Labeling mental health challenges is crucial for research, funding, and appropriate treatment, so on this week’s show, you’ll meet a doctor and ...more

  • 498: Breaking Food Addiction with Dr. Vera Tarman

    Jan 12 2022

    People often say things like, “I'm addicted to chocolate” or “I can’t live without ice cream.” And sometimes it’s true. Modern food is processed, packaged and concentrated in ways that light up our dopamine and endorphin receptors just like drugs; and yes, psychological and physiological addictions are very common. If you’re addicted to cigarettes, the clear solution is to stop. That’s not easy, but at least the goal is clear. If you’re addicted to food, you have to learn to manage your addictio...more

  • 497: Wearable Tech - Measure, Track, Improve with Rob ter Horst

    Jan 05 2022

    Expensive watches have been a status symbol for centuries, but now, weird-looking bands have replaced the bingy Rolexes. Instead of signaling wealth, these new gizmos signal a keen interest and commitment to health. Welcome to the world of wearable health tech. On a basic level, you can track your daily steps and your heart rate. More advanced devices can track respiratory rate, HRV, body temperature, and even blood oxygen levels. Wearable health tech has made huge strides forward recently, and...more

  • 496: Mindful Intimacy with Jessica Graham

    Dec 29 2021

    Mindfulness gets bundled with everything from golf to gardening these days, but one place it might make the most sense is often overlooked: intimacy. For meaning, connection, and even anatomical functioning, mindful practices can make a huge difference. On this week’s show, you’ll meet author and coach, Jessica Graham. Resources Jessica’s Website ABOUT OUR GUEST Jessica is a meditation teacher, sex, relationship, and spiritual guide for couples and individuals. She also works with grief and tra...more

  • 495: Swole Planet with Ryan Andrews

    Dec 22 2021

    Imagine you are in charge of the weekly grocery shopping for a family of four, and each week, you get a new assignment. Week one, you’re asked to buy the healthiest possible food for your family. Week two, you’re asked to choose foods that are healthiest for the planet. Week three, you’re asking to choose foods produced fairly, meaning the workers and employees in the supply chain are treated well. Week four, you’re asked to do all three previous challenges at once: health, environment, fair tra...more

  • 494: Onions, Inflation & Family Farms with Shay Myers

    Dec 15 2021

    When most people think about a family farm, they think of a wooden house in the middle of a field with a few chickens, a couple of cows, and some corn and tomatoes growing. These days, that is more likely a  “hobby farm” since almost all commercially viable farms, including family-run operations, are high tech, sizable, and are extremely productive. They have to be to survive.  On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a multi-generational farmer who will help us all better understand where our food c...more

  • 493: 2021 Holiday Food & Fitness Survival Guide with Lucas Rockwood

    Dec 07 2021

    Holiday season is here, and we’re entering a four week period where our behavior is often bipolar. The last two weeks of December are a food and drink debauchery, and the first two weeks of January are often a mad fitness frenzy. Can we avoid this binge-purge cycle? Should we even try? On this week’s podcast, I’ll share some of my best ideas. Socially-acceptable excuses to avoid alcohol  Why skipping wheat-based anything can be an effective hack  How to accept and reject sweets effortlessly  Wh...more

  • 492: Life After Prison with Jesse Crosson

    Dec 01 2021

    There are 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States, and another four million on parole or probation. When you factor in families of inmates, prison employees, and infrastructure, we’re talking about billions of dollars annually and tens of millions of lives affected daily. My guest on this week’s show is a violent crime offender and former inmate. When I first heard what he had done, my initial thought was, “Lock him up and don't let him out.” Probably, many of you will feel that wa...more

  • 491: Food to Fight Cancer with Chris Wark

    Nov 24 2021

    Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, but modern medicine has only made small improvements in healing protocols in the past thirty years. Here’s cancer treatment history at a glance: 1930s: chemotherapy pioneered for use in treating cancer 1950s: chemotherapy protocols formalized and show efficacy 1960s: surgery and radiation used for solid tumors 1988: antibody treatments approved for use in some cancers 1988 - Present: chemo, surgery, and radiation remain the primary treatmen...more

  • 490: Irrelationships A Way Out of Dysfunction with Grant H. Brenner

    Nov 17 2021

    Around 20% of people have reported a major breakdown in one or more relationships during the pandemic. This includes romantic couples, but also work, family, and friend relationships strained by distance, differing viewpoints, and lack of human connection. But at the same time, 27% said their relationship with their spouse or partner got better!  Did the pandemic cause the change or simply reveal what was already there? On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychiatrist whose private practice a...more

  • 489: Core & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation with Trista Zinn

    Nov 10 2021

    If you have a weak or damaged pelvic floor, it can cause incontinence, prolapse, and back pain. Did you assume this only affects postpartum women or the elderly? Nope, pelvic floor dysfunction is now common in younger men and women too.In yoga, we often refer to this region as mula bandha and uddiyana bandha. You might have heard it referred to as your deep core or pelvic diaphragm. Whatever name you use, it’s an often overlooked area of the body, and there is an entire movement system designed ...more

  • 488: How to De-Escalate Conflicts with Doug Noll

    Nov 03 2021

    1000s of air rage incidents have been logged just in the past year alone where people lose it mid-flight. They scream, become violent, and cause such a ruckus that they have to be duct taped to their chairs or arrested. Similar incidents are happening at public rallies, in grocery stores, and perhaps even in your home or office. In short, emotions are running high, and most of us are poorly equipped to deal with them. You’ve no doubt heard of emotional intelligence, but that’s simply a test or ...more

  • 487: How to Fight Bloated Belly with Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

    Oct 27 2021

    If you eat the wrong thing, do you get bloated? Constipated? Stomach pains often start off as a nuisance, but as the months and years go by, they can become chronic and even turn into serious physical and mental illnesses. If your gut is a garden, what do you plant? And how do you take care of it so the soil it’s healthy and balanced? On this week’s show, medical doctor, Edison de Mello, shares his best gut health insights from his career.You’ll Learn GERD, SIBO and candida - are they all the s...more

  • 486: High Libido Diet with Christine DeLozier

    Oct 20 2021

    We all know that a healthy, whole food diet can help with fat loss, energy, and digestions; but it can also increase your libido and sexual health. On this week’s podcast, we’ll talk about science-based foods that notably increase blood flow, circulation and nervous system activity for increased sexual health.  Listen & Learn Why green leafy vegetables offer the best source for nitrates and antioxidants How mushrooms can help your microbiome and your hormonal balance The importance of omega-3 f...more

  • 485: Sexual Health & Longevity with Dr. Amy Killen

    Oct 13 2021

    If you have stomach problems or allergies, you probably have a doctor you can call. But if things are not working in the bedroom, who do you call then? What if you lose desire or are having trouble with the mechanics of sexual intimacy? Who would you call then? Sexual experiences are highly individual, but they’re also something we share (or at least try to) with our partners. And for better or worse, it defines so much of who we are. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet an emergency room doc who...more

  • 484: Rise of Radical Beliefs with Lucas Rockwood

    Oct 06 2021

    You’ve probably noticed the media right now is filled with polarizing voices, rage, and vitriol; but have you noticed that these extreme views are not your own? Have you noticed that hardly anyone you know is truly radical in their views? Most people are reasonable, thoughtful, and concerned.  On this week’s podcast, I’d like to share my own experiences with courting radical viewpoints, and why they pop right now on social media. I’d also like to address some of the hatemail, critical inquiries,...more

  • 483: Happy Gut, Happy Brain with Jimmy St. Louis

    Sep 29 2021

    Did you receive a CRP (C-reactive protein) test during your last blood test? Since recent research correlates systemic inflammation with dozens of diseases and illnesses, cooling this internal flame has become a major focus in preventative medicine. On this week’s podcast, we’ll speak about the low-grade, chronic inflammation that many of us struggle with unknowingly due to gut dysbiosis. In an ideal world, we eat a meal, digest and absorb its nutrients. In the real world, many of us eat foods t...more

  • 482: Kids Brains on Sports with Dr. Julie Stamm

    Sep 22 2021

    When I was 11 years old, I face-planted snow sledding and gave myself two black eyes and a slight concussion. I remember being sleepy, dizzy, and struggling to concentrate for a few days. Luckily, I only whacked my head like that a couple times growing up, but some teenagers do it every day during sports practice. What do contact sports do long term to our brains? At what age are we responsible enough to make a decision about putting our brains in harm's way? On this week’s podcast, author and ...more

  • 481: Save Your Brain with Titus Chiu

    Sep 14 2021

    Millions of people experience traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year, and an estimated 5-6% of those people experience long-term issues. If you break your arm, the path to recovery is pretty obvious and the fix is visible. But if you get in a car accident, hit your head, and two months later suffer from brain fog and vertigo, what do you do? How do you fix your brain once it’s been damaged? Fortunately, there are evolving methodologies that can really help. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet...more

  • 480: How to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence with Marc Brackett

    Sep 08 2021

    IQ Tests remain the best method (albeit flawed) to assess intelligence. More difficult to measure, but perhaps more interesting, is Emotional Intelligence (EQ). How does someone rank in terms of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and relationship management. In a digitally driven, AI-enabled future, perhaps people with the highest emotional skills could be those who find the greatest success.  A big part of personal development is learning to understand and accept who you are...more

  • 479: Demystifying Diabetes with Jody Stanislaw

    Aug 31 2021

    I wore a continuous blood glucose monitor for a month and learned that certain fruits (mangos in my case) sent my blood sugar soaring, and even more surprising, my 3 am glucose levels often dropped so low I was in hypoglycemic state. And here’s the kicker: those hypo nights always followed an elevated glycemic day. Weird. I’d never learn this without a CGM, and the dietary shifts were super easy to make and the changes were almost immediate. Why does it matter? I was regularly waking up semi-de...more

  • 478: The Gut Immune Connection with Emeran Mayer

    Aug 25 2021

    The Gut Immune Connection with Emeran Mayer There are an estimated 100 trillion bacteria in your gut right now that weigh 2-3 lbs. If you were to spread them out, they would cover the surface of an entire tennis course. These include good bugs, bag bugs, and even some pathogens lurking in the corners. Your microbiome is believed to influence not just digestion and absorption of nutrients, but also mood, hormones, neurotransmitters, and more. People often compare the microbiome to the soil on fa...more

  • 477: The Obesity Pandemic with Dr. Linda Anegawa

    Aug 18 2021

    The Obesity Pandemic Dr. Linda Anegawa  ---------- Hundreds of years ago, a portly belly was a sign of wealth. The royals ate and rank more than their fill while the serfs starved and toiled on the land. Today, not much has changed. Some of the wealthiest, most developed countries are plagued by weight gain and obesity, and the problem is quickly accelerating. Pre-existing medication conditions were one of the biggest risk factors during the pandemic, but did you know that 69 percent of the U.S...more

  • 476: Porn Addiction Pandemic with Joshua Shea

    Aug 11 2021

    Porn Addiction Pandemic  by Joshua Shea ------------------ The book, Fifty Shades of Grey, is not just a bestseller, it’s one of the top 100 best sellers in history - and it’s not because it’s well written (it’s not). 13% of all websites are adult sites, and 30% of all data transferred online is x-rated. Everyone likes to complain about the “big tech” influence of Facebook and Twitter, but we deliberately avoid the tube-sites that are responsible for nearly a third of all online activity. Porn...more

  • 475: How to Recover from Exercise with Dr. Andy Galpin

    Aug 04 2021

    How to Recover from Exercise with Dr. Andy Galpin --------------------------- Has this ever happened to you? You’re on a roll with a new exercise routine. You’re going to yoga or the gym every day. You feel stronger and energized, and maybe you even lose some weight. Then you get injured. You hurt your back. Or your knee. Or your shoulder. You miss a few days, take some pain Once you’ve fallen out of the routine, it feels impossible to start again. One small injury suddenly can turn your acti...more

  • 474: The Future of the Quantified Self Movement

    Jul 28 2021

    The Future of the Quantified Self Movement with Dr. Michael Snyder ---------------- What if a $50 smart watch could give you early warning signs for illness, infection, and even disease? Prevention costs less and is more effective than just about any cure, but most of us don’t even manage to get an annual checkup at the doctor. This needs to change. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a leading researcher in the quantified self movement actively working to democratize data and personal health. ...more

  • 473: How to Control Your Fear with Dr. Amy Silver

    Jul 21 2021

    How to Control Your Fearwith Dr. Amy Silver ---------------------------Humans are hard-wired to fear anything that puts us in harm’s way. But what do you do when fear keeps you from taking the necessary risks toward achieving your goals? Worried you might choose the wrong major in college? You probably will. Worried you’ll choose the wrong partner and get your heart broken? That will almost certainly happen. What if you start a new exercise routine and get an injury? Yup, that will likely happen...more

  • 472: An Introduction to Mindfulness with Dr. Shauna Shapiro

    Jul 13 2021

    An Introduction to Mindfulness Dr. Shauna Shapiro ----------- Where were you when you learned that U.S. president #45 was elected? Do you remember the day when Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed? How about your birthday three years ago - do you remember that one? What about your significant other’s birthday last year? We often get caught up in the lives and events of other people more than our own, and while it’s easy to blame smartphones, this tendency for distraction predates the internet. Hum...more

  • 471: Brain Health Matters with Dr. Dale Bredesen

    Jul 07 2021

    Brain Health Matters Dr. Dale Bredesen  ------------- The FDA approved a new Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm, and it’s estimated to cost medicare $57 billion per year. In the wake of the approval, three FDA advisory panel members resigned and medical professionals, patients, and taxpayers are understably worried. That’s a boatload of cash. Does it even work? My guest on this week’s podcast believes that the approval occurred simply because neurodegenerative diseases are such a huge issue with so few...more

  • 470: Meditation & Neurofeedback with Ariel Garten

    Jun 30 2021

    Meditation & Neurofeedback with Ariel Garten --------------------You’re probably tried meditation apps, but have you tried measuring your brain wave states during your meditation practice? Meditation informed by real-time neurofeedback is now possible, and if you’re a numbers person, it might be just what you need to “see” your results and remain motivated to keep going. On this week’s show, we’ll explore brain tech and mind-body practices.  Listen and learn: How EEG can measure meditation  Ho...more

  • 469: Exploring the Hathapradipika with Dr. Jim Mallinson

    Jun 23 2021

    Exploring the Hathapradipika Dr. Jim Mallinson -------------- Most yoga teachers cite the Yoga Sutras as the original source of modern practices, but the Hathapradipika is a much more relevant text that is rarely read or referenced. Written by Svatmarama in the 1400s, this is one of the first writings that codified the practices of Hatha Yoga: yoga poses, breathing exercises, kriyas, and mudras. For anyone interested in the roots of modern practice, this is a fascinating historical exploration. ...more

  • 468: Dangers of Modern Medicine with Dr. Robert Pearl

    Jun 16 2021

    Dangers Modern Medicine with Dr. Robert Pearl -------------------- How much would you spend to feel healthy and energized? If you were truly sick, you’d probably spend everything you had to feel well again. The USA currently spends about 20% of GDP on healthcare, and if that meant we were all glowing with health and living our best lives, the price would be a bargain. But that’s not what’s happening. Our reactive healthcare system offers the most expensive, worst-performance outcomes of any sys...more

  • 467: Sleep it Off with Stella Loichot

    Jun 09 2021

    Sleep it Off with Stella Loichot ---- If you sleep badly, it can create a metabolic storm that leads to elevated stress hormones, food cravings, and increased fat storage. Poor sleep makes it very difficult to manage your weight over time. On this week’s podcast, we’ll talk about the role of sleep in the size of your waistline. Listen & Learn How poor sleep can lead to weight gain  Why daytime physical and mental activity can improve sleep When to track and when to stop Common missteps with ca...more

  • 466: Improve Your Posture with Matt Hsu

    Jun 03 2021

    Improve Your Posture with Matt Hsu -------------------- Do you have a hunchback? Have high heeled shoes led to shortened hip flexors? Postural imbalances can sneak up on you in a matter of months as your body rearranges itself to new stresses and movement patterns. That’s the bad news. The good news is you can often reverse and correct your posture with self care. My guest on this week’s show will help you get started.  Listen & Learn:  Why everyone needs to train strength Start small, start...more

  • 465: Does Yoga Work for Weight Loss with Lucas Rockwood

    May 26 2021

    Does Yoga Work for Weight Loss? with Lucas Rockwood Does yoga actually help with weight loss? Does it burn more calories than running or gym workouts? Summer is here, and I’ve been getting loads of weight loss questions. We’ve covered food and nutrition extensively, so this week we’ll deep dive into the mind-body effects of physical yoga practices for weight loss. Listen & Learn:  How yoga works: hormones, sustainability, community Success stories  What the published research shows Best pract...more

  • 464: Self-Care for Pain & Injuries with Dr. Dan Ginader

    May 19 2021

    Self-Care for Pain & Injuries  with Dr. Dan Ginader  -------- Have you ever gotten obsessed with a new diet or exercise routine? Enthusiasm is rare, so when you’re feeling it, you naturally want to go all in. But if your zero-to-hero journey is rushed, as it often is, you can end up with busted knees, a herniated disc, or plantar fasciitis. My first two years as a yoga student, I was on-and-off injured constantly. I went to sports therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists trying to find...more

  • 463: Magnesium, a Love Story with Dr. Carolyn Dean

    May 12 2021

    Magnesium, a Love Storywith Dr. Carolyn Dean-----------------Magnesium is a favorite among yoga students due to its crucial role in nervous system health and as a muscle relaxant. Magnesium is everywhere, but oddly, many people are still lacking in their daily diets. On this week’s podcast, we’ll unpack the myriad of health benefits magnesium provides. Magnesium is a central atom in the chlorophyll molecule, an essential part of the process of photosynthesis.Listen & Learn:  How magnesium is pr...more

  • 462: The Power of Dreams with Charlie Morley

    May 05 2021

    The Power of Dreamswith Charlie Morley ------------------- Did you know that you have four-to-six dream cycles per night totaling about two hours? If you’re like me, you almost never remember your dreams - and certainly not two hours worth. But does it matter? Are they important? Yes, dreaming is adaptive. Just as your body recovers while you sleep, your brain uses dream states to consolidate memory, learn from experiences, and process emotions. If we can all agree that it’s beneficial to be min...more

  • 461: What Comes Next? Q&As Galore with Lucas Rockwood

    Apr 28 2021

    What Comes Next? Q&As Galore with Lucas Rockwood--------------Will you ever go back to the office? Will kids ever take in-person school seriously again? And what will the bounce-back look like this summer after more people are vaccinated? This week’s podcast is a departure from my usual guest interview, and instead, I answer select listener questions about my post-pandemic thoughts in terms of business and health. Listen & Learn:  Will yoga studios survive?  Is the “laptop lifestyle” truly bad ...more

  • 460: Rethinking Physical Pain with Aaron Kubal

    Apr 21 2021

    Rethinking Physical Pain with Aaron Kubal  ------------- Have you ever experienced chronic back or knee pain? An estimated 80% of people have a major pain episode at some point in their lives, and it often leads to downstream mental and physical health problems. But what if pain were a protective mechanism? What if pain was your body’s way of telling you when you need to back off, be careful, move differently? On this week’s podcast, we’ll rethink pain from the ground up with special guest, Aa...more

  • 459: Making sense of Food with Robb Wolf

    Apr 14 2021

    Making Sense of Food with Robb Wolf -------- You step into your local health food store, and the confusion begins. Keto, Paleo, low fat, high fat. It’s all so overwhelming. One approach lowers your cholesterol but improves your blood sugar. Another diet is great for combating inflammation but causes constipation. This impossible choice is happening to you and me locally, and it also plays out on the macro level with our food systems themselves. How do we end hunger, ensure nutritional needs are...more

  • 458: Tendencies, Habits & Change with Gretchen Rubin

    Apr 07 2021

    Tendencies, Habits & Change with Gretchen Rubin ---------------------------- Every few months a new productivity book hits the shelves, and of course, I read it. I’m a sucker for personal growth hacks. Do I need to fix my morning routine? What about a gratitude journal? Should I drink lemon water or celery juice in the morning? I joke that I’m a walking cliche - but that doesn’t change my behavior. The reality is that personal growth is, well, personal. What works for me might not work for you. ...more

  • 457: Hope is a Verb with Amy Downs

    Mar 30 2021

    Hope is a Verb with Amy Downs ------------- Amy was buried under the rubble of the Oklahoma City Federal Building during the 1995 attack. Fully conscious but completely incapacitated, she waited nearly an hour before her rescue. In her own words, her life flashed before her eyes complete with doubt, regret and fear. The trauma of everyday life is unavoidable, but this was another type of experience altogether. Half her team lost their lives, she spent over a week in the hospital, and has spent ...more

  • 456: Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization with with Michael Rintala, D.C

    Mar 24 2021

    Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Michael Rintala, D.CHave back pain? If you ask a yoga teacher, they will give you three stretches. If you go to a physiotherapist, they will give you three Bosu Ball exercises, and if you go to a personal trainer, they will give you three resistance workouts. So who is right? They all are. To heal a joint, you need to take a systems approach, and in almost all cases, there are multiple areas to address. Your path to healing is usually more complicated and lon...more

  • 455: Healing Trauma, Sexuality & Boundaries with Kimberly Johnson

    Mar 17 2021

    Healing Trauma, Sexuality & Boundaries with Kimberly Johnson -------- Past traumas often haunt us emotionally and sometimes even manifest as physical pain or illnesses. Acute childhood trauma, for example, has been correlated with everything from premature births to obesity, debunking any delineation between mind and body. Your thoughts and feelings don’t just feel real, they are real. So when you suffer major pain, how do you move on? How do you resolve it, integrate, and continue forward? My ...more

  • 454: Proactive Personal Health Care with Dr. Doug Pucci

    Mar 10 2021

    Proactive Personal Health Care with Dr. Doug Pucci----------- I went to the doctor to get routine blood work and was sent home with a prescription for benzodiazepines. I specifically said I didn’t want to take anything, but the doctor insisted that if I wasn’t sleeping well, and the smart thing to do was to medicate. How does this happen? Why does this happen? And how can you be sure it doesn’t happen to you? The only person who can be in charge of your health is you, so you have to be proactiv...more

  • 453: Surviving the Mental Health Pandemic with Guy Winch

    Mar 03 2021

    Surviving the Mental Health Pandemic with Guy Winch ---------------------- Suicide ideation is rampant among youth, divorce rates are skyrocketing, and the state of mental health, on a global scale, has never been worse. There have always been times of uncertainty and loss, but what makes our current challenge different is the compounding effects of loneliness. Without our tribe, we are weak. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a prominent psychologist who shares his best ideas for navigating thes...more

  • 452: How to Find Your Purpose with Ashley Stahl

    Feb 24 2021

    How to Find Your Purpose with Ashley Stahl ----------------- Kyle invested his life savings into a health resort overlooking the sea. I told him it was a terrible idea, and I was wrong. Right up until the pandemic hit, he was doing great and living his dream life. But this year, he’ll most-likely go bankrupt. Arthur is the sole owner of an iconic NYC restaurant, open since 1997. It’ll most-likely close its door for good in 2021. Marta worked as a front-end designer in a fast-paced travel tech co...more

  • 451: Breakup Bootcamp with Amy Chan

    Feb 17 2021

    Breakup Bootcamp  with Amy Chan --------------------------- What is love? If you ask 100 people, you’ll get 100 different answers; and yet here we are, desperately needing love all the time. It shouldn’t be a big surprise, relationships don’t always work out. Everyone has a breakup story, and whether you’re 16 or 60, the pain and emotional spinout is pretty much the same. My guest on this week’s show helps coach people through a transition to a positive future.  Listen & Learn Why you need at l...more

  • 450: 7 Steps to Self Confidence with David Nurse

    Feb 09 2021

    7 Steps to Self Confidence with David Nurse ---------------- You’re on fire. Every decision, every conversation, and even the way your body moves feels like green lights today. When you’re grounded in self-confidence, everything is possible. But what about those days when your mind muck is so thick, you can’t manage a single email. Self doubt paralyzes you as you flip from your todo list, to Facebook, to Tiktok. Thinking, re-thinking, doubting. Those days are the worst.  On this week’s show, yo...more

  • 449: Healthy Skin as You Age with Dr. Shadi Kourosh

    Feb 03 2021

    Healthy Skin as You Age with Dr. Shadi Kourosh --------------------------- “You look old, Dad,” my nine year old told me. He was teasing me, of course, but it’s true. I have less hair, more wrinkles, and thinner skin than I did when he was born. I didn’t start wearing sunscreen until the age of 35, and I certainly regret it. Father time is cruel, and he’s coming for all of us. While we all have more meaningful things to worry about than our aging skin, I still do worry that I’ll be raisin-fac...more

  • 448: Turn Adversity into Advantage with Doug Bopst

    Jan 27 2021

    Turn Adversity into Advantage with Doug Bopst --------------- “I took the deal… and the last thing I did was snort a few hundred milligrams of oxy,” says Doug. This was right before he started a 90-day stint in jail where he was forced to sober up in a hurry. His cellmate was a fitness fanatic and Doug’s unofficial trainer on his path to recovery. Despite all the odds, Doug left prison in better shape than he went in. Today, Doug is clean and sober and is an author, fitness trainer, and speaker....more

  • 447: Psychological Flexibility with Steven Hayes PhD

    Jan 20 2021

    Psychological Flexibility with Steven Hayes, PhD ------------------------- The rate of change has accelerated 2-5x in the past year. The job change you were thinking about someday is now your top priority today. Your relationship doubt has flipped into a full blown crisis. Entire governments and industries have been turned on their heads. How are you doing? The ability to ride the wave of change is something Steven Hayes refers to as Psychological flexibility, and just as we should all be worki...more

  • 446: Thoughts on the End of Life with Charles Garfield

    Jan 13 2021

    Thoughts on the End of Lifewith Charles Garfield---------Death and loss are inevitable, nobody was prepared for this. COVID-19 has taken the lives of millions of people around the world, mostly older people, the wisdom class. On a local level, we all feel it; but from a global perspective, it’s very hard to begin to fathom so much loss in such a short period of time. How do we process this? Where to begin? On this week’s show, we’ll explore the “wisdom years” of life, end of life, and death.  Li...more

  • 445: Get to Know Your Testosterone with Dr. Tracy Gapin

    Jan 05 2021

    Get to Know Your Testosterone by Dr. Tracy Gapin ----------- Testosterone levels in modern men are lower than any time in recorded history. This causes low libido, low energy, and a lack of lean muscle; but low T can also decrease your motivation, your concentration, and even your mental health. So where has all the testosterone gone? Diet and lifestyle are huge factors, of course, but most people are completely unaware of the endocrine disruptors that have crept their way into our food, water...more

  • 444: In Search of Mastery with Michael Gervais

    Dec 30 2020

    In Search of Mastery  with Michael Gervais ----------- What does it mean to self actualize? To become your personal best at whatever it is you do? For most of us, these questions conjure up images such as a finish line, a retirement, an award, or a specific bank balance. Most of us equate mastery with goal achievement, but ironically, those who have achieved real masterly tend to be laser focused on the process and the practice, not the outcome. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a high perfor...more

  • 443: Get To Know Your Genes with Dr Yael Joffe

    Dec 22 2020

    Get To Know Your Genes with Dr. Yael Joffe ------- Have you done a DNA test to discover your true ancestry? Tens of millions of people give up their genetic information in exchange for a fun pie graph that attempts to detail their ethnicity. It’s not too expensive, and it’s fun to learn - so why not? If you’re concerned about personal privacy, there is real cause for concern. The data Facebook or Google have on you pales in comparison to your DNA data. Your favorite online videos and political...more

  • 442: Fantastic Fungi with Eugenia Bone

    Dec 15 2020

    Fantastic Fungi  with Eugenia Bone ---------------------- It’s mushroom season in Cataluña, so the markets are filled with orange, white, and even jet black “setas” that are almost all wild harvested. They're delicious and packed with a unique micronutrient profile that is great for your immune system. On this week's show, you´ll meet a mycophagist, writer, and teacher on all things fungi. Did you know…  A single Portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana Fungi are believed to...more

  • 441: Happy Pessimist with Mattias Lundberg

    Dec 09 2020

    Happy Pessimist with Mattias Lundberg --------- Has your life been turned upside down in 2020? How are you feeling? Positive thinking and optimism are often considered one and the same, but you can be simultaneously positive and pessimistic - and it might be the smartest way to plan for 2021. You can gameplay the worst case scenario with a smile, prepare for the worst, and set yourself up to be pleasantly surprised. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist and author whose work focuse...more

  • 440: Overcome Fear with Kristen Ulmer

    Dec 02 2020

    Overcome Fear   with Kristen Ulmer Extreme skiing is defined by an ever-present risk of death. It’s a sport that demands a deep relationship and acceptance of fear. An avalanche can bury you, a deadly fall down a sheer rock wall is just one wrong turn away, and there are times when the only chance of survival is from an emergency airlift to safety. Why would you do this?  The answer is, “I wouldn’t do it!” But my guest on this week’s podcast used her extensive experience in the world of extrem...more

  • 439: Mindfulness Addiction with Dr. Jud Brewer

    Nov 25 2020

    Mindfulness a Solution for Addiction? Dr. Jud Brewer  ------ If we define addiction as continued behavior despite adverse consequences, we all have cause for concern. Perhaps you’re up so late watching Netflix that you make a mistake at work that costs you your job; maybe your pornography compulsion blocks real intimacy with your partner and derails your marriage; or maybe your online gambling leaves you with maxed out credit cards. It all sounds ridiculous until you focus the lens on your own ...more

  • 438: Respiratory Therapy with Joe Lewis

    Nov 17 2020

    Respiratory Therapy with Joe Lewis If you’re interested in pranayama and breathwork, there is so much more to discover than simply “oxygenation.” As a student of yoga breathing for over a decade, there continues to be a lack of real scientific teaching, so on this week’s podcast, we’ll nerd out on biomechanics and chemistry of breathing.   Listen & Learn:  Why you must consider both oxygenation and ventilation The importance of C02  Ideal blood oxygen content Education and career opportunities ...more

  • 437: CBD for Pain & Sleep with Mary Clifton

    Nov 12 2020

    CBD for Pain & Sleep with Mary Clifton   Marijuana is quickly becoming legal or at least decriminalized in most states. Billions of dollars of previously criminal revenue is suddenly on-the-books and taxable, and hundreds of products are flooding the market including everything from skincare to nutritional supplements. But what does it all mean for you?  CBD (cannabidiol) is just one of dozens of cannabinoids in marijuana, and it’s of particular interest for pain, anxiety, and sleep. CBD is non...more

  • 436: Reflexology & Energy Balance with Helen Chin Lui

    Nov 04 2020

    Reflexology & Energy Balance with Helen Chin Lui   Set and setting are often overlooked when it comes to healing. Set refers to your mindset going in, and setting refers to the environment in which the treatment takes place. If you walk into a therapist's office with a “This will be so helpful!” attitude, and if the office is beautiful, smells nice, and is dimly lit, the deck has already been stacked in favor of a positive outcome. Even for a diehard skeptic like myself, energy medicine practic...more

  • 435: The Power of Pessimism - COVID-19 Survival

    Oct 28 2020

    The Power of Pessimism - COVID-19 Survival with Lucas Rockwood ----- What if this COVID-19 crisis lasts another six months? Or another two years? Our work and lifestyles are being radically redefined, and most people are taking a “wait and see’ approach, doubling down on Netflix, and waiting for big pharma to fix this mess. Maybe it’ll work. Maybe it’s almost over. Or maybe, this is just the start of a whole new future we can’t even fully comprehend yet.  Human psychology is such that fear and...more

  • 434: Understanding Your Bloodwork with Todd Strong

    Oct 21 2020

    Understanding Your Bloodwork with Todd Strong When was the last time you went to your doctor for a checkup? Did you make any requests or did you just let them do their thing and trust they’d let you know if something was amiss? Allopathic medicine is exceptional at treating illness and disease but not great for preventative care. For health-seekers, this means you need to take ownership of your health, ask questions, and request the tests and analysis you need to understand your own body.  But ...more

  • 433: Reverse Aging with Lifelong “Play” with Stephen Jepson

    Oct 14 2020

    Reverse Aging with Lifelong “Play” with Stephen Jepson ----------------------------------------------- Aging starts with the loss of lean muscle and mobility. Next, you notice you’re not sharp as you used to be, and then things accelerate as you become less active, less engaged in the world, and one step closer to the grave. Death is inevitable, but “healthspan” is something we can control: how healthy will you be in those years you do have on this planet? Do you want to die riding a skateboard ...more

  • 432: Sex Robots & Vegan Meat with Jenny Kleeman

    Oct 07 2020

    Sex Robots & Vegan Meat Jenny Kleeman -------------- Disruptive technology has defined our generation and captured our collection imagination. I haven’t owned a television or a landline phone since the 90s. Google Maps has made it possible to navigate any city as a tourist with more accuracy than a local resident, and healthy food is becoming cheaper and more widely acceptable every day. But there are downsides to disruption too - lots of downsides.  In the next decade, technology won’t just di...more

  • 431: How to Succeed with Yoga & Fitness At Home with Lucas Rockwood

    Sep 30 2020

    How to Succeed with Yoga & Fitness At Home  with Lucas Rockwood COVID-19 has forced and inspired hundreds of millions of people to start at-home yoga practices and exercise routines - this is amazing! But how do you make it last? How do you stay motivated? And perhaps most importantly, how do you avoid the temptation to bail out of your workout halfway through and scroll through your social media newsfeed instead?  This week’s podcast is a solo show where I’ll share five tips for success with an...more

  • 430: Is Personality Permanent with Benjamin Hardy

    Sep 23 2020

    Is Personality Permanent? with Benjamin Hardy Have you ever taken an online personality test? Myers-Briggs, Kolbe or the “Big 5”? If you have, you no-doubt read the results with both pleasure and unease. Am I really a pushover? Am I more neurotic than most? It’s true past behavior is probably the best predictor of your future self - but it doesn’t have to be. The guest psychologist on this week’s show dispels the myth that personality is fixed and unchangeable, and suggests strategies for crea...more

  • 429: Fast, Feast, Repeat with Gin Stephens

    Sep 16 2020

    Fast, Feast, Repeat with Gin Stephens -------------- When we think of dieting and weight loss, the first thing that comes to mind is calorie counting, portion control, and a list of “good” and “bad” foods. But what if there was a much simpler way to start? What if, before you superimpose restrictions and rules, you could achieve huge benefits simply by altering your meal timing?  Enter: time-restricted eating (aka intermittent fasting). The simple practice increasing the break time between your...more

  • 428: But What if Your Workplace is Toxic? with Robert Glazer

    Sep 08 2020

    But What if Your Workplace is Toxic?  with Robert Glazer --------------- I had an office job that was so boring, I used to photocopy my face while guzzling free office coffee and snacking on breath mints. As long as I was hovering near the copy machine, everyone assumed I was doing something productive. After a few days of this linger-guzzle-mint-chomp routine, my colleague, Cynthia, felt we needed to add some occasional stapling to our escapades lest we be found out. So we started making zine...more

  • 427: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back with Esther Gokhale

    Sep 02 2020

    8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back  with Esther Gokhale  ---------------- Office chairs were always bad news for spinal health, but now most people are working hunched over a laptop on their coach - and many of their kids are doing the same! In 2019, we spent too much time on screens, but in 2020, it’s gone to a completely new level and we all need to spend some time thinking about work stations, postures, and spinal health. On this week’s show, you’ll meet returning guest, Esther Gokhale who has spen...more

  • 426: The Importance of Friendship with Lydia Denworth

    Aug 26 2020

    The Importance of Friendship with Lydia Denworth----------------I spent six weeks in March and April of this year in a fairly strict lockdown in Barcelona, and then two weeks in May completely housebound in Germany. COVID-19 has affected every single aspect of my life both for good and bad. What about you? Were you on lockdown? If so, who did you call? Who did you turn to (virtually) for help? If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s taught us that humans are social beings through to our cor...more

  • 425: The Science of Sin with Dr. Jack Lewis

    Aug 19 2020

    The Science of Sin with Dr. Jack Lewis The seven deadly sins are: pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. Religious or not, most of us would like to avoid these behaviors, but modern technology has made the temptation almost irresistible. How do you not overeat with such brain-triggering processed foods laden with sugar, fat, salt, and flavors? How does a pubescent boy not spend hours a day down a black hole of online porn? And is it any wonder that binge-watching Netflix series ...more

  • 424: The Joy of Movement with Kelly McGonigal

    Aug 12 2020

    The Joy of Movement  with Kelly McGonigal ------------------- Many of us chase happiness in life but happy states are fleeting anomalies largely out of our control. If you’re experiencing true joy right now, swim and revel in it, but know that soon it will be gone. Instead of chasing happiness, what if we pursued states of “good” instead. You can feel good and happy at the same time, but you can also feel good while simultaneously feeling anxious, nervous, depressed, or overwhelmed. Unlike happ...more

  • 423: The Meritocracy Trap: How the Myth Feeds Inequality with Daniel Markovits

    Aug 05 2020

    The Meritocracy Trap: How the Myth Feeds Inequality with Daniel Markovits ------------------- Every year I live outside the U.S. I’m able to better understand my culture simply due to my physical distance from it. I notice things like promiscuous use of peanut butter and cinnamon in American foods, the endless sports and war metaphors in colloquial language, the ubiquitous nostalgia for the post-World War II family life, and the universal belief that every underdog has a chance to go all the way...more

  • 422: The Strength Therapist with Sam Spinelli

    Jul 29 2020

    The Strength Therapist Sam Spinelli -------- Of all the muscles in your body, your heart muscle gets the most attention - and for good reason. Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in most countries, so any comprehensive fitness programs must address heart health. But all the other muscles matter too including your quads, your hamstrings, your glutes, and biceps. Ample skeletal muscle is associated with hormonal health, neurological health, and longevity, but for most...more

  • 421: How to Change Your Mind with Jon Venus

    Jul 22 2020

    How to Change Your Mind with Jon Venus -------------------------------------- “If it bleeds it leads” has always informed mass media, but for the past few years, the new thesis goes like this. “The more radical the viewpoint, the more reach it gets.” Extreme groups of all types scream it out daily; and while collectively, they represent the minority fringe, they siphon off the majority of our bandwidth. There are the alt right xenophobes, the extreme left terrorists, the all-meat eaters, the fru...more

  • 420: Neurodharma with Rick Hanson

    Jul 15 2020

    Meditation can reduce cortisol, increase telomere length, improve concentration, and foster feelings of unity. But it’s also very, very hard to practice consistently. Stillness is a serious challenge. Despite the plethora of books and apps and mindfulness training programs, most of us still talk a good meditation game but fail to back it up with practice.  On this week’s show, you’ll meet an author, teacher, and lifelong meditator who shares his no-nonsense approach to the practices of Buddhist ...more

  • 419: The Story of a Mouth Breather with James Nestor

    Jul 08 2020

    What do snoring, crooked teeth, and mouth breathing have in common? All these conditions can indicate or even predict a whole series of chronic health problems down the road. James Nestor began his study into breathwork in the extreme world of freediving and breath holding, but he eventually came full circle to focus on the power and necessity of healthy, balanced breathing - something often lacking in our lives. This podcast is for anyone who wheezes, snores, sniffles, finds themselves out of b...more

  • 418: The Power of Ritual with Casper Ter Kuile

    Jun 30 2020

    The Power of Ritual with Casper Ter Kuile ------------------------------ After just five swipes of your newsfeed, and you’ll immediately see ideology and groupthink dominate just about every conversation. As the world becomes more and more digital, we’re simultaneously becoming more tribal. The negative fallout is obvious, but what about the positives? What about a sense of purpose, belonging, ritual, and community? Can we find deep meaning and connection on our own terms? On this week’s podcas...more

  • 417: Time Off with John Fitch

    Jun 23 2020

    Time Off  with John Fitch ----------------- “You can have anything you want in life, but you can’t have everything.” Most of our biggest dreams are totally unsustainable, but they come with a price. Want six-pack abs? Are you willing to skip carbs and spend 2 hours a day in the gym each day? Want a 7-figure bank balance? Are you up for 70-hour work weeks for the next 10 years? Want to start your own business and work for yourself? Are you prepared to become your own worst boss? I love my work ...more

  • 416: The Children of the Future Jay Belsky, PhD

    Jun 17 2020

    The Children of the Future Jay Belsky, PhD ----------- “I don’t know the meaning of life, but I know the purpose of life. It is to create more life.” - Jay Belsky We’re cavemen pretending to be academic, political, cerebral, and romantic when really we’re mostly motivated by survival and procreation. This is simultaneously depressing and relieving since it explains away some of our most ridiculous actions. On this week’s podcast, Professor Belsky will share with us his life’s research around ad...more

  • 415: Detox Your Thoughts with Andrea Bonior

    Jun 10 2020

    Detox Your Thoughts with Andrea Bonior --------- The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news for months as a quiet crisis, one of mental health, has spread even faster and further. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are at all-time highs. And what happens when you take away work, school, and social events on top of that? What happens when your usual support and self-care tools are unavailable to you? For many of us, it means swimming through endless days of uncertainty, worry, and loss. On th...more

  • 414: How to Control Your Attention with Nir Eyal

    Jun 03 2020

    How to Control Your Attention  with Nir Eyal ---------------- How is it possible that with social distancing, telecommuting, and almost zero social events right now, you can still go an entire day and get nothing done. Exercise was forgotten, healthy meals didn’t happen, and the work projects continue to pile up. Can you relate?  Distraction was endemic before the pandemic and will continue long after. Our neural wiring makes us highly-prone to shiny object syndrome where every phone notificatio...more

  • 413: Understanding Madness with Susannah Cahalan

    May 27 2020

    Understanding Madnesswith Susannah Cahalan  --------------------------Susannah was an ambitious young adult starting an exciting life in New York City when she began having seizures, experiencing a bout of mania and depression, and even hallucinating. After nearly a month of hospitalization, she was wrongly diagnosed with bipolar disorder before eventually being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune condition that was affecting her brain. We often think of mind and body as two separate systems, ac...more

  • 412: Men with Meaning & Purpose with Connor Beaton

    May 20 2020

    Men with Meaning & Purposewith Connor Beaton--------What do you call a man who cannot perform, provide, and protect? Many people would call him a loser. It’s true that men have it easier in some areas with greater access to income and opportunities, but that often comes with the price tag of loneliness, isolation, and mental illness.  The stereotypical successful man is often work-torn with heavy eyes, floundering health, and little or no personal life to speak of. This is no way to live. On thi...more

  • 411: Heart Rate Variability Simplified Marco Altini

    May 13 2020

    Heart Rate Variability Simplified Marco Altini------------- “I know my body!” is something I hear from yoga students constantly. Sometimes they want to keep practicing and shouldn’t (due to injury or illness) maybe they want to stop practicing and shouldn’t (because the breakthrough is a few poses away). I wish we all knew and understood our inner world as well as our outer world, but most of us don’t. Quick check-in: do you know your resting heart rate right now? Do you know your respiratory ra...more

  • 410: Water, Whiskey, Coffee - Yoga Breathing Made Simple With Lucas Rockwood

    May 07 2020

    Water, Whiskey, Coffee - Yoga Breathing Made Simple With Lucas Rockwood   “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” - Hans Selye Mental and emotional stress were at historic highs pre-Coronavirus. Today, the collective anxiety of the world borders on dangerous. How much uncertainty and loss can we tolerate? Is there an upper limit? The answers will unfold in real-time in the coming months, and that’s why it’s more important than ever to equip yourself with stress management tool...more

  • 409: Losing it All in COVID-19

    Apr 29 2020

    Losing it All in COVID-19with Lucas Rockwood--------------Greetings from Barcelona. We’re nearly 2 months into COVID-19 lockdown, and instead of our usual expert interviews, I thought I’d share my experiences so far during COVID-19 with the hopes that I can glean some insight, and maybe you too.  Here’s what I’ll share:  How I lost my yoga studios How crisis unveils both strengths and weakness of systems and people  How quickly we humans can adapt  Family/work / health - what really matters in ...more

  • 408: The Pleasure Gap - Women’s Inequality in the Bedroom

    Apr 23 2020

    The Pleasure Gap - Women’s Inequality in the Bedroom Katherine Rowland----------------------“Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.” - Hunter S. Thompson Most of us are highly-charged sexual beings doing our best to hide it all day long. Lost lust looking for a home. On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore the differences in men’s and women’s pleasure.    Listen & Learn:  Why most women are less interoceptive than men Who is more fulfilled: monogamous or single women?  ...more

  • 407: Adversity into Advantage with Laura Huang

    Apr 15 2020

    Adversity into AdvantageLaura Huang ----------------------------As I get older, I appreciate the struggles of my past almost as much as the successes, and here’s my question for you: What if your greatest weakness could be flipped and leveraged as your greatest strength? What if your biggest problems could be reframed as your best assets? The world of leaders and heros is filled with people who leveraged their rock-bottom experiences to create abundance and service in the present. Currently, we...more

  • 406: How Successful People See the World with Emily Balcetis

    Apr 08 2020

    How Successful People See the World with Emily Balcetis  ----------------- I ran out of laundry detergent last week and couldn’t motivate myself to walk 20 steps to the store to buy more. Why? I can lecture for hours, interview an author for the podcast, answer 70+ emails, and spend time with all three of my kids in one day, but the laundry detergent errand felt impossible.  I have periods of manic productivity with breakthroughs at every turn, but other times when the most mundane chores of li...more

  • 405: Premature with Sarah Digregorio

    Apr 02 2020

    Premature Sarah Digregorio----------------- Once a month I have to tell a pregnant yoga student that she cannot practice in our studio, cannot hang upside down in the Yoga Trapeze, or practice long-hold, passive stretches in our Gravity Yoga classes. Why? We teach strong, athletic classes with inversions and deep stretches. It’s not safe. I’ve been accused of trying to tell women what to do with their bodies (and worse!), but the truth is, I just want to keep students safe, including the unborn ...more

  • 404: The New Science of Self Actualization with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

    Mar 26 2020

    The New Science of Self Actualization with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman ---------------------------When I feel frustrated with my place in the world, it’s often because I feel I’m not living up to my full potential. I have more to offer, more to give - and yet I’m not making it happen. Maslow defined this desire to become our best self as the need to self-actualize. But how do we do this?  Achievement triggers the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Our brain lights up with happy chemicals as...more

  • 403: How to Overcome COVID-19 Anxiety with Dr. David Carbonell

    Mar 18 2020

    You’re stuck at home, your economic future is uncertain, and it’s difficult to plan more than one day at a time. To make things even more challenging, the people and activities that bring you the most joy might be unavailable. What do you do? How do you manage your emotional health during times of such unrest?  On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist whose entire career has been focused on the management and treatment of anxiety.  Listen & Learn:  How to differentiate between danger...more

  • 402: Yoga for All Bodies with Jivana Heyman

    Mar 11 2020

    I once had a yoga student with a prosthetic leg. I didn’t realize until I attempted to push her heel to the floor in Downward Dog. I assumed that she wanted to simply blend into class and that’s why she hadn’t told me (or anyone at reception) before joining class. I was right. She just wanted to practice, and she did great. I’ve since had students with birth defects, different length legs, missing limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and scoliosis among other things. Historically, yoga studios are n...more

  • 401: Perfectly Hidden Depression with Dr. Margaret Rutherford

    Mar 04 2020

    A close friend lost her husband tragically and suddenly, but she was back in the office just two weeks later. She shed a few tears that first month, but mostly, it was Beth as usual. She didn’t fall behind on any projects or ask for help. “Beth is so strong. I think she can handle just about anything,” they said. Except they were wrong, and so was I. Beth was mourning privately for months, and then deeply depressed for years following the accident. She’d kept it hidden. Hidden depression is not...more

  • 400: Become a Conflict Master with Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler

    Feb 26 2020

    Do you have a talky coworker who never gives you space to share your ideas? Do you have a neighbor who does home repairs at 2 am? Or a spouse that never follows through with their shared housework? Welcome to everyday conflict. We argue easily about the things we care most about, and the small things seem too petty to be bothered with. Instead, we let them brew and fester until finally, we explode. Healthy conflict is the sign of a healthy relationship, but how can you foster positive conflict a...more

  • 399: The Power of ‘Thank You’ with Nancy Davis Kho

    Feb 20 2020

    My piano lessons were a dark, 45-minute drive from home. Mom and I left home at 6:30 am on Tuesday mornings to get there before school. “Luke is really good at this,” Ms. McGill said after my third lesson. I was eight, and that simple comment, deliberately made within earshot, gave me confidence with music that I carry even to this day (despite my obvious lack of skill as an adult). I never said thank you to Ms. McGill. I should have.  My sophomore year in high school, Mrs. Johnston tortured eve...more

  • 398: Better Your Relationship with Maya Diamond

    Feb 12 2020

    “I’m not sure if you feel things the way I do,” she said. “I feel everything.” I was twenty-one, she was twenty-three. The window looked out at a brick wall in my Lower East Side apartment. “I have emotional needs, and you’re buried in your books and your work. You can see me.” That was how it started on a Sunday afternoon. By Friday, I was helping her load CDs and tattered books into the trunk of a taxi. My first big breakup. Need to know more? Probably not. You’ve probably lived some version o...more

  • 397: 13 Years Training Yoga Teachers with Lucas Rockwood

    Feb 06 2020

    I always wanted to be a writer. Kerouac, Hemmingway, and Carver were my heros. Later it was playwrights Kushner, Ibsen, and Chekov. I’d drag home backpacks full of books from the public library, and I finagled my way into just about every theater I could find in New York City from Broadway to deep Brooklyn fringe venues. If you met me at age 20, you’d never predict I’d be teaching backbends and low glycemic diets at age 40 - but here we are. Life is full of surprises. Sometimes the rug gets pull...more

  • 396: Our Mental Health Crisis Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD

    Jan 30 2020

    The three largest mental health facilities in the USA are Rickers, Cooks Country and LA Twin Towers Jails. The mentally ill have literally been relegated to prisons since there are so few public resources for those in need. This is devastating to the mentally ill, of course, but also to their families, neighbors and communities who are forever impacted.  Listen & Learn:  How prisons have replaced mental health facilities in the U.S.  Why the mentally ill are treated like criminals  The real cos...more

  • You Are What Your Grandparents Ate with Judith Finlayson

    Jan 23 2020

    Two mice are genetically identical, but one ends up obese and yellow and the other ends up mousy brown and healthy as expected. What’s the difference? The mutated mouse’s mother was undernourished during pregnancy, and different genes switched on. Genetics load the gun, epigenetics pull the trigger. Most of us have the potential for exceptional health, but some of us enter the world with serious health disadvantages that make it much more difficult to survive and thrive. Your parents’ nutrition...more

  • How to Climb Mt Everest Without Leaving the United States with Jesse Itzler

    Jan 16 2020

    I have a challenge for you. Take a pencil to paper and map out your past five years on a line graph with peaks being the great experiences and valleys being the lows. I’d be willing to guess you have a deep valley (or two!) every single year, but what about a peak? What about a moment or an experience that you’ll cherish as a memory for the rest of your life? Do you have one?Most people who listen to the podcast value experiences over possessions, but are we doing enough to actively craft amazin...more

  • 393: The Intelligence Trap with David Robson

    Jan 09 2020

    Steve Jobs had genius-level intelligence and built one of the largest and most influential companies in the world. This is impressive, but at the same time that Apple was achieving success, Jobs denied fathering his own daughter, was forced to take a DNA test, and ended up paying a tiny amount of child support for her entire youth despite having millions. I never met Steve Jobs, but universally, he’s portrayed as a jerk. He’s the super-intelligent guy that you’d rather not invite over for dinne...more

  • 392: Turn Your Health Passion into a Business with John Berardi

    Jan 02 2020

    I started moonlighting as a yoga teacher and nutritional coach in my 20s while I still kept my day job. I didn’t know if I could turn my passion into a career, so I dipped my toe into the water to see how it felt. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. It’s still hard, but I figured it out. I know many of my podcast listeners are yoga teachers, trainers, health coaches, and entrepreneurs; and many of you are in the early days of trying to figure out how to make things work business-wise. If that’s y...more

  • 391: The Rabbit Effect with Dr. Kelli Harding

    Dec 25 2019

    Loneliness, living alone and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s worse for you than obesity. And you’re much more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease, and depression if you’re isolated and alone(1). The importance of social connections and touch has been proven in both human and animal models, but the solution is much less obvious. How do combat the loneliness epidemic? My guest on this week’s show has some excellent ideas. Listen & L...more

  • 390: How to Break Bad Habits with Wendy Wood

    Dec 19 2019

    You could still smoke indoors when I moved to Spain in 2009. Thankfully, it was banned in 2010 as part of an on-going anti-tobacco campaign that has since failed miserably. Fifteen years ago, 32% of people smoked. Today, 34% smoke. Somehow, the US has managed to get smoking rates down to 14%, and yet, even with a nationwide campaign, consumption here goes up. Why?  My guest on this week’s podcast has spent much of her career studying and dissecting human habit formation and change. The reasons w...more

  • 389: How to Live Forever with David Sinclair, PH.D.

    Dec 12 2019

    I’ve set a personal goal to live to be 122, and I specifically chose this number because it seems like a stretch but also totally within the realm of reasonable given my age and the advances in science. My children, I’m almost certain, will easily surpass my age simply because they have even more time for science to make it possible. So if 80 is the new 50, what does that mean for our hair, teeth, and liver? What choices should we make now to extend not just our lifespan but our healthspan too? ...more

  • 388: Being Ketotarian with Dr. Will Cole

    Dec 05 2019

    When you’re fasting, your body undergoes rapid healing that is very well-documented and exciting, but it’s also extremely impractical. When you spend a few days without eating, you’re weak, tired, hangry, and no good for much of anything except lying around the pool (hence the need for fasting resorts). But what if there was a way to get many of the same hormone-balancing and neuroprotective benefits of fasting while still eating and feeling good? This is where ketosis comes in, and while it’s t...more

  • 387: Neuroscience and Leadership with Dr. Tara Swart

    Nov 28 2019

    My worst fear with aging is losing my cognitive abilities, forgetting my kids’ names, and just becoming an old fool. It’s easy to assume that the brain will go along with the body, but there’s pretty good evidence to suggest that your mental age can be a decade younger than your physical body’s age, but you have to start working on it now. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a neuroscientist whose mission is to help us all understand how to take better care of our brains.  Listen & Learn:  Why yo...more

  • 386: Your Brain on Birth Control with Sarah E. Hill, PhD

    Nov 21 2019

    Hormonal birth control has been directly correlated with weight gain, mental health problems, and decreased libido—not exactly an ideal mix when it comes to sexuality. But what are you supposed to do? What is the alternative? With anything health and wellness, all decisions are personal, but unfortunately, most decisions are uninformed.  Our guest on this week’s show will shed some light on the real concerns so you can make the decision that is right for you. Listen & Learn How the pill can mak...more

  • 385: Binaural Beats & Meditation with Cory Allen

    Nov 13 2019

    I had a rough year in 2006. It was the year I opened my first yoga studio. I should have been on cloud nine, but I wasn’t ready for all that responsibility and all that stress. I had a staff of 12, hundreds of students, courses, a restaurant, and very little support. Mostly, I was alone. An old friend sent me some audio meditation tracks he’d be using that had a technology called binaural beats. I’d never heard of it, but I gave it a try. Right away, I felt something. Technology and I have a com...more

  • 384: Tiny Habits that Lead to Big Change with Dr. BJ Fogg

    Nov 07 2019

    I wanted to run a marathon this year. The truth is, I hardly ever run, but like any good mid-life crisis man, I wanted to tackle that goal to prove to myself I still could do hard things. Sounds great, right? Fun and challenging? Here’s the problem—I didn’t do it. I don’t even think I wanted to do it. If I had been smarter, I would have set a tiny goal, like running 5 km per week for a year for example. Then I could “win” the goal, and if the marathon happened, it’d be gravy. Instead, here I am...more

  • 383: The Nocturnal Brain With Dr. Guy Leschziner

    Oct 30 2019

    You close your blackout curtains, flip your phone to airplane mode, and crawl into bed with all the best intentions to get 7.5 hours of sleep—and then your monkey mind starts peeling bananas. Work deadlines stream through your mind, the next episode of your current favorite series beckons, and for no good reason, you’re dying to see what your friends are posting on Instagram. Thirty minutes pass, and more of the same. You’re now worried you’ll have raccoon eyes at the office meeting in the morni...more

  • 382: The State of the Heart With Haider Warraich

    Oct 24 2019

    I said goodbye to my grandfather when I was 8 years old. He had his first heart attack, and my mom was convinced he didn’t have long to live. Turns out he had many, many years ahead of him. Unfortunately, he was riddled with recurring heart problems, Parkinson’s, and a whole host of medical challenges. He lived a long life, but not a healthy one. His rapid decline shook my family, turned my mother into a health fanatic, and she passed the bug onto me.  I wish I could say that pleasure and dream...more

  • 381: A Year Spent Growing & Foraging Your Own Food with Rob Greenfield

    Oct 16 2019

    Would you survive if you had to grow or forage your own food for an entire year? Would you eat roadkill, wild yam, coconuts, and acorn grubs? Rob Greenfield is finishing up 365 days straight growing and gathering (from the ‘wild’) as his own food. Rob is an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and a guy on a mission to create a more sustainable and just world.Listen & Learn:  Why our current food systems are broken How extremes can plant seeds for moderate ideas that make more sens...more

  • 380: CO2 is Your Friend with Dr. Artour Rahkimov

    Oct 10 2019

    “Inhale fresh, life-giving oxygen… exhale toxic, dead carbon dioxide,” said my yoga teacher. I’ve heard some variation of this hundreds of times in classes. Oxygen is good, carbon dioxide is bad. In with the good, out with the bad. Right?  As it turns out, this kindergarten understanding of breathing physiology is wrong. Most of us could really benefit from more CO2 because it opens up your air passageways, relaxes smooth muscle tissues, and allows for greater absorption of oxygen. Lack of CO2 a...more

  • 379: Know Your Nerves: Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana

    Oct 02 2019

    People often compare the human body to a car, but this is a bad analogy (unless it’s a Tesla) because your body doesn’t contain a combustion engine. You’re electric, my friend, and your nerves are in the driver’s seat. One electrical stimulus makes you anxious, another makes you calm; mostly, you’re an out-of-control cross-fire of signals that kicks you around energetically and emotionally throughout the day. To know your nerves, you must know the vagus nerve. It’s the master controller of the p...more

  • 378: Kids Sleep, Parents Sleep - We All Need to Sleep! with Craig Canapari, MD

    Sep 26 2019

    My second child has black circles under his eyes in all his photos from birth to age four. He slept as little as possible and willed himself through most days with all the angst and irritability of any insomniac. At age four, he finally started sleeping and quickly became a new person. He learned more, laughed more, talked (a lot) and was a joy to be around. Was it just the sleep? No, but it made a huge difference. No more nervous anxiety in the mornings, no more dark circles, and finally, he se...more

  • 377: Medical-Industrial Complex with Mike Magee, MD

    Sep 19 2019

    The American life expectancy is currently 79, which sounds great until you realize that is the 26th in line worldwide. Despite being one of the most developed and wealthy nations in the world, the US system is not only ridiculously overpriced (at least 2x), it’s also ineffective. It’s a double fail with upstream and downstream effects that are impossible to even begin to quantify. This wonky system was built post World War II with financial incentives going to everyone except the average citizen...more

  • 376: A Life Less Stressed with Dr. Ron Ehrlich

    Sep 12 2019

    I live in Spain where the average life expectancy just hit 83 years—number three in the world, less than one percentage of a point behind Switzerland and Japan. Foreigners often hypothesize that the reason is due to the diet, the long walks, or red wine that keep people alive until such an old age, but after I’ve lived here for 10 years, I must disagree.As I look out of my office window right now, the corner cafe is filled with office workers on a morning break drinking coffee, smoking cigarette...more

  • 375: Crohn’s & Colitis - Surviving & Thriving with Dane Johnson

    Sep 04 2019

    Imagine a mosquito bites your arm. You scratch the bump and it grows big and red and doesn’t go away for months. You’d be panicked, right? Now, imagine that the red inflamed area is inside your gut, your small intestines, and your colon. What now? Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. The long-term health impact of gastrointestinal inflammation is devastating. At the extremes, there’s Crohn’s and Colitis, but hundreds of millions of people are suffering from endocrine disrup...more

  • 374: How to Find Work You Love Doing with Evan Carmichael

    Aug 29 2019

    More than 80% of people are dissatisfied with their work, and yet work is where we spend the majority of our waking hours. People say things like “Do what you love and the money will follow” and “Follow your passion…” but is it really that simple? Not for most of us. On this week’s show, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Evan Carmichael, shares his research for finding meaning and purpose at work.  Listen & Learn:  Why most people run away from their life rather than running toward a better on...more

  • 373: Finding the Body-Positive, Sex-Positive You with Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus

    Aug 22 2019

    One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college in America*, so there are literally tens of millions of victims living every day with guilt, shame, pain, trauma, and baggage. How can we be body-positive and sex-positive in this environment? How do people trust each other or even themselves? The challenges between men and women have existed since the beginning of time, and yet, the rules of engagement are unclear; and mostly, things are left unsaid, trauma is left to fester,...more

  • 372: The Sexy Brain – Intimacy & Health with Dr. Lindsey Berkson

    Aug 14 2019

    Just as an infant requires physical touch to ensure healthy development, every adult requires intimacy and connection to be mentally and physically healthy... and yet many of us are left lacking. A lingering hug can increase oxytocin and decrease cortisol, deep conversations can be neuroprotective, and a true friend or lover can alter not just your emotional life but also your biology. On this week’s show, we’ll unpack the role between intimacy and your endocrine system, and the vital importance...more

  • 371: Communication in Relationships with Sonya Jensen

    Aug 07 2019

    Any relationship crisis is usually coupled with a communication breakdown. Your needs are not being met, so you shut down. You’re upset about something, but instead of voicing it, you bottle it up. Your partner does the same, and over time, you grow distant, bitter, and even resentful. We’ve all experienced this poor communication pattern at some point. But what does good communication even look like? Do you take notes and make an outline of your key points? Do you talk, text, or email? There i...more

  • 370: The Neuroscience of Addiction with Judith Grisel, PHD

    Jul 31 2019

    You don’t manage to leave the office until 8 pm. Traffic is terrible, so it takes you an hour to get home. One of your relatives is sick and has been texting you all day, but you haven’t had a moment to call to check in. Your taxes are due in a few weeks, and you don’t have any idea how much you’ll owe. You’re best friend is just not there for you the way she used to be. She hasn’t called you in weeks. It’s Thursday evening, and you’re all alone in your kitchen trying to manage this very common ...more

  • 369: How to Lead a Simple Life Now With Gary Collins

    Jul 25 2019

    The pursuit of health, wealth, and relationships drive 99% of our action, but just how important are each of these to you personally? How much time are you willing to invest and what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve your goals in these three areas? My guest on this week’s show has flipped the script in many ways and is doing more with less, simplifying his life, living off the grid at times, and cherry-picking his life experiences. A truly simple life is not for everyone (mine is oozing w...more

  • 368: Exaholic – Breaking Your Addiction to an Ex Love with Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby, LMFT, BCC

    Jul 18 2019

    How many of your exes are you connected to on Facebook? How often do you find yourself dredging up past emotional head trash from lost love? For most people, the answer is “too often.” We live in an era where forgetting and moving on has never been more challenging, and most of us need to learn strategies to put the past in its place to make room for a fulfilling future. And some of us are even “exaholics,” literally addicted to the emotional rollercoaster of times long ago. On this week’s show,...more

  • 367: A Home that Loves You with Lily Bernheimer

    Jul 11 2019

    Your home and workspace affect your mood, your sleep, your productivity, and your feeling of belonging, but how much time have you spent to make them truly serve you? For most of us, we’re stuck working in a random office environment, and we might not even be able to control our living space as much as we’d like. The feeling you get is subjective, of course, but there is an emerging science that teaches us fascinating universal truths about what makes a great space. On this week’s show, you’ll m...more

  • 366: How God (and Big Ideas) Change Your Brain with Mark Robert Waldan

    Jul 04 2019

    Whether you’re a devout believer or a staunch atheist, the research is clear: prayer works. Here’s what also works: introspective time, mindfulness, positive focus, and big ideas. Science has proven that your brain physically changes through the regular practice of prayer, meditation, and mindfulness, and the changes can happen in as little as six to eight weeks. Our guest on this week’s show has dedicated his life to the study of positive neural changes through prayer and spiritual practices, a...more

  • 365: Birth Control Pill - Risk vs Reward with Dr. Jolene Brighten

    Jun 27 2019

    Many women start hormonal birth control in their teens and continue for years or even decades. This can be a responsible decision, but most people don’t realize the long-term side effects and risks including infertility, reduced libido, weight gain, and even mood disorders. With all things birth control, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, but throwing a pill at the issue without weighing the options is surely a bad idea. On this week’s show, you’ll meet Dr. Jolene Brighten, a women’s hormon...more

  • 364: Bottle of Lies - Generic Drug Dangers with Katherine Eban

    Jun 20 2019

    Did you know that 80 percent of generic drugs are manufactured in India or China, thousands of miles from the US FDA inspectors? When it comes to oversight, manufacturing safety, and transparency, it’s a huge problem when Big Brother is on the other side of the planet. Generic drugs offer consumers huge cost savings, but is safety and regulation the price we have to pay in order to afford our medicines? On this week’s show, you’ll meet an investigative journalist who uncovered the real problems ...more

  • 363: Improve Your Memory with Nelson Dellis

    Jun 13 2019

    I used to say, “I’m bad with names!” It wasn’t until my late 30s that I realized this was just an excuse for not learning how to remember names. Turns out, it’s not that hard. I’m not amazing, but I’m now pretty good and getting better all the time. My big secret? I put some effort into it. My guest on this week’s show is a four-time USA memory champion. Here is a short list of his accomplishments: Memorized 217 names in 15 minutes Memorized 256 words in 15 minutes Memorized 907 digits in 30 mi...more

  • 362: Do You Drink Too Much? with Annie Grace

    Jun 06 2019

    That glass of red wine after dinner soon turns into two or three. On Friday and Saturday, two or three often turns into a bottle or two. After a decade or more of drinking, it’s not uncommon to clock in 30+ drinks per week. It creeps up slowly, so it can almost go unnoticed. But your body, mind, and spirit notice, and it has a real impact. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a very successful executive who didn’t start drinking until her late 20s but quickly found herself living a lifestyle that sh...more

  • 361: The 3100 Mile Foot Race with Sanjay Rawal

    May 30 2019

    When you think of a spiritual seeker, you probably conjure up images of shaved heads, orange robes, dark meditation halls, and gongs. But sitting in silence is not the only way to mediate. You can also run around in circles 12-14 hours a day, pushing your body and mental resolve to their limit. Every year, a dozen or so seekers show up in Queens, New York, to run around an unremarkable city block until they hit 59 miles. They do this for 52 days straight, 3100 miles total. This extreme race has ...more

  • 360: Undo It with Dr. Dean Ornish

    May 22 2019

    Real health is more than just food and exercise. The key elements we often overlook are love, support, community, and stress management. These factors are so much more difficult to manage but potentially even more important than nailing the perfect diet or workout routine. My guest on this week’s podcast has an incredible track record for reversing and healing heart disease through lifestyle interventions, and he shares his very simple four-pronged approach to health and wellness for life. Liste...more

  • 359: How to Live Your Authentic Life with Philip McKernan

    May 15 2019

    Your social media feed is filled with the curated lives of a bunch of strangers who you “follow” for no obvious reason. They are better-looking than you, their lunch looks tastier, their prose is so witty. Wow, what a life. But is it real? Probably not. On an average day, most of us feel a combination of overwhelm, exhaustion, silliness, joy, loss, fear, anxiety, and depression. For a few wonderful moments, we get lost in our work or family lives, we get sucked into an inspiring story or enchant...more

  • 358: Toxins Make You: Sicker, Fatter & Poorer With Dr. Leonardo Trasande

    May 08 2019

    From the melting ice caps to dying marine reefs and depleted fish populations, we’re facing some big challenges right now, but very few people flip the lens to look at their own bodies to ask: “How are these petrochemical toxins affecting me and my family?” The truth is, toxins affect all of us from the moment we’re born. Newborns enter the world with 200+ chemical toxins inside them, and the quantity tends to go up and up as we age. Plastics can make your fat cells bigger and mess up your hormo...more

  • 357: Healthy Sex, Happy Relationship with Dr. Stephen Snyder

    May 02 2019

    The two big reasons marriages fail are sex and money. While finances are by no means easy, you can always go get another job, cut back, add on, or get creative. These creative solutions rarely play out well when it comes to sex, so you can quickly see why challenges often end in disaster. Sexuality is such a private issue, something most people prefer to discuss behind closed doors; but in reality, they don’t even discuss it in privacy either. Mostly, it goes unspoken. So what do you do? What is...more

  • 356: Can Mold in Your House Harm Your Health? with Dr. Ann Shippy

    Apr 25 2019

    I had nosebleed nearly every single day in 1988. It would usually happen midday, and while I got pretty good at predicting it, I still remember bleeding on some very important textbooks, my Iowa Basics tests (old school standardized tests), and my white t-shirts. Eventually, my family doctor did some kind of cauterization procedure and it stopped—hooray! Every kid has some weird health thing, whether it’s bumps on their belly from the swimming pool or endless streams of mucus from their noses, s...more

  • 355: Mind Detox: Clean Out Your Headtrash with Sandy Newbigging

    Apr 17 2019

    “Change the way you think about things, and the things you think about will change.” This cliche sums up 80 percent of modern personal development, but it’s about as useful as marital advice that suggests a minute-long daily hug will ensure everlasting love or financial advice that suggests if you skip your morning latte and save the money you’ll get rich someday. Has any of this ever actually worked for anyone? I doubt it. If I were to ask you about work or family or your country, you’d immed...more

  • 354: Straight White Teeth with Dr. Steven Lin

    Apr 10 2019

    Your dental health is very often the proverbial canary in the coal mine, meaning that periodontal disease is often a red flag that systemic problems exist which could be very serious. Proper brushing and hygiene are essential, of course, but dental health starts from within, particularly with the foods and nutrients you eat. So what’s the problem? Our modern diets lack essential bone-health nutrients like fat-soluble vitamins D, K, and A. Foods are loaded with sugar and create an overly-acidic e...more

  • 353: Inner Peace, Global Peace with Stephen Fulder

    Apr 03 2019

    I signed up for my first 12-day meditation retreat in 2001, and then I dropped out two weeks before the start date. I never drop out of anything. Eighteen months later, I signed up again. This time, I was ready. It was exactly as you might suspect: a room full of people sitting on cushions—not speaking, not moving—for days at a time. There were no chanting nor prayers, no incense nor gurus. It wasn’t that kind of place. The instructional aspect of the course could easily be summarized in three w...more

  • 352: Stop Thinking About Drinking with Belle Robertson

    Mar 27 2019

    I love everything that’s bad for me, and alcohol certainly falls under that umbrella. It’s a love-hate relationship really, and I don’t drink anymore. At this stage of my life, it’s just not worth it. Am I boring and health-obsessed? Probably. But maybe you are too. Here’s what we know about booze: Sixty-one million Americans are classified as binge alcohol users and 16 million as heavy alcohol users. Alcohol plays a role in one in three cases of violent crimes, and 10,000 people die each year i...more

  • 351: Mindful Leadership & Emotional Intelligence with Marc Lesser

    Mar 20 2019

    Have you ever driven from your house to the office and were unable to remember anything about the drive? Have you lost track of days and even weeks when stress and frustration turned your brain to mush?  What would your work and your life look like if you knew how to stay focused yet flexible; if you got more of the right things done; if you were helping to create a more peaceful world at the same time? These questions are posed by mindfulness trainer, Marc Lesser, my guest on this week’s podcas...more

  • 350: Demystifying Men, Women & Polarity With Dr. John Gray

    Mar 13 2019

    I spent my first 27 years of life convinced that men and women were exactly the same except for the obvious anatomical differences and a boatload of socialization. After a big relationship breakup, I read the modern classic book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and quickly learned I was wrong about so many things. Men and women are very different, not just in how we are socialized but in undeniable biochemical and neurological ways that impact us constantly. Different doesn’t mean bett...more

  • 349: The Wisdom of Old People with John Leland

    Mar 06 2019

    The average life expectancy is nearly 83 years where I live. People are living healthier, wealthier, and longer lives than ever before, but what the heck do you do in that last third portion of your life? Golf or bingo? Yoga or CrossFit? It’s really hard to know what options we’ll have in our 80s, but it also seems pretty foolish not to plan for it now. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a New York Times writer who extensively profiled six elders (over 85) in New York City. He’ll share what he le...more

  • 348: Yoga for Arthritis with Dr. Steffany Moonaz

    Feb 27 2019

    After the age of 40, there is less space between your spinal vertebrae than when you were 20. This steady degeneration of tissues happens predictably but can be exacerbated by weight, high stress, extreme athletics, and even accidents. Aside from the natural wear and tear on our joints, many people also suffer from autoimmune attacks which affect the soft tissues, causing pain, inflammation, and even deformity in extreme cases. We’re talking about arthritis. And, not surprisingly, yoga can be a ...more

  • 347: No Impact Man - Save the Planet with Colin Beavan

    Feb 20 2019

    Environmental activist, Colin Beavan, and his family decided to make a bold statement: they’d spend an entire year living as close to “zero impact” as possible in the heart of New York City. They’d ditch subways and taxis, food that came from further than 100 miles away, and TV. In the end, they’d gain a new perspective on life. Listen & Learn: How the average American creates 1600 lbs of trash each year How Colin and his wife and daughter went “zero impact” for a full year in NYC What it means...more

  • 346: Stay Strong, Middle Age & Beyond - Why Muscle Matters

    Feb 13 2019

    When we think of strength and muscle mass, we typically imagine physique-obsessed bodybuilders staring at themselves in the mirror and clanking weights around in the gym. But what if there is more to the story? What if lean muscle is more than just aesthetics, particularly as we age? My guest on this week’s show is a trial lawyer who represented two former presidents. He’s an avid skier and a gym rat who still skis at Vail with his granddaughter, still tries cases, and remains as sharp as ever ...more

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    Feb 12 2019

    This no-nonsense health and wellness show features best-selling authors and thought leaders in nutrition, mental health, relationships, and self-improvement. Each episode also includes listener Q&A. Hosted by yoga trainer, writer, and expert speaker, Lucas Rockwood, the founder of YOGABODY and The Yoga Teachers College.

  • 345: How to Succeed with People: Leadership & Charisma

    Feb 07 2019

    Group dynamics fascinate me. Why does one person take on the leadership role almost immediately without any need for introduction or approval? How did that one person decide he was the joker? And why is there always someone lurking in the back, avoiding eye contact and trying to be invisible? I’ve been hosting training courses for 13 years now, and I’ve seen time and time again how we all tend to assume different social roles in group settings with enough people. It’s not always consistent or pr...more

  • 344: Goldilocks Zone for Protein with Stephan Cabral

    Jan 30 2019

    Most people believe that carbs give you energy, fat makes you fat, and protein builds muscles - but this is not how the body works. In fact, we metabolize macronutrients very differently - often counter-intuitively - and it's important to understand the hormonal impact of food as you attempt to find balance. Too much protein can be just as problematic as too many carbs but how do you know how much is too much? What are some baseline measurements you can use in your own life? My guest on this wee...more

  • 343: Narcissist Survival Guide with Dr. Ramani Durva-Sula

    Jan 23 2019

      Open up Instagram right now, and start counting the number of narcissists in your feed today. How many? Three, ten, fifty? Is there anyone real in your feed? Narcissistic personalities have always existed, but with social media, it's a bigger problem than ever. These hyper-insecure people lack empathy, live in a constant state of conflict, and value status and outward appearances over real human connection and understanding. Why does it matter? Because we work with them, we live with them, and...more

  • 342: Traditional vs. Alternative Medicine with Dr. Thomas Cowan

    Jan 16 2019

    Modern medicine's best thinking pales in comparison to the wisdom of our bodies. The best science only has a very rudimentary understanding of the dynamic and complex organism we inhabit, and yet we're always looking for the magic pill and the prescriptive cure.On this week's show, we'll explore ancestral wisdom for the modern man and the seemingly impossible attempt to find a balance. Listen & Learn: Why dead people don't teach us everything we need to know about living people How to work with...more

  • 341: Sugar is the Devil with Sarah Wilson

    Jan 09 2019

    By the end of the 1700s, the average American consumed four teaspoons of sugar a day. One hundred years later, that number had risen to eighteen teaspoons. Today, we're consuming 22 teaspoons (93 grams) per day, and it's a huge problem. Diabetes rates are through the roof, and elevated blood sugar levels contribute to nearly every major disease and illness. But... we all love sugar. We're genetically wired to seek it out and gorge on it. So how do we even begin to find balance in a sugar- and ca...more

  • 340: Emotional Agility with Susan David,PhD

    Jan 02 2019

    “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” - Friedrich Nietzsche What in your inner world enables you to fully show up in the outer world? What is more important: What you have or how you feel? On this week's podcast, you'll meet Susan David, PhD, who has dedicated her life to emotional health. She'll inform you how to ask yourself better questions, lean into pain (when necessary), and craft a truly fulfilling life based on your values.   Listen & Learn: Why our inner world often matte...more

  • 339: One Plant-Based Meal Per Day with Suzy Amis Cameron

    Dec 27 2018

    When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, the internet will explode with searches for the best diets, which yield all kinds of good, bad, and absurd advice for getting healthy and fit. Vegetarians duke it out with Paleo people, macrobiotics argue with raw foodists, and the cycle goes on and on with no obvious winner. Even with the best intentions, 92 to 98 percent of diets fail in the long term, and by Valentine’s Day, most people have abandoned their resolutions for the eating habits t...more

  • 338: Broadcasting Happiness with Michelle Gieland

    Dec 19 2018

    Positive thinking is great, but how do you handle yourself when your spouse is in a funk or your boss is negative every minute of the working day? With all the best intentions for the day, many of us wake up and get hit with the Fox News or CNN.com onslaught of gloom and doom, and this influence shapes our reality for the remaining of our waking hours. Our guest this week was neck-deep in news broadcasting for years and now dedicates her research and work life to broadcasting happiness—literally...more

  • 337: Cultivating Clarity with Jamie Smart

    Dec 13 2018

    As the saying goes, “You can have anything you want in life, you just can't have everything.” However, figuring out exactly what you want is often difficult, as it means compromise, sacrifice, and hard work. With the New Year around the corner—a natural time to reflect on the year gone by and to plan for the year to come—the subject of clarity has never been more applicable. The same actions and habits that got you to where you are today won’t likely get you to where you want to go. So what next...more

  • 336: Addicted to Exercise, Fasting Timing & Veggie Kids

    Dec 05 2018

    What if you become so focused on exercise and healthy living that it becomes an unhealthy obsession? What if you're a parent and eat a balanced diet but struggle to feed your kids well? What if yoga is giving you a hernia? On this week's podcast, I'll do my best to answer these great listener questions and more. Listen & Learn: Risk vs.reward of yoga Whether or not kids should be vegetarian 8+16 meal timing How to eat healthfully when your friends/family don’t ABOUT THE HOST In 2002, I worked ...more

  • 335: Mental Fitness for the Modern Mind with Kasper van der Meulen

    Nov 28 2018

    Most people know more about Game of Thrones than they do about their own digestive system. They know how many nuclear warheads are in North Korea, but they don't know their Vitamin D levels or their fasting blood glucose levels. This is a problem. The term 'mindfulness' usually conjures up the image of a monk sitting in Lotus Pose in the middle of the forest, but everyday mindfulness is just as important and often overlooked. On this week's podcast, you'll meet a mental fitness biohacker, Kasper...more

  • 334: Learn New Skills, Overcome Fears, Become a Hero with Josh Kaufman

    Nov 21 2018

    After your first yoga class, your hamstrings will hurt like hell. After your first day snowboarding, your wrists will ache and your bum will be bruised. After your first week struggling to play Knockin’ on Heaven's Door, your fingertips will be raw. Welcome to the awkward and irritating world of new skill acquisition. The journey from grossly incompetent to somewhat capable is simultaneously the most challenging and most rewarding part of learning. In the yoga studio, I see it every day. People ...more

  • 333: The Power of Pleasure with Xanet Pailet

    Nov 14 2018

    Xanet Pailet was in a marriage with zero physical intimacy for more than 15 years. Most people don't go that long, but many do wait years before they openly address these issues; however, by then, permanent damage to the relationship may have already been done. Sexuality is a definitive part of the human experience, and when it's not working, it's one of the top reasons couples split. So what's going wrong? Past trauma, self-esteem issues, guilt, shame, and a general lack of communication all co...more

  • 332: How to Achieve Deep, Restful Sleep with Stephanie Romiszewski

    Nov 07 2018

    I struggled with chronic sleep deprivation for more than a decade. During that time, I’d fall asleep in the barber’s chair. If I was talking on the phone while in bed, I’d pass out in the middle of the conversation. On airplanes, I’d be asleep before takeoff and the flight attendant would have to wake me up after landing. My world was hazy. My focus was hour-to-hour. Generally speaking, my head felt like a swamp I had to wade through to get anything done.  A poor night’s sleep affects your mood,...more

  • 331: Mental Illness: A Global Health Crisis with Mark Lukach

    Oct 31 2018

    Mark Lukach's wife spent nearly two months in total in psychiatric wards during three different bipolar episodes. Mental illness appeared seemingly out of nowhere with suicidal thoughts, delusions, and dangerous behavior. While this story sounds extreme, I promise that someone you know and care about is suffering right now, as well. That being said, there's a good chance you can help. On this week's show, we'll look closely at mental illness, which affects one in every four households today. My ...more

  • 330: Radical Metabolism

    Oct 24 2018

    Have you ever heard someone blame their weight gain on a 'slow metabolism?' It sounds logical, but what does it mean exactly? What is considered 'slow?' When we talk about metabolic health, it's important to define what it really is. You'll quickly learn that it's multifaceted and you'll need to work separately on each area. On this week's podcast, we'll talk with Ann Louise Gittleman, the first lady of nutrition, who has very practical advice based on decades of extensive work in health and nut...more

  • 329: Improve Your Balance, Improve Your Life

    Oct 18 2018

    If you can balance well, your yoga practice is more fun, you’re faster and nimbler, and you might even live longer. Sound far-fetched? Check it out: falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. 424,000 individuals die from falls globally. My balance has improved massively in the past couple years, but historically, I’ve had terrible balance. I assumed it was something I just had to live with, but I’ve learned that poor footwear, bad walking patterns,...more

  • 328: How to Create a Breakthrough

    Oct 10 2018

    Everyone has some area of their life where they feel totally stuck, and it usually falls into one of three categories: health, wealthy, or relationships. It's very rare that all three of those areas of life are flowing smoothly at once time, it's usually a balancing act where family life is awesome but work is a mess, or work is cruising but your health is suffering. Have you experienced this? On this week's podcast, we'll talk about engineering a breakthrough in your life with a counterintuiti...more

  • 327: The Truth About CBD (nonpsychoactive marijuana) for Health

    Oct 03 2018

    A little girl named Charlotte was having as many as 300 seizures a week, some lasting as long as 30 minutes. Her body was frail, her health was suffering, and her parents were at their wits' end. After every other medical intervention failed, the family tried a nonpsychoactive extract from marijuana called CBD and their lives were never the same again. Charlotte's story was one of the first to capture people's imagination, from lawmakers to cannabis growers, and in the years since, has helped sp...more

  • 326: The Food, Vitamins & Blood Test Episode

    Sep 26 2018

    Recently, my friend returned from a family member's funeral 8 lbs heavier and asked, "What's going on?" Weight gain from stress can be clinically explained by a few different mechanisms. There is emotional eating, where you eat to distract yourself and bury your sorrows, but there is also emotion-induced weight gain, where, during a period of high stress, your psychological state chemically disrupts your hormones. This imbalance can increase (or decrease) hunger and change your body's propensity...more

  • 325: Too old to stretch? Xylitol got you down?

    Sep 19 2018

    I receive questions from listeners every day. On this week's Q&A show, I'll answer a few of them, with topics ranging from flexibility for seniors and what technically breaks a fast to Xylitol and Vitamin K2. ------------ Listen & Learn: Is it possible for people over 60 to increase their flexibility Is Xylitol really healthy Does drinking soy milk/espresso count for fasting Is Yin Yoga safe for your joints What is Vitamin K2 good for ABOUT THE HOST In 2002, I worked for a New York City book p...more

  • 324: Demystifying the Pelvic Floor

    Sep 12 2018

    People joke that they 'laughed so hard they peed their pants.' However, this is a real problem called stress incontinence—a symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor is a complex group of muscles, fascia and connective tissues at the base of your spine that is crucial for bladder control, posture, sexual function, and the health of many vital organs.  So what's the problem? Maybe you gave birth to two kids and never resumed your pre-kid exercise routine. Maybe you are 45 years old an...more

  • 323: The Truth About Hypnotherapy

    Sep 05 2018

    A stage hypnotist convinced my friend Burton that he was an undercover spy and needed to find a clue hidden in the forest. There were 600 people in the audience, but Burton was all in. He raced off the stage, returning 10 minutes later, covered in sweat (clearly he had been running around campus), at which point he proudly displayed the ‘clue’ he'd found. If I didn't know better, I would have thought Burton was a paid actor. The experience was disturbing and I immediately put hypnosis in the ‘we...more

  • 322: Estrogeneration

    Aug 29 2018

    Think of your body as a three-legged stool with an electrical body (your nervous system), a bacterial body (your microbiome), and a chemical body (your endocrine system). These three legs are largely responsible for your health and well-being, and if one leg gets whacked out from under you, you'll likely fall on your face. Today, let's focus on your chemical body: your hormones. These chemical compounds influence everything from your waistline to your mood, and our modern world is filled with al...more

  • 321: Why Relationships are So Hard

    Aug 23 2018

    The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships; and yet, for most of us, being in relationship is hard. Most of us find it challenging enough to get our own lives in order, so when you share children, finances, loves and loss with another person, it's never a linear path. What about sex? What about religion? What about independent needs and wants? On this weeks, Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Allen Wagner, a couple's therapist with his feet firmly planted on the ground....more

  • 320: Movement as Medicine

    Aug 15 2018

    This concept of "a pill for an ill" has led hundreds of millions of Americans to take prescription medications every single day. Antidepressants for mood, opioids for pain, and proton pump inhibitors for stomach problems—the list goes on and on. Modern medicine is truly a blessing, but it's gotten out of hand; and in many cases, we've neglected the safer and more obvious choices that are right in front of our faces. Movement is medicine: running, dancing, stretching, and skiing. You sweat and sm...more

  • 319: Why You Are Only One Percent Human

    Aug 08 2018

    There are more than 10 times as many microbe cells in your body as human cells, but interestingly, we're exposed to our first bacteria at birth—and from there, the process begins. While two humans are almost identical genetically, their microbiomes can be dramatically different, which accounts for differences in the way they digest food, the way they smell, and even more dramatic differences such as their hormonal response. Microbiome research is fascinating, but still in its infancy. Supplement...more

  • 318: Yoga Breathing Lesson: Water, Whiskey, Coffee

    Aug 01 2018

    I feel I’ve let you down. I’ve hosted pretty much every renowned breathing expert in the world on this podcast, and yet most of my listeners are still not sure exactly how yoga breathing works. On this week’s show, my goal is to break down the fundamentals of yoga breathing in a way that you can easily remember and apply to your practice. ------------ Listen & Learn: How all breathing practices are either water, whiskey, or coffee Why it’s easy to get confused with gurus and brand names Why mos...more

  • 317: Understanding Arousal

    Jul 25 2018

    During the summer between 8th and 9th grade, I watched my classmate Jeff go from about 125 lbs to 180 lbs in six weeks. This scrawny, video game nerd turned into a force to be reckoned with through a combination of hard gym workouts and anabolic steroids he bought from his older brother. I'm not sure if you've ever seen a transformation like this firsthand, but it's not something you easily forget. Enter hormones. They can make you skinny or make you fat. They can give you hot flashes, make you ...more

  • 316: How to Trigger ASMR Brain Tingles

    Jul 18 2018

    Have you ever used a scalp massager made of long, thin wires? For most people, it causes quite the sensation, sending tingles from the back of their neck down their spine. Or maybe you have this reaction when someone whispers in your ear? This pleasurable response to specific auditory and visual stimuli is known as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), and is likened to meditation. ASMR is exploding on the internet right now because it is deeply relaxing, extremely pleasurable, and can se...more

  • 315: Chronic pain: Is it all in the brain?

    Jul 11 2018

    Chronic pain—the most common of which is back pain and digestive pain—affects as many as one in four people. Pain plays a crucial role in the body as a clear sign that something is injured, diseased, or in need of extra care. However, when pain becomes chronic, many times the pain signals sent to the brain no longer correspond with any kind of dysfunction. The pain is literally all in the brain, and faulty neural wiring can ruin your life. When people are in constant pain, they will try anything...more

  • 314: Deep Dive into Knee Pain

    Jul 04 2018

    Have you ever seen a yoga student, runner, or CrossFitter with weird crisscrossed tape on their knees? Have you ever experienced knee pain that kept you from doing your favorite activities? Aside from back problems, knee pain is the most common issue I see in my yoga studios, with the inevitable question being what to do about it. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you will meet physiotherapist Lee Herrington, who works with high-level athletes to correct movement dysfunctions, and help them manage ...more

  • 313: The Mobility Method | Find Freedom in Your Body

    Jun 27 2018

    Your tight hamstrings, stiff hips, and locked up spine are not going to find freedom on their own—you have to train for mobility. When your body is tight, it affects everything, from your standing and sitting posture to your stride, but when you increase your range of motion, it feels as if you’ve added an extra room onto your home. Flexible bodies feel free, youthful, and energized. However, getting started with training can be frustrating. On this week’s show, you’ll meet physical therapist Je...more

  • 312: Barefoot Strong

    Jun 20 2018

    My balance has always been terrible. It didn't matter if I was on a skateboard, a balance beam, or in tree pose in yoga; I've always found it incredibly challenging to stay steady. Some people are just better at balance than others, but when I was about 30 years old, I realized my extremely-high arches and tight calves were largely to blame. Today, I still have excessively high arches, but I've managed to stretch and relax them down dramatically, and it's improved my running and walking gate as ...more

  • 311: Confidence: Build & Develop It

    Jun 13 2018

    My six-year-old son will approach the person behind the counter at the grocery store and ask, “Do you have anything for kids?” At the doctor’s office, he’ll ask, “Do you have any candies?” He doesn’t break eye contact and his voice is steady, without a shred of insecurity, and it works. People give him things everywhere he goes. This is the power of confidence in action, and it’s remarkable to watch. I don’t take credit for it, he came out this way; but I have come to believe that confidence is ...more

  • 310: Mitochondria: Key to Health and Longevity

    Jun 06 2018

    If you go to any convenient store, you'll see dozens of "energy" products including bars, drinks, and snacks. Most products are loaded with sugar or caffeine—or both. In the short term, they'll certainly give you energy, but in the long term, they send you spiraling down. High energy is at the cornerstone of health, but we often neglect the very root source of energy—our cellular energy created by the mitochondria. On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how cellular energy can be pivotal f...more

  • 309: How to Develop an At-Home Practice

    May 30 2018

    Back in 2002, when I couldn’t make it to a studio, I would play an old cassette tape and practice to that in my bedroom, hotel room, or even outdoors wherever I was. At-home practice has always been part of my yoga experience, but I’m the type of introvert that gets energy and inspiration from being alone. I’m naturally driven, and I’m harder on myself than any teacher has ever been; so when people asked me how to develop an at-home practice, I always struggled to answer until recently when I’ve...more

  • 308: Eating for Brain Power

    May 23 2018

    Most health and diet books focus on reducing your waistline but neglect the most "mission critical" part of your entire body: your brain. The 3 lbs, watery, fatty mass between your ears needs to be fed well and cared for, but most people don't give brain health the attention it deserves. Meet Dr. Lisa Mosconi, neuroscientist and author, and learn how your brain health can be dramatically influenced by food and lifestyle. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why your body can survive on many foods, but ...more

  • 307: Natural Birth Control

    May 16 2018

    Following the advice of parents, counselors, and health care providers, millions of women take hormonal birth control starting in their teenager years to avoid unwanted pregnancies, regulate their periods, or to control acne. But what if you gain weight, lose your libido, and get depressed? What then? The FDA warns that hormonal birth control could increase the risk of cancer and heart disease too (among other things), but this "fine print" is rarely discussed but potentially life changing. So w...more

  • 306: Stiff After Stretching, Yoga Problems & Vegan Pitfalls

    May 09 2018

    You’ve got questions, and I’ve got answers…. join me for this week’s Yoga Talk Show special “Q&A Show” where I do my best to help listeners. On this week’s show, we cover: my recommending reading list, food allergy testing, 18+6 Meal Timing, vaccines, yoga problems and plant-based pitfalls. ------------ ABOUT THE HOST Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga...more

  • 305: Balance Your Hormones

    May 02 2018

    When we think about toxins in our food and environment, most people assume the risk is "cancer," and that's true; but the more immediate risk is often hormonal imbalance. Common addictives in foods and skin care products can disrupt your natural endocrine balance and lead to everything from thyroid problems and infertility to weight gain and depression. This is a huge and growing problem, and the solution includes diet and lifestyle choices that aren't always obvious. Health coach, Magdalena Wsz...more

  • 304: Your Weakness is Your Superpower

    Apr 25 2018

    Here is one of my favorite interview questions: "What did you get in trouble for most when you were 12 years old?" The answer often reveals more about who someone really is than an hour-long conversation. Why? Because the things we do that drive people crazy are often the things that define us; and with the right application, the things that enable us to shine our brightest. What if your weaknesses were your greatest strength? What if your weirdness made you wonderful? Our guest on this week's Y...more

  • 303: Push Beyond Your Limits

    Apr 18 2018

    Colin was on the beach in Thailand and decided to try Fire Poi (fire dancing). A few minutes later, he got tangled up, caught on fire, and burned 25% of his body so badly he was bedridden for months. A former athlete, he was devastated to learn that he might never walk properly again. Fast forward a couple years... Colin not only walks, but he runs, cycles, and swims. He quits his job and becomes a professional tri-athlete competing in 22 countries. As if this wasn't enough of an accomplishment ...more

  • 302: Save the Planet One Person At-a-Time

    Apr 12 2018

    The world’s bulging landfills mirror our bulging waistlines; and the toxic chemicals we pour down our drains end up in our water supplies, food systems, and eventually into our own bodies. Environmental issues that were previously reserved for special interest groups are now urgent global concerns. As our planet grows to nine billion people, how will the oceans, the forests, and the people survive and thrive? On this week’s, Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet an activist who walks his talk in extreme w...more


    Apr 04 2018

    Have you ever heard someone say, “Flexibility doesn’t matter!” or “Stretching makes you weak!” For some reason, the misinformation about flexibility training is rampant, and many students are confused what to do about their locked-up hips, tight hamstrings, and stiff spines. How do you safely and effectively increase your mobility? Since 2007, flexibility training has been a huge part of the YOGABODY world, and we’re revisiting this perennial topic this year with new and updated research and pra...more

  • 300: Sleep Better, Perform Better, Live Better

    Mar 28 2018

    Meet the man who top Athletes like, Cristiano Ronaldo, consult with to make sure they get optimal sleep: Nick Littlehales. Sleep quality makes a huge difference in optimal sports performance and overall health, but most people are simply trying to log more hours—and most of us fall short of our goals. Nick's approach is much more practical, realistic, and takes into account individuality of body type, chronotype, and environment. I've had half a dozen sleep experts on the Yoga Talk Show, and for...more

  • 299: Everything I Know About Weight Loss

    Mar 21 2018

    The world is getting fat at an alarming rate. Two in three adults are overweight or obese, and excess weight is correlated with every degenerative illness across the board. While some overweight people are in perfect health, it's rare and often fleeting as the downward spiral is very predictable—and it happens fast. Here's what you need to understand about the global weight problem. It's not about lack of willpower or discipline, that's an ignorant and uninformed excuse. It's not about lack of e...more

  • 298: Uncontrolled Sweating, Zevia & Muscle Cramps – Special Q&A Show!

    Mar 14 2018

    LISTENER QUESTIONS! Is borage oil any good? What do you do with heart rate variability data? My kid is sweating like crazy, what do I do? How do I get started on a vegan diet? Are oats any good for breakfast? How do I beat chronic yeast overgrowth? My joints are popping, now what? Your questions, my answers on this week's show! Go a question yourself? Send us a voicemail... ------------ ABOUT THE HOST Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepre...more

  • 297: How to Get Stuff Done

    Mar 07 2018

    Have you ever heard someone say, "I'm an idea person... I like to start new things, but I'm not the person who finishes them?" You know who does finish things? Winners. Starting is not hard, or interesting, or worth celebrating. Day 92 of your new exercise program, that's celebration time. Year 6 in your new career, that's party time. On this week's show, we'll talk about getting stuff done, finding your dream job, and focusing on stacking successes (not failures). ------------ Listen & Learn: ...more

  • 296: How to Heal from Brain Drain

    Feb 28 2018

    It's Friday night. You're home late from work and desperate to sleep, and yet you can't. You're tired but wired, overworked but over-stimulated. Cortisol has been pumping through your veins all week, and it's not so easy to turn it off. So what do you do? Most people turn to crap foods, alcohol, pills, and binge-watching television series. Why? Because they work. In the short term, they make you feel better; but long term, most of our autopilot stress management techniques turn into self-destruc...more

  • 295: Magnesium: Top Mineral for Yoga Students

    Feb 21 2018

    Many people think mineral deficiencies only occur in the developing world where food is scarce; but the reality is that most people are deficient in at least a few vitamins or minerals. Our soils are over-farmed leaving our foods nutrient poor, so even people eating the highest-quality of foods are susceptible to imbalances. Enter: magnesium. It's the 8th most abundant mineral on earth and affects everything from bowel regularity and cramps to sleep quality and digestion. It's found in nuts, see...more

  • 294: The End of Alzheimer’s

    Feb 14 2018

    Do you have a friend or family member losing their short-term memory, losing their mental "edge", and just generally slowing down in terms of brain function? If so, this week's Yoga Talk Show delivers insight into neurodegenerative problems and what you can do about them. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's are among the top 3 causes of death worldwide. Toxins, inflammation, and high sugar diets are among the many causes; but fortunately, we have better tools than ever for prevention ...more

  • 293: Unlock Your Happy Brain Chemicals

    Feb 07 2018

    "I just want to be happy..." is something you've probably said one thousand times. You want to be happy at work, at home, with your partner and friends—but what does that mean? You've no-doubt felt "happy" while walking on the beach on a warm summer night at sunset, but if you're like me, you've also felt "happy" in a sweaty, controlled mess on your yoga mat—so what's going on?   Happiness is something we're all seeking and yet almost no one can define. No wonder we struggle to achieve it. On th...more

  • 292: My Untold Story: Yoga, Drugs & Alcohol

    Jan 31 2018

    It was Christmas 2001. I was 23 years old, and I woke up in the back of ambulance after convulsing in a grand mal seizure in front of my parents. I'd managed to wobble through the previous 3 years in steady haze of drug and alcohol abuse, chronic sleep deprivation, and borderline mania, but that holiday season, I bottomed out. There was no more hiding the truth from myself. I was in trouble. I wish I could say that I've always loved yoga, health and wellness—but that's not my story. I took my fi...more

  • 291: Push to Your Limit & Beyond

    Jan 24 2018

    During the World Financial Crisis of 2008, James Lawrence's mortgage business went belly-up, and he started running, cycling and swimming. He channelled his pain and struggle into training, and became a professional athlete in middle age. His preferred race? The Ironman: a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles cycling, and 26.2 miles running—all in one day. As gruelling as that sounds, James decided to do 50 Ironman races, 50 days in a row, in all 50 U.S. states. They call him the "Iron Cowboy," and he lives...more

  • 290: Lab-Grown "Clean Meat" & the Future of Food

    Jan 17 2018

    At age 23, I was overweight, drinking too much and smoking constantly. I was stuck in life and wanted a new one, so I finally got up the courage to attend a 10-day meditation retreat just before my 24th birthday. I'd booked and canceled the same retreat once before, and it was a big deal for me to get on the bus from New York City out to rural New Jersey to do nothing... ... But it turns out, it led to a big turning point in my life. Many changes I experienced were subtle and played out over mon...more

  • 289: Why "Touch" Matters in Everything

    Jan 10 2018

    You probably know that infants that don't receive enough cuddles, hugs, and physical affection suffer from all kinds of developmental problems—the first two years are the most critical, and this is why the first thing a doctor does with a newborn is place it on the chest of the mother or father. But what about middle-aged people? And what about at the end of life? It turns out touch is still crucial to health and wellness, and yet in our modern, physically disconnected society, many people are d...more

  • 288: Why We're Depressed & What to Do About It?

    Jan 03 2018

    I've spent most my career researching, studying and teaching physical health and wellness only to realize that mental health is the big elephant in the room. In many cases, diet and exercise help, of course; but depression, anxiety and trauma wounds can dig so deep that a more comprehensive, mind-body approach to healing is needed. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a pioneer in Mind-Body Medicine who has worked with everyone from war-torn refugees to leaders of state. His insights into ...more

  • 287: Wellness Insider "Best Of"

    Dec 27 2017

    After interviewing hundreds of health experts, you learn dozens of industry insights that would otherwise be impossible to gather. Our guest on this week's Yoga Talk Show is a veteran podcaster and wellness journalist, and I invited him on so we can learn the "best of" from his experiences over the years. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why real-time blood glucose monitoring is here now and should become accessible to everyone very soon Why fat, protein, fiber and water are essential for health Wh...more

  • 286: How to Love Your Body

    Dec 20 2017

    One of the best ways to love your body is to stop poisoning it with excess sugar, starch and carbohydrates. This sounds obvious, but it's actually a huge challenge. Excess sugar is everywhere and without careful study, most everyone walks around with chronically elevated blood sugar levels. In the short term, this affects your mood and waistline; in the long term, it reduces your healthspan and lifespan very dramatically. ------------ Listen & Learn: Carbs vs net carbs – what's the difference? ...more

  • 285: Laughing for Healing

    Dec 13 2017

    Why do so many yoga and meditation teachers talk in the third person, add in huge pauses between words, and hold awkward eye contact while teaching? Where did this caricature of a "spiritual person" come from, and is there really any point? As a career yoga teacher, I've fallen into just about every trap there is, including adopting "yoga speak," appropriating Eastern cultures (disrespectfully), and role playing a yogi. Unfortunately, this behaviour pushes more people away than it attracts, and ...more

  • 284: Finding Strength in Pain

    Dec 06 2017

    Can you imagine if your mother died of a sudden brain aneurysm, your young husband died of a heart attack, and then your father-in-law passed away from cancer all in the span of 9 years? This is Amy Morin's story, and she has since turned her immense grief and suffering into strength and balance. Death, pain, battling with emotions are the focus on this week's Yoga Talk Show. ------------ Listen & Learn: How to train your brain to think realistically about your situation Why we need to learn to...more

  • 283: Better than Before

    Nov 29 2017

    At one of my first personal growth and development retreats, I wrote down my goals to build a huge health and wellness center with yoga, a restaurant, diet programs, and more. Financially, I wanted it to be so successful that I spent the latter half of my life giving away wealth (think a yoga version of Bill Gates). This HUGE goal got me really excited when I was 25, but it was just too big and too abstract to pull out any specific actions I could implement right then. It's great to think big, b...more

  • 282: Become More Productive

    Nov 22 2017

    I'm often praised for my productivity. I have two kids, three businesses, 28 staff, and a hectic travel schedule. So how do I manage to get it all done? To be honest, I'm not sure I do. Work-life balance is not something I pretend to know anything about because in order to keep the wheels on the bus, I have to selectively neglect major chunks of life. Everything comes at a cost, including a super-productive life. I share with you my experience because most-everyone I know wants to become more pr...more

  • 281: Meditation for Skeptics

    Nov 15 2017

    "I can't meditate," is one of the most common phrases I hear in the yoga studio. Students somehow feel that since they cannot sit still or calm their mind, they are unable to practice meditation—but the opposite is true. The very fact that you cannot sit still or clear your mind, is exactly why you need to practice. But how do you learn? And where do you get started? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a meditator and innovator who has created the world's first, drop-in yoga center in Los...more

  • 280: Mobility Training

    Nov 08 2017

    There are two types of people who say that flexibility doesn't matter. The first group is stiff as a board and want an excuse for their lack of mobility. The second group consists of people who have always been flexible, the dancers and gymnasts who flop into the splits like it's nothing. For the rest of us, flexibility absolutely matters. It impacts our posture, our walking and running gates, and even our potential for injury. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a yoga teacher working wi...more

  • 279: The Problem with Nice Guys

    Oct 27 2017

    Nice Guy Syndrome is when men try so hard to be liked and helpful that they end up miserable and alone. The people-pleasing, caretaker role is something that initially sounds great but often leads to huge meltdowns in personal and professional relationships. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we depart from our usual discussions about nutrition, anatomy and alignment to explore interpersonal relationships, particularly men's complex and often confused role.   ------------ Listen & Learn: Why avoidi...more

  • 278: Changing Habits

    Oct 25 2017

    Your habits around food, exercise and lifestyle largely dictate your health. What do you eat for breakfast? What is a "fun night out" for you and your friends? How often do you get outdoors, run, cycle or play? In our youth, our healthy habits tend to come naturally, but as we age, unhealthy habits creep in—and they are so hard to break. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll unpack habit change and how to cultivate it in your life.   ------------ Listen & Learn: Why persistence is the key to cha...more

  • 277: Detox Your Body & Life

    Oct 18 2017

    Did you know that newborn babies are born with 200+ chemical toxins in their bodies? Or that polar bears often have off-the-charts levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) despite living in remote areas? We live in a pollute word: our water, air, and food supplies filled with toxins and end in our body and can lead to scores of health problems. Cancer is obviously the biggest risk, but hormonal imbalances are the more immediate threat—and they contribute to everything from PMS and polycyst...more

  • 276: Find Your Cozy Place

    Oct 11 2017

    Danish people regularly score as the happiest people in the world, but it's a small, flat, wet country; taxes are ridiculously high, and the weather is generally bad. So what's going on? What do the Danes know that we don't? Among their secrets is a concept called Hygge, the experience of pleasant togetherness that is an ever-present part of Danish culture from food and family, to home and meal times. It's that cozy, contented, supportive feeling you get at a holiday dinner—only the Danes do the...more

  • 275: The People's Pharmacy

    Oct 04 2017

    Did you know that chili pepper and mustard can help with muscle cramps? Did you know that your acid blocking digestive aids could actually make your problem worse over time? We all have unprecedented access to information, supplements, and even prescription medications—but how do you know where to start? On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, we'll uncover home remedies, common misunderstandings, and plant seeds for a healthier you.     ------------ Listen & Learn: How cannabis can be a helpful for ne...more

  • 274: The Power of Self-Awareness

    Sep 28 2017

    Do you know yourself? Really? Do you know what makes you tick and what drives you... what lights you up and what dims your fired? Self-awareness doesn't come naturally, like all forms of intelligence, it's cultivate and learned over time—but very few people take the time to invest in this skill. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how both internal and external self-awareness can be meta-skills in modern life. ------------ Listen & Learn: Internal vs. external self awareness Why self-ac...more

  • 273: Discover Wild Food & Weeds

    Sep 20 2017

    It's easy to get excited about the newly-imported Brazilian berry with crazy-high antioxidant levels; but what about the weeds and wild foods growing your backyard? When it comes to micronutrients, the simple rule "fresh is best" usually wins, and no matter where you live, there is a ridiculous amount of wild food available that is so nutritionally-superior to anything in the grocery store, some of it is even considered medicine. On this week's show, we'll talk about how to get started with wild...more

  • 272: Unlocking the Secrets of Fascia

    Sep 13 2017

    Did you know that your muscles would be a bloody pile of melted, soft-serve ice cream if not for fascia? This web of connective tissues literally hold your body together—and most of us aren't really even sure how to pronounce the word! On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet the king of fascia research and teaching, Tom Meyers. ------------ Listen & Learn: How this plastic-wrap-like tissue holds your entire body together How low circulation tissues like fascia, cartilage, tendons and ligamen...more

  • 271: What Darwin Got Wrong

    Sep 07 2017

    How did our planet form? How did life begin? Most of us have no idea how to explain this foundational, existential question. Evolutionists say that all life has stemmed from a series of random mutations that began with the big bang 13.8 billion years ago; creationists say that a higher power created the universe and all life as we know it. When examined with even the slightest bit of scrutiny, both arguments fall ridiculously short of plausibility. In a departure from our typical health and well...more

  • 270: Change Your Life w/The 5 Second Rule

    Aug 31 2017

    What if what’s keeping you from achieving your goals and building the life you truly desire came down to your constant, nagging habit of procrastination? What if you had a simple tool to reverse your impulse to stall with an impulse for action? What if you’re over-thinking and under-doing just about everything? On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn the “5 second rule,” and it’s so elegant, and so simple, it could truly transform your life in the coming months. ------------ Listen & Learn: ...more

  • 269: The Body-Eye Connection

    Aug 23 2017

    Did you know that your “vision” and your “eyesight” are not the same thing? Did you know that your eye health can impact your mental and emotional health as well? Most of us are familiar with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but poor light or lack of full spectrum light affects just about everyone—even in the sunniest destinations in the world. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, we’ll explore the Body-Eye connection with Dr. Berne. ------------ Listen & Learn: How eyesight is static, but vision i...more

  • 268: Can Mindfulness Make You Younger?

    Aug 17 2017

    Your body responds to the stress of a busy morning with the same biochemical responses it would have if a tiger pounced on you in the jungle. Intellectually, these two events are completely different, but your body can't tell them apart. Genetically, we evolved to "survive," and our modern world feels very dangerous even though we actually live safe lives of luxury (relatively speaking). Mindfulness is the conscious practice of focusing your awareness on the here and now (in all its comfort, pa...more

  • 267: Sleep Like a Baby

    Aug 09 2017

    Poor sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, weight gain, impair your immune system, reduce your mental clarity, and contribute to dozens of other health problems. Sleep is a huge sticking point for your health, but most of us (including me) struggle with it—so what do we do to improve? Where do we even start? This week's guest shares his best research and tips for sleep hygiene, responsible use of sleep aids, common mistakes, and the best tech for a restful night sleep. ------------ Listen & Lear...more

  • 266: Never Binge Eat Again

    Aug 03 2017

    Why do some people suffer from overwhelming food cravings, multiple times per week—and others never have cravings at all? Why do some of us feel addicted and out-of-control with food while others could take it or leave it? Food is information, and modern foods are often filled with addicting, pleasure-center stimulating information that we can easily get hooked on. So what do you do about it? How do you change this behavior and never binge again? Dr. Glenn Livingston will share his personal and ...more

  • 265: Brain Training & Brain Mastery

    Jul 26 2017

    Did you know that your morning coffee blocks alpha brain waves states and that your evening glass of red wine encourages it? Did you know that the blue light from your cell phone affects both your hormones and your brainwave states? Our modern world tends toward imbalance, and the first step in the direction of health is understanding the how and why behind the imbalances so you can take action to create a better you. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll be discussing brain wave states, neuro-fe...more

  • 264: Meditating with the Taliban

    Jul 20 2017

    Politically, the world is more polarized and terrorized than ever before. Even the wealthiest countries in the world are experiencing record levels of terror and violent attacks—so what do we do? Can yoga and meditation create a grassroots movement for change? Why must we focus inside before can change our communities? On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet, Amandine Roche, an international peacekeeper using yoga a key part of her mission. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why world peace must ...more

  • 263: My 15 Year Vegan Blood Tests Revealed

    Jul 12 2017

    When I turned 24, I started this weird experiment eating just plant foods. I'm a chronic over-committer, and here I am 15 years later, still eating 100% plant-based. This is a complicated path that's not right for most, but it's worked for me—and I've just gotten some blood tests to see how I'm doing. Overall, I'm in some of the best shape of my life, but there are a few things I certainly need to address. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why my homocystine levels are a little high How my liver fun...more

  • 262: How to Balance Your Blood Sugar

    Jul 06 2017

    As health seekers, we obsess over the micro-changes in our food and fitness routines. Micro changes are fun and interesting, but it's much wiser to first address the big elephants in the room. One of those big beasts is sugar in all its various forms. It causes weight gain, metabolic imbalance, premature aging, and contributes to just about every illness imaginable. The good news is you can monitor, reduce, and manage your blood sugar very effectively at home once you know how. On this week's sh...more

  • 261: Learn to Breathe

    Jun 29 2017

    Breathing for health can be learned in quickly and its benefits experienced in as little as 10 minutes, and yet this practice is all but lost from most modern yoga classes. Yoga that should revolve around breath as the central, unifying theme are suddenly missing this most-important mind-body integrating practice altogether. How did yoga lose its way? On this week's show, you'll meet breathing teacher, Max Strom, who is helping to revitalize the age-old tradition of yoga breathing—and doing it i...more

  • 260: A Way Out of Back Pain

    Jun 22 2017

    80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, often debilitating pain, but most problems are undiagnosed, self-diagnosed, and it can be chronic. So what do you do? For better or worse, it seems that your spinal health must be taken into your own hands. If you're going to have a healthy back, you'll need to educate yourself and take action. This week's guest, Dr. Stuart McGill, will help you do just that. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why proximal stability is essential fo...more

  • 259: Reducetarian: Save the Planet with Your Food Choices

    Jun 15 2017

    Everyone is familiar with vegetarians, vegans, and macrobiotics... but what about reducetarians? This new movement focuses less on hard-line extremes, and instead, encourages any and all steps toward a healthier, happier, and more compassionate diet. As we always emphasize at YOGABODY, balance is always the goal, and it's also the most elusive. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet the founder of this reductionist approach to eating, Brian Kateman. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why hard-lin...more

  • 258: Beautiful Skin, Naturally: "How to"

    Jun 08 2017

    When you're a teenager, you get acne. As you age, you get wrinkles, sun spots, and sagging skin. No matter what age you are, your skin is probably something you think about each morning when you wake up and look in the mirror. Whether is redness, dryness, bags under the eyes, or just general age, we all want to look and feel our best. Skincare can be superficial, but its impact on our lives is undeniable. So how to do approach is with a yoga mindset? How do we do it naturally? On this week's Yog...more

  • 257: Reset Your Brain for a Pain-Free Life

    Jun 01 2017

    80% of the opioid drugs in the world are consumed in the United States, and addiction, abuse, and even death are commonplace across all demographics in society. Why such growth in abuse? One word: pain. Back pain, knee pain, mental and emotional suffering—all of these conditions are driving consumers to their doctors (or the streets) in search of relief. Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, but we want to use drugs and surgery as a last resort. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll beet...more

  • 256: Organics, Aquaponics & Hydroponics

    May 25 2017

    What does "organic" labeling really mean? If I ask five Yoga Talk Show listeners, I'll get five different answers. And new growing methods stack complexity on complexity with hydroponics and aquaponics now falling under "organic" certification as well. On this week's show, we'll unpack certification, and more interesting still, we'll look at various growing techniques in detail and speculate on the future of food. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why the term "organic" is owned and controlled by US...more

  • 255: Test Your Genes, Understand Your Body

    May 18 2017

    In 1990, the Human Genome Project began, and by 2003, roughly 20,000 human genes had been sequenced. This is exciting, but it's also just the first step. How can we use this data to understand human health, longevity and wellness? What can our genetics tell us about our proclivity for certain activities and our susceptibility for certain illnesses? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Naturopath, Bob Miller, who will help you decode the code that is your genetic heritage. ------------ List...more

  • 254: How Big is Your But?

    May 11 2017

    Hypnotherapy has been around since the 1950's, yet most people still think of it as a party trick. In reality, there is mounds of data to support the power of mind over body when in a suggestible, alpha state that is easily induced through hypnosis. Rather than losing touch with reality or leaving your body, hypnosis is actually a state of hyperawareness where you become more open to change. Often used for weight loss, quitting smoking, and overcoming negative thought patterns, hypnosis can be a...more

  • 253: Multiple Sclerosis: Surviving & Thriving

    May 04 2017

    What if your immune system went haywire and starting attacking your body's nervous system affecting your vision, your sensations, your mobility, or other bodily functions? Auto-immune conditions are extremely common, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the more devastating diseases in this category. Whether you or someone you know has MS or not, you can learn a great deal about myelin health, proper nutrition, and balanced living from people who do—because for them, it can be a question of lif...more

  • 252: Can Ice & Cold Heal Your Body & Mind?

    Apr 27 2017

    If given the opportunity, would you climb Mt. Kilamanjaro in nothing but your shorts and sneakers? Would you trust a stuntman-turned-breathing guru with you life? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a guy who did just that—and survived to write a book about it. The guy is Scott Carney, and his teacher is former YTS guest, Wim Hof. This is a wild and somewhat reckless tale, but it'll inspire you to push the limits of your own comfort zone, your imagined physical limitations, and perhaps li...more

  • 251: The Telomere Effect: Cell Aging, Stress & Mind-Body Practices

    Apr 19 2017

    Science has linked meditation with longevity through the study of telomeres, the chromosomal caps that are an indication of cell health. By mitigating our stress response specifically, research indicates that mindful practices down-regulate our stress response and up-regulate telomerase production, an important protein for the health of these chromosomal caps. What does all that mean? Basically, it means meditation can make you live longer in the future and live healthier right now. On this week...more

  • 250: Breathing: a Forgotten Art Rediscovered

    Apr 12 2017

    In almost every yoga class, the teacher will emphasize the importance of breath—but what does that really mean and why does it matter? If you ask, you'll likely hear that you're adding oxygen to your blood or improving your circulation. But is that true? It turns out that most yoga breathing actually reduces oxygen in the blood and increases CO2. To add to this paradox, more CO2 is actually a good thing and results in more oxygen to the cells. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how and ...more

  • 249: Time Management Secrets

    Apr 06 2017

    You wake up in the morning with the best of intentions, but soon, you're lost in Facebook and email. You wanted to do 30-minutes of exercise before work, but you end up a reading CNN.com instead. At work, your task list seems endless; and at home, it's even worse. Time management is something we all have to struggle with, and on this week's Yoga Talk Show, my guest, Kevin Kruse, and I uncover some simple strategies and tactics to help you get more done with less. ------------ Listen & Learn: Wh...more

  • 248: How to Get Your Blood Tested

    Mar 30 2017

    If you go to your doctor for a routine checkup, he or she will usually run very limited blood tests because of cost considerations and limited health insurance coverage. For anyone interested in optimal health, this is not much of a "checkup" at all since you're not checking much of anything. You could have low Vitamin D (almost certainly), elevated C-Reactive Protein (very likely) and a high A1C (very common) without knowing it. Today, we have the ability to go "rogue" and take our health into ...more

  • 247: Life Without Trash?

    Mar 22 2017

    Is it possible to live a life without trash? Could you reduce your waste by 50%? 75% or More? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet the founder of the "Zero Waste" movement, Bea Johnson who claims she and her family lived for an entire year producing just 1 liter of waste. Nothing about modern life is sustainable, and while Bea's solution might be out-of-reach for most, it's something we can all learn and take inspiration from. ------------ Listen & Learn: Learn the 5R's: Refuse, Reduce, R...more

  • 246: Can Kids Learn Mindfulness?

    Mar 14 2017

    Children around the world are suffering from learning, development, and behavioral problems at record rates. Mindfulness can be taught as a secular way to train the mind and body to assist our youth. Mind-body wellness is typically something we explore as adults, but it's never too early to start, and the sooner and the better. Our guest this week is an expert on teaching mindfulness to young people, and for any parent, educator, or soon-to-be caregiver, this is a must-listen. Listen & Learn: H...more

  • 245: Great Sex & Great Relationships

    Mar 08 2017

    When most people think of health and wellness, sex is not usually top-of-mind, but it should be. Most couples have bad sex rarely, and most want to have great sex all the time. What's gone wrong? We are sexual beings, and we relate to the world sexually. On this week's show, you'll meet sexologist, Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, who shares her experience and research navigating this often-taboo topic that affects all our lives. Listen & Learn: How happy-naked-love-time can be a great alternative play tec...more

  • 244: The Adrenal-Thyroid Revolution

    Mar 02 2017

    About once or twice a week, I'm completely exhausted and yet I can't fall asleep until one or two in the morning. This "wired and tired" feeling is common among most busy people, and while we often blame it on our busy careers, our life as parents, or just the ups and downs of daily life, the reality is that these chemical imbalances compound over time and can lead to pretty serious health problems. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a medical doctor pioneer whose work spans from natural...more

  • 243: Plant-Based Weight Lifting

    Feb 21 2017

    There is a myth that weight lifting makes you big and muscle-y. More than any time in history, medical doctors and fitness experts are recommending weight training as one of the best ways to improve your overall health because the results speak for themselves. From hormonal balance and bone strength, to joint stability and weight management, resistance training is very hard to beat—and it's not just for guys. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet body-positive, plant-based trainer, Lacy J. ...more

  • 242: HeartMath: How to Listen to & Train Your Heart

    Feb 16 2017

    Most people assume that a healthy heart is beating slowly and steadily. The truth is a healthy heart is agile, highly variable, and changing with every inhale and exhale. The measurement of your real-time, beat-to-beat variance is called, Heart Rate Variability, and it's something every yoga student should learn. In a matter of minutes, you can "see" what's going on in terms of your nervous system and emotional self, and more importantly, you can breath and visualize to change it when needed. On...more

  • 241: Secular Meditation

    Feb 09 2017

    Almost every style of meditation I've learned has been presented as "secular," but very quickly there is a Hindu chant, a photo of some old guru with a beard, or some other paraphernalia that looks and feels a lot like organized religion to me. I'm very interested in all world religions, but when I'm learning to meditate, I'd rather do that on its own. If you feel the same, you'll enjoy this week's Yoga Talk Show with author and meditator, Rick Heller. ------------ What You´ll Learn: How proble...more

  • 240: Marijuana as Medicine w/out Getting High

    Feb 02 2017

    Marijuana is being decriminalized and even legalized in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world very quickly—and for good reason. The law enforcement costs are many billions of dollars annually and the social impact of criminalizing this plant seem far worse than potential abuse (which is surprisingly low). On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll talk about the top medical uses for Marijuana, how to use it without getting high, and why legalization might actually reduce (not increase) d...more

  • 239: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

    Jan 26 2017

    Have you heard of fecal implants? This is when the fecal matter from someone with healthy gut bacteria is transferred to the gut of someone with gut dysbiosis—and it works. While this sounds extreme, in today's digestive health landscape, this is a real option some people need to consider when they are suffering from Small Bacterial Intestinal Overgrowth (SIBO). On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll discuss why digestive disorders are so common, and how the remedies can be counter-intuitive such ...more

  • 238: Why Slow Medicine is the Future

    Jan 19 2017

    Your typical doctor's visit is less than 7 minutes long. It doesn't matter if you have a broken bone, a tonsil infection, or pancreatic cancer, most of the time you're in and out faster than seems possible. It's not the doctor's fault, it's the system's fault, and the solution is to slow down everything in our lives to achieve balance. But who wants to go slow? Not you, not me... so what to do? On this week's show, we'll look at creative solutions to finding more quality downtime in life without...more

  • 237: Less Stuff, More Happy: Living Minimal

    Jan 12 2017

    "The things you, own end up owning you..." – Tyler Durden (Fight Club). Often times the things we work so hard for end up taking more than the give, the bleed us more than they feed us. It might be the new car, the drawer full of electronics, your pets or even an oversized home; in many cases, our possessions become burdens and we need to take a step back and reevaluate our priorities. On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, we'll dive deep into minimalism, the art of doing more with less, clearing the ...more

  • 236: A Way from Darkness: Addiction & Yoga

    Jan 05 2017

    Addiction take many different forms and affects just about everyone either directly or with one degree of separation. While "addict" conjures up images of heroin and cocaine, the reality is that people are addicted to social media, pornography, marijuana, and alcohol at much higher rates. So the question is: Can yoga help? Our guest on this week's show, Taylor Hunt, used yoga as an integral part of his healing from substance addiction, and he now helps others do the same. Hopefully, his story of...more

  • 235: Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs

    Dec 29 2016

    Many yoga students explore traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, but neglect to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While they have many similarities, TCM offers some herbs, techniques, and approaches to healing that serve as powerful tools for anyone on a path of mind-body wellness. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbs, and taking a holistic approach to health. Brodie Welch shares her 13 years of experience working one-on-one with ...more

  • 234: Love Your Brain Yoga

    Dec 21 2016

    The World Health Organization estimates that traumatic brain injuries will be the 3rd leading cause of death and disability by 2020, but many people are still unaware of this condition impacting millions every year. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet, Kyla Pearce, a teacher that uses the mind-body healing power of yoga to help people with traumatic brain injuries rewire neuromuscular connections, improve concentration and focus, and find a supportive community for growth. ------------ Wh...more

  • 233: Happy Feet: How to Heal Your Messed Up Toes

    Dec 14 2016

    Do your feet hurt? Do you have hammer toe, overlapping toes, corns, or bunions? Without even realizing it, most people wear footwear that leads to poor posture, muscle imbalances, and chronic foot problems. Yoga can help, but you need to fix your footwear too. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a podiatrist-slash-yoga-teacher, Michele Colon, who will share with you her experiences in the clinic and on the mat working with all walks of life to correct foot problems. Most people assume tha...more

  • 232: One Breath – Freediving & Beyond

    Dec 07 2016

    Breathing has always been an integral part of yoga practices, but for many years, it was mostly forgotten or taught as an aside to asana practice. Just in the past few years, breathwork has come back into the mainstream bigger than ever before—and it's extreme. From Holotropic breathwork to The Wim Hof Method to free divers and hypoxic training, it seems like breathing has never been more popular, and yet more misunderstood with sometimes disastrous results. On this week's show, you'll meet auth...more

  • 231: Finding Happiness with Technology

    Dec 01 2016

    If you've ever completed goal-setting activities, no doubt "happiness" appeared on the top of your list. And yet, what is happiness? Really? Do you have a way to measure it? Do you have tools to achieve it? For most people, our tools for happiness are mindless televisions series, junk food, alcohol, and social media consumption. These tools work in the short term, but long term, there must be a better way. On this week's show, you'll meet, Jonathan Robinson, happiness researcher and best-selling...more

  • 230: Don't Believe in Vitamins? Listen to this...

    Nov 24 2016

    Many health fanatics claim that they, "don't believe in supplements," as if micronutrients were a belief system or a religion—but they are not. They are foundational to our health, an essential part of our biology; and for better or worse, insufficiency and deficiencies have been part of the human experience for as long as we've been on earth. Nutritional balance is an exception, not the rule, so if you ignore your own micronutrients and ignore the rampant deficiencies today, you do so at your o...more

  • 229: The Placebo Effect: How Suggestible Are You?

    Nov 17 2016

    Have you heard of sham surgeries? In 2002, 180 people with osteoarthritis of the knee joined a double-blind study. Some patients underwent real arthroscopic surgery and a placebo group simply had a skin incision and then were stitched back up. Here is where it gets weird. The placebo group self-reported identical results to those who had undergone actual surgery. This is just one example of thousands of documented instances of "mind over body" in healing modalities ranging from allopathic medici...more

  • 228: Back Pain: Surgery or No Surgery?

    Nov 09 2016

    Back pain affects an estimated 80% of the population at some point in life, and yet most conditions are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. To complicate matters, most people have hard line ideas about treatment of their mysterious conditions, so it's no surprise that chronic pain, recurring problems, and frustration abound. On the Yoga Talk Show, we tend toward natural, non-medical healing modalities; but there is a time and a place for allopathic medicine, and yes, even surgery. For every 10 students...more

  • 227: Special Edition: Listener Q&A

    Nov 03 2016

    Over 1 million people have listened to the Yoga Talk Show since its inception, and it's you the listeners I have to thank for all the support and growth over the years. To say "thanks" and deep-dive into a random smattering of topics, I've dedicated this show to answering your voice mails. Some of these questions we've covered in previous shows, but many are completely new, so I hope you find them helpful in your own practice. ------------ Listen & Learn: Can you help with Plantar Fasciitis? Ca...more

  • 226: Neurogenic Yoga for Stress, Trauma & Tension Release

    Oct 27 2016

    Almost everyone who practices yoga has experienced and emotional release or even a breakthrough in class—it just happens. But what if there were a way to actively encourage that type of release with more predictability? What if there were a way to created a safe, simple, and controlled stress release response at the end of each class? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet yoga trainer, Maria Alfaro, who integrates Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE) with traditional yoga classes to...more

  • 225: Inflammation: Kryptonite for Your Health

    Oct 20 2016

    Chronic inflammation is a precursor to a myriad of diseases and illness, and the foods and lifestyle choices we're making are largely at fault. Perhaps the biggest challenge with inflammation is you cannot see it, so it can be a "silent killer," wreaking havoc without you even aware of what's going on. This week's guest on the Yoga Talk Show hopes to change all that—and more. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why internal inflammation can contribute (or even cause) weight gain, aging and disease How...more

  • 224: Does Ethical, Eco-Friendly Protein Exist?

    Oct 13 2016

    By 2050, we'll have 9 billion people on the planet, and we cannot feed them with chicken, pigs, cows, wheat, soy, and corn. The food system that got us to where we are today is now destroying our planet and threatens our health; so we need to seek out nutritious, ethical and sustainable food that scales globally. Enter: edible insects. A crick can be as much as 20x's more efficient in terms of water, land, and resources than its equivalent in beef protein, and there are thousands of other insect...more

  • 223: Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises [TRE]

    Oct 05 2016

    How many people do you know who live stress-free lives without any tension or trauma? Let me guess: none! Stress, tension and even "soft trauma" are part of all our lives, and the tools most of us have to deal with these issues are limited at best. A dedicated yoga practice can offer great help, but there are new and innovative ways to balance your nervous system and release neurological tension. In this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Dr. David Berceli, creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing...more

  • 222: Developing Your Own At-Home Practice

    Sep 29 2016

    Advanced yoga students come in all shapes and sizes around the world, but the one thing they all share in common is a commitment to self-practice. In order to achieve mastery at any skill whether yoga or chess, at-home study is a must; but the problem is that most students struggle with motivation and follow-through. There are more video classes, practice tips and tools than ever before in history, and yet at-home practice is just as challenging as ever. So what do you do? In this week’s Yoga Ta...more

  • 221: Ouch, My Back Hurts

    Sep 21 2016

    It's estimated that 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point in their life—and most people are left frustrated and confused about how to actually heal. Should you take medications? Get physical therapy? See a chiropractor? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet "Spondy" researcher, Justin Adkins. Spondylolisthesis is a serious spinal injury where a vertebra shifts forward causing pain, inflammation, and often radiating nerve problems. While there is no one-size-fits-all...more

  • 220: Heart Rate Variability from Your Phone

    Sep 14 2016

    The benefits of yoga practice are at least 50% nervous system related; and yet, most of the yoga world has completely forgotten your body's electrical system. The nervous system effects of yoga are what distinguish it from other movement modalities, and it's where much of the magic of practice is hidden. For decades, there has been a biofeedback tool called, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), that allowed scientists to sneak peek into patients autonomic nervous system. Today, thanks to cheap sensor ...more

  • 219: Getting Started with Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Sep 07 2016

    USA Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps made headlines this year with his black and blue marks all over this back during his races. Wonder what that was? It's a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique called, cupping, and it's believed to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and improve recovery time. Does it really work? Can Traditional Chinese Medicine help you? And what about acupuncture? If you're new to these practices, you'll love this week's Yoga Talk Show with Jennifer Dubowsky. A...more

  • 218: Is Your Gut Health the Problem?

    Sep 01 2016

    What is your "Gut IQ?" Is your gut a genius or a fool? Your gut is home to over 3lbs of bacteria, both good and bad. Your gastrointestinal health is crucial for the digestion and absorption of nutrients, your immune system, and even neurotransmitter production – but many people suffer from chronic gas, bloating, irregular bowels, and inflammation. Anyone concerned with holistic health must start with the gut, so on this week's Yoga Talk Show, Dr. Chaudhary will point you in the right direction. ...more

  • 217: The Big Protein Question

    Aug 25 2016

    In any health conversation, one of the most-common things discussed is: “So where do you get your protein?” This is not a bad question, but it’s not exactly the right question either. Protein is a real concern for everyone navigating our modern food system, but there are better questions to ask to achieve optimal health. In this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Lucas shares new ways to think about protein and make choices in your own life that you’ll notice right away. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why th...more

  • 216: Hypopressive Exercises for Core Strength & Rehab

    Aug 18 2016

    Have you ever sneezed and accidentally peed your pants? Have you (or someone you know) suffered from a distended abdomen after pregnancy? Did you know that many women, even women who have never given birth are suffering from prolapse—and that it affects men too? Pelvic floor dysfunction is a huge problem affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Our modern life encourages weakness, tightness, and imbalanced tissues of the pelvic floor, and the side effects can be life-altering and detrimenta...more

  • 215: Where Are All the Guys in Yoga?

    Aug 11 2016

    Many yoga teachers will tell you that their class is for everyone - all sizes, ages, backgrounds, and genders - and yet the actual students that turn up to class tell a different story. They tend to be a very similar group of people. In most parts of the world, women represent 70-90% of the yoga communities, and this puts off some men from staring, and it's frustrating to some men who love the practice. Where are all the guys in yoga? In this week's Yoga Talk Show we address the somewhat controv...more

  • 214: Corrective Exercise

    Aug 04 2016

    We often think of “exercise” as the yoga class after work, the morning job, or a weightlifting session. But there are many more ways to exercise, and one way often overlooked is Corrective Exercise, or the fitness practices designed specifically to correct weakness, tightness and imbalance in the body. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn about simple self-care techniques that can make a huge difference in your health. ------------ About the Guest Brendan won World and National Collegiate...more

  • 213: Minimal Footwear for the Modern Yoga Student

    Jul 28 2016

    Yoga students invest hours on functional flexibility, strength, and mobility, but the moment they leave the studio, most lace up restrictive footwear. Modern shoes squish your toes, damage your arches, and contribute to dysfunctional movement patterns leading to chronic pain and injury upstream including: knee pain, back and hip pain. The solution? You need to learn about minimal shoes. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Lucas meets with Steve Perna of Lems Shoes, a niche manufacturer and innovator...more

  • 212: Warrior Style Yoga with a Former Navy Seal

    Jul 21 2016

    You might think of yoga and the military as polar opposites, but the rigor of military training and a dedicated yoga practice actually have a lot in common. According to former Seal Commander, Mark Divine, the Seals training is a type of yoga training itself. As a former Seal, a lifelong student of Martial Arts, and an accomplished yoga student, Mark has created a warrior-based style of yoga he calls, Kokoro Yoga, whose principals he’ll share with you on this week’s show. Mark Divine is a New Yo...more

  • 211: Lucid Dream Yoga

    Jul 15 2016

    We spend a third of our lives asleep, but most people treat sleep and dream states like second rate citizens of consciousness, always given the back seat to waking states. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn how yoga and mindful sleep go hand-in-hand, and why serious yoga students should learn to zonk out like a pro. Andrew Holecek is an author, spiritual teacher, and humanitarian. As a long-time student of Buddhism that he teaches with a contemporary perspective – blending the ancient w...more

  • 210: Demystifying Core Strength

    Jul 07 2016

    Dr. Sarah Ellis Duvall is a physiotherapist specializing in core work, pelvic floor, functional movement, and injury prevention and healing. A former division I athlete, Dr. Duvall has been working with athletes, moms, office works and everyone in-between to help them find balance and heal their bodies. If you ask anyone who is into health and fitness, core strength is usually top on their list of priorities. But what is core strength, anyway? Is that six-pack abs? Does it mean you can do 300 cr...more

  • 209: Flexibility Training Demystified

    Jun 29 2016

    When it comes to flexibility, most people fall into 3 main categories: those who have always been flexible and think it's no big deal (dancers, gymnasts, random outliers); those who have always been stiff and assume they can't change; and lastly, those rare individuals who have truly transformed their bodies. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we debunk the myths around flexibility so you can address your stiff hips, hamstrings and spine in an intelligent way and have a simple roadmap to practice . ...more

  • 208: Have Modern Mothers Lost Their Way?

    Jun 23 2016

    Kimberly Johnson is a yoga teacher trainer, Rolfer, women’s health care advocate, mother, and doula. Much of her most recent work focuses on postpartum care. She's the author of the soon-to-be released book, The Fourth Trimester: A New Mother's Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality. Motherhood is more complex than ever with women attempting to juggle career, family, and their own health often without the support of family or community that has been so m...more

  • 207: Integrating Essential Oils Into Your Health Plan

    Jun 15 2016

    Dr. Eric L. Zielinski (“Dr. Z”) is a natural health care provider, chiropractor and researcher with the intent to educate, inspire and challenge people to live their potential. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University and is currently working on his Master of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Z’s mission is to provide people with simple, evidence-based tools that they need to experience the Abundant Life, and today we're going to talk about essential oil...more

  • 206: Sustainable Eating for You & the Planet

    Jun 09 2016

    Pop environmental wisdom teaches that a vegetarian diet is the most sustainable way of eating for the planet, but is this always true? What about in areas where crops are impossible to grow, but where grazing animals thrive? These are hot-button issues that require deep inquiry and have no simple answers. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, city slicker-turned-farmer, Diana Rodgers, shares her vision of a “return to nature” for a more sustainable and healthy planet. Diana is a “real food” Registere...more

  • 205: Happiness vs. Intelligence

    Jun 01 2016

    Most people claim “happiness” is one of their top priorities in life, but how many of us really take time to define what that means? Is it free time? Is it friends and family? Is it financial success? Humans have evolved with a brain hard-wired to avoid danger and threats to our personal safety above all else, but that is not the ideal mental model for a fulfilled life most would define as happy. For many people, their ideal of happiness goes against much of their hard-wired tendencies, so to ac...more

  • 204: Magic Mushroom Medicine

    May 25 2016

    We´ve been talking about the Future of Food and what our main food sources will be as the population increases, are mushrooms one of them? Are they important and can they benefit our health and well being when used as more than a staple food? On this week´s Yoga Talk Show, you will meet Jeff Chilton and we will discover the surprising nutritional facts and health benefits of mushrooms. Who knew that they are not just a pizza topping! Jeff Chilton studied ethno-mycology at the University of Was...more

  • 203: The Dangers & Benefits of Breathing

    May 19 2016

    Breathing has never been more popular in yoga, fitness, and mindfulness circles—but unfortunately, most people lump all breathing into one category assuming that it's all good. The reality is that different breathing practices have dramatically different effects on your body and nervous system. So before you breathe yourself into a frenzy, hold your breath for 3 minutes, or slow your respiration down to a stupor, it's worth digging into the science of what's really going on. -------------------...more

  • 202: Sleep Hygiene: Engineering Better Rest

    May 12 2016

    You know you should sleep 7 to 8 hours per night, but do you really sleep that much? And when you do, is the quality of your sleep any good? Modern life makes pillow-time a huge challenge. Your cell phone on the nightstand emits blue light and EMF, your high glucose dessert after dinner leaves your hormones out of whack, and that glass of red wine you use to initially fall asleep will eventually backfire and keep you from achieving deep, restful sleep. With the best possible intentions, our slee...more

  • 201: Choose Your Own Life Adventure

    May 05 2016

    We all want to live a life of adventure, purpose, and meaning - but that’s easier said than done. With each passing year, our lives get more full, more stressful, and in many cases, more complicated. How do you carve out a unique path for yourself and really discover your life’s purpose? On this week’s, Yoga Talk Show, we explore the road less traveled and dissect the conventional in search of fulfillment. You’ll meet, Chris Guillebeau, world traveler, writer, and non-conformist extraordinaire ...more

  • 200: Hot & Cold Therapy for Yoga Students

    Apr 28 2016

    If you want to start an argument among yoga students, just mention the phrase "hot yoga." Love it or hate it, Hot Yoga has spread across the globe faster than any other style—and there are solid health benefits that few people are aware of. As a yin to the yang that is Hot Yoga, cold therapy and cryotherapy are now the new new thing with ice baths and freezer chambers all over social media. But is heat really good for you? And what about cold? And why? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, Lucas dive...more

  • 199: Home Grown Mushrooms

    Apr 20 2016

    Many of us go to great lengths and great expense to obtain organic and locally-grown foods, but the leftovers including stems, rinds, peels, and grounds are usually throw in the garbage. What a waste! On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet, Nikhil Arora, the co-founder of Back to the Roots, an innovative company that uses up-cycled coffee grounds to grow mushrooms - and you can too using their at-home kits. Mushrooms are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can grow in just about any h...more

  • 198: Breathe, Perform & Recover

    Apr 14 2016

    Could "mood" be the #1 determining variable in performance and recovery from training? What impact does reduced breathing versus accelerated breathing have on your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels—and what about your nervous system? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet strength and conditioning coach, Brian MacKenzie, who will introduce you to breath training in a whole new way. Brian MacKenzie is a strength and conditioning coach and the creator of CrossFit Endurance, which specializes ...more

  • 197: The Vegan, Veg & Paleo Debate

    Apr 07 2016

    Food has become religion with missionaries telling you to drink kale smoothies, eat bacon, avoid chicken, and take pills and potions galore. Vegetarian, vegan, raw food, paleo, Atkins... there are so many different groups who claim to have all the answers to nutrition. But do they? Really? I've been obsessed with food and nutrition since 1999 and have studied it professionally since 2002. My biggest learning is that what we're doing right now is not working, and the future absolutely must look ...more

  • 196: The Death of Bread

    Mar 31 2016

    You already know wheat is inflammatory, high glycemic, and allergenic for many people, but did you know that bread can affect your brain as well? Sad but true: something as ubiquitous as your morning toast could cause short term brain fog and contribute (or even cause) neurological diseases long term. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet filmmaker, Max Lugavere, who is leading an awareness campaign to connect the dots between bread and cognitive decline. Initially motivated by the neurolo...more

  • 195: Mysteries of the Brain, Secrets of the Heart

    Mar 24 2016

    Is your inner voice critical, self-defeating, and ruminating all day long? Our modern world is more knowledge-based than action-based, but what do you do when your inner voice is your worst enemy? How do you find balance and peace? At YOGABODY, we're huge fans of yoga practices, breath work, and healthy living, but visualizations is an often-overlooked way to change the focus of your mind's lens from negative to positive, from past and future pain, to a present state of peace. On this week’s Y...more

  • 194: The Science of Mind Over Body

    Mar 17 2016

    Why is it that larger pills are more effective than smaller ones at treating illness? How could it be that longer doctor’s visits are correlated with faster patient recovery? How much of alternative healing is mind over body or simply mind tricking body? On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, we deep dive into the fascinating world of the placebo effect and it’s everpresent role in both allopathic and alternative medicine. Please meet, Jo Marchant, an award-winning science journalist and author. With a...more

  • 193: 10% Happier with Meditation

    Mar 10 2016

    Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, increase focus, and lower blood pressure, but when there are so many different types of meditation techniques, how do you decide which one is right for you? After having a nationally broadcasted panic attack on Good Morning America in 2004, news anchor, Dan Harris, turned to meditation. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn which styles of meditation helped Dan overcome substance abuse, PTSD, anxiety and stress. Dan Harris is a correspondent for...more

  • 192: Buteyko Breathing - Is C02 Your Friend?

    Mar 03 2016

    Discover this little-known, Russian breathing technique for regulating stress, combating asthma, balancing your nervous system, and improving sleep. Yoga teachers often treat carbon dioxide like it’s a toxic enemy to be eliminated as a waste product - but nothing could be further from the truth. C02 is extremely important for vascular dilation, oxygen absorption, and even metabolic health. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet, Sasha Yakovlev, an expert in Buteyko-style breathing practice...more

  • 191: Nerd Fitness

    Feb 24 2016

    Believe it or not, lifting weights and throwing kettlebells around can help improve your yoga practice (yup, you read that correctly). On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Lucas Rockwood and fitness professional, Steve Kamb, unpack why “lifting heavy things” makes sense for yoga students, nerds, athletes - and everyone in between. Steve Kamb is a fitness professional, author, speaker and the creator of Nerd Fitness, an online portal to empower people to level up their lives. ----------------------...more

  • 190: The Science of Stress vs. Yoga on Your Brain

    Feb 18 2016

    Both “meditation” and “yoga” are buzz words in pop health circles, but both are actually categories of mind-body practices - not specific practices. Not all mind-body practices are the same, and the specifics are what make all the difference. The way in which you practice yoga or meditation can lead to profoundly different neurological states, biochemical reactions, and physiological responses. Lucas Rockwood meets with medical doctor, Mithu Storoni, to dive into the science of yoga and stress...more

  • 189: A Life of Adventure

    Feb 11 2016

    How many people are lucky enough to turn what they love most in life into their career? On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet career rock climber, Conrad Anker, who has done just that. Anker has completed an amazing number of summits including climbing Everest three times and many first ascents internationally including conquering the famed Shark’s Fin route of the peak, Meru, in the Indian Himalayas. He is the captain of the North Face Athletic Team and serves on the boards of the Montan...more

  • 188: Power Posing for Confidence

    Feb 04 2016

    Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an important meeting or speaking engagement paralyzed with anxiety or nervousness? If so, you’re not alone. Social Psychologist, Amy Cuddy, discovered that you can often overcome crippling fears by accessing your personal power through posture. Yoga students: this is called, “Posing for Confidence.” You might know Amy from her extremely popular TED talk, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. She is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business Sc...more

  • 187: Salt, Sugar, Fat

    Jan 27 2016

    Corporate giants like Coca-Cola, Kraft, and Kellogg’s dominate the food and beverage industries, but they are optimized for profit, not for our health. To make their foods more palatable and profitable, these companies strategically utilize specific combinations of salt, sugar and fat. According to best-selling author, Michael Moss, these foods are not just unhealthy, they are also addicting. Listen to this week’s Yoga Talk Show to learn how “big food” has gotten us all hooked on their products....more

  • 186: Habits of a Happy Brain

    Jan 21 2016

    When you experience happiness, your brain releases dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and/or endorphin. The curious things is that our brain doesn’t release a happy chemical without very particular (and often counter-intuitive) triggers. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD, talks about how you can boost your happiness by retraining your brain to turn on the chemicals that make you happy. Loretta is the founder of the Inner Mammal Institute, which provides resources that he...more

  • 185: How to Poo Like a Magic Unicorn

    Jan 14 2016

    Have you seen the viral Youtube video where a unicorn poops rainbow ice cream and a prince lectures on bowel health? It’s ridiculous but also very relevant. Yoga students talk about their bowel movements constantly, and for good reason. It's an important indication of health, and one that many struggle with (literally). On this week’s episode, Dr. Alison Chen sheds some light on the topic of bowel health, and the importance of fiber. Alison is a Canadian board-certified and licensed Naturopathic...more

  • 184: No Grain, No Pain

    Jan 07 2016

    Wheat-related digestive problems are something you’ve probably heard of before, but less commonly known is the effect that long-term gluten exposure has on your entire body. Guest speaker, Dr. Peter Osborne, will help you understand why "heart-healthy" whole grain bread might be making your joints hurt or contributing to chronic pain of all types. You’ll learn how to rethink your everyday food choices to avoid gluten altogether. Dr. Peter Osborne is the clinical director of Origins Healthcare ...more

  • 183: Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

    Dec 31 2015

    Every year, millions of people resolve to lose 10lbs in the new year. They starve themselves for two weeks, join a new gym, lose a few pounds—but then gain it all back in February when their motivation wanes. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we discuss how to make your goals a reality with counterintuitive methods that deliver results. What You’ll Learn: Why to keep your goals a secret Why writing is the doing part of thinking Why you should draw pictures of your goals How to create a New Y...more

  • 182: What I Learned in 2015

    Dec 24 2015

    The Yoga Talk Show is 3 years old, and I feel like we're just getting started. 2015 was an amazing year with over 50 guests with topics spanning from hormonal health to barefooted running. I've learned a ton, and I hope you've found this information valuable as a listener. In this week's show, I've decided to do a "year-in-review" episode to highlight some standout moments for me in the previous 12 months. What You’ll Learn: Breathing HRV Barefoot Running Face-to-Wall Handstand Kombucha...more

  • 181: How Not to Die

    Dec 17 2015

    Your body is hard-wired for survival, but our modern world throws continuous health challenges our way. I wish things became easier with time and age, but for most people, the journey toward health becomes more and more challenging. To help you on the path to optimal health in the new year, please meet plant-based medical doctor, Michael Greger, MD. Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He is a gra...more

  • 180: Medicinal Mushroom Superfoods

    Dec 10 2015

    This week’s yoga talk show explores medicinal mushrooms; not the hallucinogenic kind, the type that boost your immune system! Tero Isokauppila, co-founder of Four Sigma Foods, a medicinal mushroom superfood and super drink company, shares with you the health benefits of Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Cordyceps and Maitake. What You'll Learn: How mushrooms can boost your immune system How water soluble soluble polysaccharides act to modulate your immune system How fat soluble triterpenes can bala...more

  • 179: Surviving the Holidays

    Dec 03 2015

    Popular health advice around the holidays usually includes such nonsense as doing squats before you pig-out, taking charcoal capsules after you drink too much, and going to the gym twice per day in an attempt to balance out your gluttony. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but none of those things will undo the damage of overeating and overdrinking—but there are some simple strategies that can really make a difference. Listen & learn: Why eating 1 gram/ 1lb of body weight is a simple way t...more

  • 178: Heal Your Shoulders with Yoga

    Nov 26 2015

    Whether you’ve hurt your shoulder doing yoga or perhaps you’ve come to yoga to heal, Dr. Ariele Foster shares her knowledge about how the practice can help you recover from rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder issues. Listen in and learn which poses help and which exercises you should be avoiding altogether. Dr. Ariele Foster is a physical therapist, interdisciplinary yoga teacher, and anatomy teacher. She has a passion for creative, intelligent yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy...more

  • 177: Lucid Dreaming

    Nov 19 2015

    Dream states are more than just random fantasy. Dreaming can be incredibly healing and is believed to be an essential part of all restful sleep. Robert Waggoner, a leading authority on lucid dreaming, suggests that by decoding our dreams we can begin to understand our psyche. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Lucas Rockwood and Robert look at different types of sleep and dreams, and the potential impact that lucid dreaming can have on our physical and mental health. Robert is the author of, Lucid...more

  • 176: Yoga Student, Measure Thyself

    Nov 12 2015

    On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet biohacker, Ben Greenfield, who teaches you how functional exercise, nutrition, and the balance between performance and health can help you improve your yoga practice, achieve your fitness goals, and improve your quality of life. In 2008, Ben was nominated by the NSCA as America's top personal trainer, and in 2013 and 2014, Ben was voted as one of the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness. Ben writes for numerous health and wellnes...more

  • 175: 4x4 Balanced Breathing

    Nov 05 2015

    When we practice yogic breathing, we can either up-regulate, down-regulate or balance our nervous system. In different situations, all three can be valuable, but for whatever reason, balanced breathing practices are not taught or practiced as often as they should be—and they are extremely useful. In this mini-bonus class, you'll learn the simple practice of 4x4 breathing as Lucas leads you through a shorted, seated practice. You'll Learn: How to use a 1-to-1 ratio for balancing your nervous...more

  • 174: Live Dirty, Eat Clean – Microbiome

    Oct 29 2015

    “ The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for your soul to reside in.” - B. K. S. Iyengar Your gut health is vitally important for your immune system, digestion, and even your mood. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, gastroenterologist and wellness expert, Dr Robynne Chutkan, teaches the importance of a cultivating a balanced microbiome; and she warns against the severe impact digestive distress can have on your body and your life. Dr Chutkan founded the Digestive Center for Women (DCW) i...more

  • 173: Heart Rate Variability, Breathing and Yoga

    Oct 22 2015

    You’ve probably measured your heart rate while exercising with a chest strap or a wrist device - but have you ever measured your heart rate variability (HRV)? It’s fascinating stuff for yoga students. Ronda Collier joins Lucas Rockwood on this week’s Yoga Talk Show to explain why HRV is a crucial health metric, the importance of "coherent breathing", and how all of this ties in with your yoga practice. Ronda has more than 25 years of experience in high technology product development with a prov...more

  • 172: Getting Started with Handstands

    Oct 15 2015

    If you’re excited about inversions, and handstands in particular, than you’re going to love this week’s Yoga Talk Show. Ryan Hurst, Program Director and co-founder of GMB Fitness, shares his tips for how you can get started with handstand and what kind of training program you should follow if you want to advance.Hurst holds black belts in Kendo, Judo, and Shorinji Kempo and practiced 10 years as a competitive gymnast. He has extensive experience and a personal passion for arm balancing. What yo...more

  • 171: Psychologist’s Tips for Beating Anxiety & Worry

    Oct 08 2015

    In an attempt to lead the healthiest life possible, food and movement often become the main focus - but you must also address your mental and emotional health, particularly as you age. More and more research links physical health problems to root emotional problems meaning stress, worry, and anxiety left unchecked can have horrendous long-term implications on your health. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, clinical psychologist, David Carbonell, decodes anxiety: why we worry, how anxiety sets in, an...more

  • 170: Breathing Instead of Medicating

    Oct 01 2015

    Yoga is unique and powerful as a mind-body fitness modality in that it can restore balance to the body's electrical system (aka your nervous system) - and breathing is the secret key that makes it all possible. In the same way that our breath changes very predictably during times of fear, sorrow, love, or rest, we can flip that equation around and change our breathing patterns in order to change our mood. Why then do psychiatrists prescribe drugs before using this age-old practice of balancing ...more

  • 169: “Lucky Fish” Cures for Anemia?

    Sep 23 2015

    When most people think about world hunger and poverty, they often think of Vitamin A deficiency impacting vision or distended abdomens from protein deficiency in developing countries. Oddly, a much bigger problem affects people across the globe: iron deficiency. Low iron can lead to weakness, impaired cognitive ability, increased risk of illness, and even death - and as many as 50% of the population are at risk. To solve this problem, please meet, Gavin Armstrong, the purpose-driven entrepreneu...more

  • 168: The Brain Fog Fix

    Sep 16 2015

    Negative lifestyle habits and poor food choices can impact the neural messengers that keep you energized, calm, focused, optimistic, and inspired. In many ways, our modern world undermines our brain health and can lead to imbalances with very serious repercussions. On this week’s talk show episode, Dr. Mike Dow introduces “The Brain Fog Fix”, a program designed to balance serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol, three essential chemical messengers for fog-free living. By naturally healing your brain h...more

  • 167: Psycho Path Free Living

    Sep 10 2015

    Jackson MacKenzie is the co-founder of PsychopathFree.com, an online support community that reaches millions of abuse survivors each month. Driven by personal experience, his mission is to spread awareness and give survivors a safe place to validate their experiences, so that every empathetic person can find happiness and love after abuse. The expanded edition of his book, Psychopath Free, is now available on Amazon or his website.   You can learn more about his work at PsychopathFree.com ---...more

  • 166: Food & Flexibility

    Sep 03 2015

    For some strange reason, many yoga students overlook the importance of diet on their yoga practice—and this is a huge mistake. "You are what you eat," is a phrase everyone has heard, but in yoga, it's even more true than in other activities. Certain foods digest quickly, nourish your soft tissues, and simply make practice easier. Other foods fry your nervous system, slow digestion, and add unnecessary roadblocks to your practice.  In this Show, You'll learn: Why micronutrients are so importa...more

  • 165: Bone Broth Miracle?

    Aug 27 2015

    Nutrition is such an important topic, and no matter where we find ourselves on our health journey,we are constantly looking for ways to feel better, live longer, and generally lead healthier, happier lives. This week, Lucas Rockwood and guest speaker, Ariane Resnick, dig into fundamentals of healthy home food prep, and more specifically, the power of old-fashioned, organic bone broth. Ariane Resnick is a private chef and certified nutritionist who specializes in organic farm-to-table cuisine. S...more

  • 164: Anxiety - Friend or Foe?

    Aug 20 2015

    This week, we take a close look at the brain mechanisms of emotion and memory. With as many as 25% of adult women taking some form of antidepressants, emotional health has become a huge problem in the US - and around the world. On today’s episode, Lucas Rockwood and Joseph LeDoux talk about why our emotions are constantly being spun off balance, and what it is that we can do to get in better emotional health. Joseph LeDoux is a professor and a member of the Center for Neural Science and Departm...more

  • 163: Breathing Secrets of the Ice Man

    Aug 13 2015

    Can breathing unlock your inner power, strengthen your body, and boost your immune system? Wim Hof (aka the “Ice Man”) on this week’s Yoga Talk Show says, yes. Wim also says you’ll sleep better, improve your energy and boost your immune system if you practice his method regularly.  Wim Hof (aka the "Iceman") holds 20 world records including longest ice bath. He has summited Mount Kilimanjaro in nothing but shorts and nearly made it to the top of Mount Everest in shorts as well. His longest ice ...more

  • 162: Flexibility Training - Nerves, Muscles & Soft Tissues

    Aug 06 2015

    Some people seem to be naturally flexible while others struggle with even the most basic poses—but this need not be. In this bonus episode, Lucas explains the difference between flexibility training and stretching warm-ups, two very different practices that are often confused and delivery completely different benefits.  In this Show, You'll learn: Why you should do stretching warm-ups before exercise, but should not do flexibility training Why stretching exercises before exercise will never...more

  • 161: Stoned - A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

    Jul 30 2015

    Medical marijuana has always been a polarizing topic, clouded in controversy, and it can be challenging to distinguish the real medical benefits from the stoner myths. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Dr. David Casarett takes us on a tour of the medical cannabis world to learn about its uses and benefits as “medicine”.  Dr. David Casarett is a physician, researcher, and tenured associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His studies have included more than 1...more

  • 160: At-Home Kombucha Brewing

    Jul 23 2015

    Ever heard of kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented tea loaded with beneficial bacteria, activated micronutrients, and if you like sour - it tastes amazing. Traditionally, it’s made with black tea and sugar, fermented by an added Scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) for days, weeks or even months. Basically, this is sweet, rotten tea that’s actually good for you.  On this week’s show, Lucas Rockwood and Hannah Crum explore the benefits of drinking Kombucha, and how easy it is to start bre...more

  • 159: How to Heal Your Messed Up Feet & Toes

    Jul 16 2015

    Modern footwear leaves most people’s feet deformed by the time they reach adulthood, and these abnormalities lead to all kinds of movement problems, pain and cascading injuries.  For yoga students, stiff and deformed feet are synonymous with impaired balance and stability, and even though this is such a common problem, it’s something we rarely talk about. On this week’s talk show, Lucas is joined by, Dr. Ray McClanahan, to learn how to naturally fixing your feet and toes, as well as how to go a...more

  • 158: Are You Getting Enough Protein?

    Jul 09 2015

    If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, chances are someone has already asked you where you’re getting your protein from, or if you’re getting enough of it. We know many yoga students and teachers are exploring the plant-based diet, so this week we wanted to take a closer look at the challenges of a vegan/vegetarian diet, and what you need to do to avoid protein deficiency. Our guest this week, Dr. John Douillard, covers some of the most common questions around this topic; he also introduces the scie...more

  • 157: The People's History of Hot Yoga

    Jul 02 2015

    Modern Hot Yoga practice originated from a teacher named, Bishnu Gosh, in Calcutta, India, though it’s probably best-known today from one of Gosh’s most influential (and notorious) students, Bikram Choudhury in Los Angeles.  The Hot Yoga world is changing very quickly, and while 20 years ago, Bikram studios were the only game in town, there are now dozens of new and alternative Hot Yoga styles and studio groups popping up.   In Canada, Moksha Yoga is a really great school founded by Ted Grand....more

  • 156: BONUS EPISODE - Box Breathing

    Jun 25 2015

    Just to mix things up a little at The Yoga Talk Show, this week, Lucas will lead you through a guided yoga breathing exercises called, Box Breathing. Box breathing is an easy-to-learn and highly effective practice that you’ll feel benefits from immediately.   Listen & Learn: How to slow your heart rate How to increase your heart rate variability How to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system How to encourage alpha brain wave states How to reduce stress hormones and ...more

  • 155: Woman Dives 90 Meters in One Breath

    Jun 18 2015

    As a yoga student, you’ve no-doubt heard of pranayama (yogic breathing practices), but you’ve probably had very little experience practicing it. Yoga breath work is mostly a “lost art” today partly due to the fears and myths that surround the practice. The typical advice from teachers is that pranayama can only be learned after years of asana practice and then you must learn from a master - but is there any truth to that? Probably not.  Breathing practices can serve as a very comfy bridge betwe...more

  • 154: Meet the Grandmother of Yoga, Indra Devi

    Jun 10 2015

    Yoga teaching was dominated by men until Russian-born, Indra Devi, came to Los Angeles in 1947 and quietly changed the direction of modern yoga forever. Devi was not only the first woman to break through the gender barrier, she was also the first western woman to study and teach in India with Krishnamacharya, a modern master whose students spread yoga throughout the world. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, writer and researcher, Michelle Goldberg, shares highlights from her newest book all about t...more

  • 153: Is Your Thyroid Broken?

    Jun 04 2015

    Environmental toxins, genetically modified food, chronic stress, and the rise in autoimmune conditions have all contributed to an explosion of thyroid problems. Dr. Will Cole joins Lucas on this week’s Yoga Talk Show to explore thyroid health, how you can get tested, treatment options, and the importance of your microbiome.  Dr. William Cole D.C, graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, California. He has his post doctorate education and training in Funct...more

  • 152: Eating Clean & Quitting Sugar

    May 29 2015

    People use the term "eat clean" in different ways, but what does a healthy diet entail? One of the biggest challenges many people face is reducing their sugar intake. Sugar in all its forms, not just the refined white crystals, is so difficult to avoid, so addictive, and so harmful to our health. In this week’s episode, Lucas Rockwood and Tosca Reno talk about how to identify “food” that is harmful for you, how to pull yourself off of sugar and beat the cravings. Tosca is the New York Times be...more

  • 151: Healing Herbs for Yoga Students

    May 21 2015

    Over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen are cheap, easy to obtain and provide instant pain relief - but they are more of a coverup than a cure. For these reasons, it’s no surprise that yoga students often look toward natural remedies first, and to help you with this area of study, Susun Weed joins this week’s Yoga Talk Show to share her wisdom about herbal medicine with a specific slant toward yoga students.  Susun Weed began studying herbal medicine in 1965 and wrote her first book, ...more

  • 150: Ayurveda 101 - Discover Yoga's Ancient Sister Science

    May 15 2015

    Ayurveda, often referred to as traditional Indian medicine, offers us a truly holistic look at health and wellness. From understanding your own personal constitution to the food you eat and the energies impacting you continuously, Ayurveda is truly a perfect pairing for yoga-minded students. My guest today is, Ananta Ripa Ajmera, founder of "Whole Yoga & Ayurveda" a health practice using Ayurveda Health Consultations, Private Yoga Classes, and workshop series to help clients transform. Ananta ...more

  • 149: Lift Like a Girl (strong!)

    May 07 2015

    Everyone from trainers to medical doctors is touting the benefits of lifting, not just for cosmetic reasons, but for metabolic health, hormonal health, bone density, and more. Nia Shanks joins to Lucas on the Yoga Talk Show to share her experiences with weightlifting, and the impact that continuous exercise can have on your overall well-being.   Nia Shanks is a coach, health and fitness writer, and founder of "Lift Like a Girl" website and popular podcast. She is busting the myth that women ca...more

  • 148: The Art & Science of Better Sleep

    Apr 30 2015

    Poor sleep quality has reached critical mass, and the problem seems to be getting worse with our modern lifestyles. Whether it’s stress, anxiety or diet-related, millions are struggling each night. In an effort to improve your sleep, Dan Pardi shares his professional work experience and research into insomnia and narcolepsy, and the crucial role of sleep quality and good health.  Dan is a health researcher, educator and facilitator. Early in his career, he served as a Division 1 Strength and Co...more

  • 147: Life on the Run

    Apr 23 2015

    Running and injuries go hand-in-hand, but it’s such a fundamental, functional movement practice - and so good for you - there must be a way to spend your “life on the run.” On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Lucas interviews, Bart Yasso, about the benefits and physical challenges of a life spent running across the world (literally).   Yasso joined Runner's World in 1987 to develop the "Runner's World Race Sponsorship Program," creating a vehicle for Runner's World to work with over 7,000 races re...more

  • 146: Can the Moringa Tree Stop World Hunger?

    Apr 15 2015

    Moringa is known as the “miracle tree” due to its many healing properties. With over 92 macro and mirco-nutrients, nearly every part of the tree can be used to heal and sustain life. This week, Lucas and Lisa Curtis discuss the power of moringa, and how the tree of life can help with malnutrition globally.     Lisa Curtis is the founder of a Morgina-based nutrition company called, Kuli Kuli. She began working on Kuli Kuli while in the Peace Corps in West Africa. As a volunteer in her village’s...more

  • 145: How to "Cool" Your Body's Inflammation

    Apr 09 2015

    Pop health losing weight advise tells us to, "eat less and exercise more" - but research has shown this rarely works. This week, Lucas and Dr. Lori Shemek deep dive into the research around inflammation on our waistline, which anti-inflammatory exercises and foods are best for “cooling” off, and lesser-known tips for finding balance.   Dr. Shemek has been a featured health expert on numerous radio and televisions programs including: Ladies Home Journal, Shape Magazine, Woman's Day Magazine, H