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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 clients, and her insights will help you get started with Chinese Medicine responsibly. Remember, just because something is herbal doesn't mean it's safe or it's appropriate for everyone. Listen in to learn how to get started responsibly. 

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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why Chinese Medicine includes food, herbs, energy exercise, meditation/feng shui, bodywork and more
  • How insect-based formulas might help with migraines
  • Why ren shen or ginseng might be helpful for mood disorders
  • How xiao yao wan might help you get through the holidays
  • Why turmeric + black pepper taken with fat could help your inflammation
  • Why corydalis might be helpful for chronic pain

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Brodie Welch is a Licensed Acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, Chinese Medicine expert, and self-care strategist. She’s the founder of Life in Balance Acupuncture in Corvallis, Oregon, where she has been treating patients since 2003.

In addition to her clinical practice, Brodie shares her expertise to help women care of themselves with innovative learn-from-anywhere courses, workshops, and retreats on stress management, the body-mind connection, and Chinese Medicine. She’s also a creator and host of A Healthy Curiosity: the podcast that explores what it takes to be well in a busy world.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:06am CEST

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.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why any blow or jolt to the head that leads to some disruption of brain function is technically a TBI
  • 2.5 million people per year in the U.S. have reported TBI's
  • World Health Organization predicts TBI will be 3rd leading cause of death and disability by 2020
  • How yoga can work on strength and coordination
  • How you can rebuild neuromuscular connection, improve concentration & focus
  • How it can provide emotional support, social integration & community
  • Why poses that impact blood pressure and poses that put weight on the head and neck might be contraindicated and should be taught with care

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Love Your Brain is a non-profit organization founded after professional snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, suffered a near fatal traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 winter Olympics. Kevin’s story of healing inspired millions through the HBO documentary, The Crash Reel. This experience brought to light the significance and prevalence of TBI on a global scale. Love Your Brain is a non-profit that aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by TBI—everything from concussion to severe injury—through programs that build community... including yoga.

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  • Dried Fruit

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San Diego Yoga Festival: over 100 classes led by 65 powerful healers and teachers featuring one of the oldest (92) and youngest (8) yoga teachers in the world!

Classes are held throughout Ocean Beach, San Diego, in the ironic hippy town right on the coast. There will be 1000 people doing yoga or learning how to do yoga this weekend, join us to make a movement for health and peace: beach Bonfires, surf and skate lessons, yoga with your dog, a huge wedding ceremony to yourself, body paint yoga, sound healing, reiki..the list is epic.

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Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:36am CEST

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 that foot problems are just cosmetic when in reality, your feet are foundational for your posture and can impact your knees, hips and back. Proper posture starts at the ground, and healthy feet will improve your walking and running gate as well as your balance very quickly.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • How yoga can help your feet, Achilles tendon and leg muscles
  • How walking barefoot can actually change the muscular development of a child
  • Why orthotic inserts might be necessary short term—but are not a "forever" solution
  • How to quickly analyze your feet (or someone else's)
  • How Lucas went from a size 10 to a size 12 shoe (and why that matters)
  • How your squished up toes could be affecting your balance in yoga

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Michele S. Colon has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, and a Doctorate degree in Podiatry with a specialty in Foot & Ankle Surgery. Dr. Michele is also certified in Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Laser Therapy.

Dr. Michele specializes in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga to provide the most healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation to her patients and clients. Dr. Michele has studied Ayurveda extensively and has worked with some of the best practitioners throughout California to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of medicine.

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Nutritional Tip:

  • Decaf - friend or foe?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:10pm CEST

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 author and free diving hobbyist, Adam Skolnick who chronicled the life of one of America's most famous freedivers who tragically died in 2013.

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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why people are dying in free diving
  • How Adam became a travel writer to support his passion and interests
  • How Adam learned to dive to 30 meters in just 4 days
  • Why social media sometimes presents a "false reality" of what's truly possible
  • 6 competitive disciplines: static apnea, dynamic apnea (mono-fin swimming for distance without breathing), dynamic no fin, constant weight (with fin), constant weight (no fin), free immersion

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Adam Skolnick has written for the New York Times, Playboy, Outside, ESPN.com, BBC.com, Salon.com, Men’s Health, Wired, and Travel + Leisure, among others. He has visited 45 countries and authored or coauthored over 30 Lonely Planet guidebooks. ONE BREATH, his first narrative nonfiction book available now on amazon.com.

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  • Bromelain

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm CEST

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 author who has dedicated his career to the study of joy.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • How to define happiness on a 1 to 10 scale: "How happy are you with your life?"
  • How to change your brainwaves with binaural beats or frequency following music
  • How to use supplements to improve your mental state
  • How vibration platforms can improve your health
  • What the Dalai Lama thinks of technology


ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jonathan Robinson is one of the world’s leading experts on happiness and how to get there. A psychotherapist, bestselling author of 10 books, and a professional speaker who consistently presents to Fortune 500 companies, he has reached more than 100 million people around the world with his practical methods.

Jonathan has made numerous appearances on such shows as Oprah, CNN, and the leading morning shows, and been featured in Newsweek, USA TODAY, and the Los Angeles Times. He has spent more than forty years studying the most practical and powerful methods for achieving a state of personal life satisfaction and happiness.

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Nutritional Tip:

  • How to Clean Fruit

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:04pm CEST

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 own peril.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, I share my own research and experiences with some of the most-common vitamin and mineral deficiencies along with simple strategies for testing and correcting them. While not definitive, this is a great starting point for testing, tracking, and taking responsibility for own health.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why almost everyone is deficient in Vitamin D
  • How iron deficiency impacts billions of people, and yes, in the developed world too
  • Why essential fatty acids (EFA's) are "essential" and where to get the
  • Why is not how much you eat or take, but how much you absorb that matters
  • The innate challenges of a food system based on chicken, pigs, cows, corn, soy, wheat, and rice

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Key Questions About Supplements:

  • How do you feel after taking them?
  • Are there weird additives in your supplements? Can you avoid them?
  • Are there food sources for these nutrients that you prefer?
  • Are these supplements sustainable?

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Nutritional Tip:

  • Probiotics

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Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 2:57pm CEST

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 medicine and crystal therapy to group prayer and homeopathy. How can this be? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll try to get to the bottom of this very real phenomenon.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why the scientific method has always been hindered by the placebo effect as it taints nearly every data set—it's omnipresent
  • How crystals, prayer healing, Reiki, and fridge modalities can sometimes deliver amazing results
  • Why certain conditions that respond better to placebos (ex: pain, skin conditions, Parkinson's, depression, anxiety)
  • How shame surgeries can be just as effective as real surgeries
  • Why hypnosis and placebo are not necessarily connected


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 ABOUT OUR GUEST
Erik Vance is a native Bay Area writer living in Mexico. In his earlier life, he was a biologist, a rock climbing guide, an environmental consultant, and an environmental educator.

His work focuses on the human element of science – the people who do it, those who benefit from it, and those who do not. He has written for The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, Harper’s, National Geographic, and a number of other local and national outlets.

His first book, Suggestible You, about how the mind and body continually twist and shape our realities was inspired by his feature in Discover and is on Amazon. You can learn more about his work at www.ErikVance.com 

Nutritional Tip:

  • Cooking with Olive Oil

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:03am CEST

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 I know who healed their own spine, I know at least one for whom surgery was a life saver. Rather than look at the issue as black or white, it's important to consider all options and understand the best treatments.

Enter: Dr. Tony Mork. Board certified orthopedic surgeon and pioneer of endoscopic surgery. He breaks down surgical options in an incredibly simple and insightful way and makes a very convincing case for why spinal fusion, the most common surgery, should be avoided if at all possible.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why most people with back pain have no accurate diagnosis of their problem
  • Why X-Ray, CT or MRI doesn't tell the whole story
  • How "spinal mapping" can find the real source of the pain
  • How many conditions pass on their own in 8-12 weeks
  • Why a discogram can be helpful in some cases
  • The 3 types of surgery: vertebral fusion, decompressive surgery, rhizotomy (sever nerve roots)
  • Why fusions are the most common and yet should be a last resort
  • Why only 2% of spinal surgeries are endoscopic in the USA


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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Mork is a board certified orthopedic surgeon has personally performed more than 8,000 endoscopic spinal surgeries. He designed many of the specialized tools used in laser spinal surgery and is constantly pursuing the improvement of spinal care.

Dr. Mork has been instrumental in developing most of the current endoscopic spinal surgery techniques. He is one of the originators and wrote the original peer reviewed articles on most of the endoscopic spine surgery techniques used today. He was the co-founder of Microspine and founder of the Endoscopic Spinal Academy.

Nutritional Tip:

  • Frozen Foods

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:11pm CEST

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.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Can you help with Plantar Fasciitis?
  • Can some in their 90's use the Yoga Trapeze?
  • How can I use yoga to heal my rotator cuff?
  • Why 1:2 ratio breathing nose-to-mouth in Gravity Yoga?
  • Will yoga therapy be the "next big thing?"
  • How should I train for the full splits?
  • Is Hot Yoga dangerous for my SI Joint?

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Category:yoga -- posted at: 12:14pm CEST

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 create something called, Neurogenic Yoga. For yoga students looking for a new and unique way to release long-held tension, this is a remarkable practice that can be learned quickly and practiced nearly anywhere.
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Listen & Learn:

  • How self-induced therapeutic tremors can cause massive breakthroughs in your practice and your life
  • How trauma can get stored in the brain stem (not cortex)
  • Why you could never by physically in pain during practice
  • Why emotionally, you should always feel "in control"
  • How tremors can access and sooth the brain stem

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Maria Alfaro is from Italy and lives Santa Cruz, California. She has over 26 years yoga experience in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Forrest Yoga and has been teaching since 1997. Maria was trained in TRE™ by its founder, Dr. David Berceli, in 2004 and she has been teaching his method ever since. She also has a background in martial arts, reiki, massage, and meditation.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fruit Juice

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Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:06am CEST

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.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why internal inflammation can contribute (or even cause) weight gain, aging and disease
  • How a simple and cheap C-Reactive Protein test can tell you if this is a problem or not
  • How some of the most common foods create a negative reaction inside our bodies
  • Why arthritis, skin problems, and digestive issues might be linked to chronic inflammation
  • There are two types of inflammation: chronic and short-term/acute
  • How your microbiome health is crucial to your health
  • Why you should avoid Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and antibiotics

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kellyann Petrucci is a weight-loss and natural anti-aging transformation expert. She has a private practice in the Birmingham, Michigan area and is a concierge doctor for celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles. She is a board-certified naturopathic physician and a certified nutrition consultant.

You might have seen her on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and other television news programs. She is the driving force behind the website DrKellyann.com, and has authored six books for John Wiley & Sons.


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Nut Milks

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:26pm CEST

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 insects that are edible to choose from. At scale, insects are cheap, easy-to-grow, bio-diverse, and whether convenient or not, they are the future of food.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, Lucas Rockwood talks with insect food bar manufactures to get a deeper understanding of the next phase of mass food production.
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ABOUT BÚI & STEFAN

Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson studied psychology at the University of Iceland, product design (BA) at the Iceland Academy of Arts and the National Art Academy in Oslo (MA, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo). Bui has mostly specialized in design related food production. His design is characterized by the breakup of traditional processing methods with the aim of creating new knowledge and increasing sustainability. Stefan Atli Thoroddsen joined Bui in the founding of a company specialized in insect production. His background is in business and marketing.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Brown Rice

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Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 12:24pm CEST

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 Exercises (TRE), a very powerful way to use controlled tremors to overcome inner conflict.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How Dr. Berceli teaches 7 poses to incite a controlled tremor response
  • The difference between a neurological and psychological trauma
  • Neurophysiology: how your mind impacts your body and body your mind
  • Why trauma can arise from any over-stimulation to the nervous system
  • What we can learn from the animal kingdom about shaking and tremors


ABOUT DAVID BERCELI

David Berceli, Ph.D. is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He is the creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). David has spent over twenty years providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for international organizations around the world. He has lived and worked extensively in Israel/Palestine, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Bulletproof Coffee

Links & References from the Show:

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:18pm CEST

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 Talk Show, Lucas shares his personal tips and tricks for taking yoga from a “here and there” practice to a total lifestyle shift. He’ll give you simple strategies for integrating your practice in all aspects of your life, from morning to night.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why morning or evening are usually the best “practice times”
  • Why 30-minutes per day might make more sense than an hour
  • How to bookend your day with breathing
  • Simple online tools for accountability, community and support

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Intermittent Fasting - should you give it a go?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?


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Category:yoga -- posted at: 12:00pm CEST

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 cure for Spondy or any other back pain problem, there is a framework for healing that can really help.

JUSTIN ADKINS

Justin is a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA. He is also certified by USA Weightlifting and the Functional Movement Screen. He has trained and helped countless athletes from the youth to the professional level achieve their performance goals and return from various injuries. Like the tens of thousands of people each year, Justin was also diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis as a teenager.

Justin became his own first client to deal with his own condition, and now helps thousands of people through his website: www.Spondyinfo.com
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why spondylolysis is often a precursor spondylolisthesis
  • How spondy is an anterior movement of a vertebra
  • Why doctors are often pain-removal focused (whereas you might be full-function focused)
  • Why you need to commit to a daily healing practice, even if just for 10-15 minutes

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Acid Alkaline - friend or foe?

Links & References from the Show:

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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:23pm CEST

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 technology and smart phones, anyone can test their HRV using a smart phone at home.


Any serious yoga student should learn how to use HRV to quantify, track and better understand what's going on, electrically, inside them. Quantification is going to completely revolutionize mind-body wellness and the way we practice. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Marco Altini, PhD, a tech entrepreneur pioneering HRV applications for at-home use.


About the Guest


Marco is a data scientist, programmer, and has a PhD in applied Machine Learning. He leads data science at Bloomlife, a digital health startup focusing on helping expecting mothers have a healthy pregnancy. He's been developing apps since 2012, and has done a tone of work with Heart Rate Variability which is what we'll be discussing today.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why heart rate monitors simply give us an average heart rate per minute
  • How beat-to-beat variances gives us a completely different picture of what's happening in our body—an insight into our nervous system
  • How cheap, at-home sensor technology is changing the way we can monitor our own health
  • Why breath pacing of 4-6 breaths per minute is ideal for most people to get into a high state of HRV


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Tea vs Coffee

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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.

About Jennifer Dubowsky:


Jennifer Dubowsky is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and a Masters in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College.


Jennifer has researched and written many articles on Chinese medicine and has a popular blog. Her first book, Adventures in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Herbs and Ancient Ideas for Today, was published and 2013 and is available on Amazon.


She is a senior columnist for the Acupuncture Now Foundation, and you can learn more about her work at: www.tcm007.com
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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why Michael Phelps has black and blue marks all over his back
  • How TCM works to restore balance of body and mind
  • Why "dry needling" might mean "not qualified"
  • How to find an TCM doctor at www.NCCAOM.org


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How to use cilantro for mercury detoxification?

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Direct download: 219_-_Getting_Started_with_Traditional_Chinese_Medicine.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:43pm CEST

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.

About Dr. Chaudary:

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is a medical doctor, an integrative neuroscientist, and an expert in Ayurvedic medicine. She successfully developed a system to manage chronic neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and migraine headaches, by incorporating changes in diet, behavior, and stress, in addition to the standard allopathic approaches.

Dr. Chaudhary is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, and her new book, The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss is available on Amazon.com.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why your immunity is directly related to your gut health
  • Why white coating on your tongue in the morning can be a sign of poor gut health
  • How triphala can help heal your digestive tract
  • How Ayurveda can help anyone with gut health, weight loss, and whole body health
  • Why probiotics can make some people feel great and others feel sick

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Prebiotics: How do they differ from Probiotics and why are they important?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?


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Direct download: 218_-_Is_Your_Gut_Health_the_Problem.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:17pm CEST

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.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why the “complete protein” myth does more harm than good
  • Why percentage-based protein numbers confuse most people
  • How to determine your baseline protein needs
  • Why protein deficiency is extremely rare, but imbalance is common
  • Real concerns for you and our world food system in regards to protein

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Sodium Intake Recommendations

Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 217_-_The_Big_Protein_Question.mp3
Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 11:57am CEST

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 detrimental to your health. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how to reverse it naturally with Hypopressive Exercises.
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About the Guest

Trista Zinn is the founder of Coreset Fitness. She is a personal trainer who specializes in pelvic health and core re-programming. She’s Canada’s master trainer in HYPOPRESSIVE® Low Pressure Fitness.

She has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years and after being diagnosed with stage 2 prolapse (many years after childbirth), a condition she was told she’d need surgery to correct, she learned the Hypopressive approach to healing and became her own first student.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why 50% or more of women will experience incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti or other pelvic floor dysfunctions at some point in their life
  • Why traditional ab exercises can often make it worse
  • Why breathing is foundation for pelvic floor health
  • How Hypopressive Low Pressure Exercise can help reverse chronic conditions

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • What is the best kind of vinegar to use?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 216_-_Hypopressive_Exercise_for_Core_Strength_and_Rehabilitation.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:06pm CEST

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 controversial topic of gender and fitness preferences.
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About the Guest

Dean Pohlman founded Man Flow Yoga in college in order to promote yoga with guys. After experiencing huge benefits himself from yoga, he wanted to make the practice more accessible to men, athletes, and physical fitness-minded individuals. Dean took out the Sanskrit and the meditation and inserted terminology that is familiar to people with sports backgrounds. Instead of focusing on the more spiritual side of yoga, he focuses entirely on the physical aspects.
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Listen & Learn:

  • How masculine people often prefer solo practice and feminine people often prefer group classes
  • Why removing religious and spiritual undertones from yoga classes might be the best way to show respect for diversity
  • How athletes can benefit from yoga and how yoga students can benefit from athleticism
  • Why the future of yoga needs to be more inclusive

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Eating Essential Oils?

Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 215_-_Where_are_all_the_guys_in_yoga.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:06am CEST

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.

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About the Guest

Brendan won World and National Collegiate powerlifting championships during his studies and went on to attain his Corrective Exercise Specialty from The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Brendan invented Posture PT back support that launched on Kickstarter recently. He is a practicing meditator under guidance of Sadhguru of the Isha Foundation, schooled in classical yoga and mysticism.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why Correct Exercise is a great choice for healing injuries
  • Why stronger rather than gentler rehab routines might just be the best choice
  • Why tight hip flexors can cause lower back pain 
  • What “autogenic inhibition” is and how it can help you with corrective exercise self-care
  • How “the couch stretch” can help counteract the effects of chronic sitting
  • How “the doorway stretch” can help open your upper body
  • Why 1 minute of mobility per 30 minutes of sitting can make a huge difference

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are there any good store bought Salad Dressings?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

Write to us podcast@yogabody.com

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Direct download: 214_-_Corrective_Exercise.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:29pm CEST

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 in the minimal footwear scene to learn about the why and the how behind this type of shoe.


Steve Perna is one of the early team members at Boulder, Colorado-based Lems Shoes, and currently heads up wholesale distribution. Lems Shows was founded in 2011 and creates YOGABODY-recommended active, office, and casual footwear.
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Listen & Learn:

  • What the terms “zero drop” and a “wide toe box” mean, and why you should insist on them in your shoes
  • Why you might need to transition into minimal footwear starting with just a couple hours of use per day
  • Why it’s normal to experience some foot pain during your transition to minimal
  • Why your walking and running gate might feel goofy at first

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How much salt is too much?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?


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Direct download: 213_-_Minimal_Footwear_for_the_Modern_Yoga_Student.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:48am CEST

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 York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon best-selling author of five books including Kokoro Yoga: Maximize Your Human Potential and Develop the Spirit of a Warrior--the SEALfit Way. Mark finished as the #1 trainee of his SEAL BUDS class, served 9 years on active duty, and completed 11 years as a Reserve Seal retiring as Commander in 2011.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why you need to “embrace the suck” of practice to get benefits
  • How yoga can (and should) be adapted to your personal needs that change as you age
  • Why personal practice can appeal to more masculine-oriented people
  • The strengths and weaknesses of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Why recovery and rest can be the most-challenging to learn

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • What is the best sweetener to keep in the kitchen?

Links & References from the Show:

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And the result? You end up stiff and sore…

I’m a huge fan of all types of bodywork including massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care; but realistically, this is not something you can do every day or even every week. Due financial and time limitations, most people can only meet one-on-one with a body worker a few times per year, and that’s rarely enough to really affect change.

The solution? Self-massage.

Direct download: 212_-_Warior_Style_Yoga_with_Former_Navy_Seal.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 12:10pm CEST

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 wisdom of the East with modern knowledge from the West.

He is the author of three books, The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy, Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Perspective, and Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming.
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Listen & Learn:

  • How your diurnal practices (waking state) set the stage for good or poor sleep
  • Why you need to develop a lucid relationship to your waking consciousness before you’ll be able to consistently lucid dream
  • How to appreciate and nurture hypnagogic (just before sleep) and hypnopompic (just before waking) states
  • How napping can be a great way to induce lucid dreams
  • How to Have Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILDs)
  • How “dreamlets” of 10 seconds or also very powerful
  • Best practices for sleep hygiene: stone-cold sober, clean, empty belly, mindful/meditation/prayer/gratitude practice, darkroom, no screen time, lie on right side (sleeping lion mudra, same as Buddha death), galantamine supplement
  • Why serious yoga students need to be careful not to become a “state junkie” hopping from one peak state experience to the next

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Do we need to take supplements?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:22pm CEST

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 crunches? On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet physiotherapist, Dr. Sarah Ellis Duvall, who will demystify core strength and help you understand many of the nagging conditions that result from a week and imbalanced core.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why head and chin position is foundational for proper posture which leads to core strength and stability
  • Why pelvic floor tone is a follower not a leader, meaning you need to sort out your movement patterns to best affect change
  • Why tight and weak are usually the enemy while flexible and strong are usually the treatment
  • Why we must have basic, functional fitness capacity such as the ability to do a push-up, pull-up, and squat
  • Why Kegals and Mula Bandha can be the wrong choice for some people

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Soy Sauce

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?


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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm CEST

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 .
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why flexibility training should supplement (not replace) whatever movement or exercise you're doing now
  • Why flexibility training should happen after (not before) all other forms of training
  • How to use nose-to-mouth breathing to down-regulated your nervous system and improve results
  • Why passive stretches are most effective for training flexibility
  • How your nervous system plays a key role in mobility

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • How to: Reverse Prayer

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 209_-_Flexibility_Training_Demystified.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:20am CEST

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 much a part of the human experience up until recent times. To make things more challenging, pop-health images of pregnant moms with their baby bumps dead-lifting huge weight or doing handstands on the beach only add to the pressures on moms to try to be everything.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, Kimberly Johnson shares her personal and professional experience working with both expecting moms and new moms on their own health.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why WHO research suggests a 8-12% C-section rate to be appropriate while USA has 32% rate and countries like China and Brazil have rates as high as 80%
  • Why postpartum care is practically non-existent
  • How rest is the secret ingredient missing from pre- and post-partum care
  • How it came to be that non-mothers have become authorities on yoga for pregnancy
  • Simple self-care and mindset shifts for mums-to-be and moms today

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • How to: Box Splits

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?


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Direct download: 208_-_Have_Modern_Mothers_Lost_Their_Way.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am CEST

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 oils specifically.


Essential oils have exploded in popularity in recent years, particularly in the yoga community, but there is lots of controversy and confusion too. Should you ingest them or not? Is it ok to use them directly on the skin? Is it safe to use a diffuser to vaporize oils?


On this week's show, Dr. Z shares his latest research and findings on essential oils along with some key advice and recommendations.
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Listen & Learn:

  • How to use essential oil internally, how to use enteric coated capsules
  • Why you should always dilute essential oils
  • Why many plants are becoming extinct
  • Why CBD/cannabis extract can be hexane or butane extracted
  • Why fractionated coconut oil is the best choice for dilution

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • Does food have anything to do with flexibility?

Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 207_-_Integrating_Essential_Oils_Into_Your_Health_Plan.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:13pm CEST

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” Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner living on a working organic farm west of Boston. She's an author and also the host of The Sustainable Dish Podcast and the mother of 2 kids. She speaks at universities and conferences internationally about nutrition and sustainability, social justice, animal welfare and food policy issues.


Diana is a staff writer for Paleo Magazine. She contributes regularly to several blogs and her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Outside Magazine, and Mother Earth News.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why "sustainability" refers to you, the environment, and the planet
  • How eating a cow might be more ethical than eating kale
  • Why traditional vegetarian diets are often dairy and grain heavy, the worst for both you and the planet
  • Why soils needs animals and animals (like us) need soil
  • How food systems are inherently complex

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • Handstands -- how to do them in the middle of the room?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?


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Direct download: 206_-_Sustainable_Eating_for_You__the_Planet.mp3
Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 10:42am CEST

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 achieve it, it requires serious thought, hard work, and deliberate lifestyle design.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, author, Raj Raghunathan, shares his research, teaching, and writing around happiness based on his career.


Raj is an award-winning Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas in Austin. Raj’s work has appeared in leading marketing journals, and has been cited in several mass media outlets, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Austin American Statesman, The Houston Chronicle, and Self Magazine. He is the author of a new book titled, “If You Are So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?”

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why "what you're missing out on" might be causing unhappiness
  • Why it's important to define happiness
  • Why happiness is to be lighthearted but not at the cost of being cruel and a state of harmony (right now is good)
  • Why you must prioritize happiness, go on a news fast, and a nature feast
  • Why you should develop a spiritual attitude (that life is aligned, not benign or maligned)
  • How default negativity can cause people to note dangers, and it's easy to get lost in this

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • Grip Strength - how to deal with wrist pain?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?


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Direct download: 205_-_Happiness_vs_Intelligence.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:13pm CEST

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 Washington and began working on a commercial mushroom farm in 1973—and mushrooms have been the focus of his career ever since. During the next 10 years he became the production manager, responsible for the cultivation of over 2 million pounds of agaricus mushrooms per year. He was also involved in the research and development of shiitake, oyster and enoki mushrooms which resulted in the earliest US fresh shiitake sales in 1978.


His current company, Nammex, was founded in 1989 and produces source material for medicinal-grade nutritional formulas.
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Listen & Learn:

  • Why you should be eating shiitake mushrooms regularly
  • Why mushroom mycelium (rather than fruiting body) is not a great source for food or nutrition
  • How poor quality supplements can be high in grains and starch
  • Beta-glucans can make up to 25-60% of mushrooms (or almost none at all)
  • Why "made in USA" is the worst choice
  • How to test your product with iodine
  • Whar are Triterpenes
  • Why the majority of all mushrooms are grown in China—and certainly the best ones
  • How to grow your mushrooms in dark spaces, light spaces, tree cuttings, and more

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • Flexibility Training

Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 204_-_Magic_Mushrooms_Medicine.mp3
Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 1:36pm CEST

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.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • How breath can either up-regulate, down regulate, or balance your nervous system
  • Why many schools of breathing mistakenly teach one method as "the" method when the right breath practice depends on you and your situation
  • The dangers of using extreme breathing practices while bathing, swimming or even while driving
  • The differences between Wim Hof breath, Buteyko, most yogic breathing, and HRV balancing breath

Yoga Practice Tip of the Week:

  • Strength vs Flexibility - how do you find balance?

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Direct download: 203_-_The_Dangers__Benefits_of_Breathing.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:39am CEST

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 sleep hygiene is often a mess.
On this week’s, Yoga Talk Show, Dr. Raj Dasgupta will help you learn how to improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep. You’ll learn about common “sleep killers” in your lifestyle and environment, and the small action steps you can take to improve your sleep hygiene immediately.
Dr. Raj Dasgupta is a Quadruple Board Certified Doctor. He's an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the division of Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine. You may have seen him on television or published in numerous media. His mission is to educate patients, students and aspiring doctors to better patient care.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why sleep apnea is a huge and growing problem that can impact your weight, your mood, your hormones, and so much more
  • Why N3 and REM sleep are so important (and often lacking)
  • Why stimulus control is key to a good night sleep
  • Why you should stop "clock watching"
  • How alcohol helps you fall asleep but promises poor quality sleep
  • Why blue light from screen time suppresses melatonin
  • Why cognitive behavioral therapy is the cornerstone of stress management
  • Why all sleep aids decrease respiration and should be used only when necessary
  • Are electromagnetic fields (EMF) really an issue?

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Best way to use Turmeric in the kitchen

Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 202_-_Sleep_Hygiene.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:15am CEST

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 who will inspire you to live “a remarkable life in a conventional world” and to enjoy the trip as you search for a better, more fulfilling life.


Chris Guillebeau is an entrepreneur, author, blogger and speaker. You might know him from The Art of Nonconformity blog and book. He organizes the annual World Domination Summit in Portland each year and his other inspiring books include The $100 Startup, The Happiness of Pursuit, and his newest book, Born For This.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • How Chris traveled to 193 countries
  • How travel is for everyone (not just the wealthy)
  • Why the path of non-conformity is perhaps the best path
  • Me focus vs. service focus, which is better?


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Is Green Tea REALLY good for you?

Links & References from the Show:

Q&A from the show:

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Direct download: 201_-_Choose_Your_Own_Life_Adventure.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am CEST

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 dives into some of the latest research about the benefits and risks associated with heat and cold therapy for yoga students.


MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: both heat and cold therapy can be dangerous and even fatal. This is meant for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Never practice heat or cold therapy alone, and ideally practice under expert supervisions.


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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why sweating does release toxins
  • How heat can help build muscle
  • How heat and increase growth hormone
  • How heat can improve sugar metabolism
  • How cold can trigger norepinephrine
  • Why cold is not always a smart choice


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are black beans a good source of protein?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 200_-_Hot_and_Cold_Therapy.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:27am CEST

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 home or apartment, and they surely play a role in the future of food.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why it makes no sense to throw away high quality food scraps and cuttings
  • How coffee grounds can be used to grow superfoods in just about any home
  • Why the future of food needs to offer more people better quality food for less money


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Why you should eat mushrooms?!


Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 199_-_Home_Grown_Mushrooms.mp3
Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 4:16pm CEST

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 in movement with an emphasis in running, cycling, and swimming mechanics. Brian has been featured in Competitor, Runner's World, Triathlete, Men's Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, Outside, and in the book, The 4-Hour Body. Brian has consulted with several athletic teams, including the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Champions San Jose State Women's Swim Team. His books include: Power, Speed, Endurance and Unbreakable Runner. You can learn more about his work at www.Unscared.com

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What You’ll Learn:

  • What hypoxic training is, and why it can be useful
  • How "elevation masks" are being used for warm-up and recovery
  • How Wim Hof's method can be used to combat lactic acid post workout
  • Why we're in the "Wild West" of breathing right now


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Tomato Sauce - friend or foe?


Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 198_-_Breathe_Perform__Recover.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:45am CEST

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 different than the present. I've also learned that the food religions of the world do more to confuse than to help us. My hope is that the Yoga Talk Show becomes an open forum for education and exploration as we all try to figure out how to thrive.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Why there is no "one diet" for everyone
  • How our food system is currently flawed
  • Why the inconvenient truth about the future of food is that GMOs, lab-grown meats, and insects are likely necessities
  • How we can end up on the right side of history, nutritionally


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Nori Seaweed Sheets - are they safe to buy from any store?

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 197_-_The_Vegan_Veg__Paleo_Debate.mp3
Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 11:19am CEST

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 neurological challenges of his mother, Lugavere will shed new light on “sandwich culture” and why we need to rethink this all-American staple in our diets.

Lugavere is an American television personality, producer, filmmaker, and musician. He earned a degree in film and psychology from the University of Miami and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post on topics of science, innovation, and technology. Currently, Max is working on a new documentary that explores the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health, called, Bread Head.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • How bread can cause inflammation in the gut - but also in the brain
  • How family history and genetics can load the gun while your food and lifestyle can pull the trigger for neurodegenerative disease
  • What “impaired glucose metabolism” means and how does it relate to Alzheimer´s Disease
  • How a high fat, ketogenic diet could be a breakthrough for brain health
  • What Type III diabetes is and who is at risk

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Microwaves - should we use them?

Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Awesome Toes! can be used at night, while watching TV, while practicing yoga, and even in wide-toed athletic shoes for running. Most toe separators on the market fall off or break during activities, but Awesome Toes! are designed for durability and comfort during yoga practice, dance rehearsals and while engaging in sports.

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Direct download: 196_-_The_Death_of_Bread.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:18pm CEST

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 Yoga Talk Show, take a trip into the magical world of the human brain as we attempt to decipher its power and limitless abilities in order to manifest our lives. James R. Doty, M.D., is an American neurosurgeon, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University, and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Dr. Doty is also the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.


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What You’ll Learn:

  • How Dr. Doty overcame a difficult childhood and past trauma to manifest his life
  • How to change your life by first changing your brain
  • How visualization can be a better choice than meditation for some people in some cases
  • How to stop suffering from defining who you are


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Store bought bouillons, broths and soups - are they good for us?


Links & References from the Show:

Got Questions?

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Direct download: 195_-_Mysteries_of_the_Brain_Secrets_of_the_Heart.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:00pm CEST

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 background in genetics and a PhD in microbiology, Marchant worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature. She explores topics from the future of genetic engineering to underwater archaeology, and most recently, the idea that our thoughts can have great benefits on our bodies and even prevent us from getting ill on the first place. Marchant is the author of The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy, Decoding the Heavens, and Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • How the placebo effect is always at place in healing
  • Why sometimes mind over body is stronger than any modern medicine
  • How to think about healing from both a scientific and energetic viewpoint
  • Why your body’s healing mechanisms are much more complicated than simple chemistry


Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Vitamin D deficiency: Do we need to take supplements?


Links & References from the Show:

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Yoga students use Corky the Block in dynamic Vinyasa Yoga practices, deep stretching Gravity Yoga sessions, and in advanced arm balancing and back-bending. A block is an essential yoga prop, and Corky the Block is a beautiful addition to your practice room.

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Direct download: 194_-_The_Science_of_Mind_Over_Body.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:00pm CEST

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 ABC News and the co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Previously, he was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He regularly contributes stories for shows such as Nightline, 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer and GMA.

Harris has reported from all over the planet, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine and Iraq, and producing investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. Dan is the author of the book, 10% Happier and the co-founder of a new app by the same name.

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What You'll Learn:

  • How a successful news anchor had an anxiety attack on national TV
  • Why most self-help and personal development information is B.S.
  • How 10% happier can compound and grow into something truly life changing
  • Why "clearing your mind" is not possible nor the goal of meditation—the goal is to start

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Goats Milk: is there such a thing as eating dairy healthfully?

Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 193_-_10_Happier.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 1:21pm CEST

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 practices. Sasha founded The Inner Path Newsletter in 1991, the first Russian publication dealing with the topics of healthy lifestyle, self-development, and spirituality. Within a few years, Inward Path Magazine became a national publication with more than one hundred thousand readers. Sasha also opened the first health food store in the country, along with a holistic seminar center. Today, she is the Executive Director of the Breathing Center based in the United States.

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Listen and Learn:

  • Why over-breathing can cause a myriad of health problems  
  • Why CO2 might actually be your friend
  • How C02 works as a bronchial and vascular dilator
  • Why reduced breath is actually the goal for most people to find balance

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Teas - why you should go back to basics

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

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Have you heard of moringa? NPR just called it the new kale. Our friends over at Kuli Kuli Foods gave us some moringa and we're totally obsessed with putting it in our green smoothies every morning. It's more nutritious than kale and provides a complete protein like quinoa - a true SUPERfood! Not to mention that every product Kuli Kuli Foods sells plants moringa trees and supports women farmers in West Africa.

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Direct download: 192_-_Buteyko_Breathing.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 12:53pm CEST

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.

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What You'll Learn:

  • How to gamify your fitness to make it more fun
  • Why anyone, particularly nerdy, non-fitness type can (and should) get in shape
  • How to never go to the gym and still get great workouts
  • Why traditional fitness images are flawed

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • What's the deal with peanuts?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

 

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Direct download: 191_-_Nerd_Fitness.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 3:47pm CEST

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, and their effects on the brain.  

Mithu Storoni MD, PhD is a medical doctor, science nerd, writer, yoga teacher, blogger and all round brain enthusiast dedicated to defeating stress from everyone’s lives. She earned her medical degree from the University of Cambridge and also holds a PhD in Neuro-ophthalmology.

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Listen and Learn:

  • The difference between open monitoring and focused attention meditation
  • What Brain Derived Neural Factor (BDNF) is and how yoga can increase production
  • How yogic breathing can encourage respiratory neural coupling
  • Mental health dangers of rumination during some forms of meditation
  • What happens with your stress signals during deliberate yoga practice

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How to wash strawberries

Links & References from the Show:

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Direct download: 190_-_Science_of_stress.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 12:27pm CEST

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 Montana State University Leadership Institute, Protect Our Winters, Bozeman Ice Tower Foundation, Gallatin County Fair Board and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.

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What You'll Learn:

  • How he climbed Everest 3x’s (once in search of a dead body)
  • How the love of nature can drive you to the most amazing places
  • Why climate change is something we must look at
  • How your geography can make you happy

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • What’s the deal with frozen food?

Links & References from the Show:

 

Got questions?

 

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*Students who want to share hot yoga with the world

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Direct download: 189_-_Life_of_Adventure.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 12:21pm CEST

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 School and studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments influence people.

Her research has been published in top academic journals and covered by NPR, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Wired, Fast Company, and more. Cuddy has been named a "Game Changer" by Time, a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science, one of "50 Women Who Are Changing the World" by Business Insider, and a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum.

Her new book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, is getting great reviews and is available on Amazon at all major booksellers.

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What You'll Learn:

  • How your body language can actually increase testosterone and lower cortisol
  • How there is an on-going, body-mind conversation, always
  • How to take a “power pose” to change your mood
  • Why New Year's Resolutions might be too long term and abstract

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Is oatmeal is healthy as they say?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

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Bryce Yoga is rooted in traditional yoga while simultaneously informed by gymnastics, hand balancing and acrobatics. The Bryce approach to teaching was developed for the modern instructor who teaches in a variety of different setting including: yoga studios, fitness centers,festivals, workshops, on social media, and with private clients. Sequences are adaptable by design so teachers can mold their classes to challenge their students of all levels and abilities. If you’re new to Bryce Yoga, don’t worry. Students come to the course from all different yoga backgrounds, and the most important thing is that you’re excited and eager to learn.

Next course starts in July!

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Direct download: 188_-_Power_Pose_for_Confidence.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:58am CEST

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.

Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, SALT SUGAR FAT: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with the Times. He's a keynote speaker and has been a guest on CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz, CNN The Lead, ATC and Jon Stewart's the Daily Show. He has been a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism.

To learn more, visit: www.michaelmossbooks.com

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  • The "bliss point" in commercial food—and what it matters
  • Why big food referss to their clients as "heavy users"
  • What "mouth feel" and "flavor burst" mean
  • How the snack and convenience habits opened the door to industry abuse
  • How the "Lunchables" inventor is now helping fresh salad vendor in Chicago
  • How big companies self-ubsidize and could shift their focus for big change

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Should you boil, steam or pan-fry your veggies?

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Super Strap

2-in-1 Yoga Strap and Mat carrier: This strap was originally developed for the YOGABODY Fitness Studio Group because our students wanted a simple mat carrier solution but they were already bringing yoga straps to class—so it seemed silly to have both. Hence, the Super Strap was born!

Yoga students use the Super Strap in Vinyasa Yoga practices, deep stretching Gravity Yoga sessions, and in advanced arm balancing and back-bending. A yoga strap is an essential yoga prop, and the Super Strap is a beautiful and practical addition to your practice room.

Direct download: 187_-_Salt_Sugar_Fat.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:19pm CEST

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 help people rewire their mammalian neurochemistry.She's Professor Emerita at California State University, East Bay, and author of Beyond Cynical and I, Mammal. She also writes the blog Your Neurochemical Self: Getting real with a 200-million-year-old brain on PsychologyToday.com.

She has been interviewed on NPR, The Matt Townsend Show, and the Ask Altucher podcast, and her work been featured in Psychologies and Real Simple magazines.

Her most recent book is called, Habits of a Happy Brain and can be found on Amazon or any major bookseller.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why a “no CNN diet” might be the best way to feed your happy brain
  • How dopamine, is released when you anticipate of a reward and have a future-focused attitude
  • How endorphins are triggered from physical pain and are short-lived, and perhaps not so healthy in your pursuit of happiness
  • How oxytocin distinguishes mammals from reptiles and can be clearly seen at birth with baby-mother bonding, and as adults with tribal behavior of all types
  • How serotonin is released from “one-upmanship” behavior, social rivalry, and the urge to feel special and distinguish oneself
  • How the happy patterns of our youth get myelinated into our nervous system

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Is Himalayan salt a superfood?

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“Corky the Block” - Cork Yoga Block

This block was originally developed for the YOGABODY Fitness Studio Group because we needed an all-natural, eco-friendly, and non-slip prop to use in our public classes. Traditional, synthetic blocks are ugly, slip with sweat, and have an unpleasant hand-feel. Hence, Corky the Block was born!

Yoga students use Corky the Block in dynamic Vinyasa Yoga practices, deep stretching Gravity Yoga sessions, and in advanced arm balancing and back-bending. A block is an essential yoga prop, and Corky the Block is a beautiful addition to your practice room.

Direct download: 186_-_happy_brain.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:45am CEST

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 Doctor from Toronto. She integrates Western science with Traditional holistic energetic medicine to provide individualized, safe and effective natural treatments.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why bowel health is such an important topic
  • How much fiber is enough? And where to get it…
  • The Squatty Potty - does it work?
  • Simple tips for eating and drinking your way to bowel health

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Is olive oil really as healthy as they say?

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30-Day Sugar Detox w/YOGABODY

THE PROBLEM: When you’re trying to burn fat, get fit, increase your energy, improve your digestion and just plain feel better each day, it can be overwhelming with all the conflicting health information online. Do you start with organic food? Paleo? Raw vegan? Do you have to run marathons or is yoga a good solution? There’s just too many choices and too many opinions.

THE SOLUTION: The truth is that there are as many paths to exceptional health as there are trees in the forest, so rather than argue about which path is best, let’s just focus on elephant in the room. Medical doctors, weight loss experts, yoga teachers, and weight lifters all agree that the single biggest troublemaker in our modern diet is excessive sugar in all its forms. It causes weight gain, diabetes, hormonal problems, premature again—and just about every other health problem you can think of. So if you want to get healthy, let’s start with the one change that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Together, let’s kick the sugar habit and start a positive spiral towards health.

Direct download: 185_-_poo_like_magic_unicorn.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:10pm CEST

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 Center. He is a doctor of chiropractic medicine and a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. His focus is on natural treatments of degenerative diseases with a primary focus on gluten sensitivity and food allergies.

He founded Gluten Free Society in 2010 to help educate on the far-reaching effects of gluten sensitivity. He is the author of Glutenology, a series of books designed to help educate the world about gluten.

His new book, No Grain, No Pain: A 30-Day Diet for Eliminating Chronic Pain—for Life is available on Amazon and at all major booksellers.

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Listen & Learn:

  • How grains can lead to leaky gut
  • Why ages 35-40 are often when long-term gluten exposure begins to create problems
  • How modern bread products have changed with Glyphosate-sprayed crops, higher gluten levels, and mycotoxins from storage
  • Why anyone with rheumatoid arthritis or any other auto-immune condition should at least try going gluten free

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are non-stick pans safe?

 

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Absolute Yoga Academy

Level II: 300hr Yoga Alliance Certification Course

This 1-month immersion is designed to take qualified teachers and turn them into career yoga professionals. Students sign up for different reasons, but everyone comes seeking a deeper, and more-fulfilling teaching life. You get to a point where you know you need to step outside your daily schedule to progress, but you’re not sure where to go for help in this next phase of your career. Who can support and guide you personally, professionally, and financially? To solve this common problem, Absolute Yoga Academy’s 300hr, Level II course was born.

If you want to fall in love with yoga again ( as a student ), become an “authority teacher”, meet like-minded colleagues and friends, and learn how you can teach less but earn more, we invite you to discover the Absolute Yoga Academy 300hr Level II Teacher Training course

Direct download: 184_-_No_Gain_No_Pain.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:03pm CEST

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