The Lucas Rockwood Show

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 where do you start? On this week’s show, we’ll help you think strategically about getting your bloodwork done and interpreting the results. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why elevated cortisol and adrenal dysfunction can often be the root of modern health problems 
  • Why standard thyroid test are often incomplete and how to request comprehensive testing
  • Should you pay out-of-pocket or will insurance cover it? 
  • Why many issues can be correct functionally 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Strong is a certified functional medicine practitioner based. He is kinesiologist and chiropractor and helps people with comprehensive, personalized treatment plans.

He is the author of the books, Understanding Your Bloodwork and How It Relates to Your Health Issues and Reclaim Your Brain. Both are available on Amazon. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Addicted to Chocolate

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Direct download: 434_-_Understanding_Your_Bloodwork_with_Todd_Strong.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 9:35am CET

Reverse Aging with Lifelong “Play”
with Stephen Jepson

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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 or stuck in a nursing facility? Do you want your best years to be in the past or in the future?

Our guest on this week’s podcast is in his late 70’s and learning new skills daily, skills that even 20-year-olds find challenging.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why bilateral training is the key to cognitive health
  • How there are countless examples of people going from wheelchairs to full function, from bedridden to active—so why not you?
  • How eating and writing with your non-dominant hand can be a simple hack to lay down new neural wiring
  • How neuro-plasticity and neurogenesis can happen at any age if you keep learning and keep playing
  • Why you should never stop playing

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Stephen Jepson is the creator of a lifestyle he calls: Never Leave the Playground. He rides a unicycle, juggles while balancing on a bongo board, throws knives and plays jacks with both hands, walks a tightrope, swam across Iowa's Spirit Lake at age 66, and has won over 80 gold medals in swimming since age 65. And more. Much more. After a career in pottery, both teaching and creating, he now dedicates his time to the research of this lifestyle fitness plan.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How Much Fiber

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Direct download: 433_-_Reverse_Aging_with_Lifelong_Play_with_Stephen_Jepsony.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:53pm CET

Sex Robots & Vegan Meat
Jenny Kleeman
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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 disrupt industries, it will disrupt the moral fabric of society. How do we navigate the complexity of artificial wombs, lab-grown meat, sex robots, and euthanasia? Do you have a firm moral stance on any of these issues? I don’t, and I’m not sure how to resolve these open loops.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet journalist and author, Jenny Kleeman who shares her deep-dive research into morally disruptive technologies. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • The reality of sex robots and the real risks vs. rewards in the future 
  • How lab-grown meat could replace our dependence on factory farms
  • Where to draw moral lines in the sand when it comes to artificial wombs, designer babies, and medically-assisted death 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her articles appear regularly in the Guardian and also in the Sunday Times (London), The Times of London, The New Statesman, and VICE. She won the “One World Media Television Award” for her work on, Unreported World', and was nominated for the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Kitchari

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Direct download: 432_-_Sex_Robots__Vegan_Meat_with_Jenny_Kleeman.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:29am CET

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 at-home yoga or fitness regime based on my 17 years experience.  

My Top Five Tips: 

  • Get some nice clothes
  • Get a nice mat or some nice equipment
  • Pair your practice with learning or entertainment
  • Trust someone else, not your own system
  • Try not to be alone

ABOUT LUCAS ROCKWOOD
Lucas Rockwood is  yoga teacher, speaker, trainer and serial entrepreneur. He’s the founder of YOGABODY and the Yoga Teachers College. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Plant vs Animal Nutrition

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Direct download: 431_-_How_to_Succeed_with_Yoga__Fitness_At_Home_w_Lucas_Rockwood.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:38am CET

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 creating a new future for who you are, personality-wise, that is not bound by the past. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why proception, the ability to dream and plan for the future, even future emotional states, is a huge part of what makes us uniquely human  
  • How to measure the gain (not the gap) from who you were and who you are 
  • How to look for past evidence of who you’d like to be not evidence of the smaller you 
  • The importance of a growth vs fixed mindset 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and author of Willpower Doesn't Work and Personality Isn't Permanent. He has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, and Big Think. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Vit D & Covid

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Direct download: 430_-_Is_Personality_Permanent_with_Benjamin_Hardy.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:44am CET

Fast, Feast, Repeat

with Gin Stephens
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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 last meal today and your first meal tomorrow can have exciting effects on your hormones, blood sugar, body fat, and overall weight. For most people interested in weight loss, this is the simplest, safest, and easiest place to start - so why not? 

My guest on this week’s podcast lost 80lbs with timer-restricted eating, and she’s kept it off since 2005.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How diets involved trying to override your biology and fight your body instead of working with it naturally
  • How simply skipping breakfast and reducing your eating window can sometimes lead to exciting changes in your body and health 
  • How quickly the results of meal timing can manifest
  • How to stop with negative self-talk, guilt and shame around food 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Gin Stephens is a teacher, writer, podcaster and intermittent fasting advocate. She’s the author of a number of books including: Delay, Don’t Deny, Feast Without Fear, and Fast, Feast, Repeat.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Herbs for Libido

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Direct download: 429_-_Fast_Feast_Repeat_with_Gin_Stephens.mp3
Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 11:01am CET

But What if Your Workplace is Toxic? 
with Robert Glazer
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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 zines out of my best xeroxed smash-face printouts. Oh, good times. 

Life is too short to hate your job, and yet most of us do. With telecommuting at an all-time high, some jobs have become more tolerable, but do you truly feel meaning and purpose at work? Do you feel like you’re working toward a worthy goal? These are hard questions I don’t have the answer to, but my guest on the show has created a multi-award winning workplace, so he’s got some great ideas. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why lack of value alignment is perhaps the biggest job problem of all 
  • How to both employee and employers need to think about the end at the beginning
  • Why “2 weeks notice” is terrible for everyone
  • How COVID-19 is affecting communication and connection 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Robert Glazer is the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners marketing agency.His agency has won numerous awards including Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards (2 years in a row), Ad Age's Best Place to Work, Entrepreneur's Top Company Culture (2 years in a row), Great Place to Work & Fortune's Best Small & Medium Workplaces (3 years in a row) and Boston Globe's Top Workplaces (2 years in a row). His writing has been featured in Forbes, Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines, Bob shares his ideas and insights via Friday Forward email newsletter, his Elevate podcast, and his books including: Friday Forward and Elevate.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Restless Leg Syndrome

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Direct download: 428_-_But_What_if_Your_Workplace_is_Toxic_with_Robert_Glazer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm CET

8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back 

with Esther Gokhale 
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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 spent her career researching, writing, and teaching spinal health. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why an S-curved spine is incorrect, and why a J-shape is more natural 
  • Why to stop chasing ideal posture and simply work with the body and life you have in our modern world 
  • Chairs, shoes, and workstations - what do do?

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ABOUT OUR GUEST 

Esther Gokhale studied biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine. Post-pregnancy back pain and a failed back surgery inspired Esther to begin a lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain.

Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 200,000 copies and has been translated into ten languages. Gokhale has taught at corporations such as Google, IDEO, and Facebook, presented at conferences including TEDx(Stanford) and Ancestral Health Symposium, consulted for the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford sports teams.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Top Food for Weight Loss

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Direct download: 427_-_8_Steps_to_a_Pain-Free_Back_with_Esther_Gokhale.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:00am CET

The Importance of Friendship

with Lydia Denworth
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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 core. Even the most introverted types (like me) have felt the longing for group gathering, social interaction, and connection with friends. 

But what is a true friend? And how does that change from your teen years into adulthood, middle age and beyond? From an adaptive perspective, why is it that strong friendships are correlated with longevity and overall healthspan? On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore the importance and science behind deep social connections. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why you really only need one true friend (but more are great too) 
  • How digital and long-distance friends stack up to old-fashioned, in-person connections 
  • Why true friendships should be long-lasting, stable, and cooperative 
  • How to embrace the natural change of friends at different stages of life

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ABOUT OUR GUEST 

Lydia Denworth is a science journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American. She writes the Brain Waves blog for Psychology and her work is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Healthy Eating While Travelling

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Direct download: 426_-_The_Importance_of_Friendship_with_Lydia_Denworth.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:17am CET

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 has become the norm? 

The moral path has always been a challenging one,but right now, it's nearly-impossible. On this week’s show, we’ll discuss the neuroscience behind these behaviors. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How pornography lights up dopamine centers
  • How anonymity online enables wrath and envy at disproportionate levels 
  • Why in some cases, the best way to avoid this bad behaviors is through engineered avoidance 
  • How to understand your brain chemistry so you can adapt to the modern world

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Neuroscientist, writer, and personality on a mission  to understand the inworkings of the Human Brian. He’s the author of two books, Sort Your Brain Out and The Science of Sin. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Sweet Potato vs White Potato

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Direct download: 425_-_The_Science_of_Sin_with_Dr._Jack_Lewis.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:54am CET

The Joy of Movement 
with Kelly McGonigal
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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 happiness, good is a target at which you take aim at and hit very consistently. 

Get a good night's sleep. You’ll feel good. 

Eat the foods you know are right for you. You’ll feel good. 

Sit less, move more, and exercise. You’ll feel good. 

Feeling good doesn't fix all the other challenges in your life, but it always helps. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet the author of a new book, The Joy of Movement, an exploration into the biochemical, neurological, and emotional health benefits of using your body for what it was designed to do. To move.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How movement and exercise release happy chemicals such as endocannabinoids, oxytocin, and endorphin 
  • How exercising to music can actually help bring out your physical best
  • Group vs. at-home exercise, who wins? 
  • COVID-19 tips and tricks to finding your flow
  • Why it’s important to reframe exercise as movement, and do whatever you like instead of what you think it “most effective” or “burns the most calories” 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist, teacher and writer who specializes in the mind-body connection. Many of you will know Kelly from her TED Talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend.” She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her newest book is called, The Joy of Movement, and presents physical exercise as one of the more powerful and predictable antidotes to depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Quinoa Belly Ache

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Direct download: 424_-_The_Joy_of_Movement_w_Kelly_McGonigal.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:22am CET

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

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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 up. 

Meritocracy.

Study hard, work hard, and show up year-after-year, and you can be just about anything you want to be. In the 1950s, that was somewhat true. Today, the schism between the have and have-nots is so vast that in many cases, no amount of hard work or earned street cred will give you equal access to opportunity.

If you're dealt an unlucky hand, as most people are, your options are limited by gatekeepers you’ll never meet, schools and jobs you’ll never have access to. More perplexing still, if you’re dealt a lucky hand, as I was, and if you play your cards right, you enlist into a lifetime of self-sacrifice, ridiculously long work days, and an almost guaranteed inability to enjoy the so-called privileged life you lead.

Why? Because you’re working all the time.

Meritocracy, like any ideology, sounds amazing on paper, but falls flat in the real world. It’s as mythical as a unicorn. Catch me if you can. On this week’s show, you’ll meet researcher and writer, Daniel Morkovits, who shares his findings on just how broken this meritocratic system is today. 

Listen & Learn:

  • How average CEO compensation has grown 940% since 1978 while typical worker compensation has risen only 12% during that same time

  • How elite education, more than any other factor, acts as the gating factor into the ruling class 

  • How the best universities brag about sub-10% acceptance rates, essentially engineering an elite class

  • How middle-level jobs are getting completely eliminated by technology leaving only the ruling and working classes on either end of the spectrum

  • How the meritocracy myth is not just unfair, but potentially dangerous as it threatens the safety and happiness of both the haves and have-nots. 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Daniel Markovits holds degrees from Yale, London School of Economics and Oxford. He’s on the faculty at Yale Law School, where he publishes on the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioural economics. His latest book is, The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • White Bread Better Than Whole Wheat

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The Strength Therapist
Sam Spinelli
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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 people over the age of 40, they are losing mass with each passing year.

On this week’s show, you’ll meet a physical therapist and strength coach who will help to reduce the fear and friction around lifting heavy things. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • The essential movements: squat, push, pull, hinge, carry
  • How squats can actually improve arthritic knees
  • How to balance risk vs reward with weights 
  • The realistic outlook of at-home training

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Sam Spinelli a doctor of physical therapy and a strength & conditioning coach with experience working with professional and olympic sport athletes ranging from football, hockey, bobsleigh, powerlifting, weightlifting, to ballet. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • 7 Meals a Day

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Direct download: 422_-_The_Strength_Therapist_with_Sam_Spinelli.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:17pm CET

How to Change Your Mind
with Jon Venus

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“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 fruitarians, the violent vegans, and the QAnon followers all trying to convince you they possess the real truth. So who holds the real answers? Nobody.

True revelation is never at the extremes. The truth lives in the murky middle filled with “yes, but” and and “in my situation…” The truth is filed with nuance, compromise, and it requires that we all embrace a certain degree of ignorance. |

On this week’s show, you’ll meet a social media personality who built and has since destroyed his personal and professional life around the strict ideology of veganism. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • The pitfalls of ideological groups 
  • How parenting adds an incredible layer of social awareness to your personal choices
  • How to change your mind and what it might mean personally and professionally
  • The dangers of extreme groups online

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jon is a health and fitness personality best known for his YouTube channel and social media presence. Long-time vegan recently changed his diet.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Mushrooms for Immune System

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Direct download: 421_-_How_to_Change_Your_Mind_with_Jon_Venus.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:29am CET

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 meditation and mindfulness. 

Learn How Meditation: 

  • Improves both proprioception and interoception 
  • Decrease the fear and anxiety activity of the amygdala  
  • Reduces Default Mode Network activity responsible for self-focused, rumination and daydreaming 
  • Increases concentration  

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include: Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He's lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Weight Loss for Summer

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Direct download: 420_-_Neurodharma_with_Rick_Hanson.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 6:20pm CET

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 breath easily, or simply wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of this powerful tool that is your own breath.

Listen & Learn: 

  • What happens when you *only* mouth breathe (hint: it’s bad) 
  • How 70-80% of people have deviated septums
  • How lack of chewing has made our jaws smaller and narrower
  • The secrets of the Tummo Monks who heat up their bodies 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Scientific American, Dwell Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He’s the author of a book about freediving called, DEEP, and his newest book is called, BREATH: The New Science of a Lost Art. 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Protein Shake

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Direct download: 419_-_The_Story_of_a_Mouth_Breather_James_Nestor.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:43pm CET

The Power of Ritual
with Casper Ter Kuile
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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 podcast, a Harvard researcher joins me to share his work on ritual and religion.  

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why agnostics are growing in numbers - but these are not atheists
  • How it’s human nature to gather, share, celebrate, and establish norms
  • Is there such a thing as a leaderless tribe? 
  • How to take the good and avoid the bad of organized groups and religion 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Casper is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He holds Masters of Divinity and Public Policy from Harvard University. With his team at Sacred Design Lab, he co-authored a paper How We Gather (2015), and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Atlantic Magazine, and Washington Post.

He's the author of the new book, The Power of Ritual (2020). 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fruit Until Five

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Direct download: 418_-_The_Power_of_Ritual_with_Casper_Ter_Kuile.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:01pm CET

Time Off 

with John Fitch

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“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 and family. I rarely dream about leisure. And yet, I need it. We all need to rest and recharge. We need to step back so we can step back in more fully. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet  the author of the new book, Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How the future of work might look more like leisure
  • How an ethical rest ethic is just as important as a work ethic 
  • How work, schedules, and the future are changing
  • How to recontextualized the idea of downtime

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

John Fitch is a coach, writer, and angel investor. He’s the co-author of a new book, Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fruit Until Five

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Direct download: 417_-_Time_Off_with_John_Fitch.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:32am CET

The Children of the Future
Jay Belsky, PhD
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“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 adaptation, the importance of fatherhood, and a potential “better way” than the American model for child-rearing.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How behaviors often labelled maladapted are really perfectly adapted given the environments some children are raised in
  • How to think about the role of the mother vs. the father in a child’s life
  • Why fathers run away and mother’s stay
  • The hardcore truth about the purpose of life  

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Professor Jay Belsky is an expert in child development and family studies. He specializes in daycare, parent-child relations during the infancy and early childhood years, the transition to parenthood, the etiology of child maltreatment and the evolutionary basis of parent and child functioning. He is the author of more than 300 scientific articles and chapters and the author/editor of several books, including, The National Evaluation of Sure Start: Does Area-Based Early Intervention Work.

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  • Eating Essential Oils

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Direct download: 416_-_The_Children_of_the_Future_Jay_Belsky_PhD.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:49am CET

Detox Your Thoughts
with Andrea Bonior

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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 this week’s show, we’ll talk about down-to-earth strategies for how to reign in your head trash.

Listen & Learn: 

  • How “all or nothing” thinking can create negative spirals
  • How to consciously separate yourself from your negative thoughts and observe them from afar
  • The real risk of not sleeping enough right now
  • How naming your feelings can be the first important step toward growth

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Andrea Bonior is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, professor, and writer. She writes, "Baggage Check," the mental health advice column and live chat for The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, Good Morning America, USA Today, CNN, USA Today, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Self. Her blog for Psychology Today has been viewed more than 16 million times. Her latest book is called, Detox Your Thoughts. 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:25am CET

How to Control Your Attention 

with Nir Eyal
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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 notification and salacious news story glimmers like a fleck of gold. Oh, what’s that? 10 minutes lost. And what about that? 30 more minutes gone.  On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore distraction, and its opposite, traction. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How to make technology your slave 
  • Why the opposite of distraction is not focus - it’s traction
  • Why we should stop blaming technology and start thinking about fundamental behaviours 
  • How to put yourself first
  • Why schedules are so important

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Nir is a writer and the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Previously, he taught as a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  

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Understanding Madness
with Susannah Cahalan 
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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, acting independently - but this is flawed thinking. Thoughts chains of amino acids, physical movements impact your neurotransmitters, and this distinction between mind and body quickly becomes irrelevant. The two are inextricably linked.

On this week’s show, Susannah will share her story, her research into mental health, and how she took charge of her own health. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How mental illness is often treated like a character flaw, not an illness

  • How important it is to take control and responsibility for your own health 

  • Why we lack proper care and treatment for mental illness

  • How the mentally ill are ending up homeless, imprisoned, and lost in society 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Susannah Cahalan is a journalist and author of the books, Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender. She has worked for the New York Post. A feature film based on her memoir was released in June 2018 on Netflix.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:25pm CET

Men with Meaning & Purpose
with Connor Beaton
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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 this week’s podcast, we’ll explore the struggle of men, meaning, and purpose. 

Listen & Learn:

  • How loneliness and isolation typify the modern male experience 
  • Why men are often expected to perform and provide at the expense of almost everything else
  • The downside privilege: how many successful men have no real friends   

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Connors’ webpage

ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Connor is a speaker, writer, and podcaster. In 2014, Connor founded ManTalks, a community for men looking to expand and deepen their sense of self-awareness.  

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Heart Rate Variability Simplified
Marco Altini
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“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 rate? How about your blood glucose level? These can all be measured at home, and yet most of us don’t. We don’t know our bodies. 

Of all the quantified self measurements, heart rate variability is perhaps the least known and utilized because it requires math and a daily commitment to check - but it delivers powerful insight into your readiness state based on your stress levels. A healthy heart is not slow and steady like a locomotive, it’s highly agile and variable like a cat meandering through a field. On this week’s show, we’ll give into the how and why of heart rate variability. 

Listen & Learn:

  • How a healthy heart is not slow and steady but instead agile and variable
  • How the variability of your heartbeats is a direct window into your nervous system
  • How overtraining and lifestyle stress can affect your HRV score
  • How breathing, rest, and a good training schedule can improve your HRV, reduce the risk of injuries

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ABOUT OUR 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.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:37am CET

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 tools for navigating your inner world.

Yoga breathing is one of the most powerful nervous system modulated practices available - and yet it continues to be misunderstood and neglected in most health circles. The benefits are immediate, and even a beginner can impact their nervous system dramatically in as little as 10 breaths.

In today’s podcast, I’ll help demystify yoga breathing and share with you three simple practices you can use right now.  

Listen & Learn: 

  • How yoga breathing can be put into three simple categories: water, whiskey, coffee
  • How to switch breathing from automatic to manual mode and then downshift to relax and soothe yourself 
  • Three simple practices you can use right now 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Lucas Rockwood is an internationally-renowned yoga teacher and trainer. He’s the founder of YOGABODY and the Yoga Teachers College. His TEDx Talk on yoga breathing has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:14pm CET

Losing it All in COVID-19
with Lucas Rockwood
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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 life

ABOUT LUCAS

Lucas is an internationally-renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas left the USA in 2003 and travelled and taught extensively before making Barcelona, Spain his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theatre, publishing, and as a vegan chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practising in 2002.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:42pm CET

The Pleasure Gap - Women’s Inequality in the Bedroom

Katherine Rowland
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“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? 
  • How modern dating plays out when fueled by our ancient desires
  • How mismatched sexual drive can ruin a relationship

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Katherine has a masters in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She has contributed to Nature, the Financial Times, Green Futures, the Guardian, the Independent, Aeon, and Psychology Today. Katherine Rowland is the author of, Pleasure Gap: American Women and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution

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Adversity into Advantage
Laura Huang

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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’re living in very difficult times. The health and economy of the world is suffering from COVID-19, and uncertainty is the norm. While no one knows exactly how this will change the world, it’s very clear that things will change. And if we’re fortunate and diligent, perhaps these adverse times can eventually become an advantage too.

Listen & Learn:

  • How to create your own edge in life, often built off the adversity of your past
  • Why EDGE (enrich, delight, guide, effort) can give you a framework for moving forward
  • Why hard work is the last step, not the first - you need to aim first 

 

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ABOUT OUR GEST

Laura Huang is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. She was previously assistant professor of management at Wharton. Her research has been featured in The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes and Nature. Her new book is, The Edge - Turning Adversity into Advantage.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:52pm CET

How Successful People See the World
with Emily Balcetis 

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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 life are overwhelming.

Why? Where does motivation come from? Why does it waver? On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist who can help you find your fuel for life. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How the fantasy of a goal can sometimes create enough pleasure to reduce motivation to actually achieve it 
  • How to avoid under-stimulation without accidentally welcoming overwhelm
  • When it can be helpful to look back and anchor past successes
  • When it makes more sense to focus on the future, the next step 

 

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Emily Balcetis is a social psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on people's perception of the world and how their motivations and emotions influence it. She is the author of the new book: Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World.

 

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:49pm CET

Premature
Sarah Digregorio
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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 ones.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a journalist whose premature birth served as the impetus for the research and writing of an entire book on the history of premature birth that includes oven-incubated babies and circus sideshow preemies.

Listen & Learn:

  • How incubators for preemies were first introduced in 1880
  • How stress, age, pollution, and other unknown factors are potential contributors
  • Why 50% of the time, the cause of premature birth is unknown
  • How to think about this problem holistically

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Sarah is a freelance journalist who has written for various publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, Food & Wine, BuzzFeed, Parade, and Saveur. Her work has been included in the Best American Food Writing yearly anthologies three times. Her new book is called, EARLY: A History of Premature Birth and What is Tells us About Being Human. 



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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:48am CET

The New Science of Self Actualization
with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman
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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 we become our best selves, and the opposite is true when we play small. 

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist whose work focuses on creativity, talent, self-achievement, and actualization. 

 

Listen & Learn

  • How people with obvious challenges and even disadvantages can often out-perform their gifted colleagues 
  • Why standardized tests often fail to predict actual potential
  • How to look past intelligence and talent and focus on you vs. you
  • Why you have to transcend yourself to self actualize

 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist, author, podcaster, and popular science writer.  

His work focuses on intelligence, creativity, and human potential.  He’s the author of a number of books, including his most-recent: Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization. 

 

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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 and discomfort
  • The power of acceptance 
  • Navigating fear, loss, and change 
  • Understanding the emotions around your fears

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Doctor Carbonell is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders as a therapist, author, and teacher. He founded the Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago in 1990, one of the first psychological practices in the United States devoted exclusively to the treatment of clients who sought help with anxiety disorders, and continues to offer treatment today.


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Category:Health -- posted at: 1:40pm CET

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 not known for their diversity - but that’s changing fast. Bigger bodied, older, and more diverse students are gaining interest in yoga each year.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a teacher who focuses specifically on addressing the needs of a more diverse (in every way) yoga community. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why practice (not posing) is the key
  • How to navigate the challenges of a mixed level, mixed ability class
  • Yoga teacher vs. therapist - what’s the difference? 
  • The future of yoga for all body types 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Jivana Heyman is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga. He’s the co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone. He has led over 40 Yoga teacher training programs and created the Accessible Yoga Training program in 2007. Jivana taught Accessible Yoga at the United Nations in Geneva for their International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2015.  

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

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 just common, it’s applauded; and I’m as guilty of this as anyone.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a clinical psychologist whose recent work focuses on this growing mental health problem hidden from plain sight.

Listen & Learn

  • How the “smile or die” positive attitude leads many of use to push down and cover up deep pain and emotions 
  • The difference between classic, clinical depression and the hidden type 
  • The personal and societal fallout that come from wearing an emotional mask for years or even a lifetime
  • How the opposite of depression is engagement or connection - no happiness 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Margaret is a clinical psychologist with over 27 years experience. She’s also a writer and podcaster (SelfWork). She has a new book called, Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression. She has written for HuffPost, The Mighty, Psych Central, The Gottman Blog, Psychologies, StigmaFighters, The Good Men Project, and This Is My Brave. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm CET

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 at home and at work? What does that even look like? 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Whether to avoid conflict or race to conflict (which is better?)
  • How to identify your values and aligned with them 
  • Exploring shadow values and inner conflict 
  • Strategies for communication and positive outcomes 


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About Our Guest: 

Jennifer is a leading expert on conflict and organizational psychology, is founder and CEO of Alignment Strategies Group, and author of, Optimal Outcomes: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in Life.  

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm CET

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 every paper I gave her with red ink. It was a bloodbath, and I suffered. But at the end of the semester, she gave me an A. It was one of the more meaningful grades I ever received, and her red ink comments continue to help me write better to this day.

Mrs. Johnston smoked and was 50-years older than me, I’m sure she’s passed away by now. I should have said thank you. 

On this week’s podcast, we’ll discuss the simple and powerful practice of writing thank you letters: to people, to family members, to cities, to the diseased, and even to people with whom you’ll never see again. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • How to leverage positive recall biased 
  • Why gratitude rooted in real-life experiences anchors positivity 
  • How to write letters and then decide later if you send or don’t send them

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About Our Guest: 

Nancy Davis Kho is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, US Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Toast. Her new book is, The Thank You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm CET

“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 of this yourself, maybe more than once. 

The quality of our lives are very much defined by the quality of our relationships, and that person next to you in bed is the most important relationship of all. So how are you doing with that? Do you have a plan? Are you growing or just getting by? Like most of us, it’s probably a work in progress.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet relationship expert Maya Diamond shares her experiences from her field work. 

 

Listen and learn: 

  • How to determine and establish values and standards - and hold yourself to them
  • Why emotional responsiveness is crucial to a lasting partnership
  • Why men and women often express desires differently, but ultimately seek the same thing 
  • How to navigate online connections, text messages, and modern technologies in your love life 

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About Our Guest: 

Maya is a Dating and Relationship Coach. She is also a YogaTeacher and Massage Therapist. She has a great TEDx talk you can find online, she holds a Master's in Somatic Psychology. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am CET

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 pulled out from under you; and sometimes, for no obvious reason, you simply shift gears and start driving another direction.

In 2002, I discovered yoga and alternative health. I was a much better writer (even back then) than I was a yoga student, but it didn’t matter. Passion is in short supply, so when you’ve got it, people want to be around you. By 2003, I was teaching and traveling; and by 2006, I founded the largest training school in South East Asia. What a change.

Learning and teaching are among the most rewarding things in my life, and on this week’s podcast, I’ll share with you the “best of” list from what I’ve observed after training more than 4,000 yoga teachers in the past 13 years. Hopefully my journey has some lessons of value for you, whatever your profession. 

Listen & Learn: 

  • Why age, background, and athletic ability are NOT predictors of future teaching success
  • How passion acts like magnet for opportunity 
  • The importance of a life and career plan
  • Why you social circle matters just as much as your goals  
  • How speaking and teaching are meta skills 

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About Lucas Rockwood:

Lucas Rockwood is an internationally-renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (deceased), Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka (deceased). Lucas left the USA in 2003 when he began traveling and teaching extensively before making Barcelona, Spain, his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theater, publishing, and as a vegan chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practicing in 2002.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am CET

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 cost of addiction 
  • Why public policy needs to be more compassionate 

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Rosenberg is a psychiatrist with a specialty is addiction medicine at Upper East Health. He’s the author of Infidelity and his newest book, Bedlam: An Intimate Journey into America’s Health Crisis.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm CET

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 and even your grandparents’ diet might be influencing your genetic expression right now, today. Scary stuff, but potentially empowering too.

Listen in on this week’s podcast to learn: 

  • How low birth weight (<5.5 lbs) is correlated with dozens of health challenges 
  • How simple nutrients like folate during pregnancy can massively impact the health of a person for their entire life 
  • What epidemiological studies tell us about the real risk of generational poverty and health 
  • Why the first 1,000 days of life are so important  
  • How your parents’ and grandparents' diets might be impacting you today 

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Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Curry as a Spice

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Judith Finlayson has written books ranging from personal well-being and women’s history to food and nutrition. A former national newspaper columnist for the Globe and Mail, she is the author of over a dozen cookbooks. Judith lives in Toronto, Canada. 

Direct download: 395_-_You_Are_What_Your_Grandparents_Ate_with_Judith_Finlayson.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:10pm CET

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 amazing moments in our lives? I’m not. I’d like to do better. Listen in on this week’s show to get ideas. 

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  • Why it’s important to focus on your life resume, not just your work resume
  • How to create peak moments in life
  • Why natural + hard things can create magic
  • How to live life on your own terms
  • How to rethink your relationship with time 

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Jesse Itzler is the author of the books Living with a Seal and Living with the Monks, co-founder of Marquis Jet, and was involved in the Zico Coconut Water rise to success.  He's a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA's Emmy Award-winning I Love This Game music campaign, as well as the popular New York Knicks anthem Go NY Go. He runs ultra-marathons and has a new venture called 29,029 where you summit a ski mountain again and again until you gain a total elevation equivalent to climbing Mount Everest.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Lemon Water in the Morning

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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 dinner. So what good is a high IQ if your family and friends can’t stand you? What is the point of success if you have no one to share it with? 

Intelligence is often put on a pedestal, but the trappings are often glazed over. On this week’s podcast, we’ll unpack the “intelligence trap” and provide a new perspective on contextualizing brainpower.

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  • Why smart people are prone to motivated reasoning 
  • How entrenchment and earned dogmatism plague some of the best minds
  • How to self distance to avoid the traps
  • Why a growth mindset can keep you learning and changing with the times  

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David Robson is a science writer based in London, UK, specializing in brains, bodies and behavior. He was a features editor at New Scientist for five years and is currently a senior journalist at BBC Future. He regularly features on the BBC World Service and his writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post. His new book is called The Intelligence Trap

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Weight Loss in 2020

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Direct download: 393_-_The_Intelligence_Trap_w_David_Robson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am CET

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 you, this week’s show is for you. 

Meet Dr. John Beradi, the super-fit brain behind one of the largest nutritional coach training schools in the world, and a true voice of wisdom in a market that is in dire need. 

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  • How combining your old skills with your new passion is where real success is hiding
  • How to analyze and think creatively about new opportunities
  • How to figure out what your clients really want 
  • How to determine what it is that you have to offer 
  • How to turn your passion into a body of work you’re proud of 

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John Berardi, entrepreneur, is known as the co-founder of Precision Nutrition, the world's largest nutrition coaching, education, and software company.

He's also the founder of Change Maker Academy, devoted to helping would-be changemakers turn their passion for health and fitness into a powerful purpose and a wildly successful career.

Berardi has advised major corporations and professional sports teams. He was named one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world and 100 most influential people in health and fitness. Berardi lives in Ontario, Canada, with his wife and four children.

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Crowding Out Bad Foods

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Direct download: 392_-_Turn_Your_Health_Passion_into_a_Business_w_John_Berardi.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:42am CET

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