The Lucas Rockwood Show

About once or twice a week, I'm completely exhausted and yet I can't fall asleep until one or two in the morning. This "wired and tired" feeling is common among most busy people, and while we often blame it on our busy careers, our life as parents, or just the ups and downs of daily life, the reality is that these chemical imbalances compound over time and can lead to pretty serious health problems.

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a medical doctor pioneer whose work spans from natural childbirth and plant medicine to women's health and endocrine balance. Please meet Dr. Aviva Room.

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What You'll Learn:

  • Overworked adrenals vs. true adrenal fatigue—what's the difference?
  • How "tired and wired" is a vicious circle
  • Cortisol can be the "wear and tear" hormone
  • Why adrenal fatigue = adrenal depletion
  • How your chemical body (hormones), electrical system (nerves) and bacterial body (microbiome) are all interconnected
  • Tips for sleep, food, and lifestyle balance
  • Why ultradian rhythms (every 90-120 minutes) are crucial to understanding your own body
  • Chronobiology: the effects of solar- and lunar-related rhythms

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Medical Doctor, Aviva Romm is a midwife, herbalist, and Yale-trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, as well as a graduate of Dr. Weil's Integrative Medicine Residency. Aviva is a leader in botanical medicine and is the author of 7 books on natural medicine, including the textbook Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health (Elsevier) and her latest book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution (Harper One, January 2017).

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  • Fructose intake

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For years Burlington, Vermont, has been a destination for health, natural living, organic food, and yoga. With a dozen independently operated Yoga studios and wellness centers in the greater community.

BYC’s mission it to unite yoga students, teachers and studios as well as to empower and support individuals along the yogic path.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:00pm CET

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

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet body-positive, plant-based trainer, Lacy J. Davis, who is breaking stereotypes and helping women transform their lives.

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Listen & Learn:

  • Why sarcopenia (muscle loss) affects almost everyone over the age of 30, and why we all need to focus on skeletal muscle maintenance and growth
  • Why resistance training is a great way to encourage bone strength
  • Why body image and eating disorders are propagated by the media, and how you can find balance in your life
  • Why the 5 people you spend the most time with have a huge influence on your health and fitness goals

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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Lacy J. Davis is the founder of Super Strength Health. She is a health and wellness coach, personal trainer, public speaker, podcaster, writer, eating disorder recovery specialist, body love advocate, and artist located in Portland, OR. She is passionate about plant-based nutrition and body positivity.

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  • Weight Loss

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  • Relieve tight muscles knots, aches and pains any time, on your own
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Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 12:33pm CET

Most people assume that a healthy heart is beating slowly and steadily. The truth is a healthy heart is agile, highly variable, and changing with every inhale and exhale.

The measurement of your real-time, beat-to-beat variance is called, Heart Rate Variability, and it's something every yoga student should learn. In a matter of minutes, you can "see" what's going on in terms of your nervous system and emotional self, and more importantly, you can breath and visualize to change it when needed. On this week's show, you'll meet, Howard Martin, a leading voice at HeartMath.
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What You’ll Learn:

  • How a heart-based approach to daily living can create positive change to meet global challenges
  • The importance of neuro-cardiology, the study of the heart's own nervous system
  • How the heart is sending more signals to the brain than it receives
  • Why the heart is an electrical organ, the strongest source of bio-electricity (40x's more than the brain) and projects its electromagnetic field 3-4 feet around you
  • How emotional activity can impact your electromagnetic field
  • Why "coherence" is a state of psycho-physiological balance, the goal of much of our mind-body wellness
  • How heart rate variability (HRV) can tell you more about your nervous system status and emotional health
  • 3 steps to heart-based breathing

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath and has been with the organization since its inception in 1991 serving as a key spokesperson and executive.

In 1999 he co-authored with Doc Childre, The HeartMath Solution. Howard is also a contributing author of the new book, Heart Intelligence, Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart. During his career with HeartMath and the Global Coherence Initiative, Howard has delivered educational programs to tens of thousands of people including: Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the U.S. military, and school systems in over 50 cities on four continents.

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  • Bulk Tea vs Bag Tea

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  • Relieve tight muscles knots, aches and pains any time, on your own
  • Improve blood flow to targeted areas for nourishment and elimination of waste
  • Release and relieve compressed nerves such as carpel tunnel and sciatica
  • Assist in scar tissue elasticity and correct healing

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:51pm CET

Almost every style of meditation I've learned has been presented as "secular," but very quickly there is a Hindu chant, a photo of some old guru with a beard, or some other paraphernalia that looks and feels a lot like organized religion to me. I'm very interested in all world religions, but when I'm learning to meditate, I'd rather do that on its own.

If you feel the same, you'll enjoy this week's Yoga Talk Show with author and meditator, Rick Heller.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • How problems with Rick's vision problem and chronic pain spurred his initial interest in meditation
  • How "mindfulness" can be defined as paying attention to what is going on in the present moment with an attitude that is welcoming and non-judgmental
  • Why "loving kindness" meditation can be a great starting point for people who struggle to calm their mind
  • How to differentiate meditative activities like gardening or walking from meditation practices and meditation as a skill
  • Why meditation classes are often empty while yoga asana (pose-based) classes are usually full

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Freelance journalist and meditation instructor Rick Heller has reported for the Lowell Sun and other New England newspapers and has been published in Buddhadharma, UUWorld, Tikkun, Free Inquiry, Faith Street, The Humanist, and Boston magazines. He has contributed short stories to Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Rick is the facilitator of the Humanist Mindfulness Group and has led meditations sponsored by the Humanist Community at Harvard since 2009. He has also attended workshops and retreats at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Insight Meditation Society.

He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from MIT, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University.

His book, Secular Meditation, is available on Amazon.

Learn more at: www.rickheller.com 

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  • Mushroom Prep

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Category:yoga -- posted at: 3:41pm CET

Marijuana is being decriminalized and even legalized in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world very quickly—and for good reason. The law enforcement costs are many billions of dollars annually and the social impact of criminalizing this plant seem far worse than potential abuse (which is surprisingly low).

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll talk about the top medical uses for Marijuana, how to use it without getting high, and why legalization might actually reduce (not increase) drug use since marijuana provides an alternative to harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Top treated conditions: anxiety, pain, and insomnia
  • The difference between THC and CBD
  • Why most people are using way too much and getting scared away
  • How cannabis can help with seizure disorders
  • How to get started safely with edibles

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Patel is a Osteopathic Doctor in the state of California. She has been practicing in the area of Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) since 2012 and has treated thousands of patients. She is in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA, and has lots of great resources on her site: www.DrRachnaPatel.com 

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  • K2

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Category:Health -- posted at: 3:38pm CET

Have you heard of fecal implants? This is when the fecal matter from someone with healthy gut bacteria is transferred to the gut of someone with gut dysbiosis—and it works. While this sounds extreme, in today's digestive health landscape, this is a real option some people need to consider when they are suffering from Small Bacterial Intestinal Overgrowth (SIBO).

On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll discuss why digestive disorders are so common, and how the remedies can be counter-intuitive such as reducing fiber, lactose, and even fruit.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why fecal transplants might save your gut
  • Why you should limit fiber, fructose, lactose, resistant starch and most sugar alcohols
  • How erythritol could be the most gut-friendly sugar alcohol
  • How the 3lbs of gut bacteria in our gut can be your friends or foe
  • How low fiber or "elemental diet" could improve bacterial overgrowth

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Norman Robillard, Ph.D., Founder of the Digestive Health Institute is a leading gut health expert. He is a microbiologist, the author of Fast Tract Digestion book series and publisher of the Fast Tract Diet mobile app. He is the creator of the drug and antibiotics free Fast Tract Diet for functional gastrointestinal disorders, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and related conditions.

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  • Eggs

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:31pm CET

Your typical doctor's visit is less than 7 minutes long. It doesn't matter if you have a broken bone, a tonsil infection, or pancreatic cancer, most of the time you're in and out faster than seems possible. It's not the doctor's fault, it's the system's fault, and the solution is to slow down everything in our lives to achieve balance. But who wants to go slow? Not you, not me... so what to do?

On this week's show, we'll look at creative solutions to finding more quality downtime in life without compromising your goals, ambitions or excitement.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why community support is the linchpin for health
  • Why we need to properly define what "health" really means (it's not young and beautiful)
  • Why slowing down can be the ultimate self-care routine
  • Why quality "slow time" is more important than quality

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Dr. Michael Finkelstein practiced internal medicine and was Medical Director of a hospital for 20 years before embarking on further training in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He went on to create a Health and Wellness Center, called SunRaven, and wrote Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness because he realized that individuals need more than what is found in typical medical institutions.

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Category:Health -- posted at: 11:19am CET

"The things you, own end up owning you..." – Tyler Durden (Fight Club). Often times the things we work so hard for end up taking more than the give, the bleed us more than they feed us. It might be the new car, the drawer full of electronics, your pets or even an oversized home; in many cases, our possessions become burdens and we need to take a step back and reevaluate our priorities.

On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, we'll dive deep into minimalism, the art of doing more with less, clearing the clutter, and living a life on purpose.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • Why you might want to pack your stuff up as if moving, and then only unpack the stuff you actually need
  • Why our consumer-driven culture can lead to a life full of discontent
  • How less stuff can mean more time, more money, and more ability to contribute
  • How to digitally clean up your life as well

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Ryan is the co-founder of The Minimalists website and podcast. He has a decade of experience mentoring, coaching, and training experience in the corporate world. After being laid off from a successful corporate job in 2010, Ryan got rid of most of his stuff and started living a more minimal life. His work has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and The Atlantic. He is the co-author of the books Minimalism and Everything that Remains, the documentary film, The Minimalism, and we're going to be talking about owning less stuff.

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  • Weight Loss

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am CET

Addiction take many different forms and affects just about everyone either directly or with one degree of separation. While "addict" conjures up images of heroin and cocaine, the reality is that people are addicted to social media, pornography, marijuana, and alcohol at much higher rates. So the question is: Can yoga help?

Our guest on this week's show, Taylor Hunt, used yoga as an integral part of his healing from substance addiction, and he now helps others do the same. Hopefully, his story of personal transformation and dedication to yoga will help you or someone you care about to find a healthy focus for addictions that haunt us.
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What You´ll Learn:

  • How Taylor's addiction started at age 15 fueled by a challenging home life
  • How yoga combined with a traditional 12-step program led him to recovery
  • What traditional Ashtanga Yoga is, and its influence on modern practice
  • How to think about the behaviors in your life that might be leading you down a dark path

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Taylor Hunt is an Ashtanga yoga student as taught by the late, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Taylor was the first Ashtanga teacher in Ohio granted Level II Authorization to teach from the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). He teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the country.

He is also the author of the recently published book, A Way From Darkness, and director of the Trini Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the life-changing practice of Ashtanga with those suffering from addiction.

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If you’re a vegetarian, live a high-stress lifestyle or are over 50 years of age, there’s a very good chance you need to supplement with vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is one of the few vitamins that our body doesn’t produce on its own.

If you don’t eat or supplement with B12, you will develop a deficiency that could lead to anemia, nerve damage, mood and mental health problems. The good news is that B12 supplementation is extremely safe, inexpensive, and is now available in the most bio-available and absorbable form, methylcobalamin.

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Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:53am CET

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 CET

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.

Learn more/buy your ticket: www.sandiegoyogafestival.com  
Jan 27-30, 2017

Classes are held indoors at the coolest venues and outdoors on the beach, pier and sunset cliffs!

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

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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  • Decaf - friend or foe?

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

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 CET

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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  • How to Clean Fruit

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Assist in scar tissue elasticity and correct healing

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

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 CET

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 CET

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 CET

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 CET

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 CET

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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If you’re a vegetarian, live a high-stress lifestyle and/or are over 50 years of age, there’s a very good chance you need to supplement with vitamin B12. B12 is one of the few vitamins that our body doesn’t produce on its own. If you don’t eat or supplement with B12, you will develop a deficiency that could lead to anemia, nerve damage, mood and mental health problems.

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

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 CET

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

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

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:

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

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 CET

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?

Links & References from the Show:

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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:43pm CET

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:

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Category:Health -- posted at: 12:17pm CET

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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Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 11:57am CET

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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Category:Health -- posted at: 4:06pm CET

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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Hurts So Good Massage Balls allow you to release tension, break up sliding surface dysfunctions, and improve circulation in and around your muscles and tendons, ligaments, and fascia. In our modern lives, our movement patterns tend to be very habitual. We sit, stand, drive, and walk; but we often lack the dynamic range of motion that our bodies are designed for.

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 CET

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?

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Direct download: 211_-_Lucid_Dream_Yoga.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:22pm CET

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

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Direct download: 210_-_Demystifying_Core_Strength.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm CET

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

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And the result? You end up stiff and sore…

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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 CET

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?!


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

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 CET

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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Benefits of Flexibility:

  • Reduce recovery time
  • Adjust, adopt and modify your running stride and posture as needed
  • Stop being limited by your range of motion (ROM)
  • Add some “yin” to the “yang” that is your running schedule
  • Maintain your agility on diverse terrain (no more tin-man style running)

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

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! naturally stretch your feet after a long day of work. Loved by anyone who wears high-heeled shoes, work boots, or spends all day on their feet. They also help stretch the shortened connective tissues of your feet so they regain their natural shape and range of motion. 

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 CET

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 CET

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:

Got Questions?

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Corky the Block

Corky the Block is an eco-friendly yoga block, made of all natural & sustainable material, engraved with our YOGABODY saying: Practice is Everything. 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.

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

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:

Got questions?

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

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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Kuli Kuli Foods

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.

Find out more.

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

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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Awesome Toes!

Yoga Toe Spreaders & Separators for Nighttime, Yoga Practice & Running

Awesome Toes! naturally stretch your feet after a long day of work. Loved by anyone who wears high-heeled shoes, work boots, or spends all day on their feet. They also help stretch the shortened connective tissues of your feet so they regain their natural shape and range of motion.

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.

Find out more.

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

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:

Got questions?

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

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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This training is for:

*Serious students who want to teach

*Passionate yoga practitioners

*Students who want to share hot yoga with the world

Extremely small class sizes, huge teaching team, dedicated training facility!

 

Next course starts in June!

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

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 Teacher Training

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!

Learn more.

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

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?

Links & References from the Show:

 

Got questions?

 

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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 CET

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?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

 

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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 CET

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?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

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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 CET

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?

 

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

 

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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 CET

Every year, millions of people resolve to lose 10lbs in the new year. They starve themselves for two weeks, join a new gym, lose a few pounds—but then gain it all back in February when their motivation wanes. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we discuss how to make your goals a reality with counterintuitive methods that deliver results.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why to keep your goals a secret
  • Why writing is the doing part of thinking
  • Why you should draw pictures of your goals
  • How to create a New Year's mantra
  • Why you should rinse & repeat successes

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Sprouted breads: friend or foe?

 Links & References from the Show:

 Thanks to our sponsor:

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 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 trouble maker 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.

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Direct download: 183_-_New_Years_Resolutions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm CET

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

What You’ll Learn:

  • Breathing
  • HRV
  • Barefoot Running
  • Face-to-Wall Handstand
  • Kombucha

 Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Aspartame: friend or foe?

 
Links & References from the Show:


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Direct download: 182_-_Best_of_2015.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:00pm CET

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

Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine.

Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.

He is the author of a new book titled, How Not to Die: Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease just released this month and available on Amazon and all major booksellers.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why anyone eating a plant-based diet should supplement b12 and might need vitamin D3
  • The truth about lab-created meat products coming out in 2016
  • Why most people fail at plant-based diets (and all diets for that matter)
  • How plants can transform your health

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Is there such a thing as low glycemic holiday foods?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

Thanks to our sponsor:

SweatHouse

Patty Post, is a yogi from Minnesota and the creative mind behind Sweathouse. Aside from their colorful yoga towels, Patty created “the Saucha Spray”, a anti-funk spray because she was sick of her yoga clothes smelling just after a few months after purchasing them. She realized that her sweat, and habit of washing her yoga clothes hours; sometimes even days after practicing was causing the funk. The bacteria in our sweat sets into fabric just 2 hours after sweating and once it's in it's really hard to get out. So she created a formula that prevents the funk from setting in, spray on fabric after sweating to keep your clothes and gear smelling fresher, longer.

She realized that it can be used on anything even hockey equipment, dance costumes!

After you namaste, spray Saucha.

Direct download: 181_-_How_Not_to_Die.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:11pm CET

This week’s yoga talk show explores medicinal mushrooms; not the hallucinogenic kind, the type that boost your immune system! Tero Isokauppila, co-founder of Four Sigma Foods, a medicinal mushroom superfood and super drink company, shares with you the health benefits of Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Cordyceps and Maitake.

What You'll Learn:

  • How mushrooms can boost your immune system
  • How water soluble soluble polysaccharides act to modulate your immune system
  • How fat soluble triterpenes can balance your hormones
  • Why many supplements are made with mycelium - not the actual mushroom fruiting bodies
  • Why China is leading the way for medicinal mushrooms both with cultivation and extraction

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Do healthy store-bought salad dressings exist?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?




Direct download: 180_-_Medicinal_Mushrooms.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:37pm CET

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

Listen & learn:

  • Why eating 1 gram/ 1lb of body weight is a simple way to keep you holiday food consumption in check
  • Why desserts and alcohol are the most fat-inducing things to avoid
  • How to make your holidays more active and naturally fitness-oriented
  • Why mental health is an absolute must during the holidays, and some simple ideas for getting started

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Phytoestrogens and Xenoestrogens - how do they affect us?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

Direct download: 179_-_Surviving_the_Holidays.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:02pm CET

Whether you’ve hurt your shoulder doing yoga or perhaps you’ve come to yoga to heal, Dr. Ariele Foster shares her knowledge about how the practice can help you recover from rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder issues. Listen in and learn which poses help and which exercises you should be avoiding altogether.

Dr. Ariele Foster is a physical therapist, interdisciplinary yoga teacher, and anatomy teacher. She has a passion for creative, intelligent yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy accessible. Her teaching is grounded in both the compassionate approach of Kripalu Yoga and her deep understanding of musculoskeletal well-being from working with thousands of patients. Ariele has completed more than 700 hours of yoga teacher training in Kripalu, Anusara, Therapeutics, Hatha Yoga and the tradition of Maty Ezraty / YogaWorks.

In this show, you'll learn:

  • Why as many as 30%+ of people have rotator cuff tears
  • Rotator cuff: 4 small muscles supporting ball + "saucer" joint
  • Why "shoulder pathology" often includes tendons and/or muscles
  • How dolphin pose and forearm stand can be helpful for healing

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Black Pepper - superfood or flavour enhancer?

Links & References from the Show:

 

 

Got questions?

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All of their pieces are made in limited quantities, so if you're looking for unique, eco-friendly yoga clothes, we invite you to check them out.

Direct download: 178_-_Heal_Your_Shoulders.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 4:46pm CET

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

Robert is the author of, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self and Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple: Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth. Robert frequently speaks on lucid dreaming at national and international dream conferences, workshops and college classrooms, like Sonoma State University, Iowa State University, University of Washington, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Evergreen State College.

 

In this show, you'll learn:

  • Why long cycle REM sleep is most conducive to lucid dreams
  • How napping can produce an "REM rebound" in some people
  • How dream help us process memory and emotions
  • How dreams can be a creative outlet
  • About the scientific research that proved and tested lucid dreams
  • How daytime mindfulness can help with lucid processing
  • How to use a reality check trigger in dreams to know you're dreaming

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Sesame oil: good or bad?

Links & References from the Show:

 

 

 

Got questions?

 

Thanks to our sponsor: YOGABODY Naturals



Direct download: 177_-_Lucid_Dreaming.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:34pm CET

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet biohacker, Ben Greenfield, who teaches you how functional exercise, nutrition, and the balance between performance and health can help you improve your yoga practice, achieve your fitness goals, and improve your quality of life.

In 2008, Ben was nominated by the NSCA as America's top personal trainer, and in 2013 and 2014, Ben was voted as one of the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness. Ben writes for numerous health and wellness publications and is a highly sought-after speaker. Ben is the author of the NY Times best-seller, Beyond Training, and his goal is to make healthy living inspiring, entertaining and educational.

In this Show, You'll Learn:

  • How to get your poop tested for yeast, bacteria and parasites
  • Why it might not be a great idea to have Bluetooth and Wifi signals around you all the time
  • How non-psychoactive cannabis oil (CBD) might be one of the least-known supplements to reduce inflammation, improve sleep and relax
  • Tips for hacking your work station

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Are eggs a yoga-friendly food?

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?


Thanks to our sponsor: YOGABODY Naturals

Direct download: 176_-_Yoga_Student_Measure_Theyself.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 4:05pm CET

When we practice yogic breathing, we can either up-regulate, down-regulate or balance our nervous system. In different situations, all three can be valuable, but for whatever reason, balanced breathing practices are not taught or practiced as often as they should be—and they are extremely useful.

In this mini-bonus class, you'll learn the simple practice of 4x4 breathing as Lucas leads you through a shorted, seated practice.

You'll Learn:

  • How to use a 1-to-1 ratio for balancing your nervous system
  • How to reduce your breathing rate by 1/2 or even 1/4 to find balance
  • How to reduce your heart rate and increate your heart rate variability in a matter of minutes
  • How to dramatically shift your outlook on the day with 10 rounds of breath

 

NOTE: this practice is 100% safe and accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds at any time of the day—except while driving.

Nutritional Tip:

  • The power of ginger

Sponsored by:

YOGABODY Naturals

Direct download: 175_-_4x4_Balanced_Breathing.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 3:47pm CET

“ The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for your soul to reside in.” - B. K. S. Iyengar


Your gut health is vitally important for your immune system, digestion, and even your mood. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, gastroenterologist and wellness expert, Dr Robynne Chutkan, teaches the importance of a cultivating a balanced microbiome; and she warns against the severe impact digestive distress can have on your body and your life.

Dr Chutkan founded the Digestive Center for Women (DCW) in 2004, an integrative gastroenterology practice that includes nutritional therapy, meditation, biofeedback and counseling, as well as gastrointestinal procedures like endoscopy, colonoscopy, and video capsule endoscopy.

Dr Chutkan makes regular appearances on The Doctor Oz show, and has been a featured expert on The Today Show, The Early Show, The Doctors, and local news programs. She has been featured in numerous articles on GI diseases in The Washington Post, Self, Shape, Healthy, Yoga Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Fitness, Women’s Health, and the Huffington Post among others.

What You'll Learn:

  • Why you should aim for "clean wipe" bowel movements
  • Why your colon is not blocked—but it might not be so healthy
  • Why probiotics cannot replace dietary healthy bacteria
  • Why inulin fiber is crucial for feeding good bacteria
  • How a plant-based diet can shift your microbiome (for the better) in as little as 30 hrs
  • Why sweat when stressed out smells bad

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Why Kombu (seaweed ) is so good for you!

Links & References from the Show:

Got questions?

Thanks to our sponsor!

 YOGABODY Business  

Are You a Yoga Teacher or Studio Owner? YOGABODY Business is excited to announce their first-ever Facebook Marketing for Yoga Teachers course to begin on 2 November. This online course can be attended from anywhere in the world and guarantees to double your impact, audience and sales through Facebook.

The course starts Monday. To learn more, visit: http://www.yogabodybusiness.com

Direct download: 174_-_Live_Dirty_Eet_Clean.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:10am CET

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

Ronda has more than 25 years of experience in high technology product development with a proven track record of delivering leading-edge consumer electronic products within both privately held startups and Fortune 500 corporations. She spent years as an independent scholar researching non-invasive health monitoring techniques to improve overall personal well being, research that led to the founding of SweetWater Health in 2010.

SweetWater is a leading tech company provided heart rate variability monitoring software you can use on your smart phone.


What You'll Learn:

  • How your breathing and state-of-mind dramatically impact your heart rate
  • How your heart rate variability can act like a sneak peek into what’s going on with your central nervous system
  • Why high frequency heart (HF) rates are associated with parasympathetic nervous system response
  • Why low frequencies (LF) are associated with sympathetic nervous system response
  • Why elevated heart rate + reduced high freq waves + increased low frequency waves = stress response

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Why you should be drinking turmeric tea

Links & References from the Show:
SweetWater Health 

Got questions?
Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

Thanks to our sponsor!

Magic Carpet Yoga Mats
Magic Carpet Yoga Mats are hand-painted by Sophie Leininger and printed in California. Magic Carpet Yoga Mats are made in the USA.They are non-toxic, phthalate, latex, and lead free as well as certified child safe. They also just launched a new line for kids and babies!

Direct download: 173_-_Heart_Rate_Variability.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:13am CET

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

What you'll learn:

  • How a "Cuban Rotation" can help strengthen and stabilize your shoulders for inversions
  • Why "wall facing" handstand can be superior to kicking up with your back to the wall
  • Why "hollow body" can be very helpful for building your core strength in handstands
  • How much and how often to practice

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • The medicinal power of mushrooms!

Links & References from the Show:
GMB Fitness

Got questions?
Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

Thanks to our sponsor!

YOGABODY Business

Results-Driven Business Education for Yoga Professionals

 

Direct download: 172_-_Build_up_the_Handstand.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 3:19pm CET

In an attempt to lead the healthiest life possible, food and movement often become the main focus - but you must also address your mental and emotional health, particularly as you age. More and more research links physical health problems to root emotional problems meaning stress, worry, and anxiety left unchecked can have horrendous long-term implications on your health.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, clinical psychologist, David Carbonell, decodes anxiety: why we worry, how anxiety sets in, and what can be done to address it and regain control.  

He's the author of Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick and the soon-to-be released, The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It

 

What You'll Learn:

  • Why talk therapy is probably not the best choice for anxiety
  • How generalized anxiety vs. panic attacks differ
  • Practical tips for dealing with anxiety-inducing situations

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Glorious, glorious water!

 

Links & References from the Show:

 

Got questions?

 

Thanks to our sponsor!

Lems Shoes

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Direct download: 171_-_Overcoming_Anxiety.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:37pm CET

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

Why then do psychiatrists prescribe drugs before using this age-old practice of balancing breath to treat mental health issues? To answer that question, Lucas is joined by Patricia Gerbarg MD who shares her years of research and on-the-ground training using breathing as therapy.

Dr. Gerbarg reveals some of the current challenges in our modern world and in psychiatric medicine - and she’ll share with you how she uses breath in her practice, often in lieu of traditional treatments like prescription drugs - and it’s working!


Dr. Patricia Gerbarg is a Harvard Medical School trained psychiatrist who practices Integrative Psychiatry, combining standard and complementary treatments. Her research focuses on mind-body practices for reducing the effects of stress and trauma, particularly in survivors of mass disasters.

Along with Dr. Richard P. Brown, she has co-authored over 40 scientific articles, book chapters, and health books on complementary and integrative treatments.

Her books include: The Rhodiola Revolution, How to use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, and The Healing Power of the Breath.

Listen & Learn:

  • Why some breathing might cause manic reactions
  • How the body-mind is more accurate than mind-body since 80% of the vagus nerve fibers are carrying signals from the body to brain, and just 20% brain to body
  • Why most people breathe at 12-15 breaths/min but should aim for “coherent breath” at around 5 per min
  • Why some breathing can make you zoned-out and spacey while others can amp you up
  • How balance is usually the most useful aim and type of response to strive for

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Chickpeas: friend or foe?

Links & References from the Show:
www.breath-body-mind.com

Got questions?
Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

Thanks to our sponsor!

Absolute Yoga Academy 

Absolute Yoga Academy is one of the most-respected and rigorous teacher training schools in the world. It’s a place where students go to become teachers, and where teachers go to become industry transformers. Join the movement!

Direct download: 170_-_Breathing_instead_of_medicating.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:45pm CET

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

To solve this problem, please meet, Gavin Armstrong, the purpose-driven entrepreneur behind the Lucky Iron Fish. As the name suggests, this solution is quite literally “luck fish” made of iron and used in cooking to add iron into your diet. It’s elegantly simple, scientifically proven, and the compliance rate is off the charts.

Every iron fish can provide an entire family with up to 75% of their daily iron intake for up to 5 years. All you have to do is cook with it!

Gavin is a PhD Candidate in biomedical science at the University of Guelph [golf] and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has received the William J. Clinton Hunger Leadership Award and the Michaëlle Jean Humanitarian Award. He has also received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, has been named one of the Top 40 under 40 in the Guelph community, and has been named a fellow emeritus of both the Hunger Solutions Institute and the Kirchner Food Fellowship.

What You'll Learn:

  • Why iron deficiency can cause up to 20% loss of work ability
  • How low iron makes you more susceptible to malaria and HIV
  • 3.5 billion people have deficiency
  • The complexity of iron supplementation
  • Since 2000, deficiency is up 10% globally
  • Why tannins blocks iron absorption
  • Why those with hemochromatosis must be wary of iron
  • $70 billion in lost productivity


Nutritional Tip of the Week:
Echinacea

Links & References from the Show:
www.luckyironfish.com

Got questions?
Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

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Direct download: 169_-_Lucky_Iron_Fish.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:45pm CET

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

Dr. Mike Dow is an author, psychotherapist, and the host of shows on E!, TLC, VH1, Investigation Discovery, and Logo. He makes regular appearances on Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew On Call, The Talk, Wendy Williams, Rachael Ray, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Doctors, The Talk, and Today.

His latest book, The Brain Fog Fix, is available on Amazon.com. 

 

Listen & Learn:

  • Why farm-raised rainbow trout might be the best fish source for your brain
  • How algae oils can be used as a plant-based (vegetarian) alternative for EPA and DHA
  • How EPA can be more effective than prescription drugs for treating depression
  • How 12 minutes of meditation daily can clear your mind, increase focus, and defog the brain
  • Why spirituality is important for mental clarity 

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Sesame seeds

 

Links & References from the Show:

Dr Mike Dow’s Website

 

Got questions?

Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

 

Thanks to our sponsors!

Yoga Design Lab 

The innovative yoga brand Yoga Design Lab has been shaking up the industry with uber colorful yoga mats described by Refinery29 and Fitness Magazine as 'stunning works of art’. Designed in Bali by a Canadian surfer/yogi named Chad, who sold all his stuff and moved there to launch the idea in 2014. The young brand produces visually stunning, fashion-forward, eco-friendly yoga products designed to inspire.

"I was seated in the back of a packed yoga class while on vacation in Ubud, Bali. Looking around, all I saw was a sea of unoriginal, massed produced, solid colored mats. My thinking was, there must be a way of creating a highly functional product that was also aesthetically beautiful. So the journey began. Long story short, I sold my stuff, packed up a couple bags and moved to Bali with the goal of creating a stunning line of yoga products that inspire more people to get excited about yoga.” - Chad, YDL Founder

Blending fashion-forward design elements with innovative functionality and bio-renewable consciousness is key to the Yoga Design Lab approach. From insulated stainless steel water bottles, to yoga mats comprised of biodegradable natural tree rubber, to the water based inks used in the printed designs, we can all make a difference with the products we buy.

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Direct download: 168_-_Brain_Fog_Fix.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:31pm CET

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

 

You can learn more about his work at PsychopathFree.com

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In this Show, You´ll learn:

  What are the "Cluster B" disorders, and how to look out for them

  As must a 4% of the population doesn't feel empathy, remorse, or have a conscious in the way you do

How to deal with family members, intimate partners and co-workers who are psychopaths or sociopaths

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

Buy Dirty Salt!

 

Links & References from the Show:

https://www.psychopathfree.com/

 

Got questions?

Write to us podcast@yogabody.com 

 

Thanks to our sponsors!

 

www.yogabodynetwork.com

 

If you need recommendations on books, nutritional products, and even techy stuff like websites and design services, YOGABODY Network is there to help. Check out the different resources and helpful information available!

 

Direct download: 167_-_Psychopath_Free.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 5:25pm CET

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

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • Why micronutrients are so important
  • Which foods nourish your body's connective tissues
  • Natural plant foods that turn off inflammation
  • Nervous system balancing foods to eat and avoid

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

trade in your refined white sugar for coconut palm sugar!

 

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.YogaBody.com

 

Got questions?

Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

 

Thanks to our sponsors!

Absolute Yoga Academy

Absolute Yoga Academy is one of the most-respected and rigorous teacher training schools in the world. It’s a place where students go to become teachers, and where teachers go to become industry transformers. Join the movement!

Direct download: 166_-_Food__Flexibility_.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:23am CET

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

Ariane Resnick is a private chef and certified nutritionist who specializes in organic farm-to-table cuisine. She has cooked for celebrities that include Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Agustina Groening, Lisa Edelstein and Jeff Franklin, and has been featured in media such as Well&Good NYC, In Style, Star, Goop.com, Food.com, Huffington Post, Refinery29.com, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness and Food Network’s “Chopped.”Her first book, “The Bone Broth Miracle,” was released in May.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • Lyme Disease 101: how it’s diagnosed over overcome 
  • Why bone broth is a super food (for some) 
  • Is “Food a religion?” and how groups such as paleos, vegetarians, or raw foodists might help or harm you on your health journey 
  • Why health has become an economic class issue
  • How to start cooking good food

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Quinoa: your source of plant-based protein!

 

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.arianecooks.com

 

Got questions?

Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

 

Thanks to our sponsor!

MOUS 

The MOUS Shaker was created for individuals who are passionate about fitness, and the environment. It is made of top quality, food grade plastic that experiences and displays glass like characteristics. The bottle itself is designed to be modular, with ease of assembly and disassembly. By sourcing only the highest food grade and BPA-free plastics (Eastman Tritan), the MOUS Shaker limits the ability of bacteria absorption. It’s not only the perfect companion for any athlete, it’s also fantastic for smoothies, juices, and fruit infused water detox.

 

Direct download: 165_-_Bone_Broth_Miracle.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:51am CET

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

Joseph LeDoux is a professor and a member of the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology at NYU. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion and memory.

In addition to articles in scholarly journals, he is author of the books, The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the New York Academy of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the recipient of the 2005 Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • The amygdala’s role in our emotional life
  • Fear, pain, and danger as motivators vs. positive goals  
  • How social media and the internet age affects our consciousness
  • How the emotional landscape of animals differ from our own

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

Fresh and vibrant: the health benefits of wheatgrass!

 

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.cns.nyu.edu/home/ledoux

 

Got questions?

Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

 

Thanks to our sponsors!

 Barefoot Yoga Co

Barefoot Yoga is a unique and popular yoga product and apparel company, founded in 1996 out of sincere admiration of yoga and the desire to inspire its practice. We are well-known and established in the global yoga community with a solid reputation for providing the highest quality yoga products available online and at thousands of studios and stores worldwide. We have developed a number of our own Barefoot brand products, including yoga blocks, mats, silk eye pillows and the very first yoga mat bags.

 

Direct download: 164_-_Anxiety.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 12:58pm CET

Can breathing unlock your inner power, strengthen your body, and boost your immune system? Wim Hof (aka the “Ice Man”) on this week’s Yoga Talk Show says, yes. Wim also says you’ll sleep better, improve your energy and boost your immune system if you practice his method regularly. 

Wim Hof (aka the "Iceman") holds 20 world records including longest ice bath. He has summited Mount Kilimanjaro in nothing but shorts and nearly made it to the top of Mount Everest in shorts as well. His longest ice bath to date is 1 hour and 44 minutes. He's the author of Becoming the Iceman and the creator of an online program called, Wim Hof Method. 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • The Wim Hof Method pillars of: cold therapy, breathing, and commitment
  • How breathing, meditation and mind control can increase your health and wellbeing
  • The impact of cold therapy on your body
  • Why breathing techniques work 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

Olive Oil: should you cook with it? 

 

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.wimhofmethod.com

 

Got questions?

Write to us: podcast@yogabody.com

 

Thanks to our sponsors!

www.YogaBody.com

Direct download: Show_Final_163.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:01am CET

Some people seem to be naturally flexible while others struggle with even the most basic poses—but this need not be. In this bonus episode, Lucas explains the difference between flexibility training and stretching warm-ups, two very different practices that are often confused and delivery completely different benefits. 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • Why you should do stretching warm-ups before exercise, but should not do flexibility training
  • Why stretching exercises before exercise will never lead to increases in flexibility, they simply maintain your current level
  • How long-hold, passive stretching is most effective for nervous system and soft tissue change
  • How to “hack” your nervous system with PNF techniques 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Dehydrated foods!

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.YogaTalkShow.com

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_162.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 4:14pm CET

Medical marijuana has always been a polarizing topic, clouded in controversy, and it can be challenging to distinguish the real medical benefits from the stoner myths. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Dr. David Casarett takes us on a tour of the medical cannabis world to learn about its uses and benefits as “medicine”. 

Dr. David Casarett is a physician, researcher, and tenured associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His studies have included more than 10K patients and have resulted in more than a 100 articles and book chapters, published in leading medical journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and The New England Journal of Medicine. His many awards include the prestigious U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Dr. Casarett recently launched MarijuanaResults.org, a platform for medical marijuana users to connect about their experiences and a source of data for medical professionals. His new book, Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana, is available on Amazon. 

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • Medical marijuana: real benefits or excuse to get stoned? 
  • Hemp vs cannabis: what’s the difference? 
  • How to not smoke and not get high - but still use cannabis 
  • Why cannabis legalization is suddenly spreading

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

The “dark side” of balsamic vinegar

 

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.davidcasarett.com

Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

 

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Direct download: 161_-_Stoned_.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:31pm CET

Ever heard of kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented tea loaded with beneficial bacteria, activated micronutrients, and if you like sour - it tastes amazing. Traditionally, it’s made with black tea and sugar, fermented by an added Scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) for days, weeks or even months. Basically, this is sweet, rotten tea that’s actually good for you. 

On this week’s show, Lucas Rockwood and Hannah Crum explore the benefits of drinking Kombucha, and how easy it is to start brewing at home. 

Hannah Crum, also known as "The Kombucha Mamma" has been brewing kombucha and teaching others since 2004. From homebrew hobbyist, to educator, to Master Brewer, Hannah is committed to providing the most accurate and up-to-date information to kombucha lovers and homebrewers at any stage in their experience.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • The history of this rotten tea and its role in modern day society
  • Wild vs. controlled fermented foods
  • Store bought vs. homemade kombucha
  • Do’s and don’ts for newbie at-home kombucha brewers 

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

Health metrics - how can you tell if you’re really healthy?

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.kombuchakamp.com

 

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Direct download: 160_-_At-Home_Kombucha_Brewing.mp3
Category:Nutrition -- posted at: 11:54am CET

Modern footwear leaves most people’s feet deformed by the time they reach adulthood, and these abnormalities lead to all kinds of movement problems, pain and cascading injuries. 

For yoga students, stiff and deformed feet are synonymous with impaired balance and stability, and even though this is such a common problem, it’s something we rarely talk about. On this week’s talk show, Lucas is joined by, Dr. Ray McClanahan, to learn how to naturally fixing your feet and toes, as well as how to go about restoring the full function of your feet without resorting to corrective surgery. 

Dr. Ray McClanahan is a podiatrist, runner and athlete.  He's the founder of Northwest Foot & Ankle in Portland, Oregon. In his 17 years as a podiatrist, he has learned that most foot problems can be corrected by restoring natural foot function.

 

Ray is the inventor of Correct Toes, silicone toe spacers. His professional goal is to provide quality natural foot health services with an emphasis on sports medicine, preventative and conservative options as well as education on proper footwear.

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • Why elevated heels and arch support are usually a terrible idea in footwear 
  • How you can restore the flexibility and mobility in your feet
  • Why so many athletes get injured every year
  • Medical/surgical foot correction vs. self-care and natural medicine
  • What footwear you should be wearing

 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

Low carb diets: are they really all that?

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.correcttoes.com

 

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Direct download: 159_-_How_to_Heal_Your_Feet.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 4:54pm CET

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

Dr. John Douillard, DC has written and produced numerous health and fitness books, CDs, and DVDs. He has been teaching and lecturing internationally for 28 years and publishes a free wellness video-newsletter filled with the latest studies and research. He was the Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA and currently directs the LifeSpa- Ayurvedic Retreat Center in Boulder, CO, where he lives with his wife and six children.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • Telltale signs of protein deficiency
  • Why some people use meat medicinally
  • How Ayurveda can provide insights into personal health
  • Best sources for protein

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Agave, the natural sweetener you should probably stay away from. Find out why!

 

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.lifespa.com

 

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Direct download: 158_-_Are_you_getting_enough_protein.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:22pm CET

Modern Hot Yoga practice originated from a teacher named, Bishnu Gosh, in Calcutta, India, though it’s probably best-known today from one of Gosh’s most influential (and notorious) students, Bikram Choudhury in Los Angeles. 

The Hot Yoga world is changing very quickly, and while 20 years ago, Bikram studios were the only game in town, there are now dozens of new and alternative Hot Yoga styles and studio groups popping up.  

In Canada, Moksha Yoga is a really great school founded by Ted Grand. In Asia and Europe, Absolute Yoga Academy is a leader, and in Mexico, there's Tony Sanchez (just to name a few). It’s truly amazing how Hot Yoga has spread to all corners of the world since it’s such an impactful style of yoga. 

In this week’s Yoga Talk Show, we deep dive into the real history of Hot Yoga, not just the “creative” history that has informed pop yoga culture up until now. Hot Yoga historian and researcher, Jerome Armstrong, joins us to talk about his republishing of some previously lost manuscripts including one by Gosh’s star student, Buddha Bose.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • The real origins of Hot Yoga
  • Hot Yoga vs. Bikram Yoga
  • All about Buddha Bose and his “lost manuscript”
  • What the “84 advanced poses” sequence is all about 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Matcha - what it is, how it is grown, and the difference between matcha and regular green tea.

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.buddhabose.com

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/242455566/84-yoga-asanas-by-buddha-bose

 

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Direct download: 157_-_Peoples_History_of_Hot_Yoga.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 11:17am CET

Just to mix things up a little at The Yoga Talk Show, this week, Lucas will lead you through a guided yoga breathing exercises called, Box Breathing. Box breathing is an easy-to-learn and highly effective practice that you’ll feel benefits from immediately.

 

Listen & Learn:

  • How to slow your heart rate

  • How to increase your heart rate variability

  • How to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system

  • How to encourage alpha brain wave states

  • How to reduce stress hormones and find stillness

 

And all this from a simple breathing practice!

 

References from the show:

  • Basic pranayama mudra (see hand position below)


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Direct download: 156_-_Box_Breathing_Class.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm CET

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

Breathing practices can serve as a very comfy bridge between asana practice and seated meditation, and for aspiring students, it’s a shame to to miss this bridge. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, record-holding free diver, Sara Campbell, joins us to share her experiences with breath-holding, breathing techniques and benefits.

Sara Campbell is the founder of, Discover Your Depths, a training program and philosophy that uses yoga, meditation and freediving to help people achieve personal transformation in all areas of their lives.

Sara discovered yoga and meditation over a decade ago when her own health was suffering, and just a few years later achieved a record of 90 meter free dive on just one breath of air.

Sara teaches yoga, meditation, breath-work and free diving.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • What the “dive reflex” is and how it impacts our breath & body 
  • How safe and/or dangerous is it to reduce breathing?
  • The real vs perceived risks of pranayama (on land) 
  • How breathing can lead to personal and even spiritual experiences 

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.discoveryourdepths.com

 

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Direct download: 155_-_One_Breath_30_Meters.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 4:49pm CET

Yoga teaching was dominated by men until Russian-born, Indra Devi, came to Los Angeles in 1947 and quietly changed the direction of modern yoga forever. Devi was not only the first woman to break through the gender barrier, she was also the first western woman to study and teach in India with Krishnamacharya, a modern master whose students spread yoga throughout the world.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, writer and researcher, Michelle Goldberg, shares highlights from her newest book all about the exceptional life of Indra Devi who is affectionately referred to as the grandmother of modern yoga. 

Michelle Goldberg is an author and senior contributing writer for The Nation and her work has appeared in Salon.com, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Glamour, Rolling Stone,  New York, The Guardian (UK) and The New Republic.

 Her books include: Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World, and her newest title, The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • How a Russian-born woman became a leading voice for yoga in the West during a time when Indian men were considered the authorities on yoga
  • The peculiar India-Los Angeles connection in most modern yoga
  • What it meant to be a yoga teacher over 50 years ago
  • Why modern yoga is much “younger” than most people believe

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.MichelleGoldberg.net  

 

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Direct download: 154_-_Indra_Devi.mp3
Category:yoga -- posted at: 3:24pm CET

Environmental toxins, genetically modified food, chronic stress, and the rise in autoimmune conditions have all contributed to an explosion of thyroid problems. Dr. Will Cole joins Lucas on this week’s Yoga Talk Show to explore thyroid health, how you can get tested, treatment options, and the importance of your microbiome. 

Dr. William Cole D.C, graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, California. He has his post doctorate education and training in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Cole consults in the Pittsburgh area and phone or webcam consultations for people around the world. He specializes in clinically investigating  underlying factors and customizing health programs for chronic conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmune, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, diabetes, heart disease and fibromyalgia.

Dr. Cole has been featured numerous times on Pittsburgh news affiliates WTAE-TV, KDKA-TV and WPGH-FOX. He is a health writer for international publications and lectures nationally.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • Why there is a rise in thyroid problems
  • Warning signs to look out for, and how to get yourself tested 
  • To what extent it is possible to improve thyroid function with natural medicine
  • What you can start doing right away to start nursing your body back to health

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.drwillcole.com 

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Direct download: 153_-_Is_Your_Thyroid_Broken.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:49am CET

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

Tosca is the New York Times best-selling author of Your Best Body Now and the Eat-Clean Diet® series, and The Start Here Diet, selling more than two million copies globally. Tosca is the pioneer of the Eat-Clean Movement and one of North America’s most renowned health and wellness experts leading the pack in the battle against obesity.

 

Tosca is also a popular guest on numerous national television, radio and web programs, including Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The Doctors, Steven and Chris, The Early Show on CBS, and Fox and Friends. She appears regularly as a Lifechanger on the entertainment news program Extra.

 

Her Gemini award-winning reality show Tosca: Flexing at 49, is now featured on Canada’s Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

 

  • What it really means to “eat clean”

  • How you can quit sugar without the cravings

  • To what extent a fruit-only diet is healthy, especially if you have a sweet tooth

  • Which micro nutrients we should be sneaking into our diet

 

Links & References from the Show:

  • www.toscareno.com  

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm CET

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

Susun Weed began studying herbal medicine in 1965 and wrote her first book, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 29th printing) in 1985 followed by a series of books including: Healing Wise, New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way, Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way, and Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way.

Susun Weed is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, peer-reviewed journals, and popular magazines, including a regular column in Sagewoman.

Susun appears on many television and radio shows, including National Public Radio and NBC News.

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • What types of herbs help with sore muscles, sore joints, and connective tissues
  • Which kind of teas and infusions are the most beneficial for you
  • Whether plants can help with nervous system health and nervous system training
  • Coffee and cannabis: friend or foe? 

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.WiseWomanMentor.com 

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_151.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:31am CET

Ayurveda, often referred to as traditional Indian medicine, offers us a truly holistic look at health and wellness. From understanding your own personal constitution to the food you eat and the energies impacting you continuously, Ayurveda is truly a perfect pairing for yoga-minded students.

My guest today is, Ananta Ripa Ajmera, founder of "Whole Yoga & Ayurveda" a health practice using Ayurveda Health Consultations, Private Yoga Classes, and workshop series to help clients transform.

Ananta is a certified yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, and a graduate from NYU Stern Business School. You may have seen her writing on ElephantJournal, MindBodyGreen, CureJoy.com, Vivid Life, DoYouYoga.com, ABCNews.com, and LIVESTRONG.com.

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • What is Ayurveda, and why is it of interest to yoga students
  • The elemental energies at play in our world, bodies and lives
  • Quick tips to getting started with Ayurvedic principles to your life
  • Tri-doshic or sattvic foods and activities
  • Strengths and drawbacks of practicing Ayurveda

Links & References from the Show:

Ananta’s site: www.wholeyoga-ayurveda.com 

Online dosha test: http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_150.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:14pm CET

Everyone from trainers to medical doctors is touting the benefits of lifting, not just for cosmetic reasons, but for metabolic health, hormonal health, bone density, and more. Nia Shanks joins to Lucas on the Yoga Talk Show to share her experiences with weightlifting, and the impact that continuous exercise can have on your overall well-being.

 

Nia Shanks is a coach, health and fitness writer, and founder of "Lift Like a Girl" website and popular podcast. She is busting the myth that women can’t develop strong bodies in a healthy way and she wants them to embrace who they are and become even stronger, more awesome versions of themselves.

 

Nia has a degree in Exercise Physiology and has written for and been featured in: Burn the Fat Blog, Tribe Sports, Breaking Muscle, Experience Life Magazine, EliteFTS, Muscle and Strength, Contributor to TNation, Beautifully Hardcore, BodyBuilding.com, and more.

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • The benefits of weight training for women (and men)
  • Why injuries are so common in lifting and how to avoid them
  • Gettings started 101
  • 3 resistance training exercises to start now

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.LiftLikeaGirl.com

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_149.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:10am CET

Poor sleep quality has reached critical mass, and the problem seems to be getting worse with our modern lifestyles. Whether it’s stress, anxiety or diet-related, millions are struggling each night. In an effort to improve your sleep, Dan Pardi shares his professional work experience and research into insomnia and narcolepsy, and the crucial role of sleep quality and good health. 

Dan is a health researcher, educator and facilitator. Early in his career, he served as a Division 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach where he designed year-round training protocols for 13 different athletic teams. More recently, Dan developed the Loop Model to Sustain Health Behaviors that help people live a healthy lifestyle in our modern world.

Dan  does research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Dan works with Naval Special Warfare to help elite fighters maintain vigilant performance in both combat and non-combat conditions. His current research looks at how sleep influences decision making.

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • The underlying causes behind insomnia
  • How good sleep (or lack thereof) can impact your health
  • Quick remedies you can implement to improve the quality of your sleep
  • High tech solutions & sleep hacking - does it work? 

 

Links & References from the Show:

www.dansplan.com

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_148.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:57am CET

Running and injuries go hand-in-hand, but it’s such a fundamental, functional movement practice - and so good for you - there must be a way to spend your “life on the run.” On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Lucas interviews, Bart Yasso, about the benefits and physical challenges of a life spent running across the world (literally).

 

Yasso joined Runner's World in 1987 to develop the "Runner's World Race Sponsorship Program," creating a vehicle for Runner's World to work with over 7,000 races representing 4 million runners per year. Inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions.

 

Yasso also invented the Yasso 800s, a marathon-training schedule used by thousands around the world. He is one of the few people to have completed races on all seven continents from the Antarctica marathon to the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon.

 

In 1987, Yasso won the U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship and won the Smoky Mountain Marathon in 1998. He has also completed the Ironman five times and the Badwater 146 through Death Valley.

 

He has also cycled, unsupported and by himself, across the country twice.



In this Show, You'll learn:

  • ✓The benefits and physical challenges of competitive running

  • ✓ What its like to dedicate your life on the road racing

  • ✓ Whether the minimal footwear and barefoot running movement makes sense

  • ✓ What foods you should be eating when doing a ultra-running event

Links & References from the Show:

 

www.BartYasso.com

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm CET

Moringa is known as the “miracle tree” due to its many healing properties. With over 92 macro and mirco-nutrients, nearly every part of the tree can be used to heal and sustain life. This week, Lucas and Lisa Curtis discuss the power of moringa, and how the tree of life can help with malnutrition globally.  

 

Lisa Curtis is the founder of a Morgina-based nutrition company called, Kuli Kuli. She began working on Kuli Kuli while in the Peace Corps in West Africa. As a volunteer in her village’s health center, she gained a first-hand understanding of the common nutritional challenges faced in West African villages and how moringa can play a role in helping to address those challenges.

 

Prior to Kuli Kuli, Lisa served as the Communications Director at Mosaic, wrote political briefings for President Obama in the White House and worked at an impact investment firm in India.

 

You can learn more about her company at KuliKuliFoods.com

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • All about moringa, and other micro and macro nutrient dense plant foods

  • To what extent moringa can help with malnutrition, and other diseases

  • How much moringa you should be consuming

  • What is the future of food?

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.yogabody.com/yoga-talk-show/

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_146.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 3:50pm CET

Pop health losing weight advise tells us to, "eat less and exercise more" - but research has shown this rarely works. This week, Lucas and Dr. Lori Shemek deep dive into the research around inflammation on our waistline, which anti-inflammatory exercises and foods are best for “cooling” off, and lesser-known tips for finding balance.

 

Dr. Shemek has been a featured health expert on numerous radio and televisions programs including: Ladies Home Journal, Shape Magazine, Woman's Day Magazine, Health Magazine, I-Village, Yahoo, Livestrong, CNN, Fox News, The Ricki Lake Show and many others. Lori also has a new book, How to Fight FATflammation, which is available now on Amazon.

 

While you're listening, you can check out her site at:  www.dlsHealthWorks.com

 

In this Show, You'll learn:

  • How inflammation can contribute or even cause weight gain

  • Why inflammation is a modern day pandemic  

  • Which forms of exercise are good and which are bad for inflammation

  • The superfoods that “cool” your inflamed body

Links & References from the Show:

http://www.yogabody.com/yoga-talk-show/

 

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Direct download: SHOW_FINAL_145.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 10:37am CET