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June 13, 2019
363: Improve Your Memory with Nelson Dellis
My guest on this week’s show is a 4x USA Memory Champion who can memorize an entire deck of cards in less than 41 seconds.
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38 min
June 6, 2019
362: Do You Drink Too Much? with Annie Grace
After years of drinking, it’s not uncommon to have 30+ drinks per week. It creeps up slowly, so it can almost go unnoticed—but your body, mind, and spirit notice.
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39 min
May 30, 2019
361: The 3100 Mile Foot Race with Sanjay Rawal
Would you run 59 miles a day for 52 days straight, around and around a half-mile block in Queens, NYC?
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46 min
May 22, 2019
360: Undo It with Dr. Dean Ornish
Real health is more than just food and exercise. The key elements we often overlook are love, support, community, and stress management.
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36 min
May 15, 2019
359: How to Live Your Authentic Life with Philip McKernan
Real life is a big, sloppy soup of emotions and the challenge is this: How do you find your authentic self amidst all that?
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42 min
May 8, 2019
358: Toxins Make You: Sicker, Fatter & Poorer With Dr. Leonardo Trasande
The truth is, toxins affect all of us from the moment we’re born. Newborns enter the world with 200+ chemical toxins inside them, and the quantity tends to go up and up as we age.
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35 min
May 2, 2019
357: Healthy Sex, Happy Relationship with Dr. Stephen Snyder
What is sexuality? How does it change as you age, have kids, and grow older? On this week’s show, you’ll meet a sex therapist with a very simple and practical approach to sex and sexuality.
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38 min
April 25, 2019
356: Can Mold in Your House Harm Your Health? with Dr. Ann Shippy
Household molds are super toxic, even neurotoxic, and they can trigger severe mental and physical health problems.
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41 min
April 17, 2019
355: Mind Detox: Clean Out Your Headtrash with Sandy Newbigging
Mind Detox: Clear out your head trash and make space for new feelings, new experiences, and a new way of living.
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36 min
April 10, 2019
354: Straight White Teeth with Dr. Steven Lin
Your dental health is very often the proverbial canary in the coal mine meaning that periodontal disease is often a red flag that systemic problems exist that could be very serious.
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49 min
April 3, 2019
353: Inner Peace, Global Peace with Stephen Fulder
The more I struggle, the more benefits I experience. There seems to be an inverse relationship between struggle in meditation and my happiness.
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44 min
March 27, 2019
352: Stop Thinking About Drinking with Belle Robertson
Here’s what we know about booze: Sixty-one million Americans are classified as binge alcohol users and 16 million as heavy alcohol users.
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53 min
March 20, 2019
351: Mindful Leadership & Emotional Intelligence with Marc Lesser
Success demands more than brain power. You need to sit, listen, be present, and demonstrate emotional intelligence.
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47 min
March 13, 2019
350: Demystifying Men, Women & Polarity With Dr. John Gray
Are men from mars and women from venus? How much of our behavior is simply a matter of our gender and how much is unique to who we are?
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46 min
March 6, 2019
349: The Wisdom of Old People with John Leland
The population is aging faster than ever before and no one is paying attention. What can we learn from our elders? How can we plan for our later years?
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41 min
February 27, 2019
348: Yoga for Arthritis with Dr. Steffany Moonaz
Movement is medicine and can alleviate and even eliminate arthritis symptoms. Whether you have rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, yoga can be a great way to go. LISTEN HERE.
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43 min
February 20, 2019
347: No Impact Man - Save the Planet with Colin Beavan
Colin Beavan and his family spent an entire year living in New York City with zero impact: no cars, no TV, and local-only food made themselves. LISTEN HERE
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44 min
February 13, 2019
346: Stay Strong, Middle Age & Beyond - Why Muscle Matters
Fred says he’s stronger now at 86 than he was in his 20s, and he rejects the notion that frailty needs to be a part of aging. LISTEN NOW
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42 min
February 12, 2019
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This no-nonsense health and wellness show features best-selling authors and thought leaders in nutrition, mental health, relationships, and self-improvement. Each episode also includes listener Q&A. Hosted by yoga trainer, writer, and expert speaker, Lucas Rockwood, the founder of YOGABODY and The Yoga Teachers College.
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February 7, 2019
345: How to Succeed with People: Leadership & Charisma
Group dynamics fascinate me. Why does one person take on the leadership role almost immediately without any need for introduction or approval? LISTEN HERE.
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44 min
January 30, 2019
344: Goldilocks Zone for Protein with Stephan Cabral
Most people believe that carbs give you energy, fat makes you fat, and protein builds muscles—but this is not how the body works.
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38 min
January 23, 2019
343: Narcissist Survival Guide with Dr. Ramani Durva-Sula
In this week's podcast, you'll meet a clinical psychologist who shares her pragmatic and down-to-earth approach to living with or running from the narcissists in your life.
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47 min
January 16, 2019
342: Traditional vs. Alternative Medicine with Dr. Thomas Cowan
Modern medicine's best thinking pales in comparison to the wisdom of our bodies. On this week's show, we'll explore ancestral wisdom for the modern man and the seemingly impossible attempt to find a balance. LISTEN HERE.
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48 min
January 9, 2019
341: Sugar is the Devil with Sarah Wilson
Diabetes rates are through the roof, and elevated blood sugar levels contribute to nearly every major disease and illness. You need to quit sugar, but how? LISTEN HERE.
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50 min
January 2, 2019
340: Emotional Agility with Susan David,PhD
What in your inner world enables you to fully show up in the outer world? What is more important: What you have or how you feel? In this week’s podcast, learn to ask yourself better questions, craft a fulfilling life based on your values, and more.
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57 min
December 27, 2018
339: One Plant-Based Meal Per Day with Suzy Amis Cameron
Food is complex and deeply personal. On this week’s podcast, we’ll discuss our current food system and why a ‘one meal a day’ approach to how you eat allows you to experiment with new diets and foods, in order to pinpoint what works best for you.
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52 min
December 19, 2018
338: Broadcasting Happiness with Michelle Gieland
Positive thinking is great, in theory, but how do you handle yourself when your spouse is in a funk or your boss is negative every minute of the working day?
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49 min
December 13, 2018
337: Cultivating Clarity with Jamie Smart
With the New Year around the corner, the subject of clarity has never been more applicable. I’ll help you accept the challenges of goal setting in order to find your purpose, get clear on what you want, and figure out what is standing in the way of that.
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44 min
December 5, 2018
336: Addicted to Exercise, Fasting Timing & Veggie Kids
This week’s podcast is a Q&A with Lucas Rockwood discussing food, hernias, yoga safety, fasting timing, and kids’ diets for optimal health.
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44 min
November 28, 2018
335: Mental Fitness for the Modern Mind with Kasper van der Meulen
The term 'mindfulness' usually conjures up the image of a monk sitting in Lotus Pose in the middle of the forest, but everyday mindfulness is just as important and often overlooked.
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48 min
November 21, 2018
334: Learn New Skills, Overcome Fears, Become a Hero with Josh Kaufman
During new skill acquisition, the journey from grossly incompetent to somewhat capable is simultaneously the most challenging and most rewarding part of learning. Listen here to understand how to push past that initial learning curve and thrive as a result.
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42 min
November 14, 2018
333: The Power of Pleasure with Xanet Pailet
Sexuality is a definitive part of the human experience, and when it's not working, it's one of the main reasons couples split. So what's going wrong? Find out more here.
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47 min
November 7, 2018
332: How to Achieve Deep, Restful Sleep with Stephanie Romiszewski
A poor night’s sleep affects your mood, your decision-making, even your appetite. On this week's podcast, I'll introduce you to a sleep expert with high-leverage strategies to improve your slumber.
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54 min
October 31, 2018
331: Mental Illness: A Global Health Crisis with Mark Lukach
Today, mental illness affects one in every four households. My hope is that this family's story will inspire you to find the courage to deal with the darkness.
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46 min
October 24, 2018
330: Radical Metabolism
When we talk about metabolic health, it's important to define what it really is. You'll quickly learn that it's multifaceted and you'll need to work separately on each area.
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41 min
October 18, 2018
329: Improve Your Balance, Improve Your Life
Balance is often overlooked in health and fitness, but it’s absolutely crucial to living a long and active life. And you can improve your balance! LISTEN HERE
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43 min
October 10, 2018
328: How to Create a Breakthrough
Everyone has some area of their life where they feel totally stuck, and it usually falls into one of three categories: health, wealthy, or relationships. LISTEN HERE
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44 min
October 3, 2018
327: The Truth About CBD (nonpsychoactive marijuana) for Health
Could CBD oil help with pain, inflammation, and reduce our country's dependency on opioids? Listen to this week's podcast to learn about the many health benefits of CBD.
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56 min
September 26, 2018
326: The Food, Vitamins & Blood Test Episode
Food, vitamins, and blood tests could be your ticket back to a healthy weight after undergoing emotion-induced weight gain.
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39 min
September 19, 2018
325: Too old to stretch? Xylitol got you down?
I receive questions from listeners every day. On this week's Q&A show, I'll answer a few of them, with topics ranging from flexibility for seniors and what technically breaks a fast to Xylitol and Vitamin K2.
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35 min
September 12, 2018
324: Demystifying the Pelvic Floor
The pelvic floor is a complex group of muscles, fascia and connective tissues at the base of your spine that is crucial for posture, sexual function, bladder control, and the health of many vital organs. It's important to have a clear understanding of this often overlooked region of the body.
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46 min
September 5, 2018
323: The Truth About Hypnotherapy
People often put hypnosis in the ‘weird party trick’ category of their brain, although it is, in fact, a real-world, clinically proven method of therapy.
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50 min
August 29, 2018
322: Estrogeneration
Did you know that most plastic water bottles contain estrogen-like BPA compounds that can cause weight gain (or worse)? Did you know that many skin care products and soaps contain estrogen-like parabens that can get absorbed through your skin and lead to infertility?
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42 min
August 23, 2018
321: Why Relationships are So Hard
Why Relationships are So Hard
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46 min
August 15, 2018
320: Movement as Medicine
Modern medicine is truly a blessing, but it's gotten out of hand; and in many cases, we've neglected the safer and more obvious choices that are right in front of our faces.
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62 min
August 8, 2018
319: Why You Are Only One Percent Human
There are more than 10 times as many microbe cells in your body as human cells, but interestingly, we're exposed to our first bacteria at birth—and from there, the process begins.
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44 min
August 1, 2018
318: Yoga Breathing Lesson: Water, Whiskey, Coffee
Learn the secrets of yoga breathing. I’ll break down the fundamentals in a way that you can easily remember and apply to your practice.
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40 min
July 25, 2018
317: Understanding Arousal
Your ‘chemical body’ is responsible for how your look and feel most of the time. Hormones can make you skinny or make you fat. They can give you hot flashes, make you tired, or make you feel young and vital. Listen for more on how hormones effect just about everything.
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51 min
July 18, 2018
316: How to Trigger ASMR Brain Tingles
When you feel tingles running down your spine, this sensation is known as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR). ASMR is rapidly gaining traction online because most people find it relaxing, extremely pleasurable, and in some case, helpful in relieving stress, anxiety, and depression.
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44 min
July 11, 2018
315: Chronic pain: Is it all in the brain?
Pain plays a crucial role in the body—it is a clear sign that something is injured, diseased, or in need of extra care. However, when pain becomes chronic, many times the pain signals sent to the brain no longer correspond with any kind of dysfunction.
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41 min
July 4, 2018
314: Deep Dive into Knee Pain
Aside from back problems, knee pain is the most common issue I see in my yoga studios, with the inevitable question being what to do about it.
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42 min
June 27, 2018
313: The Mobility Method | Find Freedom in Your Body
When your body is tight, it affects everything, from your standing and sitting posture to your stride, but when you increase your range of motion…
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46 min
June 20, 2018
312: Barefoot Strong
My balance is horrible. I've always found it incredibly challenging to stay steady. It's true that some people are just better at it than others, but when I was about 30 years old...
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45 min
June 13, 2018
311: Confidence: Build & Develop It
On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet a woman who wrote the book, Confidence Creator. Her story and her no-nonsense approach can server pretty much anyone at any age.
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45 min
June 6, 2018
310: Mitochondria: Key to Health and Longevity
Most products are loaded with sugar or caffeine—or both. In the short term, they'll certainly give you energy, but in the long term, they send you spiraling down.
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57 min
May 30, 2018
309: How to Develop an At-Home Practice
Back in 2002, when I couldn’t make it to a studio, I would play an old cassette tape and practice to that in my bedroom, hotel room, or even outdoors wherever I was. At-home practice has always been part of my yoga experience, but I’m the type of introvert that gets energy and inspiration from being alone. I’m naturally driven, and I’m harder on myself than any teacher has ever been; so when people asked me how to develop an at-home practice, I always struggled to answer until recently when I’ve compiled my thoughts and observations.   Over the years, I’ve learned some very specific things from my students that make at-home practice success more probable, and I’ll share them all with you on this week’s Yoga Talk Show. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why practicing in an old, ragged t-shirt might be hurting your motivation Why the advice to “just do what feels good” is a flawed approach How to setup a home practice room How to keep your practicing going on the road Audio/video classes: do they work? Why social support is key ABOUT THE HOST Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines. In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries. In 2013, Lucas founded YOGABODY Fitness, a revolutionary new yoga studio business model that pays teachers a living wage and demystifies yoga by making the mind-body healing benefits of the practice accessible to everyone. A foodie at heart, Lucas was a vegan chef, and owned and operated health food restaurants prior to diving deep into the yoga world. Lucas is also a highly-acclaimed writer, radio show host, TV personality, business consultant, weight loss expert, and health coach. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Quorn Links & References from the Show: Kurma Yoga Mats Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: SeatGeek - Buying tickets can be complicated and confusing, but there is a better way to buy – with SeatGeek. SeatGeek is the smartest, easiest way to get tickets to every type of live event. Whether you’re searching for a last minute deal, planning a night out with friends, or need to find the perfect gift, SeatGeek helps you find the best seats at the best prices – fully guaranteed. Just download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code ‘YOGA’ today. That’s promo code ‘YOGA’ for $20 off your first SeatGeek purchase. Learn More
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43 min
May 23, 2018
308: Eating for Brain Power
Most health and diet books focus on reducing your waistline but neglect the most "mission critical" part of your entire body: your brain. The 3 lbs, watery, fatty mass between your ears needs to be fed well and cared for, but most people don't give brain health the attention it deserves. Meet Dr. Lisa Mosconi, neuroscientist and author, and learn how your brain health can be dramatically influenced by food and lifestyle. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why your body can survive on many foods, but your brain is much more picky The importance of essential fatty acids for brain health Why the brain's saturated fat and cholesterol is created by the brain and stored in the brain from childhood—not affected by diet Why too much Omega-6 from seed oils is a problem for inflammation Why a 2:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is ideal (while most people get 20+:1) Why we need around 4 grams of omega-3's per day Why the brain needs glucose for neuron synthesis and balance Why alcohol enters the brain and dehydrates your brain ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Mosconi holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine, and is a certified Integrative Nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner. She is the Associate Director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, She is an adjunct faculty member at NYU and the University of Florence. Dr. Mosconi has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in medical journals. Her new book, Brain Food: the Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power we'll talk about today. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Cinnamon Links & References from the Show: Dr. Mosconi's Website Brain Food Book Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: SeatGeek - Buying tickets can be complicated and confusing, but there is a better way to buy – with SeatGeek. SeatGeek is the smartest, easiest way to get tickets to every type of live event. Whether you’re searching for a last minute deal, planning a night out with friends, or need to find the perfect gift, SeatGeek helps you find the best seats at the best prices – fully guaranteed. Just download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code ‘YOGA’ today. That’s promo code ‘YOGA’ for $20 off your first SeatGeek purchase. Learn More
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56 min
May 16, 2018
307: Natural Birth Control
Following the advice of parents, counselors, and health care providers, millions of women take hormonal birth control starting in their teenager years to avoid unwanted pregnancies, regulate their periods, or to control acne. But what if you gain weight, lose your libido, and get depressed? What then? The FDA warns that hormonal birth control could increase the risk of cancer and heart disease too (among other things), but this "fine print" is rarely discussed but potentially life changing. So what do you do? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll explore good old fashioned cycle charting—but with a modern twist. Grab your cell phone and a cheap thermometer, and you can now gain very accurate insight into your menstrual cycles in about five minutes per day. ------------ Listen & Learn: How Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) can be just as effective as any other form of birth control How to get started with a basel therometer, a phone, and 5 minutes a day Why even many IUDs now are still using hormones The risk vs. reward of messing with your body's hormones ABOUT OUR GUEST Magdalena Wszelaki is a Certified Holistic Health Coach whose own health journey started from a personal crisis. She is in remissions from Graves’ and Hashimoto’s and managed to reverse estrogen dominance and heavy metal toxicity. She is a Vipassana meditator and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She coaches people with thyroid and endocrine imbalances. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Activated Charcoal Links & References from the Show: Kindara App The Pill: Are You Sure it's For You? Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: SeatGeek - Buying tickets can be complicated and confusing, but there is a better way to buy – with SeatGeek. SeatGeek is the smartest, easiest way to get tickets to every type of live event. Whether you’re searching for a last minute deal, planning a night out with friends, or need to find the perfect gift, SeatGeek helps you find the best seats at the best prices – fully guaranteed. Just download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code ‘YOGA’ today. That’s promo code ‘YOGA’ for $20 off your first SeatGeek purchase. Learn More
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44 min
May 9, 2018
306: Stiff After Stretching, Yoga Problems & Vegan Pitfalls
You’ve got questions, and I’ve got answers…. join me for this week’s Yoga Talk Show special “Q&A Show” where I do my best to help listeners. On this week’s show, we cover: my recommending reading list, food allergy testing, 18+6 Meal Timing, vaccines, yoga problems and plant-based pitfalls. ------------ ABOUT THE HOST Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines. In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries. In 2013, Lucas founded YOGABODY Fitness, a revolutionary new yoga studio business model that pays teachers a living wage and demystifies yoga by making the mind-body healing benefits of the practice accessible to everyone. A foodie at heart, Lucas was a vegan chef, and owned and operated health food restaurants prior to diving deep into the yoga world. Lucas is also a highly-acclaimed writer, radio show host, TV personality, business consultant, weight loss expert, and health coach. Links & References from the Show: Vaccine Schedule Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Four Sigmatic makes delicious Mushroom Superfood Blends and Mushroom Elixirs. Four Sigmatic believes in the real magic of functional mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Lion’s Mane, as well as other superfoods and adaptogens like rhodiola, eleuthero, and schisandra to help us live healthier, more enhanced lives. Visit: http://www.foursigmatic.com/yogabody and use coupon code "yogabody" for 15% off your order. Learn More
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48 min
May 2, 2018
305: Balance Your Hormones
When we think about toxins in our food and environment, most people assume the risk is "cancer," and that's true; but the more immediate risk is often hormonal imbalance. Common addictives in foods and skin care products can disrupt your natural endocrine balance and lead to everything from thyroid problems and infertility to weight gain and depression. This is a huge and growing problem, and the solution includes diet and lifestyle choices that aren't always obvious. Health coach, Magdalena Wszelaki shares her personal story of overcoming both Graves and Hashimoto's Diseases as well as her professional advice for finding balance. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why thyroid issues are often a symptom of autoimmune conditions What blood tests to check your thyroid (TSH, Free T3 & T4, TPO & Anti-Tg) Why estrogen dominance is a huge problem for both men and women Why estrogen dominance is a huge problem for both men and women How to eat a PFF (protein, fat & fiber) breakfast to start your day right ABOUT OUR GUEST Magdalena Wszelaki is a Certified Holistic Health Coach whose own health journey started from a personal crisis. She is in remissions from Graves’ and Hashimoto’s and managed to reverse estrogen dominance and heavy metal toxicity. She is a Vipassana meditator and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She coaches people with thyroid and endocrine imbalances. Nutritional Tip of the Week: A1C Test Links & References from the Show: Magdalena’s Website Hormone Balance Cookbook Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Four Sigmatic makes delicious Mushroom Superfood Blends and Mushroom Elixirs. Four Sigmatic believes in the real magic of functional mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Lion’s Mane, as well as other superfoods and adaptogens like rhodiola, eleuthero, and schisandra to help us live healthier, more enhanced lives. Visit: http://www.foursigmatic.com/yogabody and use coupon code "yogabody" for 15% off your order. Learn More
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48 min
April 25, 2018
304: Your Weakness is Your Superpower
Here is one of my favorite interview questions: "What did you get in trouble for most when you were 12 years old?" The answer often reveals more about who someone really is than an hour-long conversation. Why? Because the things we do that drive people crazy are often the things that define us; and with the right application, the things that enable us to shine our brightest. What if your weaknesses were your greatest strength? What if your weirdness made you wonderful? Our guest on this week's Yoga Talk Show reveals how this works. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why your weaknesses might be your superpower Why it's foolish to focus on your weaknesses, and why you should instead focus on your strengths Why "perfect" and "balanced" don't exist so we should not go looking for them Why almost any personality type can find a way to excel at something ABOUT OUR GUEST David Rendall is an author and sought-after speaker with clients that include: The US Air Force, Australian Government, and Fortune 50 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, United Health Group, Fannie Mae, and State Farm. David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of four books: The Four Factors of Effective, Leadership, The Freak Factor, The Freak Factor for Kids, and Pink Goldfish. Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a leadership professor, stand-up comedian, and nonprofit executive. David is also an athlete competing in ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Lemon in the Morning Links & References from the Show: David Rendall's Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: SeatGeek - Buying tickets can be complicated and confusing, but there is a better way to buy – with SeatGeek. SeatGeek is the smartest, easiest way to get tickets to every type of live event. Whether you’re searching for a last minute deal, planning a night out with friends, or need to find the perfect gift, SeatGeek helps you find the best seats at the best prices – fully guaranteed. Just download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code ‘YOGA’ today. That’s promo code ‘YOGA’ for $20 off your first SeatGeek purchase. Learn More
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43 min
April 18, 2018
303: Push Beyond Your Limits
Colin was on the beach in Thailand and decided to try Fire Poi (fire dancing). A few minutes later, he got tangled up, caught on fire, and burned 25% of his body so badly he was bedridden for months. A former athlete, he was devastated to learn that he might never walk properly again. Fast forward a couple years... Colin not only walks, but he runs, cycles, and swims. He quits his job and becomes a professional tri-athlete competing in 22 countries. As if this wasn't enough of an accomplishment in and of itself, he then climbed the highest peaks on all 7 continents and hit both the North and South Poles setting two world records. O'Brady defines what it means to push beyond your limits, and his story and inspiring work will make you want to set an audacious goal for yourself. ------------ Listen & Learn: How Colin burned 25% of his body in a random accident How the "butterfly effect" can potentially help you transform from "stuck" to "success" How Colin completed the "Explorer's Grand Slam" where he climbed the seven tallest peaks on all 7 continents and hit both the North and South Poles How he started a non-profit off the back of his twp world records ABOUT OUR GUEST Colin O'Brady was born in Olympia, Washington and grew up as an athlete playing soccor and swimming. Col placed first overall amateur at the 2009 Chicago Triathlon and later represented the United States in triathlon competitions in 22 countries and on six continents. He is now a world record holder who climbed the 7 highest peaks on all 7 continents. He's the founder of, BEYOND 7/2, an organization that inspires the next generation to dream big and succeed through dedication to healthy life choices Nutritional Tip of the Week: Autophagy Links & References from the Show: Colin's Website Colin's TEDx Talk Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Four Sigmatic makes delicious Mushroom Superfood Blends and Mushroom Elixirs. Four Sigmatic believes in the real magic of functional mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Lion’s Mane, as well as other superfoods and adaptogens like rhodiola, eleuthero, and schisandra to help us live healthier, more enhanced lives. Visit: http://www.foursigmatic.com/yogabody and use coupon code "yogabody" for 15% off your order. Learn More
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42 min
April 12, 2018
302: Save the Planet One Person At-a-Time
The world’s bulging landfills mirror our bulging waistlines; and the toxic chemicals we pour down our drains end up in our water supplies, food systems, and eventually into our own bodies. Environmental issues that were previously reserved for special interest groups are now urgent global concerns. As our planet grows to nine billion people, how will the oceans, the forests, and the people survive and thrive? On this week’s, Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet an activist who walks his talk in extreme ways. Rob Greenfield biked across the country (twice!), hitched from South American to California (three times!), lived off the grid in a mini house for year, and scrounged food from thousands of dumpsters. He takes his mission very seriously, and his message is clear and simple: your action matter.   ------------ Listen & Learn: Why Americans create an average of 4.4lbs of trash per day How Rob hitch-hiked from South America to San Diego with no money Why there is no “one answer” for the environmental problems of the world Why diversity is the key to environmental and cultural balance ABOUT OUR GUEST Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. Rob is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger in the U.S. He has dove into more than two thousand dumpsters across the United States to demonstrate how nearly half of all food in the U.S. is wasted while 50 million (1 in 7) Americans are food insecure. Rob has cycled across the U.S. twice on a bamboo bicycle bringing his message of sustainability and earth-friendly living to the United States. His first bike ride across the U.S. is also now a book, Dude Making a Difference. In 2016 he landed in Rio, Brazil without a penny in his pocket on a mission to travel to Panama, 7,000 miles and 7 countries away, relying on the goodness of humanity. This adventure is a six episode series called Free Ride on Discovery Channel playing worldwide. His travels have taken him to 6 continents and 40 countries. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Lemon for Iron Absorption Links & References from the Show: Visit Rob’s Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Four Sigmatic - drinking mushrooms and superfoods can be now delicious and easy-to-do with Mushroom Superfood Blends, and Mushroom Elixirs. Four Sigmatic believe in the real magic of functional mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Lion's Mane, as well as other superfoods and adaptogens like rhodiola, eleuthero, and schisandra to help us live healthier, more enhanced lives. Learn More
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51 min
April 4, 2018
301: THE FLEXIBILITY SHOW
Have you ever heard someone say, “Flexibility doesn’t matter!” or “Stretching makes you weak!” For some reason, the misinformation about flexibility training is rampant, and many students are confused what to do about their locked-up hips, tight hamstrings, and stiff spines. How do you safely and effectively increase your mobility? Since 2007, flexibility training has been a huge part of the YOGABODY world, and we’re revisiting this perennial topic this year with new and updated research and practices. Join Yoga Talk Show host, Lucas Rockwood, for a 101-guide to flexibility training on this week’s episode. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why “time under passive tension” matters for flexibility Safety myth vs reality of stretching Ideal schedule and timing for mobility gains Nutrition and recovery Realistic expectations and gains ABOUT THE HOST Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines. In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries. In 2013, Lucas founded YOGABODY Fitness, a revolutionary new yoga studio business model that pays teachers a living wage and demystifies yoga by making the mind-body healing benefits of the practice accessible to everyone. A foodie at heart, Lucas was a vegan chef, and owned and operated health food restaurants prior to diving deep into the yoga world. Lucas is also a highly-acclaimed writer, radio show host, TV personality, business consultant, weight loss expert, and health coach. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Acrylamide Links & References from the Show: Gravity Yoga Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now Yoga Talk Show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter “yogapodcast” in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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45 min
March 28, 2018
300: Sleep Better, Perform Better, Live Better
Meet the man who top Athletes like, Cristiano Ronaldo, consult with to make sure they get optimal sleep: Nick Littlehales. Sleep quality makes a huge difference in optimal sports performance and overall health, but most people are simply trying to log more hours—and most of us fall short of our goals. Nick's approach is much more practical, realistic, and takes into account individuality of body type, chronotype, and environment. I've had half a dozen sleep experts on the Yoga Talk Show, and for me, Nick's advice is the most actionable and practical. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why synthetic bedding is probably the best choice Which sleep position is ideal How to count cycles in a week, no hours in a night Why most mattress companies are just smoke and mirrors with made-up terms and medical-sounding jargon that is useless How to create a real sleep den ABOUT OUR GUEST Nick Littlehales is an elite sport sleep coach to some of the biggest names in sports including British Cycling and Team Sky, international footballers, Rugby players, Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Nick has 30 years of experience in the world of sleep science and has spent the last sixteen years working with elite athletes. Many of his clients are household names in the sports celebrity world, and they hire him to optimize their sleep because sleep matters for performance, health, and just about everything else. Nick is the chairman of the UK Sleep Council, and the author of the new book, Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind You can learn more at his site: https://www.sportsleepcoach.com/ Nutritional Tip of the Week: Coffee While Fasting Links & References from the Show: Nick's Site Nick's Book Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now Yoga Talk Show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter “yogapodcast” in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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52 min
March 21, 2018
299: Everything I Know About Weight Loss
The world is getting fat at an alarming rate. Two in three adults are overweight or obese, and excess weight is correlated with every degenerative illness across the board. While some overweight people are in perfect health, it's rare and often fleeting as the downward spiral is very predictable—and it happens fast. Here's what you need to understand about the global weight problem. It's not about lack of willpower or discipline, that's an ignorant and uninformed excuse. It's not about lack of exercise, though sedentary lives certainly don't help and movement is always a good thing. The real problem is imbalance: emotional, hormonal, and nutritional. We in a time when stress levels are through the roof, social support systems have crumbled, and most of the food available is various forms of lifeless carbohydrates.   So what do you do? How do you find balance in an imbalanced world? I've had the good fortune of unfettered access to some of the leading minds in health and wellness over the past 10 years, and I'll share my best learning with you on this week's Yoga Talk Show. ------------ Listen & Learn: Manage your stress or don't bother Fix your social circle or don't bother 8+16 meal timing Throttle your carbs Baseline your protein Eat healthy fat ABOUT THE HOST Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines. In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries. In 2013, Lucas founded YOGABODY Fitness, a revolutionary new yoga studio business model that pays teachers a living wage and demystifies yoga by making the mind-body healing benefits of the practice accessible to everyone. A foodie at heart, Lucas was a vegan chef, and owned and operated health food restaurants prior to diving deep into the yoga world. Lucas is also a highly-acclaimed writer, radio show host, TV personality, business consultant, weight loss expert, and health coach. Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now Yoga Talk Show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter “yogapodcast” in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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50 min
March 14, 2018
298: Uncontrolled Sweating, Zevia & Muscle Cramps – Special Q&A Show!
LISTENER QUESTIONS! Is borage oil any good? What do you do with heart rate variability data? My kid is sweating like crazy, what do I do? How do I get started on a vegan diet? Are oats any good for breakfast? How do I beat chronic yeast overgrowth? My joints are popping, now what? Your questions, my answers on this week's show! Go a question yourself? Send us a voicemail... ------------ ABOUT THE HOST Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines. In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries. In 2013, Lucas founded YOGABODY Fitness, a revolutionary new yoga studio business model that pays teachers a living wage and demystifies yoga by making the mind-body healing benefits of the practice accessible to everyone. A foodie at heart, Lucas was a vegan chef, and owned and operated health food restaurants prior to diving deep into the yoga world. Lucas is also a highly-acclaimed writer, radio show host, TV personality, business consultant, weight loss expert, and health coach. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Nutritional Density Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now Yoga Talk Show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter “yogapodcast” in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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60 min
March 7, 2018
297: How to Get Stuff Done
Have you ever heard someone say, "I'm an idea person... I like to start new things, but I'm not the person who finishes them?" You know who does finish things? Winners. Starting is not hard, or interesting, or worth celebrating. Day 92 of your new exercise program, that's celebration time. Year 6 in your new career, that's party time. On this week's show, we'll talk about getting stuff done, finding your dream job, and focusing on stacking successes (not failures). ------------ Listen & Learn: Why you can achieve more by lowering (not raising) your goals Why "fun" is so important on the way to your goals Why it's not always helpful to let others know (publicly) your goals and ambitions How to start with baby steps as you move toward progressively bigger things ABOUT OUR GUEST Jon Acuff is the author six books including his most recent: Finish: Give yourself the gift of done. For over 20 years he’s helped big companies tell their stories, including: Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. He’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA among others. You can learn more at his site: www.acuff.me Nutritional Tip of the Week: Chaga Links & References from the Show: Jon's site Jon's books on Amazon Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now Yoga Talk Show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter “yogapodcast” in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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56 min
February 28, 2018
296: How to Heal from Brain Drain
It's Friday night. You're home late from work and desperate to sleep, and yet you can't. You're tired but wired, overworked but over-stimulated. Cortisol has been pumping through your veins all week, and it's not so easy to turn it off. So what do you do? Most people turn to crap foods, alcohol, pills, and binge-watching television series. Why? Because they work. In the short term, they make you feel better; but long term, most of our autopilot stress management techniques turn into self-destructive vice. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, Dr. Mike Dow will share his experiences healing patients with brain fog, busted brains, and general overwhelm. There's no one-size-fits-all solution, but adding healthy stress management tools to your life is always a great idea. ------------ Listen & Learn: How mega-dosing omega-3's helped Dr. Mike's brother recover from a stroke Autogenic therapy: a self-talk, self-hypnosis method for fixing brain drain How to use progressive muscle relaxation to relieve both physical and psychological stress Why our typical toolkit for managing mental and emotional stress is flawed ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Mike Dow is an author, psychotherapist, and the host of lots of different television shows. 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. He is the author of many books including The Brain Fog Fix, Healing the Broken Brain, and his most-recent book, Heal your Drained Brain. His books are on Amazon and you can learn more at his site: www.drmikedow.com Nutritional Tip of the Week: Collagen Links & References from the Show: Dr. Mike's Site Type II Diabetes Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now Yoga Talk Show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter “yogapodcast” in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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45 min
February 21, 2018
295: Magnesium: Top Mineral for Yoga Students
Many people think mineral deficiencies only occur in the developing world where food is scarce; but the reality is that most people are deficient in at least a few vitamins or minerals. Our soils are over-farmed leaving our foods nutrient poor, so even people eating the highest-quality of foods are susceptible to imbalances. Enter: magnesium. It's the 8th most abundant mineral on earth and affects everything from bowel regularity and cramps to sleep quality and digestion. It's found in nuts, seeds, greens, and even rice—and yet, most people only get about 1/2 their daily recommended allowance from food alone. For yoga students, magnesium is one of the top minerals (right up there with sulfur) as it helps muscles relax and balances the nervous system—both essential for bendy bodies. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn why magnesium deficiency is so common, and more importantly, some very simple tests to fix it safely at home. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why most people only get about 200mg of magnesium per day How magnesium dosage will self-regulate by sending you to the toilet if you have too much Why magnesium is essential for ATP (energy) production How to get tested for magnesium deficiency Recommended dosage: up to 600 mg/day of magnesium citrate (orally) or 2 cups of Epsom salts in a bath ABOUT OUR GUEST Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopath. She has authored and co-authored over 35 books including The Magnesium Miracle, IBS for Dummies, Hormone Balance, Death by Modern Medicine, and 110 Kindle books. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1978, holds a medical license in California and is a graduate of The Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine – now the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. She served on the board of Governors of the CCNM for six years. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Polyphenols Links & References from the Show: Carolyn's Site Carolyn's Books Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now Yoga Talk Show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter “yogapodcast” in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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53 min
February 14, 2018
294: The End of Alzheimer’s
Do you have a friend or family member losing their short-term memory, losing their mental "edge", and just generally slowing down in terms of brain function? If so, this week's Yoga Talk Show delivers insight into neurodegenerative problems and what you can do about them. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's are among the top 3 causes of death worldwide. Toxins, inflammation, and high sugar diets are among the many causes; but fortunately, we have better tools than ever for prevention and reversal of problems. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet Alzheimer's thought-leader, Dr. Dale Bredesen. ------------ Listen & Learn: How cheap genetic testing shows you if you have a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's Disease Why neurodegenerative illnesses are now in the top 3 leading causes of death internationally How meal timing and ketosis can prevent and help reverse problems Why inflammation is a disaster for brain health Why 21st century medicine must focus on data, quantified self, testing and tracking ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Bredesen is an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and is best-known recently for his work with Alzheimer’s disease specicically. He's the author of a new book, The End of Alzheimer's. He graduated from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC and has held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding President and CEO. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Complete Protein Links & References from the Show: Dr. Bredesen's Site Dr Bredesen's book Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now Yoga Talk Show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter “yogapodcast” in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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49 min
February 7, 2018
293: Unlock Your Happy Brain Chemicals
"I just want to be happy..." is something you've probably said one thousand times. You want to be happy at work, at home, with your partner and friends—but what does that mean? You've no-doubt felt "happy" while walking on the beach on a warm summer night at sunset, but if you're like me, you've also felt "happy" in a sweaty, controlled mess on your yoga mat—so what's going on?   Happiness is something we're all seeking and yet almost no one can define. No wonder we struggle to achieve it. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn about the four chemicals responsible for happiness, and more importantly, how to cultivate them. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why social status & pride are important for serotonin Why the stress hormone cortisol can kill your chances of happiness How early life patterns can influence (but not predict) your habits today Why people get addicted to "runner's high" How to choose healthy ways to trigger happy brain chemicals ABOUT OUR GUEST Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD, is the founder of the Inner Mammal Institute. She's Professor Ammer-ita at California State University, East Bay, and author of I-Mammal, Habits of a Happy Brain, and The Science of Positivity. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Healthy Oils Links & References from the Show: Inner Mammal Institute Loretta's Books on Amazon Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: FreshBooks - a cloud accounting solution specially designed for small business owners. Join 10 million people using FreshBooks and spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love. Freshbooks automates tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking your time and following up with clients in just a few clicks. It is also offering now yoga talk show listeners a free 30 days trial. Go to freshbooks.com/yoga and enter yogapodcast in how did you hear about us section. Learn More
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45 min
January 31, 2018
292: My Untold Story: Yoga, Drugs & Alcohol
It was Christmas 2001. I was 23 years old, and I woke up in the back of ambulance after convulsing in a grand mal seizure in front of my parents. I'd managed to wobble through the previous 3 years in steady haze of drug and alcohol abuse, chronic sleep deprivation, and borderline mania, but that holiday season, I bottomed out. There was no more hiding the truth from myself. I was in trouble. I wish I could say that I've always loved yoga, health and wellness—but that's not my story. I took my first swig of gin straight from the bottle at age 13, and I loved it right away. No learning curve. I was never drawn to lotus position or meditation halls in those days. Early in my life, I was obsessed with escaping the overwhelming anxiety and restlessness of my own brain. My yoga story is one of running away from pain, of channeling negative obsessions into positive ones, and finding a toolkit that made me feel well, every time. I turn 40 this year, and as strange as it sounds, I'd never shared my story in its entirety with anyone because it continues to be a deep source of shame for me. With few exceptions, shame is a pretty useless feeling, so I'd like to share my story with you on this week's Yoga Talk Show. My hope is that if you're at a crossroads or a crisis point now, you can perhaps connect with my "rock bottom" story and begin to find your North Star as I did. ------------ ABOUT OUR GUEST Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines. In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries. In 2013, Lucas founded YOGABODY Fitness, a revolutionary new yoga studio business model that pays teachers a living wage and demystifies yoga by making the mind-body healing benefits of the practice accessible to everyone. A foodie at heart, Lucas was a vegan chef, and owned and operated health food restaurants prior to diving deep into the yoga world. Lucas is also a highly-acclaimed writer, radio show host, TV personality, business consultant, weight loss expert, and health coach. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Boost Immune System Links & References from the Show: J. Brown's Podcast on iTunes J. Brown's Site Train with Lucas YOGABODY Supplements & Products Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Trapeze Teacher Training -- For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors - until now. We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Learn More
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46 min
January 24, 2018
291: Push to Your Limit & Beyond
During the World Financial Crisis of 2008, James Lawrence's mortgage business went belly-up, and he started running, cycling and swimming. He channelled his pain and struggle into training, and became a professional athlete in middle age. His preferred race? The Ironman: a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles cycling, and 26.2 miles running—all in one day. As gruelling as that sounds, James decided to do 50 Ironman races, 50 days in a row, in all 50 U.S. states. They call him the "Iron Cowboy," and he lives up to his name. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why there's no such thing as a dream that's "too big" as long as you have enough time to make it happen Why fatigue is an injury How it's now more-possible than ever to become a professional athlete The importance of having a good coach ABOUT OUR GUEST James is originally from Calgary, Alberta Canada. He grew up a wrestler and later got into endurance racing to escape the stress of Corporate America. After losing everything in 2008, James turned to his new found passion for triathlon racing and went on to break two world records within three years. In 2015 James completed 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 days, in each of the 50 United States -- The 50-50-50. His first book, Redefine Impossible is available on Amazon. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Bell Peppers Links & References from the Show: James "Iron Cowboy's" Website Redefine Impossible Book Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Trapeze Teacher Training -- For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors - until now. We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Learn More
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39 min
January 17, 2018
290: Lab-Grown "Clean Meat" & the Future of Food
At age 23, I was overweight, drinking too much and smoking constantly. I was stuck in life and wanted a new one, so I finally got up the courage to attend a 10-day meditation retreat just before my 24th birthday. I'd booked and canceled the same retreat once before, and it was a big deal for me to get on the bus from New York City out to rural New Jersey to do nothing... ... But it turns out, it led to a big turning point in my life. Many changes I experienced were subtle and played out over months or even years, but one change happened instantly. I stopped eating animal foods. During the retreat, they didn't serve any meat, so I just kept up with it afterwards, and I felt great. I started reading books and going to lectures. Back then, most of the smart people in nutrition all believed that a low fat, no-meat diet was the best way to go for health. So I was sold. Fast forward 15 years later, I'm still eating this way, but I'm no longer naive enough to think that just cutting burgers from your diet is going to fix your health (in fact, sometimes the opposite is true). But I am absolutely certain that the way we eat today is not the way my grandkids will eat. Our foods system is beyond broken, it's a total disaster. Enter: lab-grown meats. Just like it sounds, this is fish, chicken, and burgers grown from cloned and cultivated cells. It might sound gross, but it also might save the planet. My guest on this week's show just wrote a book about this next revolution in food, CLEAN MEAT. ------------ Listen & Learn: How clean meat is safer than factor foods How clean meat, like clean energy, is way better for the environment Why many foods we eat today are weird if you stop to think about it—so why not this? Why the future of food is probably a lot less convenient than chickens, pigs, cows, corn, rice, wheat and soy ABOUT OUR GUEST Paul Shapiro served for 13 years as a spokesperson and vice president for the Humane Society of the United States. He is the founder of Compassion Over Killing, a TEDx speaker, and an inductee into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. His first book, Clean Meat, is available on Amazon. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Maca Links & References from the Show: Paul's website Clean Meat Book Website Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well. Whether your goal is to teach part time locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or to open your own studios, The Yoga Teachers College will support your career every step of the way. Learn More
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43 min
January 10, 2018
289: Why "Touch" Matters in Everything
You probably know that infants that don't receive enough cuddles, hugs, and physical affection suffer from all kinds of developmental problems—the first two years are the most critical, and this is why the first thing a doctor does with a newborn is place it on the chest of the mother or father. But what about middle-aged people? And what about at the end of life? It turns out touch is still crucial to health and wellness, and yet in our modern, physically disconnected society, many people are deprived. On this week's show, you'll meet a neuroscientist who specializes in the importance of touch and how you can use this knowledge to improve your life. ------------ Listen & Learn: How there is no such thing as a touch or sensation without emotion—they are always inseparable Why high fives, back slapping, and social touch improves sports teamwork and performance Why we tend to prioritize external touch sensations when internal touch is just as important How touch deprivation is "highest risk" in infants and elders ABOUT OUR GUEST David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory works on the cellular substrates of memory storage and recovery of function after brain injury. He served as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. He is the author of The Accidental Mind (2007) and The Compass of Pleasure (2011), and his most recent book, Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Zinc Links & References from the Show: David Linden's Site David's Books on Amazon Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well. Whether your goal is to teach part time locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or to open your own studios, The Yoga Teachers College will support your career every step of the way. Learn More
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40 min
January 3, 2018
288: Why We're Depressed & What to Do About It?
I've spent most my career researching, studying and teaching physical health and wellness only to realize that mental health is the big elephant in the room. In many cases, diet and exercise help, of course; but depression, anxiety and trauma wounds can dig so deep that a more comprehensive, mind-body approach to healing is needed. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a pioneer in Mind-Body Medicine who has worked with everyone from war-torn refugees to leaders of state. His insights into the mental health pandemic will help you and those you love better manage emotional challenges. ------------ Listen & Learn: 15% of the adult population has clinical depression Why some depression is reactionary and totally expected while chronic or clinical depression persists past reasonable triggers How something as simple as a nutritional deficiency in vitamin D or omega-3's can trigger depression When does empathetic behavior become enabling behavior for depressive tendencies? 3 types of meditation: concentration, mindfulness, and expressive ABOUT OUR GUEST James S. Gordon, MD, a Harvard educated psychiatrist, is a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School. Dr. Gordon served as the first Chairman of the Program Advisory Council to NIH’s Office of Alternative Medicine and as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush. He is the author of, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression Nutritional Tip of the Week: Truvia Links & References from the Show: Center for Mind-Body Medicine Unstuck Book Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Health I.Q. — Yoga Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/yogabody or mention the promo code YOGA when you talk to a Health IQ agent. Learn More
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51 min
December 27, 2017
287: Wellness Insider "Best Of"
After interviewing hundreds of health experts, you learn dozens of industry insights that would otherwise be impossible to gather. Our guest on this week's Yoga Talk Show is a veteran podcaster and wellness journalist, and I invited him on so we can learn the "best of" from his experiences over the years. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why real-time blood glucose monitoring is here now and should become accessible to everyone very soon Why fat, protein, fiber and water are essential for health Why digestive enzymes can be a life saver when bumping up your fiber intake Why we all only get about 150 decisions per day—so we shouldn't waste them on stupid things ore we'll run out of willpower Why you should treat your phone like  "key person" in your life ABOUT OUR GUEST Josh Trent is the founder of Wellness Force, Wellness Force Radio and the Fitness + Technology podcast. His work has been featured in major health and wellness publications such as WellnessFX, NASM, and FitTech CES. As the host of Wellness Force Radio, Josh interviews world-class experts in the fields of physical and emotional intelligence, mindset, behaviour change, supplementation, nutrition, health, wellness, fitness, and technology that empower the WFR audience with actionable steps for the wellness journey. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Agave Links & References from the Show: Josh Trent's Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Health I.Q. — Yoga Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/yogabody or mention the promo code YOGA when you talk to a Health IQ agent. Learn More
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43 min
December 20, 2017
286: How to Love Your Body
One of the best ways to love your body is to stop poisoning it with excess sugar, starch and carbohydrates. This sounds obvious, but it's actually a huge challenge. Excess sugar is everywhere and without careful study, most everyone walks around with chronically elevated blood sugar levels. In the short term, this affects your mood and waistline; in the long term, it reduces your healthspan and lifespan very dramatically. ------------ Listen & Learn: Carbs vs net carbs – what's the difference? Why there is no need to be scared of white sugar How whole grains can actually be a problem Why to focus on the fabulous four: fiber, fat, protein and greens ABOUT OUR GUEST Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist based in Los Angeles, California. Kelly loves to cook. She believes in real food, real ingredients and a clean diet. The Be Well kitchen is constantly buzzing. Kelly loves creating tasty, clean, nutrient-dense recipes and dishes. She loves sharing them even more. Kelly completed her Postgraduate Clinical Nutrition education through UCLA and UC Berkeley. She is a regular contributor for numerous health, wellness and lifestyle publications. She is also a certified health coach, yoga instructor and personal trainer. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Agave Links & References from the Show: Kelly's Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Health I.Q. — Yoga Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/yogabody or mention the promo code YOGA when you talk to a Health IQ agent. Learn More
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49 min
December 13, 2017
285: Laughing for Healing
Why do so many yoga and meditation teachers talk in the third person, add in huge pauses between words, and hold awkward eye contact while teaching? Where did this caricature of a "spiritual person" come from, and is there really any point? As a career yoga teacher, I've fallen into just about every trap there is, including adopting "yoga speak," appropriating Eastern cultures (disrespectfully), and role playing a yogi. Unfortunately, this behaviour pushes more people away than it attracts, and I've done my best in recent years just to be myself. Our guest on this week's Yoga Talk Show has built a huge online following basically making fun of people like me—and his jokes are so true, you can't ignore him. Beyond comedy, JP Sears is really a satirist, and his knowledge and true messages are worth listening too. He's a smart guy. ------------ Listen & Learn: How comedy can be a great teaching tool Why self-awareness is so important on any path of personal or spiritual growth Why there is so much role playing in yoga communities Why it's important to laugh at yourself (sometimes) ABOUT OUR GUEST JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, international teacher, author and Youtube creator. He is a Holistic Coach Advanced Practitioner through the Holistic Coaching Institute and was a faculty member for the C.H.E.K. Institute from 2006-2013. Youtube channel has: 500K subscribers and 50 million views Nutritional Tip of the Week: Cheap Salt vs Expensive Stuff Links & References from the Show: JP's Site JP's Youtube Channel JP's New Book Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Health I.Q. — Yoga Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/yogabody or mention the promo code YOGA when you talk to a Health IQ agent. Learn More
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46 min
December 6, 2017
284: Finding Strength in Pain
Can you imagine if your mother died of a sudden brain aneurysm, your young husband died of a heart attack, and then your father-in-law passed away from cancer all in the span of 9 years? This is Amy Morin's story, and she has since turned her immense grief and suffering into strength and balance. Death, pain, battling with emotions are the focus on this week's Yoga Talk Show. ------------ Listen & Learn: How to train your brain to think realistically about your situation Why we need to learn to control our emotions The importance of positive action during crisis, regardless of how you feel Why death and dying are so taboo and yet ever-present ABOUT OUR GUEST Amy Morin is a psychotherapist and the author of, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Her advice has been featured by numerous media outlets including Time, Fast Company, Success, Business Insider, Oprah.com, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and Today. She also appeared in a Red Bull TV show called Visions of Greatness. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Sodium Links & References from the Show: Amy's Main Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Health I.Q. — Yoga Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/yoga or mention the promo code YOGA when you talk to a Health IQ agent. Learn More
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44 min
November 29, 2017
283: Better than Before
At one of my first personal growth and development retreats, I wrote down my goals to build a huge health and wellness center with yoga, a restaurant, diet programs, and more. Financially, I wanted it to be so successful that I spent the latter half of my life giving away wealth (think a yoga version of Bill Gates). This HUGE goal got me really excited when I was 25, but it was just too big and too abstract to pull out any specific actions I could implement right then. It's great to think big, but what do you right now to get started? What is your 1 week, 1 month, and 1 year plan? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we learn about incremental (but very significant) growth using the "Better than Before" mindset where we simply put one foot in front of the other and embrace the process without an over-obsession on the destination. This has been hugely important for me and my goals, many of which I have achieved surprisingly quickly (my Bill Gates status is still a work in progress). I think you'll find it helpful. ------------ Listen & Learn: Rewards versus treats Inner vs. outer expectations: how to differentiate and utilize How to utilize the strategy of treats to increase "self mastery" Strategies to quit sugar (internal vs. external) Rethinking procrastination ABOUT OUR GUEST Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Gretchen started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She is also an accomplished speaker and podcaster herself. Her show is called: Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Cinnamon Links & References from the Show: Gretchen's Main Site Gretchen's Books on Amazon Why We Get Fat (book) Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Health I.Q. — Yoga Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Go to healthiq.com/yogabody to support the show and see if you qualify. Learn More
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39 min
November 22, 2017
282: Become More Productive
I'm often praised for my productivity. I have two kids, three businesses, 28 staff, and a hectic travel schedule. So how do I manage to get it all done? To be honest, I'm not sure I do. Work-life balance is not something I pretend to know anything about because in order to keep the wheels on the bus, I have to selectively neglect major chunks of life. Everything comes at a cost, including a super-productive life. I share with you my experience because most-everyone I know wants to become more productive. We want to get more done in less time, reach our goals quickly, and become creative output machines. But why? And what are you really building? And do you understand yourself enough to make that happen? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we're going to explore productivity: how it works, how to cultivate it, and why it should (or should not) be a priority. There is no one-size fits all solution, but there are small, foundational actions you can take to get more done and hopefully not exploded your life in the process.   ------------ Listen & Learn: How to increase energy by focusing on the fundamentals of health: sleep, nutrition and exercise How Chris' wacky lifestyle experiments gave him insight into human behavior and productivity Why time deadlines and external pressure can be great motivators for highly productive days How to ensure you're doing your work rather than doing unpaid work for social media websites like Facebook and Instagram The importance of having a reason "why" in order to be productive ABOUT OUR GUEST Chris Bailey turned down two job offers after graduating from university and spent a full year exploring the study of productivity. His research included living in total isolation for 10 days, only using his cell phone for an hour a day, waking up at 5:30am every morning, and working 90-hour weeks. His work has received national and international media attention from outlets like The New York Times, Lifehacker, Fast Company, Fortune, and New York Magazine among others. His book: The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy is available on Amazon. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Conventional vs Organic Apples Links & References from the Show: Chris' Productivity Site Chris' Books on Amazon Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well. Whether your goal is to teach part time locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or to open your own studios, The Yoga Teachers College will support your career every step of the way. Learn More
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47 min
November 15, 2017
281: Meditation for Skeptics
"I can't meditate," is one of the most common phrases I hear in the yoga studio. Students somehow feel that since they cannot sit still or calm their mind, they are unable to practice meditation—but the opposite is true. The very fact that you cannot sit still or clear your mind, is exactly why you need to practice. But how do you learn? And where do you get started? On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a meditator and innovator who has created the world's first, drop-in yoga center in Los Angeles. Through her book, her studio and her mobile phone app, she is reaching hundreds of thousands with a very simple message: unplug your mind, recharge your soul. ------------ Listen & Learn: How meditation can be as simple as 3 minutes daily The 3 things that happen in just about any meditation How meditation slows mental and physical aging How to find the right practice for you ABOUT OUR GUEST Suze Yalof Schwartz is the CEO and Founder of Unplug Meditation (a bricks and mortar meditation center), the author of Unplug: A Simple Guide To Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers, and the creator of the Unplug Meditation App. In 2012 Suze learned a three minute meditation that completely changed her life and career. Today, Suze's mission is to make meditation simple, powerful and interesting enough so that everyone will want to practice it and experience the benefits for themselves. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Green Papaya Links & References from the Show: Unplug Meditation Center Unplug App Unplug Book Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Trapeze Teacher Training -- For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors - until now. We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Learn More
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48 min
November 8, 2017
280: Mobility Training
There are two types of people who say that flexibility doesn't matter. The first group is stiff as a board and want an excuse for their lack of mobility. The second group consists of people who have always been flexible, the dancers and gymnasts who flop into the splits like it's nothing. For the rest of us, flexibility absolutely matters. It impacts our posture, our walking and running gates, and even our potential for injury. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet a yoga teacher working with professional athletes to improve their mobility—and the stakes couldn't be higher. These are people whose body is their business. They need to train hard, recover fast, and injury prevention is a top priority. ------------ Listen & Learn: How mobility training gets integrated into professional sports training How yoga teachers can add value to athletes, adapting their teaching and language to meet students where they're at Why flexibility training should be done after (not before) strength or conditioning How flexibility training can temporarily reduce power and joint stability, but why that doesn't mean you should avoid it ABOUT OUR GUEST Dana Santas, also known as the "Mobility Maker," is a mind-body coach for professional sports teams. She is the yoga expert for CNN Health, and an international speaker helping people breathe, move and feel better. Dana is currently the yoga, mobility & breathing coach for the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Lightning & World Wrestling Entertainment. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Best Meat to Choose Links & References from the Show: Dana Santa's Mobility Maker Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well. Whether your goal is to teach part time locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or to open your own studios, The Yoga Teachers College will support your career every step of the way. Learn More
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57 min
October 27, 2017
279: The Problem with Nice Guys
Nice Guy Syndrome is when men try so hard to be liked and helpful that they end up miserable and alone. The people-pleasing, caretaker role is something that initially sounds great but often leads to huge meltdowns in personal and professional relationships. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we depart from our usual discussions about nutrition, anatomy and alignment to explore interpersonal relationships, particularly men's complex and often confused role.   ------------ Listen & Learn: Why avoiding conflict creates more problems than it solves Why dysfunctional relationships are the norm Why cooperative reciprocal relationships should be the goal Caring vs. caretaking – what's the difference? ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Glover is a marriage and family therapist and is an internationally-recognized authority on the Nice Guy Syndrome. Through his book, online classes, workshops, podcasts, blogs, consultation, and therapy groups, Dr. Glover has helped change the lives of countless men and women around the world. Nutritional Tip of the Week: White Sugar Links & References from the Show: Dr Glover's Site & Book Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Trapeze Teacher Training -- For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors - until now. We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Learn More
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41 min
October 25, 2017
278: Changing Habits
Your habits around food, exercise and lifestyle largely dictate your health. What do you eat for breakfast? What is a "fun night out" for you and your friends? How often do you get outdoors, run, cycle or play? In our youth, our healthy habits tend to come naturally, but as we age, unhealthy habits creep in—and they are so hard to break. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll unpack habit change and how to cultivate it in your life.   ------------ Listen & Learn: Why persistence is the key to change How to leverage crisis and pain for changes   Why we should look for questions more than answers How modern agriculture and food processing makes it difficult to stay healthy How you can begin make changes that will compound over time ABOUT OUR GUEST Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, best-selling author, health and wellness expert, and the founder of Changing Habits. She is the author of dozens of publications including her book: Changing Habits Changing Lives that became an instant best seller. You may have seen Cyndi the recent documentary, What's With Wheat or seen her interviewed or profiled in dozens of publications and websites. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Green Pasta Any Good? Links & References from the Show: Cyndi's Changing Habits Website Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well. Whether your goal is to teach part time locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or to open your own studios, The Yoga Teachers College will support your career every step of the way. Learn More
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43 min
October 18, 2017
277: Detox Your Body & Life
Did you know that newborn babies are born with 200+ chemical toxins in their bodies? Or that polar bears often have off-the-charts levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) despite living in remote areas? We live in a pollute word: our water, air, and food supplies filled with toxins and end in our body and can lead to scores of health problems. Cancer is obviously the biggest risk, but hormonal imbalances are the more immediate threat—and they contribute to everything from PMS and polycystic ovarian syndrome to infertility and erectile dysfunction.  ------------ Listen & Learn: Why anything that stands in the way of optimal health should be considered a "toxin" Top 7 Toxins: food quality, emotional baggage, toxic thoughts, movement, dishonesty, poor sleep, loneliness   How there are 80,000 chemicals on earth, 700 in most adult bodies, and 200+ in most infants Why POPs (persistent organic pollutants) are a lingering "forever" problem ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Minich has a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Human Nutrition and Metabolism) and a M.S. in Human Nutrition and Metabolism. She has also studied Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is the author of 5 books. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Asia Food Choices? Links & References from the Show: Food And Spirit Website Stephen Genuis BUS Study (blood, urine, sweat) Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Trapeze Teacher Training -- For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors - until now. We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Learn More
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47 min
October 11, 2017
276: Find Your Cozy Place
Danish people regularly score as the happiest people in the world, but it's a small, flat, wet country; taxes are ridiculously high, and the weather is generally bad. So what's going on? What do the Danes know that we don't? Among their secrets is a concept called Hygge, the experience of pleasant togetherness that is an ever-present part of Danish culture from food and family, to home and meal times. It's that cozy, contented, supportive feeling you get at a holiday dinner—only the Danes do their best to create this feeling daily. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how to add some Hygge to your life.    ------------ Listen & Learn: Hygge: the experience of pleasant togetherness Why the Danes are the most content people in the world   How to make your daily life special and significant Why we should optimize on quality of life not the bling of life Why the digital age creates this burning desire for human connection ABOUT OUR GUEST Louisa Thomsen Brits was born in Uganda to a Danish mother and English father. Louisa is a mother of four, an amateur naturalist and wild swimmer. She has been a radio restaurant and arts critic and a tribal belly dance teacher. She writes about the art of living, the nature of things, our common life and the rhythms and rituals that unite and define us all. Her recent book is called, The Book of Hygge, The Danish Art of Living well and is available on Amazon and major booksellers. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Mushrooms Links & References from the Show: The Book of Hygge Ted Talk on Danish Culture & Hygge Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Yoga Teachers College -- The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well. Whether your goal is to teach part time locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or to open your own studios, The Yoga Teachers College will support your career every step of the way. Learn More
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38 min
October 4, 2017
275: The People's Pharmacy
Did you know that chili pepper and mustard can help with muscle cramps? Did you know that your acid blocking digestive aids could actually make your problem worse over time? We all have unprecedented access to information, supplements, and even prescription medications—but how do you know where to start? On this week's, Yoga Talk Show, we'll uncover home remedies, common misunderstandings, and plant seeds for a healthier you.     ------------ Listen & Learn: How cannabis can be a helpful for nerve pain specifically Why proton-pump inhibitors might be one of the most-dangerous, widely used drugs   Why rebound hyper-acidity can result after taking PPI's How NSAIDs are abused and can destroy gut health and heart health problems Why transient receptor potential channels (TRP channels) can be stimulated with mustard, hot pepper, or vinegar to reduce muscle cramping ABOUT OUR GUEST Joe and Terry Graedon of "The People's Pharmacy" have been teaching, writing, and broadcasting information to help people make informed decisions about their health for more than 40 years. Joe holds a Masters in Pharmacology and Terry earned a PhD in Anthropology. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Ketchup & Mustard Links & References from the Show: People's Pharmacy Info about NSAID dangers Info about TRP channels Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Yoga Wonder Wheel -- Yoga mats and blocks have been around for decades, but the Yoga Wonder Wheel™ by YOGABODY is the latest addition to any at-home practice room or yoga studio that will help you take your postures to the next level. Deep, awe-inspiring backbends are what draw most people to the Wonder Wheel initially, but backbends are just the beginning. You’ll also build balance, core strength, release tension, and find ways to practice challenging poses that are otherwise inaccessible. The Wonder Wheel was designed for use in YOGABODY’s professional yoga studios and training centers in Barcelona, Spain, so it’s bigger, stronger, lighter, and backed by an unmatched warranty compared with any other wheel on the market. On top of that, it’s less expensive and comes with a complete at-home DVD so you can get rolling in minutes. Learn More
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38 min
September 28, 2017
274: The Power of Self-Awareness
Do you know yourself? Really? Do you know what makes you tick and what drives you... what lights you up and what dims your fired? Self-awareness doesn't come naturally, like all forms of intelligence, it's cultivate and learned over time—but very few people take the time to invest in this skill. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll learn how both internal and external self-awareness can be meta-skills in modern life. ------------ Listen & Learn: Internal vs. external self awareness Why self-acceptance can be better than self-esteem   Why the tendency is to avoid giving feedback when we really need it Why you must be picky about whom you receive feedback from The Dinner of Truth: find a "loving critic" and ask them what the most appreciate and what most drives you crazy Calm acceptance: how people   ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. Tasha has contributed to The Guardian, TED.com, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and CNBC.com. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, and New York Magazine, as well as several peer-reviewed journals. She was named a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association, and one of Denver Business Journal's "40 Under 40.” Tasha is the author of two best-selling books, Bankable Leadership, and INSIGHT. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Creatine Links & References from the Show: Meyers Briggs Online Quiz (free one) Insight Quiz Tasha's Main Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Yoga Teachers College -- The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well. Whether your goal is to teach part time locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or to open your own studios, The Yoga Teachers College will support your career every step of the way. Learn More
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40 min
September 20, 2017
273: Discover Wild Food & Weeds
It's easy to get excited about the newly-imported Brazilian berry with crazy-high antioxidant levels; but what about the weeds and wild foods growing your backyard? When it comes to micronutrients, the simple rule "fresh is best" usually wins, and no matter where you live, there is a ridiculous amount of wild food available that is so nutritionally-superior to anything in the grocery store, some of it is even considered medicine. On this week's show, we'll talk about how to get started with wild foods and weeds.    ------------ Listen & Learn: Why you should start with dandelion leaves The difference between a decoction vs. infusion   Why Japanese knotweed is better than red wine for resveratrol Purslane: much better source for Omega-3's than flax or chia Lambsquarter: super potent superfood Why Russian autumn olives are an amazing wild berry Why comfrey can be amazing for healing injuries (topically and even orally) Nettles: how to use for tea and nutrition ABOUT OUR GUEST Brett Mayette is a passionate cook, organic grower, forager, and herbalist for over 20 years. He is the founder of, Conscious Cuisine, designed to help you discover and incorporate the wonders of wild plants into your life – without being a professional chef or even a nutrition expert. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Collagen Links & References from the Show: Wild Wisdom of Weeds Book Brett's Site, Conscious Cuisine Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Trapeze Teacher Training -- For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors—until now. We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Learn More
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41 min
September 13, 2017
272: Unlocking the Secrets of Fascia
Did you know that your muscles would be a bloody pile of melted, soft-serve ice cream if not for fascia? This web of connective tissues literally hold your body together—and most of us aren't really even sure how to pronounce the word! On this week's Yoga Talk Show, you'll meet the king of fascia research and teaching, Tom Meyers. ------------ Listen & Learn: How this plastic-wrap-like tissue holds your entire body together How low circulation tissues like fascia, cartilage, tendons and ligaments can heal through seepage and synovial fluids   Why stressing tendons and ligaments can make them stronger Why a skilled body worker is more important than the type of bodywork you receive The 3 main types of bodywork: relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, and integrative massage Potential healing aims of bodywork: increase inflammation response, reduce electrical (nerve) activity to an area, or improve circulation ABOUT OUR GUEST Tom Myers is the author of Anatomy Trains, the co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance, and numerous articles for trade magazines and journals that have been collected in the books Body3, The Anatomist's Corner, and Structural Integration: Collected Articles. He has also produced over 15 DVDs and numerous webinars on visual assessment, Fascial Release Technique, and the applications of fascial research. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Decaf Coffee Links & References from the Show: Anatomy Trains BOOK: Anatomy Trains Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Bamboo Handstand Blocks -- Want to Learn Handstand or Improve Your Hand Balancing Practice? Most people think that handstand involves putting your hand flat on the floor and simply pushing down—but that’s not right! Check out photos of people doing handstands, and you’ll see that the more advanced students “grip” the floor using their hand like a claw. Your fingers form arches and your palms forms a dome, and you create a dynamic, muscle and bone support structure for your entire body to balance on. The Bamboo Handstand Blocks by YOGABODY were designed for our professional yoga studios in Barcelona, so they are beautiful, durable, easy-to-clean, safe, and natural. Yoga students have used standard yoga blocks for years, but these blocks are completely different: they are smaller, stronger, non-slip, easy-to-clean, and designed specifically to build grip strength for inversions. Learn More
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54 min
September 7, 2017
271: What Darwin Got Wrong
How did our planet form? How did life begin? Most of us have no idea how to explain this foundational, existential question. Evolutionists say that all life has stemmed from a series of random mutations that began with the big bang 13.8 billion years ago; creationists say that a higher power created the universe and all life as we know it. When examined with even the slightest bit of scrutiny, both arguments fall ridiculously short of plausibility. In a departure from our typical health and wellness topics, my guest and I attempt to shed new light on the age old question: “How did we get here?” I think you’ll find this interesting, thought-provoking, and perhaps a little frustrating. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why science is often wrong   Why the scientific process is actually a process of “getting it wrong” before anything is right How there are undeniable signs of evolution in both the plant and animal kingdoms   How there are undeniable signs of intelligent design in our very DNA Why science cannot answer the big social questions of today including things like right and wrong, moral decisions, and hierarchy of life—so how do we answer them? ABOUT OUR GUEST Perry Marshall is a world-renowned business consultant probably best known for his pioneering work in pay per click marketing, the 80/20 principle in practice, and his approach to scientific advertising. His most recent work is an exhaustive study of evolution vs. intelligent design. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Turmeric vs. Curcumin Links & References from the Show: Perry’s Book Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Yoga Teachers College -- The Yoga Teachers College offers master-level training for those looking to build a career as yoga professionals. Our trainees benefit from the best of modern learning technology combined with old school apprenticeship. Graduates walk away with the skills, confidence and experience needed to become not just teachers, but community and business leaders as well. Whether your goal is to teach part time locally, travel and lead workshops internationally, or to open your own studios, The Yoga Teachers College will support your career every step of the way. Learn More
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62 min
August 31, 2017
270: Change Your Life w/The 5 Second Rule
What if what’s keeping you from achieving your goals and building the life you truly desire came down to your constant, nagging habit of procrastination? What if you had a simple tool to reverse your impulse to stall with an impulse for action? What if you’re over-thinking and under-doing just about everything? On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll learn the “5 second rule,” and it’s so elegant, and so simple, it could truly transform your life in the coming months. ------------ Listen & Learn: Why 1/3 of us are totally unsatisfied   Why we must experience constant and never-ending growth to be satisfied as human beings Why thinking is not the answer to progress (doing is)   How counting down from 5 forces mindfulness and reverses procrastination ABOUT OUR GUEST Mel Robbins is a motivational speaker, author, and thought leader in personal growth and development. Her TEDx Talk on “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over” has over 10 million views across 37 countries. She is the author of two best-selling books, The 5 Second Rule, and, “Stop Saying You’re Fine”. Her books have been translated into 4 languages. If you haven’t seen her TED talk, you’ve probably seen her on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show or Fox News. She was named America’s Outstanding News Talk Show Host at the 2014 Gracie Awards. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Sleepy Teas Links & References from the Show: Mel’s site Mel’s TEDx Talk Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Trapeze Teacher Training -- For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors—until now. We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Learn More
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55 min
August 23, 2017
269: The Body-Eye Connection
Did you know that your “vision” and your “eyesight” are not the same thing? Did you know that your eye health can impact your mental and emotional health as well? Most of us are familiar with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but poor light or lack of full spectrum light affects just about everyone—even in the sunniest destinations in the world. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, we’ll explore the Body-Eye connection with Dr. Berne. ------------ Listen & Learn: How eyesight is static, but vision is dynamic and affected by dozens of factors How emotional trauma can be stored in the eyes The difference between sensation (visceral feelings) & emotion (the story associated with past)   Why “light is food” and creates electrical impulses affecting your brain and body constantly Why it’s essential to get at least 30 minutes of full spectrum light daily How to hack your home environment for better light therapy results ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Berne is a doctor of optometry and offers a unique form of physical therapy for the eyes. This holistic method helps children with a variety of developmental delays from autism to Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Berne uses primitive reflex therapy, movement therapy, vision therapy, light/color therapy, craniosacral therapy and nutritional counseling to aid patients with neurological problems. Dr. Berne teaches workshops and retreats around the world and is on the faculty at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, where he leads retreats on healing the eyes and vision. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Water During Food Links & References from the Show: Dr. Sam Berne’s Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Hot Yoga Teacher Training Course -- If you’re a passionate Hot Yoga student and fed up with the conventional 9-to-5 jobs; if your yoga practice is one of the most important things in your life; and if you’re excited by the extraordinary growth of the yoga market then perhaps you’re ready to take the next step and become a certified teacher. Absolute Yoga Academy is the leading educator of Hot Yoga professionals internationally. Since 2006, our training programs have transformed passionate yoga students into highly-qualified teachers, and the success of our graduates speaks for itself. Learn More
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40 min
August 17, 2017
268: Can Mindfulness Make You Younger?
Your body responds to the stress of a busy morning with the same biochemical responses it would have if a tiger pounced on you in the jungle. Intellectually, these two events are completely different, but your body can't tell them apart. Genetically, we evolved to "survive," and our modern world feels very dangerous even though we actually live safe lives of luxury (relatively speaking). Mindfulness is the conscious practice of focusing your awareness on the here and now (in all its comfort, pain, and wonder), and while the term is thrown around flippantly, the research behind it is fascinating. Your body and mind are not just connected, they are actually one interwoven system; and by returning to the present moment, you mental and physical health will improve measurably. ------------ Listen & Learn: How the simple act of paying attention and staying present could turn back the clock and physiologically make you younger How the mind-body connection is a misnomer—they are intrinsically intertwined Why we want to be responsive not reactive Why stress is the worry that something is going to happen (which may or may not be true) and that the result will be negative (which may or may not be true) ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is known as the mother of mindfulness. She is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard. She is the author of 11 books and more than 200 research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness. Her books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility; and The Wiley Mindfulness Handbook. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Stinging Nettle Links & References from the Show: Langer Mindfulness Institute Chris' Website Ellen's Main Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Hurts So Good - Self-Massage Balls -- They 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. Hurts So Good Massage Balls are designed to empower yoga students, office workers, and athletes at all levels to do profound deep tissue work on their own as needed, as often as every day. These balls are named, Hurts So Good for a reason. Most people immediately find them intense in a wonderful, tension-relieving way. Learn More
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51 min
August 9, 2017
267: Sleep Like a Baby
Poor sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, weight gain, impair your immune system, reduce your mental clarity, and contribute to dozens of other health problems. Sleep is a huge sticking point for your health, but most of us (including me) struggle with it—so what do we do to improve? Where do we even start? This week's guest shares his best research and tips for sleep hygiene, responsible use of sleep aids, common mistakes, and the best tech for a restful night sleep. ------------ Listen & Learn: How to use alcohol wisely for sleep quality The difference between sleep drive (adenosine pathway) and sleep rhythm (your circadian cycle) The importance of REM sleep for mental restoration and stage 3 & 4 sleep for physical restoration How you can dreams in any stage, but REM-phase is most-likely to produce dreams How REM is a very light state, indistinguishable for waking brain waves Why sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure that is non-responsive to medication Why melatonin is a hormone and should be used with care, dosages are often way too high   Dr. Breus's 5-Steps Success with Sleep How to define  Why nobody with insomnia should not nap  ABOUT OUR GUEST Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board when he was just 31 years old. With a specialty in Sleep Disorders, he is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a recurring guest on the show. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Black Pepper Links & References from the Show: Dr. Breus' Website S+ Sleep Tracker Beddit Tracker Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Yoga Business Mastery Podcast -- Yoga Business, Teaching & Entrepreneurship. Join yoga teacher, trainer and serial entrepreneur, Lucas Rockwood, as he delivers both tactical and strategic plans for building a teaching business, retaining clients, and earning a great living doing what you love. If you’re a yoga teacher, trainer, or studio owner, this insider information straight from the horse’s mouth is invaluable. Each show compresses months worth of real-world experience into a 15-minute, actionable episode. Learn More
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43 min
August 3, 2017
266: Never Binge Eat Again
Why do some people suffer from overwhelming food cravings, multiple times per week—and others never have cravings at all? Why do some of us feel addicted and out-of-control with food while others could take it or leave it? Food is information, and modern foods are often filled with addicting, pleasure-center stimulating information that we can easily get hooked on. So what do you do about it? How do you change this behavior and never binge again? Dr. Glenn Livingston will share his personal and professional expertise in this area. ------------ Listen & Learn: How Glenn ate as much as 7,000 calories per day, but learned to overcome it Why character trumps willpower—and how you can use that to your advantage Why it's less important to uncover the "why" behind cravings and instead uncover the "how" to fix it   Why lizard brain says: "Do I eat it, mate with it or kill it," and how this can cause problems ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Glenn Livingston is a psychologist and former CEO of a large consulting firm that serviced Fortune 500 clients including many in the food industry. You may have seen his (or his company's) previous work, theories, and research in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun Times, The Indiana Star Ledger, The NY Daily News, American Demographics, or any of the other major media outlets you see on this page. You may also have heard him on ABC, WGN, CBS radio, or UPN TV. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Wine and Cortisol Links & References from the Show: Never Binge Again Site Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Trapeze Teacher Training -- For passionate yoga students who love inversion yoga, this is an exciting opportunity to train with YOGABODY, the leading educator and manufacturer of inversion slings worldwide. The Yoga Trapeze is the most-popular yoga inversion sling ever with over 100,000 students in 81 countries. Despite the ever-growing demand, there are hardly any professional instructors—until now. We’re now accepting applications for The Yoga Trapeze Certification course where you’ll learn how to teach both group and private lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Learn More
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49 min
July 26, 2017
265: Brain Training & Brain Mastery
Did you know that your morning coffee blocks alpha brain waves states and that your evening glass of red wine encourages it? Did you know that the blue light from your cell phone affects both your hormones and your brainwave states? Our modern world tends toward imbalance, and the first step in the direction of health is understanding the how and why behind the imbalances so you can take action to create a better you. On this week's Yoga Talk Show, we'll be discussing brain wave states, neuro-feedback, mind-body practices, and more. ------------ Listen & Learn: How neurofeedback allows you to "see" what's going on in your brain Why food, lifestyle and modern thought patterns often leave us imbalanced The importance of DHA/EPA for brain health   Delta: deep meditation, sleep, stillness (collective unconscious / oneness) Theta: memory, revelry, daydreaming, REM sleep, meditation, childlike thoughts Alpha: flow state of creativity, pleasant focus, super-learning, peak performance, synchrony Beta: waking, problem-solving, busy work, active-focused work ABOUT OUR GUEST Chris is a Neuroplastician and NLP Master who was mentored by Dr. Richard Bandler himself. He's a student of Shaolin, Qigong, Tai Chi, and Kung Fu. Chris uses all these tools along with nutrition, psychology, health and fitness training to help people overcome mental blocks and live an inspired life. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Resveratrol Links & References from the Show: Chris' Website Book: The Brain that Changes Itself Bluelight Improves Cognitive Performance Got Questions? Send me a voicemail here: Ask Lucas a Question Or write to us: podcast@yogabody.com  Like the Show? Leave us a Review on iTunes Thanks to our sponsor: Bamboo Handstand Blocks -- Block training leads to straighter, stronger handstands. When you “grip” the block, it trains your hands, forearms and shoulders to dynamically lift and balance your body in inversions. The Bamboo Handstand Blocks by YOGABODY were designed for our professional yoga studios in Barcelona, so they are beautiful, durable, easy-to-clean, safe, and natural. Yoga students have used standard yoga blocks for years, but these blocks are completely different: they are smaller, stronger, non-slip, easy-to-clean, and designed specifically to build grip strength for inversions. Learn More
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59 min
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