Squatting In A California Backyard & Talking Family, Movement Mechanics, Ice Baths & More With Aaron Alexander.

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You may remember the amazing, eccentric, crazy, cool Aaron Alexander if you listened to my episode “Exogenous Ketones, Deuterium-Depleted Water, Near Vs. Far Infrared, Scorpion Stings & More! A Special Episode Recorded Live In Panama“…

…well today, Aaron's back.

I recorded live with him at his pad in Southern California and after chilling in an ice bath, doing nitty-gritty breathwork, and getting up to all the other crazy tom-foolery biohacks at Aaron's place, we recorded for you a nice little podcast. Among the topics of discussion were Aaron's new book The Align Method: 5 Movement Principles for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life, which shows readers how posture and body alignment are powerful tools for building strength, achieving peak performance, reducing pain, and approaching the world with a new sense of confidence, and teaches you how to optimize activities such as:

  • Floor Sitting
  • Hanging
  • Hip-Hinging
  • Walking
  • Nose Breathing
  • And much more…

Blending Eastern philosophy with Western mechanics, The Align Method outlines the necessary tools to leverage the power of your own senses and body language to feel more flexible and confident and details exactly how to reshape your environment for enhanced creativity and longevity.

In this discussion with Aaron, you'll discover…

-What makes green tea special…4:58

-Natural biohacks that can be implemented for low or no cost…6:36

  • Cold thermogenesis
    • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system
    • Nitric oxide release
    • Humming/chanting increases nitric oxide production
      • Activates the vagus nerve
      • Inducing stress resilience prior to the stress of the cold treatment
  • Sunlight exposure
    • Metabolic flexibility is increased w/ sunlight exposure
    • Increased HRV and good vagal nerve tone
    • Vitamin D activation
    • Cellular resistance
  • When to choose tech over nature
    • JOOVV lights can provide adequate infrared light in 10 minutes vs. 2 hours of sunlight
    • PEMF tables can shortcut what can be derived from nature
  • Bottom line: Nature is preferable, but there’s nothing wrong with choosing better living through science

-Ben Greenfield’s morning meditation routine…15:37


-Hunting zen and interdependence with our fellow man…21:43

  • Innate instinct to provide, even with modern conveniences around us
  • Book: A Paradise Built in Hell
  • Interdependence is oft-neglected
  • C.S. Lewis: We’re all spirits in human bodies w/ capability to go one way or the other
  • Skin to skin contact releases oxytocin; results in greater success in war, athletics, etc.
  • Don't sacrifice interdependence for self-dependence (self-made man)
  • Connections is the undying currency

-The two “mountains” in our lives…40:07

  • Book: The Second Mountain: The Quest For a Moral Life
  • Mountain 1: career, business, shelter, etc.
    • Circumstances bring us into the valley, and realize Mountain 2
  • Mountain 2: we discover interdependence, community, connection, etc.
  • Mountain 1 is oftentimes a prerequisite to Mountain 2
  • No regrets about the past; using experience to scale Mountain 2 when we arrive there

-Practices that build indomitable connectedness in your family…46:00

  • Eye-gazing:
    • Zero judgment zone
    • See different parts of the other each time
    • Deep connection reduces shame, increases vulnerability
    • Eye-gazing during sex increases intimacy w/ your partner
  • “You're not raising your children, you're raising your grandchildren”
    • Traditions, practices at the dinner table, etc. are observed, learned and passed on to the next generation
    • Encourage children to participate in your exercise routine, even if on a limited basis
  • 55/38/7 principle of communication:
    • 55% is based on body language
    • 38% is vocal tonality
    • 7% is the words we use
  • Power of demonstration cannot be undervalued as a parent

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

– Book: The Align Method by Aaron Alexander

BGF podcast with Philip Land

– Book: The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown

– Book: The Power Of Your Breath by Anders Olsson

– Book: A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit

– Book: The Second Mountain: The Quest For a Moral Life by David Brooks

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Got a question or comment about The Align Method or anything else Aaron or I discussed? Leave a comment below, and one of us will reply!

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2 thoughts on “Squatting In A California Backyard & Talking Family, Movement Mechanics, Ice Baths & More With Aaron Alexander.

  1. Patricia says:

    I always appreciate and learn from Ben’s knowledge. As a woman with a family of my own, I really appreciate the courage and vulnerability that Ben shares how important family and love is in his podcasts to health and happiness. It is not often that (esp. a manly man) can openly talk about this. I think showing an example like this, esp. to other men (like my hubby ;)) who didn’t have an example of this expression is wonderful! Thank you!

  2. bruce says:

    you two are very awesome people and are doing a great service with sharing all of your knowledge with the world …many thanks !

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