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The Lucas Rockwood Show

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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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. These factors are so much more difficult to manage but potentially even more important than nailing the perfect diet or workout routine. My guest on this week’s podcast has an incredible track record for reversing and healing heart disease through lifestyle interventions, and he shares his very simple four-pronged approach to health and wellness for life. Listen & Learn: How to stress less Why movement and love matter so much How simple holistic health can be Why it’s important to get clear about your life goals Links & Resources: Dr. Ornish’s Website Undo It Book Site ABOUT OUR GUEST Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He is the Clinical Professor of Medicine at both UCSF and UCSD. He was recognized as "one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;" as a "TIME 100 Innovator" by TIME magazine; as "one of the 50 most influential members of his generation” by LIFE magazine; as "one of the most interesting people of the year" by People magazine; and as "one of the world's seven most powerful teachers" by Forbes magazine. His most recent book, Undo It, is available on his website or Amazon. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Rapeseed Oil 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


22 May 2019

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369: How to Lead a Simple Life Now With Gary Collins

The pursuit of health, wealth, and relationships drive 99% of our action, but just how important are each of these to you personally? How much time are you willing to invest and what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve your goals in these three areas? My guest on this week’s show has flipped the script in many ways and is doing more with less, simplifying his life, living off the grid at times, and cherry-picking his life experiences. A truly simple life is not for everyone (mine is oozing with complexity), but we can all benefit from simplifying some major areas of our life immediately. Listen & Learn: How little money you probably need to be free Responsible use of social media and the internet How meaning and purpose are more important than money and possessions  Links & Resources:  Gary’s website ABOUT OUR GUEST Gary Collins worked as a Special Agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has degrees in Exercise Science, Criminal Justice, and Forensic Science. Gary lives off the grid part of the year in a remote part of Washington State, and the other part of the year exploring in his travel trailer with his dog.  Nutritional Tip of the Week: Eat Essential Oils 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 


25 Jul 2019

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384: Tiny Habits that Lead to Big Change with Dr. BJ Fogg

I wanted to run a marathon this year. The truth is, I hardly ever run, but like any good mid-life crisis man, I wanted to tackle that goal to prove to myself I still could do hard things. Sounds great, right? Fun and challenging? Here’s the problem—I didn’t do it. I don’t even think I wanted to do it. If I had been smarter, I would have set a tiny goal, like running 5 km per week for a year for example. Then I could “win” the goal, and if the marathon happened, it’d be gravy. Instead, here I am approaching the end of the year. I’ve actually logged at least 10 km/week all year long, but I don’t feel like it matters. But it does matter. My goal was just poorly crafted.  In this “dream big” and “hustle hard” era, it can be difficult to dial it back and make tiny goals and tiny habits, but I’m convinced it’s where most of the change is actually possible. On this week’s show, Dr. BJ Fogg shares his behavior change research from his upcoming book.  Listen & Learn:  How you need an epiphany, an environment change, or a collection of tiny habits to make lasting change Why stacking small successes is often much wiser than chasing huge moonshots Why feeling good is the best way to change How things that make you feel guilt and shame are unlikely to motivate you long-term  Links & Resources: Tiny Habits Site BehaviorModel.org Nutritional Tip: Food Allergies About Our Guest Dr. BJ Fogg founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University, where he directs research and innovation. He teaches industry innovators how to use his models in Behavior Design. The purpose of his research and teaching is to help people improve their lives. BJ is the author of Persuasive Technology, and Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything is coming out in a couple months. 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


7 Nov 2019

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366: How God (and Big Ideas) Change Your Brain with Mark Robert Waldan

Whether you’re a devout believer or a staunch atheist, the research is clear: prayer works. Here’s what also works: introspective time, mindfulness, positive focus, and big ideas. Science has proven that your brain physically changes through the regular practice of prayer, meditation, and mindfulness, and the changes can happen in as little as six to eight weeks. Our guest on this week’s show has dedicated his life to the study of positive neural changes through prayer and spiritual practices, and his discoveries will surprise you.  Listen & Learn:  The three-yawn technique for instant mindfulness How prayer, meditation, and mindfulness can change your brain Why these positive benefits have nothing to do with the existence (or inexistence) of God How chanting, singing, and spiritual experiences are only valuable if there is time afterward to integrate and reflect on the experience  Links & Resources:   Mark’s books on Amazon Mark’s Site ABOUT OUR GUEST Mark Robert Waldman is Executive MBA Faculty at Loyola Marymount University. He teaches the NeuroLeadership program. He is the author of 14 books including Words Can Change Your Brain and How God Changes Your Brain. He has been featured on PBS, National Public Radio, Canadian National Television, Oprah and Friends, and in dozens of national magazines. He is also on the faculty of Holmes Institute. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Artificial Sweeteners Any Good 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 


4 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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362: Do You Drink Too Much? with Annie Grace

That glass of red wine after dinner soon turns into two or three. On Friday and Saturday, two or three often turns into a bottle or two. After a decade or more of drinking, it’s not uncommon to clock in 30+ drinks per week. It creeps up slowly, so it can almost go unnoticed. But your body, mind, and spirit notice, and it has a real impact. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a very successful executive who didn’t start drinking until her late 20s but quickly found herself living a lifestyle that she didn’t want as her trajectory. Alcohol abuse comes in all sizes and shapes, and most people who drink fit the Center for Disease Control’s definition of excessive drinking. What does that mean for you? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything is going just great. Or maybe it means that you should reevaluate your relationship with alcohol and make sure you’re writing a story you’d like to author. Listen & Learn: How 8 drinks per week (for women) and 15 drinks per week (for men) is classified as “excessive” by the CDC How the mind-body connection plays a role in pain, addiction, and substance abuse How alcohol is baked into adult life, professional life, and almost every culture on the planet Simple ways to rethink your alcohol relationship Links & Resources: This Naked Mind ABOUT OUR GUEST Annie Grace grew up in a one-room log cabin without running water or electricity outside of Aspen, Colorado. By the age of 26, Annie was the youngest vice president in a multinational company, and her drinking career began in earnest. By 35, in a global C-level marketing role, she was responsible for marketing in 28 countries and drinking almost two bottles of wine a night. She left her executive role to write her book, This Naked Mind. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Cilantro 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


6 Jun 2019

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371: Communication in Relationships with Sonya Jensen

Any relationship crisis is usually coupled with a communication breakdown. Your needs are not being met, so you shut down. You’re upset about something, but instead of voicing it, you bottle it up. Your partner does the same, and over time, you grow distant, bitter, and even resentful. We’ve all experienced this poor communication pattern at some point. But what does good communication even look like? Do you take notes and make an outline of your key points? Do you talk, text, or email? There is no right answer to this, but everyone in a relationship needs to figure it out one way or another to survive. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a couple’s counselor who shares her best practices for couples in crisis and those who want to avoid problems in the future.  Listen & Learn:  How to assign one listener and one speaker during conversations The “doing” versus “feeling” part of showing love How to navigate the complexities of money, sex, and lack of time  Emotional versus physical affairs How polarity attracts and also creates conflict Links & Resources:  Sonya’s site ABOUT OUR GUEST Sonya Jensen is a marriage counselor, premarital counselor, relationship coach, and breakup recovery counselor with Growing Self Counseling and Coaching. Her practical, positive approach helps couples succeed, and individuals create positive changes in their lives. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Ketones 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 


7 Aug 2019

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390: How to Break Bad Habits with Wendy Wood

You could still smoke indoors when I moved to Spain in 2009. Thankfully, it was banned in 2010 as part of an on-going anti-tobacco campaign that has since failed miserably. Fifteen years ago, 32% of people smoked. Today, 34% smoke. Somehow, the US has managed to get smoking rates down to 14%, and yet, even with a nationwide campaign, consumption here goes up. Why?  My guest on this week’s podcast has spent much of her career studying and dissecting human habit formation and change. The reasons why you do what you do are not obvious and not even conscious, so changing them requires a deeper understanding of self.  Listen & Learn:    How the US anti-smoking campaign was so successful Why the “5 a Day” healthy eating campaign flopped The small role that motivation plans in your habits What mechanisms are at play when habits are formed  The roles of friction, cues, and beliefs in habit formation  Links & Resources:  Wendy’s Book & Site About Our Guest: Wendy Wood is a psychologist and the Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at USC where she has been a faculty member since 2009. Her primary research contributions are in habits and behavior change, along with the psychology of gender. She is the author of a new book Good Habits, Bad Habits. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Meal Timing 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


19 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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379: Know Your Nerves: Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana

People often compare the human body to a car, but this is a bad analogy (unless it’s a Tesla) because your body doesn’t contain a combustion engine. You’re electric, my friend, and your nerves are in the driver’s seat. One electrical stimulus makes you anxious, another makes you calm; mostly, you’re an out-of-control cross-fire of signals that kicks you around energetically and emotionally throughout the day. To know your nerves, you must know the vagus nerve. It’s the master controller of the parasympathetic branch of your autonomic nervous system - and it’s more complex than simply “rest and digest.” Let’s deep dive into the polyvagal theory on this week’s show.  Listen & Learn:  How to better understand your body’s nervous system responses The importance of the vagus nerve for stress modulation  How to deal with triggers and embrace and appreciate glimmers The polyvagal theory explained Ventral vagal complex: readiness to connect Dorsal vagal complex: collapse and freeze Links & Resources:  Deb’s website Polyvagal theory ABOUT OUR GUEST  Deb is a clinician, consultant, lecturer, and coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. Her work is based on the Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma, understand the autonomic nervous system, and move into states of protection and connection. She is the author of the book The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy available on Amazon or through her website. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Organic vs conventional 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


2 Oct 2019

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372: The Sexy Brain – Intimacy & Health with Dr. Lindsey Berkson

Just as an infant requires physical touch to ensure healthy development, every adult requires intimacy and connection to be mentally and physically healthy... and yet many of us are left lacking. A lingering hug can increase oxytocin and decrease cortisol, deep conversations can be neuroprotective, and a true friend or lover can alter not just your emotional life but also your biology. On this week’s show, we’ll unpack the role between intimacy and your endocrine system, and the vital importance in finding balance.  Listen & Learn:  How healthy testosterone levels can reduce or even eliminate the risk of Alzheimer's Why BPA-lined cans (including sparkling water) can block oxytocin receptors  The role of the sex hormones in brain volume and function Why the nuclear family is supported by biology  Hippocampal shrinkage induced by lack of intimacy    Links & Resources:  Dr. Berkson’s Site Books on Amazon ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson is a thought leader in functional medicine and women’s health. She has been in clinical practice for nearly four decades, and her research has focused on hormones, nutrition, and the gut. She has written 21 books. Her most recent include: The Sexy Brain, Safe Hormones Smart Women, and Hormone Deception. Nutritional Tip of the Week: K2 MK4 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


14 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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370: The Neuroscience of Addiction with Judith Grisel, PHD

You don’t manage to leave the office until 8 pm. Traffic is terrible, so it takes you an hour to get home. One of your relatives is sick and has been texting you all day, but you haven’t had a moment to call to check in. Your taxes are due in a few weeks, and you don’t have any idea how much you’ll owe. You’re best friend is just not there for you the way she used to be. She hasn’t called you in weeks. It’s Thursday evening, and you’re all alone in your kitchen trying to manage this very common mundane overwhelm that comes with everyday life. So what do you do? No one is looking, no one will ask… Is it a Haagen Dazs and Netflix binge? Sleeping pills and a glass of red wine? Do you vape or watch porn? We all have our escapes. When the pressure cooker of our lives builds, it has to find a release. But most of our choices are destructive. On this week’s show, we’ll talk about how to find a better way. Listen & Learn:  Why sobriety is often a sliding scale How dose and frequency often determine damage and risk How cocaine was not deemed addictive until 1986 Why the opposite of addiction is choice The challenges of positive escapes in a stressful world  Links & Resources:  Judith’s Book on Amazon Video Lecture on Addiction ABOUT OUR GUEST Grisel is a behavioral neuroscientist with expertise in pharmacology and genetics whose research focuses on determining root causes of drug addiction. She’s the author of a new book, Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Pink Salmon 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: Molekule – has completely reinvented the air purifier. From the inside out, Molekule has reimagined what clean air ought to look and feel like—unobtrusive, portable, and 100% effective. Visit: MOLEKULE and use coupon code “ROCKWOOD”  for $75 off your first order. Learn More


31 Jul 2019

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368: Exaholic – Breaking Your Addiction to an Ex Love with Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby, LMFT, BCC

How many of your exes are you connected to on Facebook? How often do you find yourself dredging up past emotional head trash from lost love? For most people, the answer is “too often.” We live in an era where forgetting and moving on has never been more challenging, and most of us need to learn strategies to put the past in its place to make room for a fulfilling future. And some of us are even “exaholics,” literally addicted to the emotional rollercoaster of times long ago. On this week’s show, therapist and marriage counselor, Dr. Bobby, will share her strategies for navigating this emotional minefield.  Listen & Learn:  How we’re biologically wired for love, lust, and emotional attachment  The lost art of forgetting: how to relearn it How to navigate the booby trap that is social media  Ghosting vs. honest conversations about boundaries  Links & Resources:    Dr. Bobby’s Site ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is a marriage counselor, therapist, and life coach based in Colorado. She is the author of the book Exaholic: Breaking Your Addiction to an Ex Love. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Canned Tomatoes 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 


18 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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383: The Nocturnal Brain With Dr. Guy Leschziner

You close your blackout curtains, flip your phone to airplane mode, and crawl into bed with all the best intentions to get 7.5 hours of sleep—and then your monkey mind starts peeling bananas. Work deadlines stream through your mind, the next episode of your current favorite series beckons, and for no good reason, you’re dying to see what your friends are posting on Instagram. Thirty minutes pass, and more of the same. You’re now worried you’ll have raccoon eyes at the office meeting in the morning, but that thought just makes things worse. You finally fall asleep at 2:00 am and manage just four hours of sleep. Sound familiar? Many people overcome this by drinking half a bottle of red wine, puffing on a CBD vape pen, or popping an Ambien—but these are all Band-Aids. The underlying problem has not been solved. You’ve got a sleep problem, and it needs to be fixed.   Sleep expert Dr. Guy Leschziner dedicates his work to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and he’s my guest on this week’s show.  Listen & Learn:  Why 50% of your sleep tendencies are likely inherited  How to intelligently use sleep apps and other consumer tracking devices  Why REM sleep is not fully understood and can even be problematic  How sleep problems and mental health are very much a chicken and egg problem How to know when to get professional medical help  Links & Resources Guy’s site Guys’ Book on Amazon  About Our GuestGuy is the clinical lead for the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy's Hospital, which is one of Europe's largest sleep units. He is also Reader in Neurology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. His new book The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep is available now. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Apples vs Oranges 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


30 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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389: How to Live Forever with David Sinclair, PH.D.

I’ve set a personal goal to live to be 122, and I specifically chose this number because it seems like a stretch but also totally within the realm of reasonable given my age and the advances in science. My children, I’m almost certain, will easily surpass my age simply because they have even more time for science to make it possible. So if 80 is the new 50, what does that mean for our hair, teeth, and liver? What choices should we make now to extend not just our lifespan but our healthspan too? My guest on this week’s show is a thought leader on longevity, and he’ll share his latest research from Harvard.  Listen & Learn:  How metformin, resveratrol, and NAD might be the ultimate pill stack for longevity we know of Why it’s important to get hungry Why you need to exercise to the point of breathlessness How 20% of your health is genetic, the other 80% is up for grabs How your choices today play out in your healthspan in the future Links & Resources:  Lifespan Book About Our GuestDavid A. Sinclair, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging. He is best known for his work on understanding why we age and how to slow its effects. He’s the author of a new book, Lifespan, found on Amazon or at his 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


12 Dec 2019

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388: Being Ketotarian with Dr. Will Cole

When you’re fasting, your body undergoes rapid healing that is very well-documented and exciting, but it’s also extremely impractical. When you spend a few days without eating, you’re weak, tired, hangry, and no good for much of anything except lying around the pool (hence the need for fasting resorts). But what if there was a way to get many of the same hormone-balancing and neuroprotective benefits of fasting while still eating and feeling good? This is where ketosis comes in, and while it’s turned into a fad diet, the real uses for the occasional reset are timeless and relatively simple to use. Listen & Learn: Why ketosis is anti-inflammatory How it takes time to adapt to eating healthier fat Why the real exciting health changes are in the boring middle (not the extremes) How to think about food and nutrition from a balanced perspective Why inflammation can often be the deeper underlying issue with many fads in health Links & Resources: Will Cole’s Website Will’s books on Amazon About Our Guest Dr. Will Cole promotes functional-medicine and specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems. 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


5 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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392: Turn Your Health Passion into a Business with John Berardi

I started moonlighting as a yoga teacher and nutritional coach in my 20s while I still kept my day job. I didn’t know if I could turn my passion into a career, so I dipped my toe into the water to see how it felt. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. It’s still hard, but I figured it out. I know many of my podcast listeners are yoga teachers, trainers, health coaches, and entrepreneurs; and many of you are in the early days of trying to figure out how to make things work business-wise. If that’s you, this week’s show is for you.  Meet Dr. John Beradi, the super-fit brain behind one of the largest nutritional coach training schools in the world, and a true voice of wisdom in a market that is in dire need.  Listen & Learn:  How combining your old skills with your new passion is where real success is hiding How to analyze and think creatively about new opportunities How to figure out what your clients really want  How to determine what it is that you have to offer  How to turn your passion into a body of work you’re proud of  Links & Resources Change Makers Book Change Maker Academy About Our GuestJohn Berardi, entrepreneur, is known as the co-founder of Precision Nutrition, the world's largest nutrition coaching, education, and software company. He's also the founder of Change Maker Academy, devoted to helping would-be changemakers turn their passion for health and fitness into a powerful purpose and a wildly successful career. Berardi has advised major corporations and professional sports teams. He was named one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world and 100 most influential people in health and fitness. Berardi lives in Ontario, Canada, with his wife and four children. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Crowding Out Bad Foods 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


2 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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400: Become a Conflict Master with Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler

Do you have a talky coworker who never gives you space to share your ideas? Do you have a neighbor who does home repairs at 2 am? Or a spouse that never follows through with their shared housework? Welcome to everyday conflict. We argue easily about the things we care most about, and the small things seem too petty to be bothered with. Instead, we let them brew and fester until finally, we explode. Healthy conflict is the sign of a healthy relationship, but how can you foster positive conflict at home and at work? What does that even look like?  Listen & Learn:  Whether to avoid conflict or race to conflict (which is better?) How to identify your values and aligned with them  Exploring shadow values and inner conflict  Strategies for communication and positive outcomes  Links & Resources: Dr Goldman-Wetzler’s Book Alignment Strategies Group About Our Guest:  Jennifer is a leading expert on conflict and organizational psychology, is founder and CEO of Alignment Strategies Group, and author of, Optimal Outcomes: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in Life.   Nutritional Tip of the Week: Monk Fruit 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


26 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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393: The Intelligence Trap with David Robson

Steve Jobs had genius-level intelligence and built one of the largest and most influential companies in the world. This is impressive, but at the same time that Apple was achieving success, Jobs denied fathering his own daughter, was forced to take a DNA test, and ended up paying a tiny amount of child support for her entire youth despite having millions. I never met Steve Jobs, but universally, he’s portrayed as a jerk. He’s the super-intelligent guy that you’d rather not invite over for dinner. So what good is a high IQ if your family and friends can’t stand you? What is the point of success if you have no one to share it with?  Intelligence is often put on a pedestal, but the trappings are often glazed over. On this week’s podcast, we’ll unpack the “intelligence trap” and provide a new perspective on contextualizing brainpower. Listen & Learn:  Why smart people are prone to motivated reasoning  How entrenchment and earned dogmatism plague some of the best minds How to self distance to avoid the traps Why a growth mindset can keep you learning and changing with the times   Links & Resources: Intelligence Trap Book David Robson’s Site About Our GuestDavid Robson is a science writer based in London, UK, specializing in brains, bodies and behavior. He was a features editor at New Scientist for five years and is currently a senior journalist at BBC Future. He regularly features on the BBC World Service and his writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post. His new book is called The Intelligence Trap.  Nutritional Tip of the Week: Weight Loss in 2020 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


9 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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385: Binaural Beats & Meditation with Cory Allen

I had a rough year in 2006. It was the year I opened my first yoga studio. I should have been on cloud nine, but I wasn’t ready for all that responsibility and all that stress. I had a staff of 12, hundreds of students, courses, a restaurant, and very little support. Mostly, I was alone. An old friend sent me some audio meditation tracks he’d be using that had a technology called binaural beats. I’d never heard of it, but I gave it a try. Right away, I felt something. Technology and I have a complex relationship, but when it makes life easier, I’m a fan. Meditation is really hard, and anyone who tells you differently is actually just walking their dog (and calling it meditation). The real practices require deep work, and it’s very hard to do all alone at home, even with books and apps. This is why I love yoga breathing, and it’s also why frequency-following music can be very helpful, particularly when you’re just getting started or in a mental and emotional jam. My guest on this week’s show is an audio engineer who makes meditation music, and he’ll share how this simple technology can potentially help you find more balance.  Links & Resources Cory’s Site Try some binaural beats on Spotify About Our Guest Cory Allen is an author, podcast host, meditation teacher, and audio engineer from Austin, TX. His first book, Now Is the Way, was just released. Cory has studied and produced music for over 15 years. He has released over a dozen albums.  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


13 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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404: The New Science of Self Actualization with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

The New Science of Self Actualization with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman ---------------------------When I feel frustrated with my place in the world, it’s often because I feel I’m not living up to my full potential. I have more to offer, more to give - and yet I’m not making it happen. Maslow defined this desire to become our best self as the need to self-actualize. But how do we do this?  Achievement triggers the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Our brain lights up with happy chemicals as we become our best selves, and the opposite is true when we play small.  On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist whose work focuses on creativity, talent, self-achievement, and actualization.  Listen & Learn How people with obvious challenges and even disadvantages can often out-perform their gifted colleagues  Why standardized tests often fail to predict actual potential How to look past intelligence and talent and focus on you vs. you Why you have to transcend yourself to self actualize Links & Resources Scott’s Website ABOUT OUR GUEST Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist, author, podcaster, and popular science writer.   His work focuses on intelligence, creativity, and human potential.  He’s the author of a number of books, including his most-recent: Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization.  Nutritional Tip of the Week: Recipes During Quarantine 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 iTune


26 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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380: CO2 is Your Friend with Dr. Artour Rahkimov

“Inhale fresh, life-giving oxygen… exhale toxic, dead carbon dioxide,” said my yoga teacher. I’ve heard some variation of this hundreds of times in classes. Oxygen is good, carbon dioxide is bad. In with the good, out with the bad. Right?  As it turns out, this kindergarten understanding of breathing physiology is wrong. Most of us could really benefit from more CO2 because it opens up your air passageways, relaxes smooth muscle tissues, and allows for greater absorption of oxygen. Lack of CO2 actually leads to a lack of oxygen. Confused yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  On this week’s show, we’ll set the record straight and help you understand why slow breathing boosts CO2, and why that’s a good thing.  Listen & Learn:   The CO2 paradox: why you need carbon dioxide to actually absorb oxygen Why 4-6 liters of air per minute is what we need but most people breathe 2x that much  How over-breathing reduces (not increases) oxygen levels Why over-breathing and mouth breathing is associated with dozens of neurological disorders and diseases  How to slow down your breath  Links & Resources:  Artour’s Site ABOUT OUR GUEST  Dr. Artour Rahkimov has been teaching the Buteyko method and breath retraining to thousands of students for more than 17 years. He was trained by Ludmila Buteyko and Dr. Andrey Novoh-zhilov, MD, the Chief Physician of the Buteyko Clinic in Moscow. Dr. Artour trained numerous breathing practitioners in the US, Germany and Denmark. Nutritional Tip of the Week: Why bread makes me sick 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


10 Oct 2019

Rank #20