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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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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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Every Episode is Insightful

By foxi_yogi - May 20 2020
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This podcast has been my “go-to” for years. There has not been an episode that didn’t want to listen to all the way to end. I love how Lucas ends each episode with a nutritional tip. I can count on this podcast to explore all aspects of well being. As a yoga teacher, I find the information explored here to be insightful and entertaining. Keep up the good work Lucas!! Stay classy and a bit bad assy! Carey Fox (insta: @ foxi_yogi)

Insightful and I always learn something

By notliterally - May 18 2020
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I have listened to several a week during quarantine. Lucas is a great interviewer and brings in highly qualified guests.

iTunes Ratings

644 Ratings
Average Ratings
594
23
12
6
9

Every Episode is Insightful

By foxi_yogi - May 20 2020
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This podcast has been my “go-to” for years. There has not been an episode that didn’t want to listen to all the way to end. I love how Lucas ends each episode with a nutritional tip. I can count on this podcast to explore all aspects of well being. As a yoga teacher, I find the information explored here to be insightful and entertaining. Keep up the good work Lucas!! Stay classy and a bit bad assy! Carey Fox (insta: @ foxi_yogi)

Insightful and I always learn something

By notliterally - May 18 2020
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I have listened to several a week during quarantine. Lucas is a great interviewer and brings in highly qualified guests.
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The Lucas Rockwood Show

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

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

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Every year I live outside the U.S. I’m able to better understand my culture simply due to my physical distance from it. I notice things like promiscuous use of peanut butter and cinnamon in American foods, the endless sports and war metaphors in colloquial language, the ubiquitous nostalgia for the post-World War II family life, and the universal belief that every underdog has a chance to go all the way up. 

Meritocracy.

Study hard, work hard, and show up year-after-year, and you can be just about anything you want to be. In the 1950s, that was somewhat true. Today, the schism between the have and have-nots is so vast that in many cases, no amount of hard work or earned street cred will give you equal access to opportunity. If you're dealt an unlucky hand, as most people are, your options are limited by gatekeepers you’ll never meet, schools and jobs you’ll never have access to. More perplexing still, if you’re dealt a lucky hand, as I was, and if you play your cards right, you enlist into a lifetime of self-sacrifice, ridiculously long work days, and an almost guaranteed inability to enjoy the so-called privileged life you lead. Why? Because you’re working all the time. Meritocracy, like any ideology, sounds amazing on paper, but falls flat in the real world. It’s as mythical as a unicorn. Catch me if you can. On this week’s show, you’ll meet researcher and writer, Daniel Morkovits, who shares his findings on just how broken this meritocratic system is today. 

Listen & Learn:

  • How average CEO compensation has grown 940% since 1978 while typical worker compensation has risen only 12% during that same time
  • How elite education, more than any other factor, acts as the gating factor into the ruling class 
  • How the best universities brag about sub-10% acceptance rates, essentially engineering an elite class
  • How middle-level jobs are getting completely eliminated by technology leaving only the ruling and working classes on either end of the spectrum
  • How the meritocracy myth is not just unfair, but potentially dangerous as it threatens the safety and happiness of both the haves and have-nots. 

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

  • White Bread Better Than Whole Wheat

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Aug 05 2020

40mins

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422: The Strength Therapist with Sam Spinelli

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The Strength Therapist Sam Spinelli --------

Of all the muscles in your body, your heart muscle gets the most attention - and for good reason. Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in most countries, so any comprehensive fitness programs must address heart health. But all the other muscles matter too including your quads, your hamstrings, your glutes, and biceps. Ample skeletal muscle is associated with hormonal health, neurological health, and longevity, but for most people over the age of 40, they are losing mass with each passing year. On this week’s show, you’ll meet a physical therapist and strength coach who will help to reduce the fear and friction around lifting heavy things. 

Listen & Learn: 

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

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

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • 7 Meals a Day

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Jul 29 2020

38mins

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421: How to Change Your Mind with Jon Venus

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How to Change Your Mind with Jon Venus

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“If it bleeds it leads” has always informed mass media, but for the past few years, the new thesis goes like this. “The more radical the viewpoint, the more reach it gets.” Extreme groups of all types scream it out daily; and while collectively, they represent the minority fringe, they siphon off the majority of our bandwidth.

There are the alt right xenophobes, the extreme left terrorists, the all-meat eaters, the fruitarians, the violent vegans, and the QAnon followers all trying to convince you they possess the real truth. So who holds the real answers? Nobody. True revelation is never at the extremes. The truth lives in the murky middle filled with “yes, but” and and “in my situation…” The truth is filed with nuance, compromise, and it requires that we all embrace a certain degree of ignorance. | On this week’s show, you’ll meet a social media personality who built and has since destroyed his personal and professional life around the strict ideology of veganism. 

Listen & Learn: 

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

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

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

  • Mushrooms for Immune System

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Jul 22 2020

45mins

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420: Neurodharma with Rick Hanson

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Meditation can reduce cortisol, increase telomere length, improve concentration, and foster feelings of unity. But it’s also very, very hard to practice consistently. Stillness is a serious challenge. Despite the plethora of books and apps and mindfulness training programs, most of us still talk a good meditation game but fail to back it up with practice. 

On this week’s show, you’ll meet an author, teacher, and lifelong meditator who shares his no-nonsense approach to the practices of Buddhist meditation and mindfulness. 

Learn How Meditation: 

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

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

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Weight Loss for Summer

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Jul 15 2020

41mins

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419: The Story of a Mouth Breather with James Nestor

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What do snoring, crooked teeth, and mouth breathing have in common? All these conditions can indicate or even predict a whole series of chronic health problems down the road. James Nestor began his study into breathwork in the extreme world of freediving and breath holding, but he eventually came full circle to focus on the power and necessity of healthy, balanced breathing - something often lacking in our lives. This podcast is for anyone who wheezes, snores, sniffles, finds themselves out of breath easily, or simply wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of this powerful tool that is your own breath. Listen & Learn: 

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

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

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Protein Shake

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Jul 08 2020

43mins

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418: The Power of Ritual with Casper Ter Kuile

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The Power of Ritual with Casper Ter Kuile ------------------------------ After just five swipes of your newsfeed, and you’ll immediately see ideology and groupthink dominate just about every conversation. As the world becomes more and more digital, we’re simultaneously becoming more tribal. The negative fallout is obvious, but what about the positives? What about a sense of purpose, belonging, ritual, and community? Can we find deep meaning and connection on our own terms? On this week’s podcast, a Harvard researcher joins me to share his work on ritual and religion.  

Listen & Learn: 

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

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ABOUT OUR GUEST Casper is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He holds Masters of Divinity and Public Policy from Harvard University. With his team at Sacred Design Lab, he co-authored a paper How We Gather (2015), and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Atlantic Magazine, and Washington Post. He's the author of the new book, The Power of Ritual (2020). 

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fruit Until Five

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Jun 30 2020

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417: Time Off with John Fitch

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Time Off 

with John Fitch

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“You can have anything you want in life, but you can’t have everything.” Most of our biggest dreams are totally unsustainable, but they come with a price. Want six-pack abs? Are you willing to skip carbs and spend 2 hours a day in the gym each day? Want a 7-figure bank balance? Are you up for 70-hour work weeks for the next 10 years? Want to start your own business and work for yourself? Are you prepared to become your own worst boss? I love my work and family. I rarely dream about leisure. And yet, I need it. We all need to rest and recharge. We need to step back so we can step back in more fully. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet  the author of the new book, Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress. Listen & Learn: 

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

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

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Fruit Until Five

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Jun 23 2020

44mins

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416: The Children of the Future Jay Belsky, PhD

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The Children of the Future Jay Belsky, PhD -----------

“I don’t know the meaning of life, but I know the purpose of life. It is to create more life.” - Jay Belsky We’re cavemen pretending to be academic, political, cerebral, and romantic when really we’re mostly motivated by survival and procreation. This is simultaneously depressing and relieving since it explains away some of our most ridiculous actions. On this week’s podcast, Professor Belsky will share with us his life’s research around adaptation, the importance of fatherhood, and a potential “better way” than the American model for child-rearing. Listen & Learn: 

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

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

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Eating Essential Oils

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Jun 17 2020

39mins

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415: Detox Your Thoughts with Andrea Bonior

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Detox Your Thoughts with Andrea Bonior

--------- The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news for months as a quiet crisis, one of mental health, has spread even faster and further. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are at all-time highs. And what happens when you take away work, school, and social events on top of that? What happens when your usual support and self-care tools are unavailable to you? For many of us, it means swimming through endless days of uncertainty, worry, and loss. On this week’s show, we’ll talk about down-to-earth strategies for how to reign in your head trash. Listen & Learn: 

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

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

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

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • How Much Fiber to Eat

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Jun 10 2020

39mins

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414: How to Control Your Attention with Nir Eyal

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How to Control Your Attention 

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How is it possible that with social distancing, telecommuting, and almost zero social events right now, you can still go an entire day and get nothing done. Exercise was forgotten, healthy meals didn’t happen, and the work projects continue to pile up. Can you relate? 

Distraction was endemic before the pandemic and will continue long after. Our neural wiring makes us highly-prone to shiny object syndrome where every phone notification and salacious news story glimmers like a fleck of gold. Oh, what’s that? 10 minutes lost. And what about that? 30 more minutes gone.  On this week’s podcast, we’ll explore distraction, and its opposite, traction. 

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

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

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Spinal Fusion

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Jun 03 2020

39mins

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