Today, I’m excited to have Aaron Alexander back on the podcast. His specialty is movement, especially movement that makes you adaptable and strong in different ways.
We go deep on a lot of different aspects of movement in this episode, as well as talking about mindset and how our environment shapes us, not just how we shape our environment. He gives a lot of practical tips for optimizing your environment to best support your body and your mental health.
It’s always so fun to record with him. So without further ado, let’s join Aaron.
Episode Highlights With Aaron Alexander
- His insights on The Four Agreements and what the four things you need in life
- How dancing has a positive impact on your brain as it ages
- The importance of listening to your body so you can hear when it might need an adjustment
- Ways you can reconnect with your own body and how to sit with an emotion and not judge
- How to consciously unpack the beliefs we grew up with
- One of the best things we can do for our kids to help them feel loved and accepted
- When we change our culture and environment, we change to fit the new shape
- Ways our identity and the masks we wear shape us and our communities
- How our media lacks compassion and empathy and the impact that has on us
- Baby steps to connect with our bodies through movement
- We don’t need to do more—instead, we can make a few subtle shifts and revel in the change
- Ways you can make your body feel safe
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- The Align Method: A Modern Movement Guide for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life by Aaron Alexander
- Align podcast – Katie’s episode
- Align YouTube
- Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Peter Levine’s work – Somatic Experiencing
- Focusing by Eugene Gendlin
- Ram Dass books
- The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles by Bruce Lipton
- Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention, Revised & Expanded by Dr. John Kirsch
More From Wellness Mama
- 360: Four Questions to Change Your Life & Doing The Work With Byron Katie
- 273: Aaron Alexander on The Power of Movement for Mind and Body
- 326: The Catastrophic Consequences of Sitting Too Much and What to Do About It With Dr. Turner Osler
- 305: A Day in the Life: Wellness Mama Health Routines
- 304: Ninja Warrior Travis Brewer on Movement, Gratitude, and Play
- 375: How to Breathe the Right Way (& Why It Matters!) With Max Gomez From Breathwrk
- 472: Josh Trent on Breathwork for Health, Inner Peace, and Learning to Feel Safe In Your Body
- How Breath Helps the Body: Simple Breathing Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
- Alternatives to Using a Chair at a Desk
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