If You Like Yoga…
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Weekly Radio Show, All Things Yoga & Wellness

ABOUT THE SHOW – each week, Lucas brings expert guests, nutritional research, and answers questions from listeners from around the world. From best-selling authors and medical doctors to yoga misfits and mind-body researchers, the show is always through-provoking and focused on helping you live a healthy and successful life.

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EPISODE 251: The Telomere Effect: Cell Aging, Stress & Mind-Body Practices
with Dr. Elissa Epel

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Science has linked meditation with longevity through the study of telomeres, the chromosomal caps that are an indication of cell health. By mitigating our stress response specifically, research indicates that mindful practices down-regulate our stress response and up-regulate telomerase production, an important protein for the health of these chromosomal caps. What does all that mean? Basically, it means meditation can make you live longer in the future and live healthier right now. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet Dr. Elissa Epel, one of the leading researchers on stress, cell aging, and telomeres.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes, just like the plastic tip on a shoelace
  • How short telomeres release cytokines or die—both of which are very negative
  • How chronic inflammation (from cytokines) can contribute or even cause diseases and illnesses
  • Why meditation can mitigate stress response and be protective of telomeres
  • Why abuse, violence and trauma can literally shorten your life
  • Why vagal nerve tone can reduce the stress response

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Elissa Epel is psychologist who studies stress, aging, and obesity. She is the director of UCSF’s Aging, Metabolism, and Emotion Center (AME) She consults to the National Institutes of Health on various initiatives related to human behavior and how to change it, and is on the Steering Council of the Mind and Life Institute that supports research on contemplative practices. She has been studying stress and biology for almost 20 years now.

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EPISODE 250: Breathing: a Forgotten Art Rediscovered
with Patrick McKeown

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In almost every yoga class, the teacher will emphasize the importance of breath—but what does that really mean and why does it matter? If you ask, you’ll likely hear that you’re adding oxygen to your blood or improving your circulation. But is that true? It turns out that yoga teachers who encourage their students to increase their breathing volume during rest will actually reduce oxygen delivery to the tissues. To add to this paradox, more CO2 is actually a good thing and results in more oxygen to the cells. Ideally, one should never hear breathing during yoga practice. With breathing, less is more.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why C02 is actually your friend
  • How C02 relaxes muscle tissue (great for stretching)
  • Why nose breathing encourages diaphragmatic breathing, increases NO2, and arterial oxygen uptake
  • How reduced breathing increased saliva in the mouth, a sign of parasympathetic nervous system dominance and higher CO2
  • Why 30% of population has Rhinitis and how reduced breathing can help
  • How reduced breathing impacts your spleen (yes, your spleen!)

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Patrick completed his clinical training in the Buteyko Breathing Method at the Buteyko Clinic, Moscow, Russia, a training accredited by Professor Konstantin Buteyko himself.

Patrick suffered from asthma as a kid and discovered the Buteyko Method at the age of 26 and has been asthma-free since then, a feat that over 20 years of medication had failed to accomplish. In a career spanning 15 years, Patrick has since also become a bestselling author and expert on the topic of optimal breathing for improved health, well-being and fitness. Among the eight books Patrick has written, two have consistently remained in the top ten best sellers on Amazon.com:

He is the author of 3 books: Close Your Mouth, Asthma Free Naturally, and The Oxygen Advantage®.

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