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Movements that Boost Brain Performance with Aaron Alexander

Aaron Alexander CR, LMT is an accomplished manual therapist and movement coach with over 13 years of professional experience. He’s a friend of the Kwik Brain Podcast — and Jim’s movement coach!

Aaron is the founder of Align Therapy™, an integrated approach to functional movement and self-care that has helped thousands of people out of pain and into health.

He hosts the top-rated Align Podcast featuring the biggest names in movement and wellness.

Aaron’s work has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Men’s Health, and is a regular contributor to Paleo Magazine. His clients include Hollywood celebrities, Olympic/professional athletes, and everyone in between.

Aaron speaks internationally educating and inspiring thousands of individuals on how to move optimally on a momentary basis. He teaches worldwide and currently resides in Venice, CA.

*** Please note, this episode is educational only and is not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

"Technology is forming us into a depressed mould."

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  • Ensure you’re on the front edge of your seat.
  • Leverage your “indigenous movement patterning.”
  • L5/S1 lower part of your back is a wedge-shape—the way we sit day to day ends up stressing our lower back, pushing it the other way.


  • Childhood movement and exploration builds our brain—technology use impedes that.
  • Our brain is our body, our brain and skin is a continuous layer.
  • As we engage in two-dimensional activities like reading books, textbooks — we start to build separation between mind and body.
  • At a deeper level, our body doesn’t know any of that jargon— it’s all one.


  • Posture affects you at a hormonal level, cellular level—your cells can feel you!
  • Simple hack: hinge your hips while you’re on the phone, keep your spine long — avoid collapsed chest, forward head posture, slumped over.
  • Hunching sends a message to your body and those around you—and it perpetuates itself.
  • Technology is forming us into a depressed mold, and we’re outsourcing our movement to gizmos.


  • Turn little chores into training missions — e.g., avoiding elevators, cars to drive a few blocks.
  • Get on your bike instead and be grateful for the opportunity.
  • Change your language! “Oh, I have to go to the post office,” vs. “Oh, I get to go to the post office!”
  • Gratitude — a culture where you can do little chores.


  • Unconsciousness can be the time when the little bad habits slip back in.
  • Come back to breathe as an anchor point: 4 seconds out, 6 seconds in.
  • For normal breathing: breathe through the nose.
  • Nose built to breathe, mouth built to eat.
  • Breathing through nose means the air goes through passages to allow your body to release nitric oxide — the body is built to do that naturally.
  • Mouth breathing= less testosterone and more chest breathing which can set off a panic response.
  • Nose breathing causes a little restriction meaning your muscles to have to come online, and your diaphragm has to engage.
  • How to breathe from your diaphragm: drops your hands outside of your ribs and breathe in, feel it evenly pushing out through ribs, think about the circumference.


  • Aaron’s floor culture: have to get all the way down and all the way back up — reduces fall risk.
  • We can be more immaculate in any position we’re in—whether standing, on the floor, or sitting.
  • In Blue Zones there’s less osteoporosis, hip disease—praying on floors, daily movements.
  • Blue Zone general health: sun contact against eyes, community gardens, barefoot—the sun grounds you and sets off your natural circadian rhythms.
  • Study about the link between high heels and schizophrenia.
  • Full range of motion from all of your joints = better brain health.


  • Expose as much of your body to the sun as possible.
  • Wake up with the cycles of the sun.
  • Consistent sleep schedule.
  • Guard your mornings and ensure you get some stimulation—e.g., Music, dancing, going for a jog.
  • Spring water.


  • Take it easy on yourself! You’re probably already doing great if you’re here listening to this podcast.
  • Be on the floor more often! Follow children— they’re gurus.
  • Life is movement.

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