The Mind and Body in Balance: What Modern Medicine Must Learn from Ancient Science with Tiffany Cruikshank & Ed Harrold

Original Air Date Wednesday, June 26, 2019

5,000-10,000 years ago ancient healers knew that regulating breathing through meditation and the practice of yoga was the key to centering our bodies and our minds. Grounding ourselves in the natural world reduced the amount of pain imprinted in our cells and therefore reduced the amount of pain we felt after an injury or as a response to danger. When our mind and body are in alignment our compassion and empathy for each other increase, which assists all of humankind to advance. Eastern practices have slowly seeped into symptom-based Western medicine but what can we still learn about overall well-being from ancient science?  To burrow down more deeply into what brings us balance, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two meditative maestros about the medicinal benefits yoga and breathwork have on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Tiffany Cruikshank describes how ancient healers used the human body’s energy layer to self-regulate and heal itself. And, Ed Harrold reveals how breathing is the secret medicine we all have access to that calms our central nervous system and provides balance in our mind and body.


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Tiffany Cruikshank — Sustainable Well-being Through Yoga:
  • Western medicine has not yet fully accepted our body’s energetic layer as unmeasurable and therefore untreatable. [3:59]
  • Tiffany shares examples of how yoga offers physical and emotional benefits to our self-regulating bodies. [6:11]
  • The mystic of using the healing protocols of ancient medicine. [12:02]
  • Using the power of the mind to harness our potential and deal with chronic pain. [15:02]
  • The courage to use mindfulness, empathy, and compassion toward ourselves and other human beings. [20:59]
  • Tiffany describes the SEVA Foundation and how it offers education and safety to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. [24:03]

Tiffany Cruikshank is an internationally renowned yoga instructor, who has spent the past 20 years crafting a methodology for teaching and practicing yoga. Cruikshank’s teaching is held up by her work as a holistic health practitioner, acupuncturist, and sports medicine expert.



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Ed Harrold — Achieving Mind-Body Balance Through Breath:
  • How Ed began blending the benefits of breath and physical exercise to improve mental clarity, mood, and performance. [29:34]
  • The mechanics of nasal versus mouth breathing and the benefits of oxygen-rich parasympathetic nerve endings. [33:24]
  • Ed describes the mind-body connection and how to incorporate it into your daily life. [36:48]
  • The benefits and unlimited resources corporate clients realize after doing inner work. [40:18]
  • Ed shares daily strategies and a 30-day breathing guide to repattern your autonomic central nervous system quickly. [47:37]

Ed Harrold is an author, inspirational leader, public speaker, coach, and educator. Ed blends the fields of neuroscience and the wisdom of contemplative traditions into effective strategies to improve well-being in Corporate America, Healthcare, athletic performance, and individual health. Ed has served as the Director of Yoga and Sports Training for The Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living to study breathing in performance states.



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