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Katharine Phillips, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, and Residency Research Director at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Dr. Phillips is internationally recognized for her expertise in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). She has been conducting research studies and treating patients with BDD for more than 30 years. Her studies have included investigation of BDD’s symptoms, prevalence, morbidity, course of illness, and relationship to other disorders such as OCD. Because no BDD-specific measures were available, she developed and tested BDD screening, diagnostic, severity, and insight measures. She has also conducted and published most of the medication studies of BDD, and she has co-developed and tested CBT for BDD. Her scientific studies on BDD were continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health for more than 20 years. Dr. Phillips led the effort to include the new chapter of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders in DSM-5. She has published more than 350 articles and chapters in scientific journals and books, and she has authored or edited 11 books, including multiple books on BDD. She has given more than 600 presentations around the world and more than 500 media interviews. Dr. Phillips has received many honors and awards for her research, clinical work, and other academic contributions. Her awards for her research studies on BDD include a Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association and the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the International OCD Foundation.
Known for his love of donuts, dirt, and running with a massive smile, Tim Tollefson is a professional ultra-runner for CRAFT Sportswear that is facilitating difficult conversations around mental health in sports. Throughout his career he has won ultramarathons across the globe in distances from 50K to 100 miles. Tim is a 3 time USATF National Trail Champion, and a 2 time US Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. While on the surface he carefully curated a balanced life of perfection, for more than 20 years he has battled body dysmorphia, OCD, general anxiety disorder, and an eating disorder. Tim is a licensed physical therapist at the Mammoth SPORT Center and founder and head crafter at Mammoth Trail Fest - a community oriented trail running event hosted in his home of Mammoth Lakes, CA every September.
Click here for the video that accompanies this podcast.  Dr. Maren Nyer is the Director of Yoga Studies and the Associate Director of the Research Coordinator Program at the Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Her research interests include the treatment of mood disorders and associated symptoms, specifically developing and evaluating innovative and complementary and integrative treatments for depression. She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at MGH/HMS. After that, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the DCRP, until obtaining a staff position in September, 2012. She holds a BA in Psychology from Cornell University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Click here to view Dr. Nyer’s research.She was the principal investigator for the clinical trial on how hot yoga may reduce depression, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Here's what Nyer said about the study: This study was a more rigorous follow up to an original, open study that we did with heated yoga. The results suggested antidepressant benefit, so the next step was to do a controlled study with a larger patient sample. We recruited 80 patients with depression, and randomly assigned half of them to heated yoga (which they could attend at any of two affiliated yoga studios that collaborated with our team) and the other half to a waiting list as a control intervention, both for 8 weeks. Patients were encouraged to attend at least twice weekly or more, depending on their schedule and availability of classes. We found that people who received the heated yoga intervention experienced a significantly greater improvement in depressive symptoms, compared to the patients who were assigned to the waiting list. They received these benefits attending only approximately one class per week.
Gil Hedley, Ph.D., has been teaching integral anatomy via dissection labs, keynote events and lecture tours since 1995. Gil has created an approach to anatomy coherent with the holistic body philosophies of body explorers from various treatment modalities, as well as teachers from the yoga, pilates, and fitness industries. He has documented this approach extensively through this website,, which contains hundreds of hours of content explored from the Integral Anatomy perspective. Gil is committed to ensuring that Integral Anatomy education is accessible to all, worldwide, and offers free education through Easy Rider membership on his site as well as his YouTube channel to support his mission of "rebranding" the human body as a gift. In 2023-2024, he is embarking on his international "Nerve Tour" to bring his recent findings in the lab to communities across North America! Find out more at
Pallav Kosuri uses a physics-inspired approach to discover fundamental mechanisms in biology. Pallav was born in Sweden and studied physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.  After a short stint at CERN, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University in New York.  As a Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Julio M. Fernandez, Pallav co-invented an Atomic Force Microscope (US Patent 9,880,088) that can apply precisely calibrated forces to single protein molecules while measuring their mechanical response. Using this new microscope, he pioneered the use of mechanical force to study how disulfide bonds are formed during protein folding (Cell 2012).He also used this new microscope to investigate the molecular source of muscle elasticity and discovered a novel chemical mechanism for modulation of muscle stiffness (Cell 2014). After graduating, Pallav moved to Harvard University where he did a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Xiaowei Zhuang. At Harvard he invented ORBIT, a method that uses DNA origami to directly measure molecular rotation. Pallav used ORBIT to discover that RNA polymerase rotates in discrete ~35-degree steps during transcription (Nature 2019), and he is now building on this discovery to investigate transcriptional regulation at the single-molecule level.As an Assistant Professor at the Salk Institute, Pallav leads a diverse team of researchers to investigate fundamental principles of function in biomechanical systems, ranging from molecular machines to muscles, and with a focus on the mammalian heart. His group takes a cross-disciplinary approach that relies on innovation in biophysical and computational methods and imaging techniques. As part of these efforts, he is pioneering the use of single-molecule microscopy to map the architecture of the heart. With these studies, his vision is to create a framework for understanding the connections between genetics, structure, and mechanical function of the human body.
Lesley Paterson has competed in over 400 triathlons, and she is a 5 x World Champion professional triathlete turned writer/producer, based in LosAngeles. Originally from Scotland, Lesley has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Film and, together with her psychologist-turned-screenwriter husband, Simon Marshall, own Brave Art Entertainment, a film production company in Los Angeles. Their first film was ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (Netflix, 2022), directed by Edward Berger, which went on to win seven BAFTA’s, including Best Adapted Screenplay and a National Board of Review win for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2022, Lesley was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay. The film went on to win four Academy Awards, including Best International Feature. Together with her  husband, she is the author of the best-selling book, The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck down and Rise to the Occasion.
Rachel combines thousands of hours of teacher training experience with her academic expertise (MSc Online Education) to help yoga teachers and studios create transformational educational experiences. She supports students, teachers, and trainers to share their passion, find their voice, and inspire others.  In addition to authoring five books, she has written for Yoga International, YogaUOnline, and the Huffington Post, and exuberantly shares her knowledge through her coaching, YouTube channel, online courses, and free online classes. Find her at or on social media at rachelscottyoga.
David Lesondak, BCSI, ATSI, FST, FFT, VMT is an Allied HealthMember in the Department of Family and Community Medicine atthe University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he isthe Senior Structural Integrator and Fascia Specialist at UPMC’sCenter for Integrative Medicine.David is the author of the international best seller Fascia: What itis and Why it Matters, currently in 10 languages and 2 editions.His follow up book, as editor, Fascia, Function, and MedicalApplications was nominated for a 2021 British MedicalAssociation.He has contributed chapters to the 2nd Edition of Fascia: TheTensional Network of the Human Body, and the 2nd edition ofMetabolic Therapies In Orthopedics. He contributed to the 4thedition of Joe Muscolino’s Kinesiology.His podcast, BodyTalk with David Lesondak, is listened to in 42countries and in 2022 made the Top 10% Most Shared Shows onSpotifyNow in his 15 th year at UPMC, David specializes in helping peopleimprove physical function, resolve pain and restore resilience.Prior to that he spent 13 years managing and practicing at multi-disciplinary clinic in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.David’s natural ability to forge successful connections led toeducational ventures with renowned researchers and practitionersin the field of fascia, including a faculty position with AnatomyTrains continuing education from 2003-2008. In 2009 hecollaborated with Anatomy Trains author Thomas W. Myers on theproduction of Anatomy Trains Revealed – a three-DVD legacymedia companion to Myers’ book that went from the theoreticalrealm of the and into the anatomy lab itself!From 2010 - 2017 David teamed up with Robert Schleip, PhD,who headed the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University,Germany. Together they produced over 100 hours of educationalcontent for both clinicians and researchers who wanted the latestin fascia science. Sensing he was not content with just beingbehind the scenes, and gauging his aptitude, Robert invited Davidto lecture on the current science around fascia and the mind/bodyconnection at the 2014 Fascia Summer School.A gifted and inspired speaker of all things fascia, David has beenan invited speaker and workshop facilitator to such diverse groupsas the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on MyofascialPain, the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine, the LAClippers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Australian, British, andPolish Fascia Symposiums, the World Fascia Congress, theInternational Fascia Research Congress, the Anatomy TrainsMaster Class Series, the University of Arizona College ofMedicine, and many others.Previous to entering the healthcare field, David’s various careerincarnations were in television, advertising, and the funeral arts.Including over a decade-long stint as a DJ on WYEP-FM inPittsburgh. He maintains an avid interest in music and can besometimes be heard at Pittsburghs’s singer/songwriter Open Micscene.David' Website: www.davidlesondak.comThe International Association of Structural Integrators Website:
Matt Fitzgerald is an acclaimed endurance sports author, coach, and entrepreneur. Hismany books, including bestsellers How Bad Do You Want It? and 80/20 Running, havebeen translated into more than a dozen languages. Matt is a cofounder of 80/20Endurance, the world’s leading provider of online training resource for enduranceathletes and coaches, and creator of the Coaches of Color Initiative, a nonprofitorganization that offers a comprehensive apprenticeship program for aspiring BIPOCendurance coaches. Married since 2001, he lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he operates Dream Run Camp, a pro-style training camp for runners of all abilities.
Ellen J. Langer was the first woman to be tenured in psychology at Harvard, where she is still professor of psychology. The recipient of three Distinguished Scientists awards, the Arthur W. Staats Award for Unifying Psychology, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Liberty Science Genius Award, Dr. Langer is the author of eleven other books, including the international bestseller Mindfulness, as well as The Power of Mindful Learning, Counterclockwise and On Becoming an Artist. Her trailblazing experiments in social psychology have earned her inclusion in The New York Times Magazine’s “Year in Ideas” issue. She is known worldwide as the “mother of mindfulness” and the “mother of positive psychology”. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Here we discuss her new book: "The Mindful Body, Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health." 
Raised in Florida, schooled in Tennessee, steeped in southern California and heat-tested in Texas, Denis brings 14 years of fitness leadership to Peloton. With an athletic history ranging from college football to aerial acrobatics, and a musical taste to match, Denis will keep you moving, grooving and guessing what comes next.
Tanya Bentley

Tanya Bentley


Tanya Bentley, PhD, is Co-founder and CEO of the Health and Human Performance Foundation (HHPF), a non-profit research organization that brings together experts and organizations from around the world to study how breathing practices relate to health, well-being, and physical and mental performance. Their current research focuses on breathing practices for mental health, women’s health, first responder performance, and various clinical conditions. HHPF is also a trusted source of curated scientific content on the benefits of breathing practices among all populations. Tanya holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University, and a Master's and PhD in Health Policy/Decision Sciences from Harvard University. 
Brittany Fair is the author of The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation and a science communicator at the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center based at the University of Washington. With a background in philosophy, ecology, medical studies, and neuroscience, she has taught courses at universities and workshops nationwide. She is the former president of the San Diego Science Writers Association and currently teaches science writing at UC San Diego Extended Studies. Outside of work, she is a competitive triathlete, yoga teacher, and twin mom.
In the, an estimated 40 million people take advantage of the incredible mental and physical benefits that yoga has to offer. Of these 40 million yogis, only a quarter of them are men. This staggering gender disparity is improving, as more and more men feel inclined to reap the health benefits this practice has to offer, but there is still quite a bit of work to be done.In this episode of A SENSe of Wellness, Susan Greeley, MS, RDN, sits down with Jake Panasevich, who is a yoga instructor with over 16 years of experience. Specializing in yoga for men and athletes, he's worked with male professionals on the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and the Philadelphia Union, and he teaches a popular grassroots men's class in Philadelphia. Jake and Susan address the massive gender gap within this wellness practice, the societal norms and constraints that cause barriers for men practicing yoga, and the profound effect of positive reinforcement on the male psyche. In addition to hearing about the role of yoga in the world of professional athletes, listen as they talk about yoga's positive impact on treating pain and managing stress, weight loss, sleep and mental health, and much more.Learn more about Jake Panasevich here: Jake at: @YogawithJakeListen to other podcast episodes:
Dr. Tom Walters is a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist that specializes in the treatment of pain and movement disorders. He is the founder of Rehab Science and dedicates his time to teaching people about human movement, pain, and how to most effectively recover from injury. Tom's book, Rehab Science: How to Overcome Pain and Heal from Injury was written with the specific intention of teaching others how to treat pain and injuries on their own and contains comprehensive rehab programs for the 50 most common injuries and pain issues.
Topics Covered: Time Restricted Eating or Intermittent Fasting and it's effect on: Acid Reflux, microbiome, energy, fasted workouts, the brain, mental health, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, long-term fasting, effects on athletic performance, sports where weight loss is a factor like MMA, wrestling, exercise, relative energy deficit in sports (REDS) injury: women lose their periods, sleep, impact in the brain. Firefighter feasibility study, shift work, his free app: My Circadian Clock, his personal circadian habitsSatchin Panda, PhD is a Professor at the Salk Institute in California, where his research focuses on the circadian regulation of behavior, physiology, and metabolism in model organisms and in humans. Dr. Panda discovered a blue-light sensing cell type in the retina entrains our master circadian clock, affects mood, and regulates the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Recently, he discovered that maintaining a daily feeding-fasting cycle – popularly known as time-restricted feeding (TRF) – can prevent and reverse metabolic diseases. Based on a feasibility study in humans, his lab is currently carrying out a smartphone-based study to assess the extent of circadian disruption among adults. Dr. Panda has received the Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research, Dana Foundation Award in Brain and Immune System Imaging, and was a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Satchidananda Panda, PhDSatchin Panda, PhD is a Professor at the Salk Institute in California, where his research focuses on the circadian regulation of behavior, physiology, and metabolism in model organisms and in humans. Dr. Panda discovered a blue-light sensing cell type in the retina entrains our master circadian clock, affects mood, and regulates the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Recently, he discovered that maintaining a daily feeding-fasting cycle – popularly known as time-restricted feeding (TRF) – can prevent and reverse metabolic diseases. Based on a feasibility study in humans, his lab is currently carrying out a smartphone-based study to assess the extent of circadian disruption among adults. Dr. Panda has received the Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research, Dana Foundation Award in Brain and Immune System Imaging, and was a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical SciencesLink to Dr. Panda's Website.
Tiffany Cruikshank, L.Ac., MAOM, is the founder of Yoga Medicine®, a community of yoga teachers focused on fusing science and research with traditional yoga practices to serve the medical communities with a mission to help people thrive and live their best lives.Tapping into her medical background in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Tiffany’s teaching is guided by a strong anatomic focus and her ability to convey a clear understanding of complex subjects. Tiffany’s passion is empowering people with tools to support their health. She loves training teachers to understand the inner workings of the body in order to individualize therapeutic yoga practices and she has trained over 15,000 teachers around the world since 2002. She has taught yoga for 28 years and has treated thousands of patients over the past 20 years. More than anything she knows what it feels like to feel great and how it can impact every aspect of our lives and she loves helping people find that. Recognized more broadly as a health and wellness expert, Tiffany has worked with professional athletes and celebrities around the world. She created the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program at the Nike World Headquarters Wellness Center and served as the Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher at the Nike WHQ for 7 years. While she was there, she took on a secondary specialty in Female Health and Fertility to serve a large need there and found another passion, empowering female reproductive health.As a healthcare provider her goal has always been to empower patients with tools to support optimal health for a lifetime. MFR has always been an important part of that, and such the fascia and ongoing fascial research has been a passion of hers for the past 2 decades. Fascial training, through yoga and MFR, is an important part of her work in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.Tiffany is also the founder of the Yoga Medicine® Seva Foundation, a nonprofit that works to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation through efforts of education and entrepreneurship.Author of two books: Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life and Meditate Your Weight. Tiffany is dedicated to providing resources for those who wish to optimize their quality of life and functional capacity. Tiffany also runs the Yoga Medicine® podcast, and posts new practices weekly on Yoga Medicine Online.She has been on the cover of over 15 magazines and has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including New York Times, WebMD, Prevention Magazine, Forbes, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Yoga Journal, Women’s Health, Glamour, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Men’s Health, LA Times and many others.
Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics.  He is also University Professor at Baylor University, Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy,  Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, Faculty Fellow with the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies at Texas A&M University, and Health Policy Scholar in the Baylor Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.Most recently as both a vaccine scientist and autism parent, he has led national efforts to defend vaccines and to serve as an ardent champion of vaccines going up against a growing national “antivax” threat. In 2019, he received the Award for Leadership in Advocacy for Vaccines from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  In 2021 he was recognized by scientific leadership awards from the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) and the AMA (American Medical Association), in addition to being recognized by the Anti-Defamation League with its annual Popkin Award for combating antisemitism, and in 2023 he received the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science ) Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility for his “scientific work in vaccine development and his work as a public voice promoting and defending vaccines.” Dr. Hotez appears frequently on television (including BBC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC), radio, and in newspaper interviews (including the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal).
Dr. Weizhe Hong is a Professor of Neurobiology, Biological Chemistry, and Bioengineering at the University of California Los Angeles. His research aims to uncover the fundamental neural mechanisms underlying social behavior, with a specific focus on empathy and prosociality. Dr. Hong earned his Ph.D. degree in 2012 from Stanford University and was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology during 2012-2015. In 2016, he joined UCLA as Assistant Professor, and he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2020 and to Full Professor in 2023. He is also the recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the Society for Neuroscience, an Early Career Award from the Society for Social Neuroscience, a Mallinckrodt Scholar Award, a Vallee Scholar Award, a Searle Scholar Award, a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a McKnight Scholar Award, a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship, and a Sloan Research Fellowship.​Link: A Multi-Brain Framework for Social InteractionLink: Neural Basis of Prosocial Behavior
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