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Oct 25, 2016

Mission #35

On Board: Tony Molina
Mission: A New Approach to Fitness and Longevity

The Co-Pilot:

Tony Molina has been described as the Willy Wonka of the fitness world. A master teacher of the human mind and body, his wealth of experience includes degrees in high-altitude physiology, cognitive neuroscience, biomechanics, and exercise science. Having worked with thousands of individuals over the last 17 years, Tony has perfected the process of shifting people’s limiting beliefs to redefine their life experiences and realign their potential.

I had the pleasure of working with Tony at his center, the Rewire Project in Santa Monica, CA. I share my experience and learn more about the technology at play. His work to redefine health and fitness changes the paradigm of the entire industry and makes us think about how we treat our bodies.

Connect with Tony
The Rewire Project
Facebook: Rewire Project
Instagram: @therewireproject

Mission Log:

  • [03:41] - Tony explains how he and his wife started working in the fitness industry and ended up hurting more than helping.
  • [05:04] - Tony tells of his experiences in the Marine Corps and how they changed his definition of movement.
  • [07:45] - Tony shares how stretching is one of the biggest myths in the health industry.
  • [09:13] - Tony describes the Muscle Activation Technique and its link between rehabilitation and exercise.
  • [11:32] - Tony tells how the Muscle Activation Technique works.
  • [13:00] - Tony gives the causes of inflammation and how you might not be feeling the pain your body is.
  • [14:30] - Tony explains how the Muscle Activation Technique expands movements and lessens the need for the medical community.
  • [15:31] - Tony mentions the number of certified specialists like him in the country and how effective their treatment is.
  • [16:37] - Tony talks about a day in life of Tony Molina, including Switzerland, cryotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • [18:21] - Tony shares how to get the benefit of high-impact exercise without the risk of injury.
  • [20:10] - Orion’s bioDensity-machine results are given.
  • [21:52] - Tony explains how a 5’ 2” woman was able to produce more force than a bodybuilder from Gold's Gym.
  • [25:17] - Tony expresses how the Power Plate is the future of loading our bodies.
  • [27:16] - Tony gives the connection between a vibrating plate and spiking growth hormones.
  • [28:46] - Orion's first experience with the Power Plate and the necessity of long-term thinking is described.
  • [32:10] - Power Plates increase workplace productivity and decrease the need for stimulants in three minutes. It's a paradigm change with only upsides.
  • [33:57] - The old paradigm is that mind and body were separate, but the new paradigm is that they're connected.
  • [34:50] - Orion asks, "Why do people neglect their bodies?"
  • [35:28] - Tony describes a case study of a woman who wanted to lose one pound and how he worked with her to improve her mental and physical health.
  • [39:32] - Tony shares how he implements cognitive behavioral training in his work.
  • [41:00] - Tony relates a case study of a man who was 50 pounds overweight and loved to eat. Tony gave him a non-weight-type fitness goal to motivate his health change.
  • [42:48] - Orion's experience in the cryo machine for three minutes and why cryotherapy is a part of rejuvenation is discussed.
  • [44:52] - Tony shares why the body translates cryotherapy as painful.
  • [46:05] - The difference between anxiety and fear when it comes to experiences of the body is explained.
  • [47:50] - Orion mentions The Rise of Superman, a book that describes how high-adrenaline activities lead to a state of flow.
  • [48:16] - Tony tells the wildest things he has ever done.
  • [48:46] - Tony gives three tips for living a stellar life.

Links and Resources:

Muscle Activation Technique
Power Plate
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler
Rewire Project

Oct 18, 2016

Mission #34

On Board: Dr. Michael Breus
Mission: Find Your Sleep Type and Cure Insomnia

The Co-Pilot:

Dr. Michael Breus is a PhD in Clinical Psychology and board certified in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Sleep Disorders.  He is one of 163 psychologists in the world with those credentials.  Dr. Breus has been helping people with sleep difficulties for more than 17 years now.  He has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show over 30 times, and Dr. Oz wrote the foreword for his new book, The Power of When.  Dr. Breus has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as many other national media appearances, including interviews on CNN, The View, Anderson Cooper, Rachael Ray, The Doctors, and the TODAY show.

Today Dr. Breus talks about the science of chronotypes and how they can practically affect our lives.  His results have been nothing less than stunning.  He means it when he says, “If you can change someone’s sleep, you can change their life.”  Through his assessment tool, The Power of When Quiz, you are able to learn which chronotype you are and gain tips for using that knowledge to make your life stellar!

Connect with Dr. Michael Breus:

The Power of When

The Sleep Doctor

Twitter: @TheSleepDoctor

Facebook: The Sleep Doctor, Michael Breus, PhD

Mission Log:

  • [03:26] - Dr. Breus tells us about how he became interested in studying sleep.
  • [04:50] - He begins to explain chronotypes.
  • [05:40] - We hear how failing to follow chronotypes has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in women.
  • [06:05] - Dr. Breus touches on the research about increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy by synching its administration time to the chronotype of patients.
  • [06:38] - Dr. Breus tells us about the patient that sparked his interest in chronotypes and their effects.
  • [09:20] - He tells us about finding more than 400 studies about chronotypes.
  • [09:50] - Dr. Breus speaks of developing an assessment tool for determining chronotypes.
  • [11:10] - Dr. Breus tells us about the first chronotype, which he symbolizes with a lion.  Lions are after their first kill early in the morning.  They generally get up around 5:30 a.m.  They make up about 15% of the population.  Lions tend to be leaders, very organized, good managers, and type-A personalities.  Lions tend to have a plan, and they like to work their plan.  They also tend to be in bed by 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.
  • [12:05] - The second chronotype is the bear.  Bears make up about 55% of the population.  They tend to be fun and extroverted.  Bears are known to work really hard and also play really hard.  Most of society is built around the schedule of bears because they make up such a large percentage of the population.
  • [12:39] - The third chronotype is the wolf.  Wolves are the night people.  They like to stay up late and get up late.  They tend to be more introverted and very creative.  Many successful entrepreneurs are wolves.
  • [13:35] - The last chronotype is the dolphin.  Dolphins are those who are problem sleepers.  They tend to be highly intelligent with perfectionistic qualities.  They frequently have obsessive-compulsive or neurotic tendencies.
  • [14:05] - We talk about people who have hybrids of the different chronotypes.
  • [16:25] - Dr. Breus talks about if and when you should have caffeine.
  • [20:18] - We hear about the eight-hour myth.
  • [21:01] - Dr. Breus discusses how certain ages in life are very chronotype typical, such as babies and toddlers being lions, children being bears, and teenagers being wolves.
  • [22:26] - He shares that he and his wife are both wolf chronotypes.
  • [23:20] - Dr. Breus get into the science of when to have sex.  He discusses how optimal hormone levels (particularly estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, and adrenaline) can help to obtain an optimal sexual experience.
  • [25:45] - We hear about Dr. Breus’ process for writing his latest book, The Power of When.
  • [26:30] - Dr. Breus shares his thoughts about naps.
  • [28:00] - We get into solutions for helping “dolphins” sleep better.
  • [30:40] - Dr. Breus talks about the pros and cons of sleep hypnosis.
  • [31:30] - We discuss using melatonin as a sleep supplement.  Dr. Breus reminds us that melatonin is a hormone and not  a mineral or plant, and it must be carefully dosed.  Overdosing can cause things like nightmares and night sweats.  It does not help us fall asleep, but rather helps you stay asleep, and should be taken about an hour and a half before bed, not at bedtime.  Melatonin acts as a contraceptive in high doses and should never be given to children in high doses, particularly young girls.
  • [34:29] - Dr. Breus talks about some of the potential benefits and risks of using sleeping pills.
  • [36:05] - We chat about the the benefits of ashwagandha.
  • [36:35] - Dr. Breus explains why a hot shower before bed is better for sleep than a cool one, why a bubble bath is an even better option, and why going to bed too early is a huge no-no!
  • [38:29] - Dr. Breus tells of ways to minimize the effects of jet lag.
  • [41:31] - Dr. Breus shares a few of his most interesting sleep stories.
  • [44:39] - We talk about teeth clenching.
  • [46:03] - We are reminded how important regular exercise and good nutrition are to keeping stress down and sleeping well.
  • [46:38] - Dr. Breus explains why B vitamins should not be taken at night.
  • [47:10] - To live a stellar life, Dr. Breus recommends (1) know your chronotype; (2) do something for your mind, body, and soul every day; and (3) get sunlight every morning!

Links and Resources:

The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan

Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health

The Power of When

The Power of When Quiz

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

SPECT Scans at Amen Clinics

Melanopsin Cells

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Pure Rest (melatonin) from USANA

Melatonin from Trader Joe’s


Light Therapy

From all of us here at Stellar life; the Captain, Copilot and the entire crew, I’d like to Thank You for joining us on this trip! We are looking forward to seeing you on board again in the near future. Have a nice stay and thank you for choosing to live your life to the fullest!

Oct 11, 2016

Mission #33

On Board: Rich German
MissionDesigning Your Life to Have the Freedom You Desire

The Co-Pilot:

Rich German is a bestselling author, speaker, and business/lifestyle coach.  He has conducted over 18,000 individual coaching sessions and co-founded the JV Insider Circle.  With its focus on joint ventures, the JV Insider Circle is a powerful community that helps speakers, authors, and coaches grow their businesses.  Each year they host a live event called JVX, a three-day experience, which helps cultivate relationships geared towards building lasting joint ventures.  Rich is also passionate about caring for the ocean.  He created Project O, with a mission to restore, protect, and sustain the ocean.  The sale of his new book, Blue Laguna, will help fund Project O’s mission.

Rich is an all-around great guy; he is successful, smart, and funny.  More than that though, he practices what he preaches.  When Rich talks about designing a life to have the type of freedom where you make a lot of money and still have time for yourself, for your spirit, for taking care of your body, for connecting with nature, for living your passion, he says it because he knows it is possible.  He lives it!  

Mission Log:

  • [04:10] – Rich tells us about his coaching background.
  • [05:50] – We hear the reason that Rich moved into lifestyle coaching was that he couldn’t simply look at one part of a person; he had to look at the whole person.
  • [07:37] – Rich talks about the self-development work he has done to get where he is now.
  • [09:44] – He emphasizes the importance of deciding what kind of lifestyle you want and then building a business that satisfies that lifestyle.
  • [10:25] – Rich talks about the process of creating JV Insider Circle.
  • [13:04] – We hear how avoiding ‘shiny-object syndrome’ and following up on great ideas can set you apart from other entrepreneurs.
  • [15:06] – Rich talks about some of the failures he has had and how he has grown from those.
  • [21:22] – Rich explains why having strong routines can help you dust yourself off when you fail.
  • [23:00] – Rich tells us why he never schedules appointments before ten a.m.
  • [23:45] – We learn that no one is immune to pain.
  • [24:42] – Rich teaches us the difference between our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
  • [27:22] – Rich describes gaining emotional self-awareness.
  • [29:19] – Rich tells more about the JVX experience and how it can help grow your audience.
  • [31:30] – We talk about the importance of face-to-face interactions.
  • [32:07] – Rich explains why you don’t need a huge list to enter into a successful joint venture.
  • [35:50] – We learn how to nurture professional relationships and how to know which ones to nurture.
  • [40:45] – Rich tells us about the lessons he has learned from dolphins and whales, particularly the importance of being present.
  • [43:07] – Rich describes his new book, Blue Laguna.
  • [44:30] – We hear Rich’s answer to Orion’s question, “Would you say you play like a dolphin, sing like a whale, and deal like a shark?”
  • [47:41] – Rich gets into the details of his offer to give a free ticket to JVX to the listeners of Stellar Life.
  • [48:06] – Rich gives us his parting wisdom about being happy and healing from our past wounds.

Your Pre-Flight Checklist:

  1. To be a success in a joint venture, we need passion and a good idea. What are the things in your life you are most passionate about?  What draws people to you?  Come up with ideas that fit your passion.

  2. Look carefully at your past traumas and wounds.  Find ways to help yourself heal those hurts.  Ask for help or advice, if you need it.

  3. Check out this link JVX Ticket to get your free ticket to the next JVX event on November 3-5, 2016.

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Pre-order Rich’s book here to help support his work through Project O.
Rich German
JV Insider Circle
Find Rich on Facebook
Living the Law of Attraction
Monetize Your Passion
The 4-Hour Workweek
Michelle Patterson’s California Women’s Conference -
Shark Tank

++++LINK to free tickets++++++ 

JVX ticket- A gift for Stellar Life Podcast listeners

From all of us here at Stellar life; the Captain, Copilot and the entire crew, I’d like to Thank You for joining us on this trip! We are looking forward to seeing you on board again in the near future. Have a nice stay and thank you for choosing to live your life to the fullest!

Oct 4, 2016

Mission #32

On Board: Mark Dhamma
Mission: The 5 Keys to Happiness

The Co-Pilot:

Mark Dhamma is an expert in the optimization of our biology and mindset. He holds a master’s degree in Positive Psychology, which is the science of optimal psychological performance, the science of happiness, wellbeing, confidence, motivation, and the science of human flourishing. Mark is an executive health and mindset coach for entrepreneurs around the world. Much of his work focuses on helping clients look, feel, and perform at their best. In addition, he also works as a corporate speaker and fitness model.

Mark is on a mission to help us live full, happy lives. He uses his scientific knowledge and experience working with clients, combined with his own gifts of clarity and practicality to give us amazing insight into ourselves and our lives. His own childhood experience of being teased for being overweight and the process he went through to make his mind and body healthy, helped catapult Mark into a career helping others gain the health of mind and body that they desire.

Mission Log:

  • [03:15] – Mark introduces himself and tells us how he got into health and fitness.
  • [05:07] – Mark explains how working with entrepreneurs who were very successful, but not happy began his interest in Psychology.
  • [06:45] – Mark defines happiness.
  • [07:51] – The acronym for the 5 key components of happiness is PERMA.
  • [07:53] – “P” is for positive emotion.
  • [09:39] – “E” is for engagement.
  • [13:52] – “R” is for relationship (particularly positive relationships).
  • [15:09] – Orion discusses relationships on a previous episode with Renee Piane. Check out that episode here:
  • [15:30] – “M” is for meaning.
  • [19:06] – Mark discusses ways to find meaning in our lives.
  • [21:48] – “A” is for accomplishment.
  • [26:44] – Mark stresses the importance of celebrating the small wins in our lives and not just the huge accomplishments.
  • [28:30] – Mark tells us about a gratitude exercise, to help us cultivate a greater sense of accomplishment in our lives.
  • [32:09] – We take a look at the role that childhood trauma can have on a happy life.
  • [35:14] – Mark shares his ‘chair’ technique for healing relationships.
  • [39:46] – Stress reduction!
  • [44:10] – We discuss the Ayurvedic herb called Kapikacchu, also known as Mucuna Pruriens.
  • [48:34] – Mark talks about importance of a morning routine.

Your Pre-Flight Checklist:

  • If we are shutting out or competing with other women, we’re only hurting ourselves. Fall in love with who you are, and you’ll be able to accept other people.
  • Allow yourself to experience the emotions. Don’t try to bypass the dark. In order to find wholeness, we need to find healing from the dark.
  • When facing anything in life, ask yourself: “What was my role in this?”“How did I create this?”“What do I need to learn from this?

Links and Resources Mentioned:

For your free Happiness Score
Mark’s ‘Dominate Your Day’ Program 
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) 
Positive Psychology 
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

From all of us here at Stellar life; the Captain, Copilot and the entire crew, I’d like to Thank You for joining us on this trip! We are looking forward to seeing you on board again in the near future. Have a nice stay and thank you for choosing to live your life to the fullest!Shadow work