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Empathy is Stronger than Fear:
Glenn Murphy on PYP 416

Glenn Murphy returns to Plant Yourself to talk about how we can self-regulate our emotions and actions during a time of great societal upheaval and division. We talk about our own impulses to “fight” with others, and where there’s a messy intertwining of good intentions and unresolved psychological issues. We discuss the physiology of the… Read More

PYP 148: Marc Schoen, PhD, on Surviving Our Survival Instinct and Defeating Bad Habits

True confession: I usually multitask while I eat, despite telling other people not to. I read, I Facebook, I talk on the phone, I create presentations, and so on. I rationalize it very well: I’m busy, I can still chew slowly (note to self: “BS!”), and this is the last time. And luckily, I tell… Read More

PYP 134: Glenn Murphy on the New Science of Stress

Glenn Murphy is a science writer and educator, bestselling author, and longtime student of the Russian martial art known as Systema. He’s also my teacher, my friend, and a hilarious guy with a kick-ass British accent. It turns out that a great deal of science of human stress and resilience was done in the former… Read More

PYP 066: Glenn Murphy on Systema, Subverting Fight or Flight, and Remaining Human No Matter What

In addition to being a bestselling science author, musician, and tiger-handler (really!), Glenn Murphy is an instructor of one of the most powerful, esoteric, and valuable martial arts ever developed: Systema. Read More

PYP 047: Lani Muelrath on Debunking the Fitness Myths

Lani Muelrath is the author of Fit Quickies: 5-Minute Targeted Body-Shaping Workouts, which is a lot more comprehensive than it sounds. It covers exercise physiology, diet, health, mindset, and just about everything else relevant to a happy and healthy life. Read More

PYP 033: Ronda Collier on Heart Rate Variability and the hidden causes of weight gain and “falling off the wagon”

Ronda Collier is CEO and founder of Sweetwater Health, a technology company that sells a couple of neat little iPhone apps called SweetbeatLife and Sweetbeat. They measure heart rate variability (HRV), which turns out to be a very good proxy for the body’s resilience and health. Read More

PYP 009: Emerson Wickwire: The Secret World of Sleep

Dr. Emerson Wickwire is Sleep Medicine Program Director at Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Associates in Columbia, Maryland, and Assistant Professor, part-time, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine and cognitive and behavioral psychology. Read More