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The Brain Architects
The Brain Architects
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Connecting Health and Learning Part I: The Science
How do our biological systems work together to respond to chronic stress? What do these responses mean for early learning and lifelong health? And when we say that early experiences matter, what do we mean by early? This episode of The Brain Architects podcast addresses all these questions and more! Contents Podcast Panelists Additional Resources Transcript To kick off this episode, Center Director Dr. Jack Shonkoff describes the body's stress response system, how our biological systems act as a team when responding to chronic stress, and the effects chronic stress can have on lifelong health. This is followed by a discussion among a panel of scientists including Dr. Nicki Bush (University of California-San Francisco),  Dr. Damien Fair (University of Minnesota),  and Dr. Fernando Martinez (University of Arizona). The panelists discuss how our bodies respond to adversity, inflammation's role in the stress response system, the effects of stress during the prenatal period and first few years after birth, and how we can use this science to prevent long-term impacts on our health. Panelists Dr. Nicki Bush Dr. Damien Fair Dr. Fernando Martinez Additional Resources Resources from the Center on the Developing Child Working Paper 15: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined InBrief: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body Health and Learning Are Deeply Interconnected in the Body: An Action Guide for Policymakers What Is Inflammation? And Why Does it Matter for Child Development? How Racism Can Affect Child Development Articles Biel, M.G., Tang, M.H., & Zuckerman, B. (2020). Pediatric mental health care must be family mental health care. JAMA Pediatrics, 174(6):519-520. Boyce, W.T., Levitt, P., Martinez, F.D., McEwen, B.S., & Shonkoff, J.P. Genes, environments, and time: The biology of adversity and resilience. Pediatrics. In press. Bush, N.R., Savitz, J., Coccia, M., et al. (2020). Maternal stress during pregnancy predicts infant infectious and noninfectious illness. The Journal of Pediatrics. Graignic-Philippe, R., Dayan, J., Chokron, S., et al. (2014). Effects of prenatal stress on fetal and child development: A critical literature review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 43, 137-162. LeWinn, K.Z., Bush, N.R., Batra, A.B., et al. (2020). Identification of modifiable social and behavioral factors associated with child cognitive performance. JAMA Pediatrics, 174(11):1063-1072. O’Connor, T.G., Monk, C., & Fitelson, E.M. (2014). Practitioner review: Maternal mood in pregnancy and child development: Implications for child psychology and psychiatry. J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 55(2): 99-111. Racine, N., Plamondon, A., Madigan, S., et al. (2018). Maternal adverse childhood experiences and infant development. Pediatrics, 141(4). Shonkoff, J.P., Boyce, W.T., Levitt, P., P., Martinez, F.D., & McEwen, B.S. Leveraging the biology of adversity and resilience to transform pediatric practice. Pediatrics. In press. Shonkoff, J.P., Slopen, N., & Williams, D. Early childhood adversity, toxic stress, and the impacts of racism on the foundations of health. Annual Review of Public Health. In press. Transcript Sally: Welcome to The Brain Architects, a podcast from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. I'm your host Sally Pfitzer. Our center believes that advances in science can provide a powerful source of new ideas that can improve outcomes for children and families. We want to help you apply the science of early childhood development to your everyday interactions with children and take what you're hearing from our experts and panels and apply it to your everyday work. In today's episode, we'll discuss how early experiences, especially during the prenatal period and first few years after a baby is born,
39 min
The Slow Home Podcast
The Slow Home Podcast
Brooke McAlary
Meditation, acceptance and relinquishing control with Kevin Janks - Life in the Time of Covid-19
We've all heard about the transformative power of meditation, but how can we access it when uncertainty, stress and living through a pandemic make it difficult to simply sit still and breathe?  In today's episode Brooke is joined by friend of the show and founder of Centred Meditation, Kevin Janks, to talk through the power of meditation in challenging times.  Meditation allows us to decompress from 'fight or flight' mode and as Kevin explains, the time investment doesn’t need to be excessive. (Research has found that meditating for as little as 12 minutes a day can have a substantial impact over the course of three weeks). It can also be used to shift our perception of control, which is often the overriding emotion during times of crisis, and by doing so, release us from the stress of trying to control and uncontrollable situation. Kevin also shares how meditation allows us to accept the current circumstances we find ourselves in (not in order to accept and give up, but in order to simply accept the way things are at the moment) and use that freedom to look at how we will move forward when we're able.  There's so much to be taken from meditation, particularly during such stressful times, and this conversation with Kevin is full of tools and takeaways that will hopefully help you.  Enjoy!  Looking for more Slow? Find show notes, resources and links at slowyourhome.com/season6 Follow us on Instagram @slowhomepod Sign up for the Slow Post, Brooke's weekly slow-living love letters  Or leave a rating or review in iTunes Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/slow See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 min
Yoga Podcast
Yoga Podcast
Breezy Bree
BONUS✨ New Moon 🌑 Capricorn + Music Meditation 🎶
Today’s session will feature music at the end for your mindful meditation. 🎶 Musician Credit: James Morrison, Man in the Mirror ✨ On January 12th we enter into the total energy of the New Moon 🌚 grounding us in Capricorn ♑️. This new moon asks us for determination AND patience. During this Mindful Meditation 🧘🏽‍♂️, we encourage our breath to root us. We enjoy the root-to-rise of a tree🌲 and confidence and will of a goat🐐 climbing a mountain⛰ 2020, and even the several days into January reminds us to stay grateful & grounded. Focus on what we can control. 🕉 Mantra: “ I AM the change, I wish to see” Yoga Pose: Savasana, Legs up the Wall or Tadasana (Mountain Pose) Enjoy your yoga practice! Subscribe to my newsletters to stay tuned in! See below! I want to remind students that yoga meets you on the mat! You might 🧡 these similar episodes! The Moon Cycles & Yoga: https://www.lovebreezybreeyoga.com/podcast/episode/3ca2f13f/the-moon-and-yoga-moon-magic-learn-about-the-8-cycles New Moon Intentions & Yoga: https://www.lovebreezybreeyoga.com/podcast/episode/2586059b/new-moon-and-yoga-set-your-intentions-and-do-fish-pose ⭐️Listen to the Audio Class or Watch the free Video Class on YouTube!⭐️ —-> https://youtu.be/CL6v-lAOIL8 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟬𝟬 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗬𝗼𝗴𝗮 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀! 🎧🧘‍♀️𝗣𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝗴𝗮. 𝗔𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲. 𝗔𝗻𝘆𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲. 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲! 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗮 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 & 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆! 💛 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐭! ♥ Yoga Podcast by Breezy Bree ♥ https://www.lovebreezybreeyoga.com/audio-yoga-classes Listen & continue on your journey to master a personal yoga practice! Email me or find me on IG: @yogapodcast @lovebreezybree Sponsored by Lululemon #thesweatlife #ad Visit www.lovebreezybreeyoga.com/lululemon-influencer Breezy Bree, Lululemon Influencer www.lululemon.com Breezy Bree, Yoga Teacher E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP® + 500 HR IAYT Yoga Therapeutics & Trauma-Informed Yoga 100 HR Rocket Yoga NAMASTE! Check out my FREE yoga sequences on my website! Looking for something a bit more tailored to your needs? I offer customized yoga sequences. Contact me today for more info! bree@lovebreezybreeyoga.com www.lovebreezybreeyoga.com ---> Did you know you can listen on Spotify & Stitcher & now iTunes? Download the Apps today & never miss an episode. Don’t forget to check out my new Yoga Pose Breakdown series and FREE Yoga Classes recorded during live studio practices for your personal practice, just listen & practice! Please rate this podcast with ALL the stars and move this podcast up the rankings so others will find it! I greatly appreciate it! Consult medical advisement before beginning any exercise regimen including yoga. Music: James Morrison, Man in the Mirror “No Copyright Infringement Intended” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yogapodcast/message
16 min
Good Life Project
Good Life Project
Jonathan Fields / Wondery
Kat Vellos ⎮ Cultivating Better Friendships
Question, when was the last time you made a really good new friend, as a grown-up? Like the kind that actually knows you, not just online, but the real you? Turns out, it’s not actually so easy to create those kinds of friendships. But it is critically important to our ability to live good lives, especially during challenging times. My guest today, Kat Vellos, is here to help, She earns her living as a UX designer, which means Kat figures out how to make experiences as easy and organic as humanly possible to step into. She’s applied her unique genius to everything from giant apps, platforms and technology like Slack and Pandora on a mass-scale, to local, face-to-face gatherings, community-building, and most recently to examining and tackling the quest to form deep friendships as a design problem. She goes deep into her journey of discovery in her wonderful book, We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships, which I loved and learned so much from. Kat has been featured in Forbes and FastCompany for her work as the founder of Bay Area Black Designers which is a professional development community for Black designers and UX researchers. And over the last twenty years she’s created, run, and mentored a variety of communities focused on everything from spoken word poetry to photography to digital design to authentic connection and friendship. Her most recent are Better than Small Talk and Connection Club, which helps her readers build community with each other as they also foster stronger friendships through the art of letter writing.  I wanted to go deeper into Kat’s lens, ideas, and processes and also explore them both in the context of making real, deep friendships as adults, and also cultivating relationships, community, maybe even rising to that level of chosen family both with people who see and move through the world in similar ways, but also with people who are not like us and to embrace how important that is in this day and age.  You can find Kat Vellos at: Website: https://weshouldgettogether.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katvellos_author/ Check out our offerings & partners:  Theragun: A deep muscle massage treatment unlike anything you've ever felt - Theragun.com/GOODLIFE Sleep Number: Adjustable Firmness, Comfort And Support On Each Side - sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE You Need a Budget: You Need a Budget combines easy software with Four Simple Rules to help you quickly gain control of your money, get out of debt, and save more money faster! - youneedabudget.com/GOODLIFE
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