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Episode 71: Lizard Brain, Wizard Brain

Rarely in a curriculum while learning, we ask children where they feel their emotions in their own bodies and whether those feeling change as their emotions change. Children who feel safe to tackle challenges, assured that they have the skills they need and are comfortable to seek help when needed, do well in school and life. Though in its early stage, research in contemplative studies and mindfulness practices is beginning to show a promising impact of such training on children’s emotional regulation and self-control. On today’s podcast school psychologist, Debra A. Krodman-Collins, Ph.D., NSCP, RYT, co-author of S.T.O.P. and Relax; a yoga-based curriculum, will discuss how to use yoga-based self-calming techniques for school-aged children to conquer their primitive lizard brain with the wizardry of executive function. With focused and intentional effort to connect mind and body, one can master the mechanism that governs Executive Function.

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Welcome to Full PreFrontal® Podcast

Are you interested in understanding how mental health, physical health, school readiness, and job success are inextricably linked? Curious about how training your brain can impact your quality of life? Want to know more about how to improve your focus, organization, working memory, decision-making, or self-control?

Welcome to my podcast, Full PreFrontal: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function! You are tuning into my conversations with researchers, neuroscientists, educators, learning experts, and thought leaders. Some of my guests have expertise in cognitive/educational/social psychology, social anthropology, learning and education, psychiatry, neurology, behavior economics, or special education, while others are noted professionals in the fields of leadership development and motivational speaking. Using these conversations as a guide, this podcast takes you on an exciting journey to explore and understand the challenges and complexities of organizing one’s life.

Life’s success is an intricate balance of orchestrating talent and effort. However, failing to uncover or to mobilize your inner tools and strategies can get you off path. Self-doubt can present itself and you can begin to question your own capacity. The Full Pre-Frontal podcast series attempts to answer questions such as: How do I learn more about me? How do I objectively investigate myself? How do I tweak my thoughts, habits and attitudes to enhance my future thinking?  What missing pieces of the puzzle, when properly placed, will connect the life successes I see in others to help me succeed in my own journey?

Many of us are not just in charge of our own lives but are also responsible for directing the lives of many others around us. Guiding others in their hopes to improve themselves is how we mentor others. But what should we do when that doesn’t work? Is there a “secret sauce” to help others strive for excellence?

Life has many moving parts; some create utter chaos while others bring sheer joy. To keep up with the moving parts, make listening to my podcast a new habit! Life won’t be a puzzle anymore!