Do You Know What Actually Relaxes You?

It might sound obvious, but many people aren’t very discerning or creative about how they spend their downtime, especially dentists. People often think they’re resting when they’re really not. For example, maybe you count scrolling through Twitter for a couple of hours as relaxation. That might be restful to some people, but for many, it’sContinue reading “Do You Know What Actually Relaxes You?”

Restorative Lower Back Release

Yesterday, I slept terribly and then ended up waking up with a stiff lower back. I knew that yoga would help my back but decided to take a more restorative approach to my practice as my body and mind were telling me to “be gentle”. So today, my offering is the three poses I didContinue reading “Restorative Lower Back Release”

Natarajasana (Dancer Pose)

A lot of you are Peloton people (or some other spin cycle) so today I wanted to offer you a “yogic’ twist on the typical quad stretch that is suggested after a ride. Natarajasana, or Dancer Pose, is a balancing pose that teaches concentration. This version of the pose opens your front body, shoulders, and hip of theContinue reading “Natarajasana (Dancer Pose)”

Using Yoga Props & Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

If you’ve been here a while, you know that I love yoga props. Maybe you get the sense that props are helpful but you’re not sure how to use them or maybe you consider their use “cheating”. Well I’m here to tell you that yoga props do not make your practice less than, just likeContinue reading “Using Yoga Props & Matsyasana (Fish Pose)”

Episode 11: Exercise Consistency & Getting Hit by a Truck

Dr. Alan Mead, co-host of the Dental Hacks and Peaceful Practice podcasts, talks about his weight loss journey during the pandemic and managing lifestyle diseases. We discuss the physical and mental effects of exercise streaks and how to make time to exercise during the workweek. Dr. Mead also recounts getting hit by a truck whileContinue reading “Episode 11: Exercise Consistency & Getting Hit by a Truck”

Falling Asleep While Meditating?

When I first started meditating regularly, I had a meditation teacher guiding me. The first several times, her soothing voice would lull me to sleep. Of course, when this happens, you are technically sleeping, not meditating. My teacher explained that falling asleep was not uncommon for people new at the practice of meditation. In thisContinue reading “Falling Asleep While Meditating?”

Supported Savasana (Resting Pose)

It’s Giving Tuesday and the National Day of Courage. Do you have the courage to give yourself some self-care today? You owe yourself one hour a day of self maintenance. It can include reading, writing, yoga, exercise, dancing, meditation, painting, or whatever, but you owe it to yourself. One hour, 1/24 of your day. That’s less than 5%.Continue reading “Supported Savasana (Resting Pose)”

Episode 9: Guided Meditation – Sharing Gratitude

This heartwarming guided meditation is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Focus on the people in your life who you are grateful for and feel the love and support they give you all year long. Of course, sharing gratitude is great any time of year, especially when you need a reminder ofContinue reading “Episode 9: Guided Meditation – Sharing Gratitude”

Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)

The practice of yoga gives you messages that are very difficult to ignore. Through my physical yoga and mindfulness practices, I realized that I had a low grade gnawing pain in my right hip joint. In my mind’s eye, I saw that the inflammation occurring in between the acetabulum and head of my femur. IContinue reading “Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)”