Episode 29: Assessment: The Key to Patient Acceptance & Less Stress

Brandi Hooker Evans, RDH and I discuss how to have less stress by increasing patient acceptance through the implementation of specific protocols. We also discuss how to apply those principles to our personal lives.

To connect with Brandi Hooker Evans, RDH visit her website: https://brandihookerevans.com/

Brandi on Instagram at @StellarOutcomes


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Episode 28: Offer Chaos a Cup of Coffee

How do you handle chaos in a dental office?
Is there a better way?
Listen to this quick episode to find out.

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The book that prompted this episode:

When Things Fall Apart
by Pema Chodron.

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Anjali Mudra: Getting Centered as We Enter Post-Covid Life

So much of life in the past year has been about survival and adjustment, not just in our personal lives but in the practice of dentistry. As we prepare to re-enter “normal life”, I thought it would be a good time to talk about Anjali Mudra.

Anjali is a Sanskrit term that means, “to offer” or “to salutate”, and the term Mudra means “seal”. 

Anjali Mudra is the practice of joining the hands together by the sternum in “prayer pose”. This gesture is used frequently during the practice of yoga – not only at the opening and closing of yoga classes but also during some yoga poses as a nice reminder to lengthen your spine by dropping your elbows down as you press your sternum into your thumbs. 

Anjali mudra is a posture of composure, of returning to your heart, your center, whether you are initiating or completing an action. Bringing your hands together energetically and neurologically connects your brain’s right and left hemispheres – promoting balance.

It’s a moment to come back to your intention. 
It’s a reminder to keep an inner attitude of peace. 
It’s grounding. 
It’s calming.

Anjali Mudra is also used during the beginning or even throughout a meditation. Meditation is an excellent and immensely beneficial wellness practice that reduces stress, promotes calmness, heightens focus, and transcends unhelpful mental patterns.

To get started:
  • Sit down in a comfortable seated pose (Sukhasana aka easy pose). 
  • Place your hands together in front of your heart, with the thumbs touching the sternum. 
  • Close your eyes.
  • Breathe in and out deeply through your nose. 
  • Focus your mind and your attention on an intention. 
    • Slowing down the fluctuations of your mind
    • Sending light and love to someone in your life
    • Taking a moment to reconnect with yourself (your wants, needs, and feelings)

Anjali Mudra will simply help seal in and complete this moment of purposeful pause.

As we head back to “normal life”, let’s all summon the courage to come back to center and re-enter our heart space, connecting to truth, love, and compassion.

🙏🏻  Namaste 🙏🏻


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Episode 27: Guided Meditation for Sleep: Visualization of a Sleepy Train Ride

I received a request for guided meditations to help prepare for sleep so here is one to get you started. Make sure you’re ready for bed before listening. Nothing kills a sleepy vibe like having to brush and floss before turning the lights out.

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For more meditations like this one, check out the Guided Meditation for Dentists Playlist on YouTube: http://tiny.cc/MeditationforDentists


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Child’s Pose Variation: Yoga for Stiff Lower Back

The other night, I must’ve slept funny because I woke up with a stiff lower back. Then I spent hours at my desk which didn’t help. Here’s a simple child’s pose variation that offered me some relief by stretching my lower back. Try this at work, in between patients or at lunch time to give your back a gentle stretch.

Place your feet hip distance apart or wider.

Allow your legs to splay open so your belly can fit in-between your legs.

This likely means angling your feet away from each other.

Place your hands, palms flat, on your desk in front of you.

Slowly start to bend at the hips bringing your torso towards the floor so that your ears are in alignment with your arms.

Allow your lower back to round slightly as you breathe into the tight areas.

Stay for 3-5 breaths.

Then press into your palms as you slowly bring your torso upright, lifting yourself one vertebrae at a time.

Let me know if you try this.

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Episode 26: Burnout and Balance with Laura Schwindt, DMD

In this episode, Dr. Laura Schwindt and I talk about how professional burnout looked for each of us physically and mentally. We discuss ways dental professionals can bring more balance into their lives and how to get individualized help.

Connect with Dr. Laura Schwindt: www.lauraschwindt.com
Dr. Schwindt on Instagram at @DrLauraSchwindt
Dr. Schwindt on Facebook at Reclaim Your Balance The Blue Print for Female Dentists

Visit Dr. Schwindt’s website for a complimentary Balance Boss Breathing guide with four simple breathing techniques that will help you quickly recalibrate your calm.


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Episode 25: Reduce Stress & Anxiety with the OculoCardiac Reflex

This is a discreet way to reduce stress and anxiety while you’re working, or anytime! This technique is similar to Palming (see that video below) but requires less time and is less obvious when practiced in your dental office.

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Palming

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Let’s Breathe Yoga with Lori Bulloch, RDH: https://www.letsbreatheyoga.com

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Episode 24: Guided Meditation: Breathe Away Anxious Thoughts

Whenever you’re feeling anxious or depressed, you can tune into your breath to find some relief so you can get back to confidently performing your dental procedures. This is the perfect meditation to do during your clinical day when the wave of anxiety starts flooding in. Of course, you can do this any time you are feeling unsettled!

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Episode 23: Mindful Eating for Weight Loss with Natanya Brown, DMD

Endodontist and Weight Loss Coach Dr. Natanya Brown and I discuss common weight-loss pitfalls for dental professionals and how using mindfulness can help you lose weight.  

Connect with Dr. Natanya Brown: www.drnatanya.com
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Visit Dr. Natanya’s website for the free Weight Loss for Dentists: Quick-Start Guide

🧘🏻‍♀️🙏🏻 🦷


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Queen Pose: Yoga for Tight Hips & Sleep

Queen pose (reclining bound angle pose) is a great way to open tight hips, stretch your groin and get ready for a luxurious sleep. This is one of my favorite yoga poses!

Queen pose is also known as reclining bound angle pose. This is an excellent pose if you are having sleep issues or want to cultivate your dream world. It is also a wonderful hip opener. If you can, do this pose daily for at least 5 minutes and up to 20 minutes. Don’t be surprised if you end up so relaxed that you fall asleep.

Bring a blanket and 2 pillows to your mat. Fold your blanket so that it is about 3-4 inches high and 5-6 inches wide. Position the buttocks on the floor and lie down in a way that the long blanket supports the whole spine.

Bend the knees and splay them out to the sides, bringing the soles of the feet together. Place your cushions under the thighs so that the legs are higher than they would normally be without support.

If this pose feels too intense, you can also set yourself up with a bolster supported by yoga blocks. Place one yoga block on its tallest length and another one about 6 inches in front of it on its side. Then place your bolster on top of the blocks.

Position the buttocks on the floor up against the edge of the bolster and lie back. Again, use your cushions under the thighs so that your groin area feels a nice stretch without it being too intense.

In fact, on any given day, try either set up and see which one feels better in your body.

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Once you’re settled in, practice a pranayama technique like Box Breathing. Pranayama is the yoga practice of breath control. In my experience, simple pranayama techniques are an easy way to start your meditation journey as it teaches you to sit quietly and focus on your breath while you learn to observe your thoughts as they pass by.

To come out of the pose, use your hands and bring your thighs together and then roll over to your side. Use your hands to prop yourself up.

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