Episode 8: Dental Porn, Mental Health, Authenticity & Yoga

Dr. Joshua Austin, a nationally recognized lecturer and published author, discusses authenticity in the era of social media, his personal mental health journey and how yoga has become a vital part of his wellness toolbox.

Connect with Dr. Joshua Austin:
Website: AustinDentalSeminars.com
Podcast: Working Interferences

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Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

It’s National Take a Hike Day!

And while I’m not quite sure what the spirit of this day was supposed to be (is it “Let’s take a hike!”😃 Or “Hey you, take a hike!” 😠) – I’m going to take this opportunity to tell you how to do one of my favorite yoga poses for balance – Vrksasana (Tree Pose), as shown here from my recent hike on the trail behind my house. 

It’s harder than it looks at first and your sense of balance will be different every day. Don’t get frustrated if you wobble or even fall over at first. Just keep at it.

  1. Take a moment to feel both your feet root into the earth with your weight distributed equally on all four corners of each foot.
  2. Begin to shift your weight into your right foot, lifting your left foot. Keep your right leg straight but don’t lock the knee.
  3. Bend your left knee and bring the sole of your left foot onto your inner right thigh, either above or below the knee. (Not ON the knee, that’s a no-no, keep the joint safe.) 
  4. Press your foot into your thigh and your thigh back into your foot with equal pressure. This will help you keep both hips squared toward the front so your right hip doesn’t jut out. If it does jut out, mindfully “pin” your hip back in towards the middle.
  5. Focus your gaze on something that doesn’t move to help you keep your balance.
  6. Take 5 to 10 breaths, then lower your left foot to the floor and do the other side.

You can keep your hands in prayer pose or “extend your branches” by raising your hands up as pictured here.

Let me see your Tree Pose by tagging me on Instagram @yogafordentist or posting in our private Facebook Group – Yoga for Dentists!

Episode 7: Eye Yoga (aka Warming Eye Rubs or Palming)

This episode was originally recorded for in the Yoga for Dentists Private Facebook group – join us!

Are your eyes tired from focused concentration through your loupes or all the screens that are inherent with modern life, let alone a dental practice? Then this video is for you. Learn how to prevent and reduce eye fatigue with this quick, easy yoga technique that you can do while still wearing most of your PPE.

This episode is best viewed visually.
But you can also listen on your favorite podcast listening app or listen here!

Hang out with like-minded dental professionals on Facebook or Instagram @yogafordentists

Click here to receive a FREE End of Workday Meditation!

Consider subscribing to this website (it’s free) and share it with your dental friends. Helping other dentists live better lives is a great way to give back to the dental community!

My Why

Why Yoga for Dentists?

My mission is to change the way dental professionals think about self-care. Not by fixing, avoiding, or medicating yourself. But by fostering awareness so you can meet yourself right where you are, with what you’re needing. As a long-time dentist and certified yoga teacher, I am uniquely positioned to offer mental, physical, emotional, even spiritual reflections so that you may be encouraged to approach your life with a different perspective.

I wish I had a community of like-minded dental professionals when I was a younger dentist – a group that could commiserate but also offer healthier ways to address the mental and physical challenges that come with the profession. I created Yoga for Dentists to meet that need.

Sharing the positive impact yoga can have on dental professionals has become my way to give back to the people I feel most comfortable with – the dental community. Let’s face it, we are a special breed of practitioners. Only other dental professionals “get” what it’s like to be us. 

My personal yoga journey has been like a long, scenic hike with seemingly unscalable boulders of autoimmune issues and the high-stress environment of running a dental practice. I endured because of my love for the practice of yoga, its effects on my body and spirit, and the application of ancient yogic philosophy to modern life in dentistry.

The human body is fascinating and the better we understand it, the better chance we have of giving it what it needs so we can live better lives – both in and out of the clinical setting! In an effort to give you effective tools, the Yoga for Dentists content focuses on yoga poses, meditation, mindset, and self-care tips. My desire is to hold space for different body types and physical abilities so everyone can explore personal restoration through body and mind techniques. 

My approach to yoga is not “fitness yoga” for Instagram athletes. It’s yoga for real people. It is slower, more mindful, and helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system. It’s not meant to be a workout in the traditional sense. But it is meant to leave you feeling nurtured, healthy, self-regulated, and peaceful. 

Through yoga, meditation, and self-care, you have the opportunity to create nervous system resiliency so you can access a greater sense of authenticity, meaning, and purpose in your life. I hope they will become an important part of your self-care toolbox and continue to bring personal healing and peace into your life. 

Be Well,

Dr. Laura Mach and I discuss Yoga for Dentists on her podcast Feeling Good: A Podcast for Dentists

Episode 6: Non-weird Meditation for Busy People

This episode was originally recorded for Dr. Dovidio’s other podcast, Josieology.

Jen Johannsen, a certified meditation teacher and licensed school psychologist, talks about how to reduce stress through non-weird meditation and mindfulness. She developed the Meditation Matchmaker Framework which enables her to pair people to the best meditation approach based on their preferences. Her secular approach takes the “woo-woo” out of meditation and makes it simple so that anyone can practice mindfulness.

School of Calm – her online meditation course as mentioned in the episode.

Connect with Jen
Website: The School of Calm
Facebook and Instagram 

A Monk’s Guide to Happiness with Gelong Thubten – as mentioned in the episode.

Listen on your favorite podcast listening app or listen here!

Check out the Yoga for Dentists YouTube Channel.

Hang out with like-minded dental professionals on Facebook or Instagram @yogafordentists

Click here to receive a FREE End of Workday Meditation!

Consider subscribing to this website (it’s free) and share it with your dental friends. Helping other dentists live better lives is a great way to give back to the dental community!

Episode 5: Steps for Self-Soothing + a Guided Meditation

This episode was originally recorded as a Facebook Live for the Yoga for Dentists Group. In this episode, host Dr. Josie Dovidio, teaches a discreet way to self-soothe during moments of stress. It also includes a guided meditation on compassion for self and others.

Listen on your favorite podcast listening app or listen here!

Check out the Yoga for Dentists YouTube Channel.

Hang out with like-minded dental professionals on Facebook or Instagram @yogafordentists

Consider subscribing to this website (it’s free) and share it with your dental friends. Helping other dentists live better lives is a great way to give back to the dental community!

Want more? Check out Yoga for Dentists on these platforms for additional content:

Episode 4: Mind Your Breath + Clinical Tip

This episode was originally recorded as a Facebook Live for the Yoga for Dentists Group. In this episode, host Dr. Josie Dovidio, talks about being aware of your breath throughout the day as you work on patients, what your breath says about your mental state and the negative effects of bad energy. 

Listen on your favorite podcast listening app or listen here!

Check out the Yoga for Dentists YouTube Channel.

Hang out with like-minded dental professionals on Facebook or Instagram @yogafordentists

Click here to receive a FREE End of Workday Meditation!

Consider subscribing to this website (it’s free) and share it with your dental friends. Helping other dentists live better lives is a great way to give back to the dental community!

Episode 3: Permission to Pivot

Pathologist Dr. Nadine Kelly talks about her journey to becoming a doctor only to discover, after several years in practice, that despite all the years of training, a career in medicine did not suit her and the stress was significantly affecting her mental health.

She made the courageous decision to leave medicine and pursue something that breathed new life into her – yoga. She now uses her medical background to enhance her yoga practice as well as those of the students who seek her out because of her unique style.

In this episode, we also discuss the benefits of yoga, especially for those of us with aging bodies.

Connect with Nadine on her website: YogiMD
On Facebook: YogiMDnet
On Instagram: @yogimdnet
Email: yogimd@yogimd.net
Listen to the YogiMD podcast!

Listen on your favorite podcast listening app or listen here!

Check out the Yoga for Dentists YouTube Channel.

Hang out with like-minded dental professionals on Facebook or Instagram @yogafordentists

Click here to receive a FREE End of Workday Meditation!

Consider subscribing to this website (it’s free) and share it with your dental friends. Helping other dentists live better lives is a great way to give back to the dental community!

Episode 2: Guided Meditation | Face Scan + Clinical Tip

This quick face scan meditation can be done at any time, even while wearing PPE! Consider doing it in between patients, before lunch, or at the end of a long day. Once you get the hang of the face scan concept, you won’t even need to listen to this episode to do it! Plus, if you listen carefully, you’ll come out of the meditation with a clinical tip you can use today!

Listen on your favorite podcast listening app or listen here!

Check out the Yoga for Dentists YouTube Channel.

Hang out with like-minded dental professionals on Facebook or Instagram @yogafordentists

Consider subscribing to this website (it’s free) and share it with your dental friends. Helping other dentists live better lives is a great way to give back to the dental community!

Want more? Check out Yoga for Dentists on these platforms for a variety of content:

Dental Professionals: Want to feel better in your body? This website is for you!

Hey There! I’m Dr. Josie Dovidio, long-time dentist and certified yoga teacher.
Here’s what you can expect on this website:

Yoga for Dentists offers yoga and meditation to help “undo” what dentistry does to our body, mind and soul. It will also feature inspirational mindset articles, products, services and a variety of other content to help you live your best life.

When you start taking care of yourself, you’ll have more energy and better deal with the stress inherent in the practice of dentistry. You will be more patient, more positive. And the benefits of your yoga journey will begin to affect those around you: your family, your team at work and your patients!

Consider subscribing to this website (it’s free) and share it with your dental friends. Helping other dentists live better lives is a great way to give back to the dental community!

Don’t worry if you’re not flexible or can’t do yoga poses perfectly. You don’t have to be perfect. Progress over perfection!

Josie Dovidio, DDS
Watch free yoga videos designed for dental professionals!
Check out the Yoga for Dentists YouTube Channel!
Join our community of like-minded dental professionals!

There’s a podcast too!

Yoga for Dentists podcast is for wellness-minded dental professionals.

Host Dr. Josie Dovidio, a general dentist since 1997 and certified yoga teacher, offers guided meditations designed specifically for dental professionals. She also interviews dental industry leaders as well as experts in the health and wellness, about setting dental professionals up for success and longevity in both their careers and their lives!

Listen on your favorite podcast app or peruse the full library here.

If you’d like to know more about how I got here, click here.

Click here to receive a FREE End of Workday Meditation!

Want more? Check out Yoga for Dentists on these platforms for a variety of content: