YOGA AND DENTISTRY
What to do when I am drilling in your mouth?
It starts out the same as when you start to walk across a busy intersection on the street.
STOP LOOK AND LISTEN!
1. Stop - accept that you are here in the chair. Its only a dental chair not an electric chair.
2. Look - note what you see, settle in. Really look. Start with the blank wall or the picture on the wall or the ceiling tile. Note the color, texture, contrast, patterns.
3. Listen - hear all the sounds that are there. How many different sounds can you hear? Which one is the loudest? Which one is far away?
NEXT ADD WHAT YOU FEEL: First feel the support of the chair against your back, your arms, your legs. Feel if the air is warm or cool on your face. Feel the air as it enters your nose. Note if it feels cooler on the in breath than on the out breath. Allow your breath to deepen in and out. Imagine as you follow your breath in and out being on a mountain or at the beach. Breath in and out and allow a deep breath to comfortably fill your lungs. Allow sound to vibrate as the breath flows out. Continue to follow the breath as long as you like. if you lose track of the breath as your attention wanders allow it to return to the breath and start over again witht the feeling of the air going in and out.