Conscious Sedation

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  1. Meg says:

    Yer speakin’ my lingo, girlfriend. Just last week I survived an MRI via mental yoga. I managed two natural childbirths via mental yoga (And cursing like a sailor; made my OB blush, I did.) And those yoga instructors…..they TELL you to listen to your own body, to respect it, and then they give you that once-over look that says, loud enough for everyone to hear, “Chaturanga? You call that a chaturanga? How old ARE you?”

  2. Jess says:

    That tooth has angry eyes. I’m glad you survived. Do I get credit for having had my husband download a pregnancy yoga video onto the computer sometime in the first trimester, even though I never actually watched it, let alone yoga’d along?

  3. Chantal says:

    See I spent half that post wondering where on earth you found a photo of tree post superimposed over a tooth! Byron you genius!

    In the spring I started yoga with a teacher remarkably like yours. Even though I cringe when she barks at me “sit lower, you can do it, WHAT! I DID THIS THREE TIMES ALREADY TODAY!” I have grown to appreciate her. 🙂

  4. Robin says:

    Ugh. That experience sounds dreadful and I am certain that no amount of mental yoga would have worked for me . . . but good for you!! Mostly I think I would have started in with the beer in advance for as to provide my own numbness. I like to be helpful when I can.

  5. ds says:

    Yoga. And beer. I knew I liked you! Mental yoga…what a great idea. The next time something bothers me at work, up into sirsasana I will go. Real or imagined as my teachers say.
    Glad tooth is now healing (cringed deeply at the thought of all of that pain).
    Byron’s artwork is wonderful!

  6. lime says:

    and it was yoga that got me through both the two intense weeks before having my thyroid ripped from my throat and recovering from the wound. in fact, my first memory of the recovery room is realizing i needed to breathe and opting to do yogic deep breathing. the nurses thought i was having a problem and i had to clarify it was intentional deep breathing. home from the hospital and unable to physically do more than savasana, i did much mental yoga while waiting for final pathology.

    oh, and although i don’t know the pain of a root canal i do know the pain of a c-sec with a failed epidural….wish i had known about yoga way back then….just sayin’

    lets hear it for yoga and booze!

  7. vagabonde says:

    Just reading your post and I was in pain. I enjoyed your descriptions of your yoga teachers but I don’t know if I could take courses with the second one – beer I can deal with, as long as it is India Pale Ale.

  8. chlost says:

    My jaw is clenched. I am not sure I can speak. I have had 2 root canals. I also am very “sensitive” to pain, I need at least 4 shots of Novocain to even open my mouth. I was quite surprised at some of the new technology this last time. And I had never even heard of endodontics. What kind of person chooses this career?

  9. Lil says:

    I am cringing.
    I am shuddering in horror.
    I am thanking the powers that be that I’ve never had a root canal (because really, even that twice yearly teeth cleaning taxes my capacity for sitting in that chair of my own free will)
    And I am thinking I really got to start doing yoga in case I need a root canal one day.

  10. logo™ says:

    Great accompanying art

    Root canal yoga is a great trick, congrats for making work. I haven’t had to have any work like that done but I think mental yoga may be just the thing for when I do.
    I love my yoga teacher, she is gentle but fierce which is a great combo.

  11. Joanne says:

    Hello, Jocelyn, and thank you for stopping by.

    An excellent use of yoga, I see. And you knew it going in. I taught myself how to meditate within thirty seconds of my first MRI starting up. A ninety minute MRI. Then and now I am near comatose when they are over, or else I would have thrown off all restraints and exited on a run for the door.

  12. Maria says:

    I have never been able to do yoga or tai chi or ANYTHING. I am too inquisitive. I can’t go into myself or the movement. I keep PEEKING. And then, yes…I slip up and lose my concentration.

    I CAN understand root canal pain, though. I have had THREE of them. My parents both had dentures by the time they were 30. So, they gifted all of their daughters with bad teeth. There is no way to properly explain the pain of a root canal, but you came startlingly close. For me, it is the sound of the drill. It immediately triggers the VOMIT NOW function in my body. I go regularly for my 6 month appts, but for DAYS before I go, I sweat like a pig…TERRIFIED that he is going to find a need to give me another root canal. Every time I get ANY sort of pain in my mouth, it triggers extreme panic in me.

    Otherwise life is good. : )

  13. What you were doing was self-hypnosis. Using those images to put yourself in a trance state. Nicely done.

    But I still couldn’t go to your yoga teacher, no matter how good.

  14. kmkat says:

    Two words: nitrous oxide (plus a nice, generous serving of Novocain). It is what gets me through fillings and caps. I know there is pain somewhere, but it has nothing to do with me. Nitrous has even made me LOOK FORWARD to going to the dentist.

    That said, I have never had a root canal. And after reading your account I hope I never have to. (Tragically, yoga and I do not share the same universe.)

  15. I could hear the gurgle in your voice as you tried to say “yoga and beer” through swollen mouth at the end.
    What a pairing. Those descriptions of the two (VERY different) yoga classes had me chuckling out loud because although I’ve only experienced ONE of those two kinds, the former was wonderfully silly.
    And that’s a helluvalotta pain medication, girlfriend. Day-um.

  16. Your situation brought to mind comments from students I have had previously in dance classes. They, too, have gone to yoga classes thinking that it’s all very airy and philosophical, only to find an army boot camp officer disguised in white, loose clothes and speaking in a soft voice. But if your teacher is good, as you said, then, that’s all that matters. Excellent post and the images are superb, too. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  17. I’m glad you could make that work for you. I had a molar pulled without general anesthesia–the doctor was initially skeptical, but for $5000 dollars the insurance company wouldn’t pick up, it turns out I can be hella stoic if the situation calls for it. Nitrous does work on me though.

    I knew right away those were Byron’s drawings. They’re fantastic.

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