On a personal note: As one of my teachers, Jill’s had a huge influence on me because she speak-a-my-language. She’s all about educating people about their bodies, teaching them how to breathe well, improve their proprioception and move better. A couple years ago I almost didn’t attend her Level 1 YTU teacher training until my friend Brooke Siler enthusiastically encouraged me to do so. She told me I would love it and she was right. I’m so glad I went because it became a turning point for me. I found a community of like-minded people and friends who are as passionate about anatomy and healthy movement practices as I am. It inspired me to dig deeper and keep learning about the body to help inform my practice and teaching. Enough about me. Scroll down for the conversation notes!
- Turns out Raquel Welch introduced both Jill and me to Yoga back in the 90s
(for me it was her book, for Jill it was her video)
- The glorification of flexibility in popular forms of yoga
- One of the perils of sitting too much: we’re overstretched many different areas of our bodies
- Why she retired some yoga poses and how she’s the poster child for what happens when you go to an extreme of overstretching repeatedly
- She’s making a deliberate choice to back off of her range of motion in favor of creating stability
- Why the breath is so darn important – no matter what condition you’re in, there’s always going to be a tie-in with breathing
- Your breath muscles are your posture muscles
- Her definition of self care
- The challenge of taking more responsibility for our health and well-being without throwing medical care out the window
- Her favorite topic – Proprioception! and its inverse relationship to pain
- Her struggle with anorexia and bulimia in her teens
- How an Iyengar prop (sand-filled bean bag) eventually led to her creating the Coregeous therapy ball
- The evolution of the Yoga tune up balls and the Roll Model method that evolved out of her work with Glenn Black and Shmuel Tatz’s Body Tuning method
- Why softer tools are better for self-massage instead of foam rollers and lacrosse balls
- How the therapy balls help with superficial and deep scar tissue
- How YTU teachers and students have used the therapy balls for pelvic floor issues
- Upcoming projects and events!
Body Teaser: Abdominal Breathing (Supine and Prone)
[The body teasers are a play on brain teasers. The goal is to play, experiment, get us thinking about how we move and ultimately to improve how we move.]
When done properly, abdominal breathing can be very relaxing. Take note of how you feel before and after. Try it two ways:
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and place your palms on your belly on the area around your navel. As you inhale allow the belly to rise into your hands and as you exhale let the belly fall towards the floor. Make the breath smooth and relaxed. Do this for 10 rounds of breath.
- Turn over and lie on your belly with your head resting on your arms or hands. If you have a coregeous ball or a soft pillow, lie on top of it so that your belly (area around your navel) rests on it. (If you don’t have either of those you can just lie directly on the floor). Try breathing the same way you did in step 1. Inhale letting the belly spread into the ball/pillow or floor and exhale let it hollow out towards the spine. Do this for ten rounds.
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