Jill Miller is an innovator and integrator who has a had a huge impact on the intersection between yoga, manual therapy/bodywork, and fitness.
She has developed not her only her own approach to the body that has crossed over into being widely acclaimed in each of the above disciplines, but also specialized equipment, and methods of updating how we think about, teach and further evolve yoga practice.
You can learn more about Jill’s extensive body of work HERE.
In Part One we talk about the history Jill and I share that goes back 20 years to the packed and hot little asana room of Anna Forrest’s yoga studio, and how her work began to take shape via her initial fascination with the core, intestinal health, and recovery from an eating disorder.
She shares the powerful pivotal experience that changed everything for her, as well as the newer layers of healing and integration she is currently discovering via somatic psychology.
I was really touched by Jill’s willingness to be so open and vulnerable about this personal material and how it has shaped her work in the world with others.
We also tracked her early days starting to teach at a gym (which she initially had huge aversion toward) —and inadvertently discovering herself as an entrepreneur when she started duplicating and selling a video tape she had made for her Mom’s shoulder issues, and realized she could create “yoga tune ups” for different areas of the body that were accessible to not only yogis but also people with more of a fitness vocabulary.
The way Jill describes her understanding of integrative translation, context and speaking to people in terms they can understand is pure gold for teachers and communicators.
In Part Two, Jill opens up about her mentor, Glenn Black, and his approach to hands on bodywork in yoga, and how this led to her method of having people practice self-massage in her yoga workshops to heighten body awareness and healing. I am so impressed by the bold moves she made, as she started developing her Yoga Tune Up® balls and bringing them in to how she was teaching. We also touch on her new work around states of bliss and what she calls “tolerance for parasympathy” in terms of working directly with the autonomic nervous system, and how she encourages teachers she trains to keep innovating and developing her work.