In the hierarchy of life, breath always wins. It will persist 24,000 times daily, but you get to decide whether the way you breathe is to your benefit or detriment.
Your breath is compromised by stress, disease, air pollution, global instability, and the environmental trappings of progress that can immobilize your body. While you can still breathe under this pressure, poor breathing habits slowly whittle away at your health.
In Body by Breath, bestselling author Jill Miller takes you beyond technical movement by guiding you to an internal reservoir that builds awareness, self-knowledge, and empathy. She shares her scientifically supported methods to train and modulate your nervous system for reduced stress, improved mobility, and whole-body resilience.
Jill reveals the latest findings in breath and fascia research and outlines how to get more out of breathwork practice by including more of your body’s parts in the mix. She maps the vast reach of the diaphragm and helps you feel how it intermingles with everything in your body. You’ll travel the pathways of the vagus nerve and trace miles of fascial intersections beneath your skin. Explore an inner treasure chest of tools and practices to activate a cascade of positive effects:
• Greater power, endurance, and recuperative ability • Enhanced emotional self-regulation skills • Increased tolerance for the daily grind and supercharged executive function • Relief from pain, injuries, and chronic conditions • Freedom to feel, connect, and express stored emotions
Body by Breath features a full step-by-step guide, including more than 100 techniques with full-color photos and sample practices that maximize your relaxation response to help you recover from the rigors of life and sport. Real-life success stories from survivors of adversity will inspire you to take these practices into your life and renew the way you embody breath.
About the Author
Jill Miller, C-IAYT, ERYT, is the co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the self-care fitness formats Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® Method. With more than 30 years of study in anatomy and movement, she is a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, athletics, and pain management. She is known as the Teacher’s Teacher and has trained thousands of movement educators, clinicians, and manual therapists to incorporate her paradigm-shifting self-care fitness programming into athletic and medical facility programs internationally. As the creator of some of the world’s best mobility tools, she has crafted original programs for 24 Hour Fitness, Equinox, YogaWorks, and numerous professional sports teams. She and her team of 500+ trainers help you to live better in your body with an emphasis on proprioception, mobility, breath mechanics, and recovery. She has presented case studies at the Fascia Research Congress and International Association of Yoga Therapy conferences. She has the rare ability to translate complex physiological and biomechanical information into accessible, relevant moves that help her students transform pain, dysfunction, and injury into robust fitness. Jill is the former anatomy columnist for Yoga Journal Magazine and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Shape, Men’s Journal, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, and Self and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is the creator of dozens of programs, including collaborations with Tom Myers, Katy Bowman, and Kelly Starrett, DPT. She is the author of the internationally bestselling book The Roll Model: A Step by Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body. She is a contributing author on the topic of self-myofascial release in the medical textbook Fascia, Function and Medical Applications. She lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband and two children.