the body as habitat: jill miller on body image & self-acceptance

the body as habitat: jill miller on body image & self-acceptance

Jill Miller is known for her work with bodies around the world. As a longtime bodywork practitioner and yoga teacher, she created a system of self-care called Yoga Tune Up which has challenged conventional wisdom about the benefits of postural yoga and expanded the possibilities of therapeutic fitness.

Yet, her relationship with her own body has been challenging and complex. In this interview leading up to the Bellyfit Summit, Jill shares the history of her body and her long journey towards self-acceptance. As she explains in our conversation, she struggled with disordered eating and an ambitious yoga practice in her early 20s which, at times, caused her body more harm than good. Through education and experimentation, she came to peace with her body, ultimately recognizing that it is a”habitat to live in.”

While Jill’s work may not have overt messages of empowerment or body love, there are subtle undertones that nurture personal development. Her approach to body-based practices enable people to take ownership over their emotional and physical healthcare. In particular, we discuss how her DVD-based program Coregeous, designed to increase core and abdominal strength, can be a tool for empowerment. 

Listen to our full conversation below. Jill will be teaching two sessions at the Bellyfit Summit, September 26-28 in Victoria, BC. See also IAYB’s 2012 video interview with Jill Miller.

Jill Miller is the co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the corrective exercise format Yoga Tune Up®. With more than 28 years of study in fitness, yoga therapy and anatomy, she is a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, and pain-management. Her innovative techniques have catapulted her to a sought after leader in the field of mind-body fitness and pain relief wellness. Miller has presented case studies at the Fascia Congress and the International Symposium of Yoga Therapists and is a regular at fitness conferences worldwide such as IDEAWorld, Can-Fit-Pro, ECA, Inner Idea, Empower, and Yoga Journal. Her first book, The Roll Model will be released fall 2014.

Featured image via Yoga Tune Up’s photo gallery.

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  1. Great interview, Jill’s version of yoga sounds pretty cool, I’m gonna check that out soon. Do you guys have any most popular posts related to best 10 minute yoga workouts? I need something rather light and easy that I can do in the mornings (recovering from adrenal fatigue).