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What My Daily Practice Looks Like

Posted By Jill Miller On March 1, 2012 @ 4:34 pm In Fitness, Yoga | 3 Comments

Daily Yoga Practice [1]Student: Jill, what do you actually do for your personal yoga [2] practice?

Me: I practice what I teach.

Student: You mean you don’t do anything else? Spinning? Or running? Or Zumba? I mean, how do you get your arms to look like that?

Me: I don’t mean to sound cryptic … but I practice what I teach.

It’s true. I have been practicing yoga and multiple movement arts since I was 11 years old, and the yoga practice I teach in the classroom (I began teaching part-time at age 19 at The Omega Institute [3]) has evolved and changed with me through the past two decades. The work I share in my classes [4], workshops [5], conferences [6] and videos [7] all resonates with my own discoveries in my personal “jungle gym” of a practice.

Every movement, every moment.

One maxim that I hold to be true is that every moment counts, every movement counts. (Thank you, Zobha [8], for making this your awesome brand statement!) I would add to this: How you hold yourself in every movement amounts to moments that matter to your longevity [9].

In other words, we have choices to make in every moment about how we use our body to accomplish an action. These choices include our posture [10] while standing in line, talking on the phone, sitting at our desk [11], during exercise or watching TV. Practice using your body in daily life the way a first-chair violinist maintains their precious instrument. Keep it in tune. Treat your body with impeccable form during all of the “small things.” This adds up to better posture over time. Practicing with your body in inefficient positions creates deficits in the body that can create imbalance, discomfort and pain.

You literally take your yoga practice with you wherever you go. Make it matter. Connect to the smaller actions in life. They add up!

How I stay in tune: A portrait of my daily practice

But if you are really curious as to what my daily yoga practice [12] entails … here is what a good day looks like for me. My yoga practice is full of variety, and what I’ve pulled together below is just a small slice of a much larger pie. Of course, a year from now, this might all look totally different!

Jill Miller’s dogs [13]
Typically, my practice begins with an early morning walk with my dogs [14]. Here are Cassius and Deli doing “sit and stay” before their walk.

Jill Miller Yoga Tune Up balls [15]
Back from the walk, some deep self-massage with my Yoga Tune Up® Balls [16]. Targeting myofascial tension [17], stimulating proprioception [18] and prepping my body for practice.

Jill Miller Psoas [19]
Opening my hips and working my abdominals [20] on my foam roller [21]. A Supple Psoas is a prelude to all other hip movements.

Jill Miller dance [22]
Playful dynamic warm up, also known as dancing [23] (with my current fave, Robyn [24]). Yes, that’s me on the right! I typically don’t need my wig and costume to get my boogie on, but occasionally it’s fun!

Jill MIller matador circles [25]
Shoulder stabilization with Matador Circles to strengthen the entire rotator cuff.

Jill Miller Monk Walks [26]

Monk Walks with Side Bends for whole-body integration. This pose makes the side of your core groan with glee!

Jill Miller inversion [27]

Getting core-geous on the Balance Ball along with some Uddihyana Bandha [28]. This is harder than it looks :)

Jill Miller squats [29]
It’s even more fun to squat [30] with friends!

Jill MIller Asymmetrical Twisted Triangle [31]
Asymmetrical Twisted Triangle with a yoga block [32] makes my hips happy.

Jill Miller backbend [33]

Backbending. Notice how this pose comes near the end of my practice? I do backbends [34] after I am very, very warm.

Jill Miller handstand [35]

A fun Handstand [36] and a moment of upside-down equipoise.

Jill Miller Leg Stretch #3 [37]
Unwind almost everything with Leg Stretch #3 [38], a version of Twisted Triangle.

Jill Miller inversion [39]
Veeparita Korani Mudra: This partial inversion helps to tune down the nervous system for meditation [40].

Jill Miller Savasana [41]
Savasana [42]: Deep, restorative Corpse Pose.

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Jill Miller dogs [44]
Playing with the dogs again. This time let’s play ROPEY!

Practice yoga with Jill Miller on GaiamTV.com [45].


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[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Daily-Yoga-Practice.jpg

[2] yoga: http://life.gaiam.com/guides/yoga-answers-and-solutions-go-guide

[3] The Omega Institute: http://eomega.org/

[4] classes: http://www.equinox.com/clubs/santamonica/classes

[5] workshops: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=28&stype=-8&sView=day&sTrn=100000035

[6] conferences: http://www.yjevents.com/sd/teacher.php?teacher=miller_jill

[7] videos: http://www.gaiamtv.com/search/node/jill miller?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day

[8] Zobha: http://www.zobha.com/

[9] longevity: http://life.gaiam.com/article/3-secrets-longevity-and-vitality

[10] posture: http://life.gaiam.com/article/4-ways-improve-posture

[11] sitting at our desk: http://life.gaiam.com/video/desk-yoga-stress-relieving-back-stretches-do-your-chair

[12] daily yoga practice: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/keep-up-your-yoga-practice/

[13] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/11.jpg

[14] walk with my dogs: http://blog.gaiam.com../blog/7-safety-tips-for-the-win-win-workout-walking-the-dog/

[15] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2.jpg

[16] Yoga Tune Up® Balls: http://www.yogatuneup.com/products/self-massage-therapy-balls

[17] myofascial tension: http://life.gaiam.com/video/roll-it-out-myofascial-release

[18] proprioception: http://blog.gaiam.com../blog/can-yoga-wreck-your-body-the-dark-side-of-yoga-with-shades-of-gray/

[19] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/3.jpg

[20] working my abdominals: http://www.pranamaya.com/miller-core.html

[21] foam roller: http://www.gaiam.com/product/36+foam+roller.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[22] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/4.jpg

[23] dancing: http://blog.gaiam.com../blog/so-you-think-you-can%E2%80%99t-dance-yoga-gives-dancers-a-backbone/

[24] Robyn: http://blog.gaiam.com../blog/how-i-lost-my-voice-%E2%80%93-and-found-it-again-with-my-own-two-hands/

[25] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/5.jpg

[26] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/6.jpg

[27] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/7.jpg

[28] Uddihyana Bandha: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/how-to-get-really-really-strong-abs-develop-yogic-under-armor/

[29] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/8.jpg

[30] squat: http://life.gaiam.com/article/3-keys-better-bum-guide-shapelier-lower-body

[31] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/9.jpg

[32] yoga block: http://www.gaiam.com/product/recycled+yoga+block+set.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[33] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/10.jpg

[34] backbends: http://www.gaiamtv.com/tv/gaiam-yoga-fundamentals-backbends?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day

[35] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/11.jpg

[36] Handstand: http://www.gaiamtv.com/tv/gaiam-yoga-fundamentals-inversions#show/7088?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day

[37] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/12.jpg

[38] Leg Stretch #3: http://blog.gaiam.com../blog/short-on-time-try-this-all-in-one-yoga-pose/

[39] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/13.jpg

[40] meditation: http://life.gaiam.com/guides/meditation-answers-solutions-go-guide

[41] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/14.jpg

[42] Savasana: http://blog.gaiam.com../blog/is-yoga-a-remedy-for-insomnia/

[43] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/blank-space-blog16.jpg

[44] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/15.jpg

[45] GaiamTV.com: http://www.gaiamtv.com/search/node/jill%20miller?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day

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