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124: Jill Miller — Erase Pain, Improve Mobility and Live Better in Body and Mind

By January 20, 2018Podcasts
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Jill Miller


Jill MillerJill 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. Jill is the anatomy columnist for Yoga Journal Magazine and has been featured in Shape, Men’s Journal, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, Self, and on the Today Show and Good Morning America. She is regularly featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

With more than 30 years of study in anatomy and movement, Jill is a pioneer in linking the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, athletics and pain management. She is the creator of dozens of DVD’s including Treat While You Train with Kelly Starrett DPT and 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.

Jill Miller Roll ModelJill Miller 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 around the world. She has created original programs for 24 Hour Fitness, Equinox, YogaWorks, and numerous professional sports teams.

Jill is a great example of powerful feminism at it’s best. She’s been a force and leader in the world of mobility and yoga for years, is a new mother, and is incredibly humble and transparent about the bumps along the way (including her struggles with an eating disorder, injuries, and a hip replacement).

Jill continues to learn and grow, creating new ways to reach and help more people, more effectively, and will be your mobility coach for the next 6-weeks of the Whole Life Challenge. Hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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Notes from the Episode (124 – Jill Miller)

  • Having hip replacement surgery – the what, why, and how of it all
  • Why you should care about knowing as much as you can about your injury/condition prior to going to see your doctor/surgeon.
  • How “The Direct Superior Approach” for hip replacement surgery allowed Jill to have outpatient surgery and literally walk out of the hospital with a new hip.
  • Why you should continue training right up to any surgery you’re considering having.
  • Using electric stim devices to reduce inflammation.
  • Why you should stop icing injuries to reduce inflammation.
  • Cold Urticaria – allergy to ice and cold
  • Learning yoga and fitness by watching home videos with mom as a young kid
  • Becoming a great study of alignment and anatomy through books, Yoga Journal Magazine and regular (obsessive) practice.
  • Jill’s struggle with Bulimia
  • How her best friend, who struggled with Anorexia, set a boundary that devastated Jill but spurred her to get help.
  • How Jill healed from her eating disorder and her words for others struggling – never give up.
  • Jill’s advice for parents struggling with eating disorders. Ask the question, “What’s wrong?”… and then listen with your heart.
  • And for kids struggling with an eating disorder, get the voices in your head, out. Find someone you trust and to talk to.
  • The underlying causes of eating disorders – How a lack of self-like, self-respect, and personal integrity, followed up by shame keeps it all going in spite of best efforts.
  • How she developed “self-like” by becoming a person for whom others would have no problem with asking to borrow some eggs or sugar.
  • Coming up with “Yoga Tune Up” when making a Hanukkah gift for her mom
  • How her intense yoga (ashtanga) practice with no muscular strength work lead to her becoming injured and “overstretched”.
  • Extreme stretching just like extreme anything is not conducive to health and well-being.
  • Meeting her husband and how he helped her “bottle” her seminars.
  • Biggest challenge – being at peace with competing interests and not punishing herself for not getting everything done
  • The importance of not forgetting to have fun as you go through life

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.