Improve Flexibility, Stability, Coordination and Health
Yoga Link | Shoulder Shape-Up is a unique Yoga-based practice specifically designed to break through the weakness and congestion in your shoulders caused by the unhealthy habits of our modern lifestyles. Unlock the mobility of the shoulders and arms and reconnect to the natural dexterity buried within. This series of extraordinarily deep shoulder and upper back exercises is designed to mobilize the shoulders from every angle, strengthen and rebalance weak muscles, and cultivate freedom in the breath.
Highlights from this DVD include:
- • Shoulder Workshop - detailed exercise instruction (38 min)
- • Shoulder Practice - a full routine for regular practice (43 min)
- • Breathing Primer - essential breathing techniques (15 min)
- • Bonus exercises for the wrists and hands
- • English Subtitle option for all material
- • Bonus MP3s of practice for audio-only class
The Yoga Link Collection
Each DVD in the Yoga Link series targets specific regions of our bodies that, according to Jill Miller, tend to be areas of chronic weakness and congestion: "We spend too much time sitting idle at computers and in cars with poor posture. Using Yoga Link's techniques, anyone can create healthy balanced hips, shoulders, and a powerful core to break through the cycle of pain that stems from our everyday habits."
excellent DVD Review by fitnessfan
I am a fairly fit person who has been working out doing cardio, weight training and basic stretching for about 30 years. I have not done much yoga. A year ago I injured my right shoulder and elbow area and triceps. With pain in both shoulder and elbow, I was unable to do many of my usual exercise routines and had to basically stop upper body weight training totally due to the elbow pain. I tried many things to recover and became weaker and more frustrated as many months passed, then a year. To make a long story short this DVD made the most difference in my recovery. I am now almost back to normal. The entire DVD, shoulder workshop and extra stretches, has helped me enormously. Not only has this practice helped my shoulders, but also my wrists, both elbows, and forearms. I work with computers all day and this has really improved my entire upper body flexibility and feeling. My interest in yoga overall has increased a lot and I will be doing more. HIGHLY recommend!!! (Posted on 10/24/09)
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Excellent value and easy to access and learn from at any level Review by John Hackett
I have bought Jill's DVD's before and found them informative and easy to access. Jill's style as she talks you through the variety of exercises is easy to follow and understand. As she is showing you in real time you get a sense of exactly how you can do them yourself. Each DVD is divided into sections and straight forward to get into them.
Whenever I sense a little staleness in my practice or I need a nudge of inspiration, then I pop one these DVD's into the player and reconnect with the ideas, exercises and asanas you demonstrate. I enjoy Jill's sense of humour and how in touch she is with the little variations and alternatives she demonstrates. I have a long way to go, but each time I watch any of the DVD's, I come away with something to enhance my practice.
If you are looking for DVD's to move you on to the next level of your practice, then these are what you are looking for. (Posted on 5/1/09)
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"Yoga Tune-Up is an appropriate title for Jill Miller’s work with asana (posture) and breath, developed as a result of 23 years of her experience with yoga, dance and a number of bodywork modalities. And in this work, it is not hyperbole to say that she is a genius"
-- LA Yoga Magazine
"Those new to Jill Miller and craving someone who can teach them about the way that their body moves are likely to find a new love here. Personally, I'm glad to see Miller getting the increased attention and recognition that she deserves through this new series, as she casts a unique light upon a crowded yoga media field.
"And finally, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jill Miller's Yoga Link series in general and this DVD in particular...few other yoga teachers will challenge you to explore your body in such an intense yet accessible manner"
-- Beth Cholette, Ph.D., Metapsychology Today
"Of all the joints, the shoulder is one of the most complicated, easily injured, and oft complained of. Here Southern California yoga teacher Jill Miller offers a a tune-up for the shoulders "from hands to heart."
The DVD is divided into three sections. There's a 16-minute primer on pranayama (breathing techniques), a 49-minute "shoulder shape-up" workshop and a 43-minute practice. The workshop explains all the ranges of motion of the shoulder (flexion, extension, elevation, depression, internal and external rotation, and detraction) and breaks down Miller's sequences in detail.
The workshop also serves as a kind of prelude to the practice, which consists of around 20 different exercises with engaging names like Pin the Arms on the Yogi, Holy Cow at the Trough, and the world-famous Jane Fonda Light Bulb Exercise. These and surprising variations got me thinking and practicing outside the usual box. If you don't have time to do a whole sequence, check out Miller's short stretches (one to three minutes) for your thumbs, palms, wrists, forearms, and shoulders."
-- Richard Rosen, Yoga Journal
About Jill Miller
A student of yoga since age 14, Jill Miller brings more than 23 years of expertise, including the moving arts of Modern Dance, Pilates, Bodytuning, Breathwork, Shiatsu, and Butoh. Her teaching playfully integrates the nuts and bolts of human movement coupled with yogic philosophy, creating a unique experience that builds conscious awareness within every aspect your practice. With a focus on removing tension from the body, releasing entrapments of the mind and reconnecting you to your core, her innovative approach strengthens you from the inside out.
Jill’s enthusiasm for yoga is contagious. She inspires all levels from newcomer to teacher with her daring, playful and highly original style; her philosophy is deeply rooted in the work of longtime mentor Glenn Black (Iyengar Yoga/ Bodytuning Massage). For nine years she has taught at The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, while also leading workshops, retreats, and trainings internationally. Well known for her deep gut work, she has been featured in Fit Yoga, Yoga Journal, Breathe Magazine, Yogi Times and NPR. The Los Angeles Times calls her "kinetically arresting."
Prompted by an urge to establish a truer and more tangible connection to her core, she created the popular Core Integration - A Total Abdominal Awakening, and Yoga Tune Up® series. Jill’s latest program, Yoga Link – Easy Access to an Ageless Art is designed to help you gain a specialized knowledge of your own body so you can intelligently and systematically prime yourself for every category of yoga asana. Throughout this series, Jill deconstructs poses into accessible, digestible units, the way a skilled mechanic disassembles an engine to empower you in creating a lifetime of healthy movement habits and a refined Yogic awareness.
You may also enjoy our special Sacred Cow interview with Jill: Jill Miller Talks About Tuning In.