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Yoga Link: Core Integration

Jill Miller

I've been buying Jill Miller's DVDs (and CD) for quite a while and have always found them to be very helpful in my home yoga practice. Since they've been self produced (until this series) they've seemed a little homemade, although I love them anyway.

With this Pranamaya series the sound issues and editing have improved greatly, moving her videos to a new level and, I hope, opens her approach to a wider audience. Jill's focus on the core (and as far as I'm concerned Jill, as much as anyone, owns this territory) is deep and intense. She makes it possible to understand and connect to how the core works as stabilizer for the spine and as conduit for movement. I particurly like how she uses bridge to sync with uddiyana bandha and offer a progression toward nauli -- side boat is also innovative.

The design of this DVD is very user friendly: there's a 50+ min. practice, a 70+ minute tutorial (wonderful, slower and more detailed look at the principals in use) and a 16 min. breathing primer. The material is well-chaptered so you can work selectively.

There is a lot of material in this DVD and it's organized in very easy-to-digest chunks. The design is user friendly: there's a 50+ min. practice, a 70+ minute tutorial (wonderful, slower and more detailed look at the principals in use) and a 16 min. breathing primer. The material is well-chaptered so you can work selectively.

My only quibble is that the interior seems a tiny bit too stylist-driven.

Me: I've been a home exerciser for over 20 years, have been doing yoga daily for over 10 years (including a teacher training). I think this DVD is best for somewhat experienced practitioners (experienced beginners+) who already have some sense of their core. It complements my own practice and my classes.

My only quibble is that the interior seems a tiny bit too stylist-driven.

I've been a home exerciser for over 20 years, have been doing yoga daily for over 10 years (including a teacher training). I think this DVD is best for somewhat experienced practitioners (experienced beginners+) who already have some sense of their core. It complements my own practice and my classes.

Instructor comments:
Jill is an experienced yogi who has been teaching for many years. Her own teachers have included Ana Forrest and she also seems to bring in material from disciplines other than yoga. Jill's instruction is as precise as her execution of the movements. She is very direct and down to earth (and funny). Her language is refreshingly concrete, rather than poetic. And, best of all, she doesn't chirp.

Sharon Frost
sharonfrost@earthlink.net
November 15, 2008.



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