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Holistic Well-Being with Yoga Tune Up® | Mobility, Relaxation, and Strength

 

A self-care practice | myofascial release, breathwork, and corrective exercises.

Studio being ready before the yoga class
Breathwork Plus in Studio City - Yoga Tune Up® Class


Introduction:


What is Yoga Tune Up®, and how does it differ from traditional yoga practices?


YTU is a conscious self-care practice that bridges asana and yoga practices including pranayama, corrective exercises, and self-myofascial release techniques using therapy balls. 


Who developed Yoga Tune Up®, and what inspired its creation?


Jill Miller created Yoga Tune Up® after years of intensive yoga practice, which led to multiple injuries in her body due to hyperflexibility.


Observing that she was not an isolated case and that many hyperflexible people were naturally attracted to yoga, she developed a more sustainable and scalable practice.


This practice, not only helps the body get stronger and healthier but also addresses the emotional aspect of the healing process and down-regulation of the nervous system.


What are some common misconceptions about Yoga Tune Up®?


The common misconception is that you cannot be a beginner on your yoga journey. That is not true. You can come to the class with zero experience in yoga, self-massage, or breathwork.



 

The Principles of Yoga Tune Up®:


How does breathwork play a role in Yoga Tune Up, and why is it important?


Breathwork is an essential part of the Yoga Tune Up® class.


In addition to traditional pranayama, we use therapy balls to massage and increase the range of motion of the ribcage and proprioception of the supporting respiratory tissues.


What is self-massage, and how does it benefit the body?



Yoga teacher explains how class is designed
Nadjiba welcomes students to class

There are many benefits to performing self-massage ranging from getting micro-stretches that are not achievable by movement to increasing the circulation of fluids, temporary pain relief, etc.


The most valuable benefit of self-massage is the increased proprioception (the body's ability to sense movement, action, and location) and connection to the body, the mind-body connection.



How do corrective exercises help address imbalances and prevent injuries?


Corrective exercises are crucial in addressing imbalances and preventing injuries by focusing on specific movement patterns, muscle weaknesses, and joint dysfunctions contributing to poor biomechanics and increased injury risk.


Corrective exercises are essential for improving movement quality, and minimizing injury risk by targeting weaknesses, enhancing mobility and stability, realigning movement patterns, and promoting overall body awareness. 


What is the significance of functional movement in Yoga Tune Up®?


YTU is centered around helping people live better in their bodies so the movements are functional. They are designed to help people lift groceries, reach the kitchen top shelf, squat to play with grandkids, etc.


 

The Techniques:


Can you explain how to use therapy balls for self-massage in Yoga Tune Up®?



Therapy balls are used in each class to help self massage and myofascial release
Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls

The therapy balls are used either before practice for warm-up or after a workout to release tension and speed up recovery. There are many techniques and several ball sizes we use.


In addition to benefiting the body, self-massage also addresses the nervous system and helps down-regulate it. It helps enhance emotional resilience.




What are some examples of stretching and mobility exercises used in Yoga Tune Up®?


Demonstration of a self-massage with therapy ball
Nadjiba - yoga teacher demonstrated movment

Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is a stretching technique that we often use in YTU. It is a muscle contraction while the tissue is elongated or stretched, which has been proven beneficial to the muscles (improve muscle elasticity).


You should always expect some fun and creative moves. :)





How do strength-building exercises fit into the practice of Yoga Tune Up®?


Strength-building exercises in Yoga Tune Up® focus on functional strength, injury prevention, joint stability, and core strength.


They target muscle imbalances, integrate with mobility work, and use props for variety.


This approach creates a balanced body that is strong, flexible, and resilient, enhancing overall movement quality and reducing injury risk.


What are some beginner-friendly breathwork practices in Yoga Tune Up®?


Simple diaphragmatic breathing! Focuses on breathing deeply into the diaphragm, expanding the belly on the inhale and contracting it on the exhale. This promotes relaxation and efficient oxygen exchange.


 

Benefits of Yoga Tune Up®:


What are the physical benefits of practicing Yoga Tune Up® regularly?


Greater mobility, better proprioception, mind-body connection, reduced pain, increased strength, relaxation, and emotional resilience.


How does Yoga Tune Up® contribute to mental well-being and stress reduction?


YTU offers many tools for mental well-being and stress reduction, like breathing techniques, mindfulness, and self-massage techniques specially designed to stimulate the vagus nerve.


 

Who Can Benefit:


Who is Yoga Tune Up® suitable for, and who might benefit the most from practicing it?


YTU is suitable and scalable for everyone, whether you want to connect with your body more, are recovering from injury, or are an athlete looking to enhance performance.


How does Yoga Tune Up® complement other forms of exercise or physical therapy?


Yoga instructor stretching
All equipment is provided

YTU is a great way to get strength, mobility, body awareness, and proprioception, essential for any physical activity.


Practicing YTU is a great preparation for traditional asana or any physical activity, because of its focus on posture, body awareness, and biomechanics, practitioners become more literate about the human body.



 

Getting Started:


What steps can beginners take to start practicing Yoga Tune Up®?


Just show up to a class with an open mind. :)


Are there any specific resources or materials beginners should have?


There is no requirement for taking a YTU class but if you want to dig deeper into the science and techniques Jill Miller’s books, Body By Breath and The Roll Model are great resources.


How can beginners find certified instructors or reputable online resources for Yoga Tune Up®?


The YTU website tuneupfitness.com has a search function you can use to look up an instructor by area.


 

Conclusion:


What are the key takeaways from this discussion of Yoga Tune Up®?


Yoga Tune Up® (YTU), created by Jill Miller, combines yoga with corrective exercises, breathwork, and self-myofascial release using therapy balls. It prevents injuries and supports overall health, emphasizing both physical and emotional well-being.


Key principles include breathwork to enhance respiratory function, self-massage for better proprioception and pain relief, and corrective exercises to address imbalances. Functional movements ensure everyday tasks are performed with ease.


YTU offers physical benefits like improved mobility, strength, and relaxation, along with mental benefits like stress reduction and emotional resilience. It's suitable for everyone and complements other physical activities by enhancing body awareness.


Beginners are welcome. All you need is an open mind.


Why should readers consider incorporating Yoga Tune Up® into their wellness routines?


Yoga Tune Up® is a self-care practice. Just like brushing your teeth keeps them healthy, using the YTU techniques fluss body from pain, discomfort, and blind spots.

 

Where can I try a Yoga Tune Up® class in Los Angeles?


Breathwork Plus Wellness Studio in Studio City.

📍11600 Ventura Blvd


We cannot wait to see you!




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