Body by Breath: The Science and Practice of Physical and Emotional Resilience (Hardcover)
In the hierarchy of life, breath always wins. It persists 22,000 times daily, but you get to decide whether the way you breathe is to your benefit or detriment.
Breath becomes compromised by stress, disease, and the environmental trappings of progress; you can still breathe under this pressure, but it leads to poor breathing habits that slowly whittle away at your health. In Body by Breath, bestselling author Jill Miller takes you on a journey through your breathing body and presents more than 100 step-by-step techniques and practices to help you master the body-breath connection and reset your physiology.
This book explores four primary types of resilience-building exercises—breathwork, movement, rolling, and non-sleep deep rest—to help you achieve
• Greater power, endurance, and recovery ability
• Enhanced self-regulation skills
• Supercharged executive function
• Relief from pain, injuries, and chronic conditions
• Freedom to feel, connect, and express stored emotions
Jill shares her scientifically supported methods so you can
- Train and modulate your body and nervous system for reduced stress, improved mobility, and whole-body resilience
- Discover the latest findings in breath and fascia research and get the most out of breathwork practice by including more of your body’s parts in the mix
- Map the vast reach of the diaphragm and feel how it intermingles with everything in your body.
You’ll travel the pathways of the vagus nerve and trace miles of fascial intersections beneath your skin to unlock your body’s regenerative reservoir.
If you have struggled with traditional meditation practices because remaining still spikes your anxiety and leaves you feeling agitated and fidgety, Body by Breath presents innovative alternatives designed for your unique nervous system. This inclusive approach allows you to reap the benefits of relaxation, restoration, and regeneration.
Take these practices into your life and renew the way you embody breath.
About the Author
Jill 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. With more than 30 years of study in anatomy and movement, she is a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, athletics, and pain management. She is known as the Teacher’s Teacher and 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 internationally. As the creator of some of the world’s best mobility tools, she has crafted original programs for 24 Hour Fitness, Equinox, YogaWorks, and numerous professional sports teams. She and her team of 500+ trainers help you to live better in your body with an emphasis on proprioception, mobility, breath mechanics, and recovery.
She has presented case studies at the Fascia Research Congress and International Association of Yoga Therapy conferences. She has the rare ability to translate complex physiological and biomechanical information into accessible, relevant moves that help her students transform pain, dysfunction, and injury into robust fitness. Jill is the former anatomy columnist for Yoga Journal Magazine and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Shape, Men’s Journal, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, and Self and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is the creator of dozens of programs, including collaborations with Tom Myers, Katy Bowman, and Kelly Starrett, DPT. She 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. She is a contributing author on the topic of self-myofascial release in the medical textbook Fascia, Function and Medical Applications. She lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband and two children.
“When I began talking and teaching about breathing, the first person I invited to that work was Jill Miller. There are very few people who have a black belt of understanding in the biological experience; she sits in a class of her own. Jill’s understanding of the role of breathing in being human and its applications cannot be replicated. She already has changed the landscape of the oldest movement practice we know (yoga) and is now making sense of its foundation. If you are interested in truly understanding how our breath works with us or without us, this is the most important book to date on the subject.”
—Brian Mackenzie, human performance specialist and author of Unplugged and Power Speed Endurance
“It is a wry comment on our current condition that we need to be taught how to walk, run, stand, and even breathe. Nevertheless, the research shows the cost of not teaching humans these simple but lost arts is disease and disengagement. Jill Miller has distilled her years of practical work in the field into a reference manual for the modern therapist, parent, or human that respects our intelligence and covers the field with assurance and, best of all, effervescent humor and disarming honesty.”
—Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains
“Body by Breath is an extraordinary read. A gifted teacher, Jill Miller masterfully weaves together important physiological concepts with clear diagnostics and resulting actionable protocols. The illustrations, graphics, and writing style combine to seamlessly float the reader back and forth between wonder, inspiration, and self-guided application. Body by Breath is as comprehensive as any academic course or textbook—yet also dedicates hundreds of pages to walking the reader through a guide to building a personalized protocol.”
—Andy Galpin, professor of Human Performance, director of the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton, and bestselling author of Unplugged
“In Body by Breath, Jill has given us the user’s manual for the human body that we have all been waiting for. Many of us are seeking guidance to help us restore a sense of balance as we navigate the mental, emotional, and physiological impact of the pandemic. Jill explains the science of breath while making a complex topic both understandable and usable in our everyday lives. Throughout the book, you will receive experiential practices that invite you to embody the material and enhance your well-being. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Bravo!”
—Dr. Arielle Schwartz, clinical psychologist and author of The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook
“Body by Breath is a blueprint for working through the physical and emotional storms caused by trauma or injury. It’s like Jill gives you a giant warm hug of facts about navigating your body and mind, and then she holds your hand to guide you step by step through practices to build physical and emotional intelligence. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this book.”
—Dr. Theresa Larson, PT, DPT, CSCS, Marine Corps veteran, and author of Warrior
“At a time when the culture demands us to take in more and more, the pandemic made us afraid to inhale, and respiratory illness—from asthma to apnea to COPD—are everywhere, Body by Breath arrives like of breath of fresh air to give us the inspiration we need to find more freedom, comfort, and vitality in the most basic of physical acts, which is the first thing we do when we come into this world—breathe!”
—David Lesondak, BCSI, ATSI, FST, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and author of Fascia: What It Is and Why It Matters
“Body by Breath is a complete manual to positively inspire you. Jill Miller’s thorough and thoughtful book is packed with clear explanations, exercises and gorgeous, helpful visuals. Body by Breath is the ‘how to breathe well’ textbook you wish you’d read years ago.”
—Katy Bowman, MS, bestselling author of Move Your DNA and Rethink Your Position
Body by Breath is an essential resource for all bodies, including athletes; educators; yoga practitioners; those who struggle with pain, injury, anxiety, or the effects of long-term COVID; or anyone who wants to cultivate greater skills for self-regulation and healing. With an eye toward science, Jill Miller provides theoretical explanations and embodied exercises to help us understand and experience the impact that deep, deliberate, and targeted breath has on our physical, emotional, and psychological health and wellness. As a yoga teacher and practitioner, I will use this thorough and well-researched book to not only enrich my understanding but as a resource within my own programming.
—Seane Corn, author of Revolution of the Soul