Summer of Self-Love

Three playful moves take care of brain and body.

Seeking a summer of love this year? Skip it. Instead dedicate yourself to a summer of self-love, and by that we mean daily self-care. These moves from celebrity fitness and self-care expert Jill Miller will start a revolution in your body. Combine them with a daily movement practice, a healthy diet and regular rest and recovery and you will glow from the inside out.

To get started, you’ll need one Coregeous Ball.

Abdominal Free-For-All

Equipment: Coregeous Ball

So many abdominal exercises are concentrated on one area at a time—think plank, side plank, revolving plank—and all of them are executed within very defined limits. This exercise deliberately asks you to create some chaos in your core while simultaneously asking your core to reconcile the playfulness. It’s great for improving dynamic stabilization of your torso: By training the muscles that support the 70 joints of your spine to be more facile and fluid, you’ll build your endurance for the whirlwind of motion the world around you requires.

Hand Dance Meditation

Equipment: none

This meditation is play, in slow motion. It’s a complete dance for your hands, but even more, it’s a chance to watch the field of play in your mind. I learned this while studying a form of Japanese modern dance called Butoh.

Lateral Abdominal Churning (Nauli Kriya)

Equipment: none

I learned this move over a decade ago, and in many ways, it has become my signature. It’s a bizarre move because you do it without any air in your body and you ask your abdominal muscles to collaborate on a movement that seems utterly exotic and alien. Your adult mind might be puzzled, but show this move to a kid, and he or she will figure it out in a week.

Photo credit: Todd Cribari,
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