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Mindful : June 2019
Tenacious. Jillian the Suc- ceeder,” she writes in her 2017 book Deep Listening. “All the foundational ideas I had about myself were validated by my job.” She was also athletic, pushing herself through any physical challenge. She played soccer throughout school, and as an adult she taught aerobics in addition to her day job. She tells how she began running, proudly finishing a five-mile race soon after. Then someone suggested she should run a marathon, so she did...just five months later. “ Because I had cultivated a mind-over- matter attitude, I was actu- ally able to cross the finish line,” she writes. “ But then Iwassickforayear.Ihad pushed myself too much, although I didn’t make that connection at the time.” When she discovered yoga, it became an obses- sion. She practiced at the studio across from her Flatiron Building office at lunchtime and again after work. She became certified to teach, and started doing that in her off hours. → front of the hip, contracts and shortens the psoas. “Our gut environment has to feel safe. If it’s squeezed because of our six-pack abs, if it’s squeezed because we don’t want to feel it, if it’s squeezed because the psoas is shor t, as it is constantly from walking and riding and running and driving and sitting, then all of that inhibits our ability to calm ourselves,” she says. “ When the belly can soften, when we provide a place for the breath to move at ease, we create an environment where we can feel more, know more, receive more guttural, preverbal cues that inform us on what would really be most wise. Insight and wisdom are then available in a way that they’re not when we’re rush- ing around and not seeing a bigger perspective.” — Kelle Walsh PHOTOGRAPHCOURTESYOFJILLIANPRANSKY We invite the breath to meet any hard or stuck places in the body, washing over and around them like water, releasing the tension and pain held there. June 2019 mindful 59 well-being