Meet Ariel Kiley, a member of our teaching team who leads weekly Yoga Tune Up® Flow, Yoga Tune Up® Pain Relief, Yoga Tune Up® Lab, and Rx Series classes at Equinox Fitness Clubs NYC, Yoga Sole, and Dou Yoga in Brooklyn and NYC.
How did you discover Yoga Tune Up® and why did you decide to become a teacher?
I discovered Yoga Tune Up® when a friend talked me into going to a Core Integration workshop with Jill Miller in 2010. I remember thinking that the work was unusual and quite uncomfortable, but I sensed that there was a deeper logic to the practice than in the yoga classes I typically attended. I decided to take the YTU Level 1 teacher training because I was teaching full time and knew I was dangerously under-educated in anatomy and biomechanics. I was also drawn to it because I found all the lead YTU teachers to be exceptionally vibrant and engaging – I wanted to be more like them. After the training I followed Jill wherever I could to assist her until I was eventually leading trainings myself.
What advice would you give a new student just starting a YTU practice?
If you are just starting a YTU practice all you really need to do is show up and listen. Yes, listen to the teacher, but more importantly listen to your body. YTU is a brave practice because it takes you into body blind spots of pain, weakness, tension and even numbness. These can be scary places to confront. Listen to the sensations that arise and trust that by doing this work you can transform that tissue. Be patient but also diligent. YTU will empower you to be the master of your own body – to no longer fear or shame it. Your job is to bravely show up and so your mastery can unfold.
The Yoga Tune Up motto is “Live better in your body”. What does that mean to you?
To “Live better in your body” means that you are constantly refining your mind-body connection so that you can physically and emotionally respond to the demands of your life in a positive and empowered way. It means that you continually experience more ease, more pleasure and greater strength. Many people are completely disassociated from their physical
self. To live better in your body is to truly move into yourself, and make yourself at home in your own awesome bod.
If you could only choose one YTU movement or therapy ball technique to take with you on a desert island, what would it be?
Only one? Fine. Moon Rises! I love the combo of leg/butt/hip strengthening paired with dynamic spinal rotation and balance. Maybe I’ll do it with my hands on coconuts instead of blocks on the island. (See how to do it in the video below!)