In my last post, we brought the slip and slide back to the abdominal layers using the Coregeous Ball in order to give the diaphragm a chance to release from the front. Now let’s talk to the back. Try this Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball Massage with Dr. Kelly Starrett of MobilityWod to free up the diaphragm’s partners on the back and between the ribs to further prepare the canvas so to speak.

Then we’ll be more ready to toughen it, broaden it, and soften it as it synergies with the orgy of tissues all around. (More on that later!)

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Louis Jackson

Louis's love of yoga emerged in the 1990s after receiving a copy of B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. After pledging to learn all 202 poses by himself, he injured his back and sought tutelage at Julie Lawrence’s Iyengar Studio in Portland, Oregon, where he learned to cool his fire and practice with impeccable alignment. In the Bay Area, he began studying with Master Iyengar Instructor Ben Thomas, who mentored him during his teacher training at Avalon Art and Yoga and taught him how to breathe. Under the guidance of both Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune Up and Master Teacher and Sanskrit scholar Anirudh Shastri, Louis weds the most recent research from physical therapy, physiology, and neuroscience with the rich tradition of Hatha Yoga practiced in North India.

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Chelsea Vickers

I did not know how beneficial this pose can be in the healing process.


I need a Coregeous Ball!


I’m incredibly excited to share this with some of co-workers who are singers, brass players, and woodwind players whose capacity of breath is so essential to their day to day life and work!

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Here I am, my mind still boggled by the discovery of the profound Diaphragm and Psoas relationship. Then I start thinking about intercostals. Then I grab a “Coregeous-type” ball and remember an exercise I did in one of my Tune-up classes.

Ball on the belly (right at my friend the Diaphragm). Tubularize the core. Relax.

Eureka! I understand now. At least I understand better as to the potential of such an tool as the Coregeous Ball.

Mix-in the Tune-Up Ball exercises for the back… BAM!

Yi-Hsueh Lu

Every now and then I feel congested in breathing and it just seemed so logical to me that it must be something going on in the lungs or the bronchi. Adding on to that is the name rib “cage,” which makes an impression of a fixed bony structure around the breathing cavity. Everything I know about breathing changed when I am enlightened to the fact that there are muscles and soft tissues all around the ribs, the lungs, and the space where air fills. Releasing the back muscles brings life into the breath, TRY IT!


All of these videos on improving the mechanics of the diaphragm to improve mobility, stability and performance in your sport is amazing information for me as I work with elite hockey athletes who could benefit from this on every level. I will try this next week with my priv client and hopefully over the summer months while he is with me he will notice an improvement on the ice.

Tracy L

More, new information for me! Great! I’ve never thought about the diaphragm as needing to be stretched and supple. I know that this is an area for athletes to focus on as a way to improve athletic performance, but now, I have the knowledge that hip and low-back pain may be connected to the diaphragm and that this area can be stretched with YTU balls through the upper and mid-thorasic spine, to capture segments of the diaphragm and the connecting ribs. This is great for everyone! Thank you!!

Lisa Cassidy

Thanks for another great post. That is one of my favorite Therapy Ball exercises! Recently on an anatomy page that I follow on Facebook, they asked the question of their followers “Why do you love anatomy?” There were many different answers given but I immediately thought of something Jill said during our Level 1 training, we ARE anatomy! So that was my answer! It is amazing how disconnected the average person is from their body and apparently even people that follow anatomy pages. No one actually thought of themselves as anatomy but instead gave more generic responses like ‘the human… Read more »

Alison Lloyd-Nijjar

As we know, the human body and how we move are highly misunderstood…breathing mechanics are even more misunderstood or neglected altogether. This post and part 1 remind us of how essential our breathing parts and breathing mechsnics are to good health and optimal performance.

Narcedalia (Nars)

That was one of the first videos I did while I was looking into answers to heal my own body.!!! once again, breathing comes up! thank you!