Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Seated Psoas

It’s time for asana practice. Do you know where your psoas is?

It starts on the lumbar spine, ends on the femur, and flexes the hip. But actually feeling it requires awareness and guidance. So, why bother to dig through the recesses of your pelvis to discover your buried pair of psoas muscles?

Discovering the psoas can lead to a whole new world of asana experience. Whereas most people spend their days sitting in chairs with constricted psoas muscles, most asanas are enhanced when the psoas is released.

For example, a relaxed psoas in Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) relieves tension in the lower back and releases the knees closer to the ground by allowing the groins to open. (Liz Koch explains it much more accurately and eloquently in Release Your Psoas.)

Do you know where your psoas is? If so, what new observations has it led to in your asana practice? Any new emotional observations?

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