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The muscle of the Soul - Psoas

There is a major muscle called the Psoas in the centre of our body which the superficial part is attached from the Thoracic vertebra ( T12 ) to the 4th Lumbar vertebra ( L4 ) , Deep part is attached from L1-L5 and to the lesser trochanter (at the top of the femur). The main action of this muscle is to flex the hip joint and lifting the upper leg towards the body.

Activities such as sitting long hours or cycling cause tightness of this muscle, restriction of pelvic movement, impacts on structural balance, and the range of motion in the legs.These can cause lower back pain, hip pain and groin pain. Also, the connective tissue fascia is connected to the diaphragm. Therefore, when we have shallow breathing this muscle gets tight and loses flexibility.

The Taoist tradition refers to the Psoas as "the muscle of the Soul" because it connects to the deepest core of our identity.

The Psoas is directly connected to the spinal cord and the instinctual part of the brain through fascia. Therefore it is the first muscle to contract and the last to release when we experience anger, fear and anxiety such as fight or flight reactions. The muscle surrounds the lower "Dan tien" ( 3 fingers below your navel centre), which is a major energy center of the body. Therefore Psoas tension implicates digestive issues as well as menstrual pain.

Let's find out how we can release the tension of our Psoas muscle and cherish our body and soul!

Love, Yuka

How to release the tension of the Psoas muscle:

- diaphragm breathing

- psoas stretch ( runner's lunge with the front knee directly over the ankle and the back knee resting on the floor)

Model ,Yoga instructor / Ayako Takagi


-Trail Guide of the Body (Andrew Biel)

-Rejuvenation: A wellness guide for Women and Men ( Horst Rechelbacher)

-Cranial Chi Kung ( Mantak Chia and Joyce Thom)

- Yoga Anatomy (Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews, Sharon Ellis)


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