Upcoming Workshops with Ann West
Yoga for a Healthy Psoas
Therapeutic Yoga, Movement & Breath
12-2pm, Saturday, February 2, 2019
When we transform the psoas, the hips are free to move and the lower back maintains its neutral curves.
We feel more at ease. Walking is initiated at the solar plexus and we literally move from a place of power.
What and where is the psoas?
The psoas is a deep core and hip flexor muscle that exerts a far reaching influence on the rest of the body. It fans out from each side of the lower vertebral column, reaches down through the abdomen and pelvis, and attaches to the inner upper thigh bones. It joins the spine to the legs, the inside body to the outside, and the back body to the front. Several major nerves pass through the psoas on their way to the abdominal organs, pelvis and legs. It also shares tissue connections with our main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, as well connections with the pelvic floor at the base of the trunk. It’s primary functions are stabilizing the spine and flexing the leg towards the trunk.
What happens when there are issues with the psoas?
We activate the psoas when we run, walk, stand and sit, so it’s in near constant use. Because it’s frequently working and responsible for so many functions, it’s often overworked. A short, stiff or weak psoas can lead to imbalances that compress the lumbar discs resulting in back spasms and lower back pain. A tight or weak psoas can also impact hip and knee health, as well as play a role in core weakness, pelvic floor dysfunction, poor breathing patterns and a heightened emotional stress response.
The benefits of healthy psoas muscles
Thankfully, the psoas is made up of responsive muscle tissue, which is receptive to positive change through conscious strengthening and releasing techniques. Supple and strong psoas muscles are easy to achieve with practice and patience. They lead to a host of health benefits including:
- improved posture, stability and core strength
- improved back, hip and knee health
- improved pelvic floor and organ health
- free and fluid breathing
- a calm and balanced psyche
When we transform the psoas, the hips are free to move and the lower back maintains its neutral curves. We feel more at ease. Walking is initiated at the solar plexus, and we literally move from a place of power.
In this workshop you will learn:
- experiential anatomy to help develop your understanding of how the psoas
functions in your body
- yoga asanas and functional exercises designed to transform the psoas:
release and lengthen – awaken and build strength – promote balance and stability
- breathing exercises to improve activation of the psoas and help stabilize the spine,
pelvis and hips
- meditation exercises to cultivate a more subtle awareness of the psoas and its deep
reaching influence on the entire being
All levels welcome.
Register soon to reserve your space.
More upcoming 2019 yoga workshops
Yoga for Emotional Well-Being
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 12-2pm
Yoga to help reduce stress, depression and anxiety.
Yoga for Menopause
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 12-2pm
Yoga to alleviate menopausal symptoms and offer support through this pivotal transition.
Full workshop descriptions coming soon.
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