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The Psoas: Muscle of The Soul

I was delighted when I first came across Liz Koch’s amazing work because it confirmed much of what I’d been intuiting on my own. I had begun to open and close my yoga practise with hip opening poses with the specific intention of releasing tension in my psoas and hip flexors. I’d breathe and imagine tension flowing out of constricted muscles to be released as energy into the torso. It worked, I’d feel my body soften yet somehow grow stronger. Reading Liz Koch I instantly realized what I was doing – by learning to relax my psoas I was literally energizing my deepest core by reconnecting with the powerful energy of the earth. According to Koch, the psoas is far more than a core stabilizing muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.” Well, I just had to learn more. The Psoas is the only ‘muscle’ to connect the spine to the legs. (P.

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The Psoas is: If you guessed C, you’re correct. Buried deep within the core of your body, the psoas (pronounced “so-az”) affects every facet of your life, from your physical well-being to who you feel yourself to be and how you relate to the world. A bridge linking the trunk to the legs, the psoas is critical for balanced alignment, proper joint rotation, and full muscular range of motion. In yoga, the psoas plays an important role in every asana.

Yoga: ASANA (POSTURE) Notes: 1. Do not try to practice the following postures with out teachers advice, always yoga has to learn under a teacher. What Is Kemetic Yoga? The above depiction shows the Divinities Heru and Djhuty binding the Sema symbol while the Pharoah sits atop. The one on the left holds the symbol with a papyrus plant (lower self) and the one on the right binds with a lotus flower (higher self). This means that the duality of spirit and matter, temporal and transcendent becomes unified in such a way that one's temporal nature dissolves into the transcendent reality; one's higher nature. Psoas Release Work Is Magical Psoas release work can provide a great deal of relief to people suffering back, hip, groin, and other types of pain. The goal of a psoas release is to create an environment where the psoas major can let go of chronically held tension that might get stored in this profound muscle. This type of psoas release is often found by putting yourself in a position to relax the psoas muscle while making use of the gentle force of gravity to create space in the body’s core.. Many approaches to pain relief involve doing something active to heal the body—there are many injuries that can be rehabilitated through stretching, manipulating, stimulating and even in some cases medicating. But what if these approaches have not worked and you are still suffering pain?

The Science behind Yoga and Stress There are two functional parts of the brain that play a key role in stress. These serve the functions of emotion and cognitive function. So I am calling them the ’emotional’ brain (amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures including the medial prefrontal cortex) and the ‘logical’ brain (the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, other parts of the prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus). The emotional brain is able to initiate a ‘stress response’ via the sympathetic nervous system which culminates in adrenaline and cortisol racing through our circulation.The logical brain is always trying to ‘turn-off’ this stress response and it is also trying to restrain the emotional brain. The stronger our logical brain, the better it becomes at doing these two things. When the stress response is ‘turned off’, our parasympathetic nervous system signal is ‘turned on’.

How to Release the Stress stored in our Bodies Do you spend much time sitting in front of a computer, on a plane, in a car? If so your hips may be locked up which effects your ability to dance, but worse than that it may be causing you undue stress and fear. The Psoas Muscle, is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the pelvis, that is also known as the “muscle of the soul”. It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and our outlook on life. We recently explored in depth just how much fear can inhibit our ability to think clearly thus creating an unhealthy perspective that can harm us and those around us. Now let’s look at where that fear might be stored in our body, and a few ways to release it.

Befuddled, Exhausted or Unwell? Transform Your Life For the Better With the Power of Energetic Yoga 1st September 2015 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Whether you’re an old hand at yoga or new to the game, everyone can benefit from a unique form of the practice: Energy Medicine Yoga. The Seven Minds What is Kemetic Yoga? By Sehu Khepera Ankh Yoga was practiced in Ancient Egypt, North East Africa, for a very long time. Chinese Medicine and the Psoas Acknowledgment This article is co-authored with Licensed Acupuncturist Martin Grasby L Ac. See further information and contact information about Martin Grasby at the end of the article. Yoga Anatomy: What Every Teacher (and Practitioner) Should Know About Fascia Although our fascia (a vast network of fibrous connective tissue within the body, pronounced “FAH-sha”) has been with us all along, it's only recently being appreciated for the invaluable role that it plays in the body's health and functioning. Much has been written and taught about the more familiar structures of the body—our bones, muscles, organs, blood vessels, and nerves—and for years of anatomical study, fascia was disregarded as nothing more than an inert “space-filler” inside of us. In fact, the field of fascia research is so new that there is an incredible amount that we still don’t know about this mysterious tissue. But one thing we can confidently report is that fascia is a much more dynamic, communicative, and integral part of the body than we previously realized.