The course will be taught in English, with Spanish translation.
The psoas is a deep muscle that is a major player in our body that has many jobs. It acts as a stabilizer between the lower body and the upper body, it is a mover of the legs and it creates flexion of the hips and spine.
For yoga practitioners, having a flexible psoas and awakened core has an astounding effect on forward bends, backbends and twists.
Besides the physical benefits, a healthy psoas has a powerful effect on how able you are to relax and feel good in your body and is a muscle of consciousness and human evolution.
With the psoas being responsible for many functions, tightness in this muscle is very common in all people, even active people. It can lead to problems ranging from back pain to knee and ankle issues. Body workers and yoga teachers are now getting more familiar with the workings of this important deep hipflexor.
The psoas muscle lies deep within your pelvis, is an important “player” together with your low back and abdominal muscles. Your psoas greatly influences the alignment of your pelvis and the engagement of your other abdominal muscles. Feeling the pelvis, releasing the psoas and activating your abdominal core are the key to optimal pelvic alignment and stability.
In addition to its physical role, the psoas is also an “emotional” muscle and your “second brain.” Stress, unprocessed trauma and emotions are stored deep within your body, and in the psoas muscle. To connect to this part of yourself and to learn to feel it and release it, can be of great benefit to finding more ease, wellbeing and vitality. As a muscle of consciousness, your psoas relates to your evolution; your sense of self and belonging, acting and manifesting in the world.
In these weekend workshops, you will be introduced to your psoas, learn how through various easy exercises how to align your pelvis, access your psoas, move and live from your core!
The workshop is accessible to students of all levels, and it can be of particular interest to yoga teachers and students wanting to learn more about the effect of the psoas and pelvic alignment in yoga and vice versa.
In these workshops, you will learn:
- How to feel and release your psoas
- What the tone of your psoas and determine the effect on your posture
- How to strengthen the different layers of your abdomen
- How to align your pelvis and low back in different asana
- How to strengthen and lengthen the psoas safely in your yoga practice
- About the role of the psoas on all levels of being – physiological, emotional and energetic levels
- How your psoas is intimately connected to your sense of stability, enjoyment and power
It is highly recommended to take all workshops together, if possible. The first workshop will be gentler and focused on breath and relaxation, the second will be more active and asana focused and the third will be a combination of asana, relaxation and meditation
The 9-hour course qualifies for Yoga Alliance continuing education hours.