This session will start out with a nice warm-up practice, focusing on movement from the core and centering the psoas. What follows will be a deeper inquiry into the psoas, core, and low back, with experiential exercises for releasing the psoas by joining movement and breath — leading to an evening relaxation.
The psoas muscle has long been recognized as central to our posture and movement, and a source of back and hip pain. Yet the muscle is so deep, and involved in so much of our movement, including the breath, that we don’t so much ‘feel’ the psoas as we feel the effects of its working well – or not.
What are the effects of a tight psoas? How do we recognize it? How do we ‘release’ the psoas? What is its relation to the breath and emotion? How does awareness of the psoas give insights into traditional experiential language in yoga — particularly the Vayus — Prana and Apana?
Doug will explain and illustrate the psoas and the main ideas about it, and sort out the lessons we can take into our yoga practice. We’ll come to understand the variety of problems created by a ‘tight’ psoas, and how nearly all of the asanas of yoga address the psoas in different ways. session will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the psoas, experiential tools to work with it, and an asana session to give you ideas for your own practice!