The Psoas: Muscle of The Soul

Learning how to care about your soul muscle.

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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…

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Yoga: Witnessing 5 Koshas in yoga practice.

What are 5 Koshas around a human body? I keep asking this question in my yoga classes, to set a class focus for “witnessing your subtle body in Yoga”. Many people can easy relate to the term “aura”, or an energy field around a human body. During our yoga work, we touch each of them, … Continue reading Yoga: Witnessing 5 Koshas in yoga practice.