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Since our muscles perform at their optimum when in balance (not too short, not too long), the psoas deserves some good quality R&R time. This restorative posture is quite beneficial for athletes, ideal for post workout or when we’re in need of a calming therapeutic moment for the body and mind.

The Why: In a wee anatomical nutshell, the psoas attaches to several points along your spine (middle and lower back area) and meanders past a couple joints and attaches onto the upper point of the thigh bone. Plus it hangs out with a cool group of nerves called the Lumbar Plexis, which can give you a dance party all the way down your legs. Did I mention your organs are right next door, too? So when I say the psoas has an immediate influence on the majority of your body, I’m not messing around, and neither are the psoas (there’s two of them because they’re so awesome, one on each side of your spinal column).

What you need: a yoga block (or something in place of), with a thoroughly therapeutic option to use a yoga strap and pillows.

Location: UCLA – Los Angeles, CA

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