Demystifying the Psoas Muscle

November 29, 2013    BY Kat Heagberg

The mysterious psoas muscle is famous as a hip flexor, but it does a whole lot more! Running from the mid back to the inner thigh, it's connected to the diaphragm, plays a role in breathing, and is stretched and toned by our breathing. The psoas also plays a role in external rotation of the leg and acts as its own antagonist—both extending and flexing the lower spine. Kat explains what these roles of the psoas mean for us in practice.

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Kat Heagberg
Kat Heagberg is the editor of Yoga International. She's been teaching yoga since 2005 and has completed the Himalayan Institute's 500-hour teacher training along with numerous 200-hour teacher trainings, including those in the styles of Alignment-Based Vinyasa, Alignment-Based Hatha, and Anusara Yoga. She also completed prenatal teacher training with Sue Elkind and doula training at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon. Kat especially enjoys geeking-out on anatomy, philosophy,... Read more>>

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