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 and has been teaching yoga since 2005. She loves to write about ways to make challenging poses more accessible, the power of language in yoga culture, and to offer encouragement and advice to new yoga teachers. Though she initially trained in alignment-based styles of yoga (which continue to inform her practice and teaching), Kat likes teaching vinyasa flow best of all. Read her work and take her classes here on Yoga International!

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