Relieve Tension in the Psoas

Learn about this significant (and often misunderstood) hip flexor + get tips to create balance in your everyday life!

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A tight psoas can cause serious postural problems and can also contribute to arthritis in the lumbar facet joints. On the other hand...

...a weak and overstretched psoas can contribute to a common postural problem in which the pelvis is pushed forward of the chest and knees. Maybe you've heard (or felt!) that a tight (or weak) psoas can make certain yoga postures challenging or uncomfortable. Or that tension in the psoas can lead to day-to-day postural problems, or even dysfunctional breathing patterns. But how? And how can we find relief? Delve deeper with Sandra Anderson, and get tips and practices to help you create balance in the psoas and discover a greater sense of freedom in both your yoga practice and your daily life!

I am no yogi, but I began doing these stretches and poses, very slowly and gently, in my 50s. I have led an active and physically stressful life - including back surgery for a ruptured disc from carrying heavy equipment. These types of stretches have made a world of difference to my mobility and my strength, as I turn 60. Many thanks to Sandra, and to Yoga International for putting together quality education at an affordable price!

— Nancy, Course Participant

Want to learn more about the psoas? In this course, you will:

  • Get an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the psoas muscle.
  • Gain an understanding of the psoas from a yogic viewpoint.
  • Learn the signs of a weak, shortened, or tight psoas.
  • Get several short, focused practice tutorials to work with the psoas.
  • Get one short psoas-centered sequence.
  • Get one full class that focuses on the psoas muscle.

Sandra Anderson

For over 20 years Sandra Anderson has shared her extensive experience in yoga theory and practice with students from all over the world. A senior faculty member and resident at the Himalayan Institute, her teaching reflects access to the living oral tradition, and the embodied experience of 30 years of dedicated practice.

With a background in the natural sciences and interest in classical Sanskrit, along with frequent pilgrimages to India, Sandy has a rare capacity to eloquently convey the richness of spiritual life in our contemporary world. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and was a contributing editor and columnist for Yoga International magazine. She is now a frequent contributor to, offering instructional videos and articles. Sandy leads workshops, trainings and retreats both nationally and internationally, and at the headquarters of the Himalayan Institute.

Relieve Tension in the Psoas