Hi Everyone, as we have worked on our #iliopsoas and #gluteus a lot in class. Today, let's revise what iliopsoas is about?
Thanks Medi Teddy for demonstrating the essence of Asana practice. That is the bliss and effortless. Just like our intention of practice last week "Settle and at ease"
The iliopsoas is the combination of #iliacus and #psoas (major and minor). It is the strongest of the hip flexors, it is also the primary muscles with which we stand, walk and run, it is important for our upright posture and postural changes. Now, you can imagine how busy this muscle group is and understand why we need to strengthen it to support our daily life, also we need to relax and stretch it to maintain its normal muscle tone. If it is pathological shortening or contracture, it can lead to increased anterior pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis and limitation of hip flexion.
The psoas is connected to the diaphragm through connective tissue or facia which both affects our breath and fear reflex. It is recruited in our flight-or-fight response which is controlled by adrenal glands.
Let’s have a look the pain related to the iliopsoas can easily cause a slew of symptoms as follows: Back pain, Hip socket tension, leg length discrepancies, knee and ankle problems, groin pain, sleep issues, jaw pain, shoulder pain, difficulty walking or standing, excessive muscle tension, referred back and sciatic pain.
From Hatha #yoga point of view of the area of Psoas, it is the area of power and control, the third chakra. It is common that we fear we will lose our power or we can’t get the power we expect for, so power and fear are closely related, so the third and first chakras are closely related too. If you need examples, please have a look at some politicians and dictatorships in human history. Power feeds fear and fear drives one to exercise power.
Again, this is why I said our practice is simple, balanced and efficient. Now, you may have a clearer picture. It’s no point to be crazy about headstand or being extreme bendy, it is not very helpful for facilitating our daily life. Yoga is never about being bendy. Meanwhile, please don't forget the origin of Asana practice is for the yogi to have a healthier and stronger body to support their long meditation, build a centred and still
mind to go through their self transformation. That means, Asana itself is originally good for our body development and daily movement. It is nothing related to extreme postures. To modern urban being like us, prolong siting and working in front of computer, stressful life stye which makes flight-or-fight mode is always on, it is very important for us to work on these two muscle groups. If we can’t sit or stand properly, why bother we can do head stand, hand stand or being hyper flexible?
While the iliopsoas is literally the connection between upper and lower body and the support to keep our upper body in upright position, the gluteus is the primary hip stabiliser of our body. Thus, these two groups works together to support our daily movement.
Except iliopsoas and gluteus, there are other muscles are cooperating in walking movements, poor coordination between these muscles lead to dysfunction of the others and often to back pain. I will talk about gluteus and #backcare in other posts. Please stay tubed in my posts. See you in class as usual, #Wednesday morning 10:35-11:50am at Antenna Studios.