Article by Paul Mitchell Gold Authorised Ashtanga Yoga teacher of the Ashtanga Yoga Shala, Toronto.
Yoga practice is not an exercise class and it’s not a workout. Sure, it’s vigorous and physically challenging, but that’s just the means rather than the end. However, as with any physical endeavour, aches and pains are unavoidable and injuries can happen.
If one gets injured practicing yoga, the yoga practice is the best way to heal and rehabilitate. Also, if one gets injured doing some other activity, yoga practice is the best way to heal and rehabilitate. Finally, if one begins yoga practice with a preexisting injury, the yoga practice is the best way to heal and rehabilitate. From my experience, yoga practice is an amazing healer. Read More
Article from http://www.somahappy.com/2012/10/psoas-magic/
How is the psoas different from other muscles? In our fields there tends to be this magic surrounding it that isn’t necessarily attached to other muscles like the biceps, for example.
The psoas is the most important muscle in the body for three reasons: One, it brought us up to stand. The lumbar curve was created when we came to stand upright by the psoas, which to me is an unbelievable concept. Evolutionarily, psoas has no function in any mammal until we came up to stand, and in coming up to stand the psoas pulls the lumbars forward and creates this curve that is everything.
The second thing is that it’s the muscle of walking. It is the muscle responsible for propelling you forward. There are a lot of muscles helping it, but essentially walking is falling, and falling is all about your psoas. There is all of this wonderful stuff about whether or not the psoas a hip flexor. I buy into the idea that technically it is not a hip flexor. It’s really kind of interesting because we learn that the psoas is the main hip flexor of the body, but technically a healthy psoas never flexes, which is really kind of a cool concept. When it’s happy, it lives in the bowl of the pelvis and it just lengthens as we walk, but it never flexes. The bottom of the psoas is never being drawn closer to the top of the psoas in the classic example of flexion, like I flex my biceps. Read More