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Enjoy Your Monthly Practice Series! October 2017: Make Friends with Your Psoas - Yoga to Lengthen and Balance the Hip Flexors with Doug Keller, Natasha Rizopoulos, Jasmine Punzalan & Kate Heffernan
An out-of-balance psoas muscle will pull on your back, and may lead to general back pain, groin pain, or even a herniated disk. Doug explains the different effects of different types of psoas imbalances, and guides you through a series of poses to release tight psoas muscles and find relief.
One of the first things many students discover when they start practicing Yoga is how tight their hip flexors are. Whether the culprit is a sedentary or a very active lifestyle, this imbalance effects postures and can lead to lower back pain. In this focused practice with Natasha Rizopoulos, we’ll start with basic anatomy and the alignment principles that address the issue.
An integral part of yoga, backbends open the chest, increase spinal flexibility and strength, and stimulate digestion, in addition to many other benefits. This simple backbend practice builds towards Ustrasana, or Camel pose through a sequence that will also release tension in the hip flexors.
This class works to open the chest and the fronts of the hips to work towards Dhanurasana. Asanas include Supported Backbend, Cat-Cow, Plank Pose, “c” arm Shalambhasana, Runners Lunge Twist, Shalambhasana with leg lifts, Crescent Lunge with hip flexor work, Sphinx, 1/2 Danurasana, 1/2 Bekasana, Shalambhasana 1 + 2, Danurasana, figure 4 hip opener, supine twist, Savasana.