Demystifying the Psoas: Develop Core Awareness, Stability, and a Stronger Yoga Practice


Within our bodies is a bio-intelligent tissue called the psoas. This tissue, which directly links the spine to the legs, is defined within the bio-mechanical paradigm as a core-stabilizing muscle. Yet the psoas is also an organ of perception—juicy, delicate, tender, and responsive. In this four-week virtual workshop with Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book and Stalking WIld Psoas: Embodying Your Core Intelligence, you’ll unlock the power of your psoas—and learn why a healthy psoas never needs stretching or strengthening.
Demystifying the Psoas: Develop Core Awareness, Stability, and a Stronger Yoga Practice
Although Liz Koch has no professional training in yoga, physical therapy, massage, or bodywork, her international workshops, writings, and books have transformed how practitioners from a variety of modalities approach the core and psoas. Here, Liz offers the Yoga Journal community a somatic understanding of core integrity, thriving, and creativity.
WHAT YOU’LL COVER:
  • Personal somatic awareness and movement explorations to build the foundation for educating you and your students for how best to foster a healthy psoas.
  • The benefits of developing a kinesthetic awareness for supporting a healthy psoas.
  • The benefits of hydrating the embryological NeuroCore through micro-movements that include the spine, psoas, and connective tissue.
  • The ergonomic and proprioceptive relationships between proper movement patterns with skeletal joints and the physical and neurological comfort necessary for sustaining a healthy psoas during your yoga practice.
All sessions have been previously recorded and are available on demand.
CURRICULUM:
SESSION 1: Changing The Paradigm 
  • Defining the “Fluid Core” using an embryological model and exploring a deeper, bio-intelligent premise for working with the psoas.
  • Experience the value of hydrating connective tissue and increasing proprioception for gaining a healthy psoas.
SESSION 2: Trauma, Psoas & Primal Expression
  • Find out why palpation and manipulation of psoas should be avoided and why stretching your psoas is counterproductive.
  • Explore how psoas, as part of the reptilian brain, expresses our animal bodies’ primal gestures.
SESSION 3: Ergonomic and Proprioceptive Psoas Re-education
  • Develop strategies for resolving a dysfunctional psoas by establishing head-pelvic-core integrity.
  • Learn the importance of articulation, centrification, and hydration within the hip sockets and ankle joints for gaining juicy psoas.
SESSION 4: Core Awareness and Your Yoga Practice
  • Learn to recognize misuse of the psoas while practicing yoga and why the healthy psoas is the basis of a functional lunge.
MATERIALS NEEDED:
Reading Preparation: The Psoas Book


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