Awaken the Psoas, Free the Breath – Yoga for Balancing the Core, Releasing the Low Back and Improving Well-being


The psoas muscle is often talked about as one of the most important muscles in the body, because of its central location and interconnectedness with other parts of the body.

The largest hip flexors in the body, the psoas muscles have many other functions which affect our health and well-being in numerous ways. The two psoas muscles are the deepest muscles of the core, and as such play an important role in stabilization of the spine and prevention of low back pain. The psoas muscles also support the internal organs, and via their movement, facilitate lymphatic flow.

The functions of the psoas muscles have been linked to psychological well-being as well, because of their close connection to our breath and the stress response.

In this online course, yoga therapist and P.T. Marlysa Sullivan will take a close-up look at the psoas and its vital importance for the health of our diaphragm, breathing, the low back and the hips.

This course shows how the psoas, via its connection to the diaphragm and breath, is intimately involved in the body’s stress and relaxation response.

Marlysa will also discuss the importance of the psoas for structural health; i.e. the connection between the psoas and the ‘core’ including common imbalances. She will also discuss potential issues of a “tight” psoas or imbalance between the ‘core’ and psoas; how to spot these imbalances and what to do to relieve them.

The course includes a yoga practice to release and lengthen the psoas while also strengthening both the core and psoas in order to create an optimal relationship between the two.

What You Will Learn

  • Why the psoas is one of the most important core muscles of the body, in addition to being a hip flexor
  • The position of the psoas and its many important effects on structural balance, organ functioning, and breathing.
  • How the psoas has a direct influence on the fight-or-flight response and may be the seat of deep-rooted trauma in the body
  • How to spot if you or your students have a psoas imbalance and associated muscular compensations
  • Best ways to safely release, lengthen and tone the psoas, and why stretching isn’t always the answer

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy two yoga practices created for this course.
  • Recordings of Both Sessions: Yours to keep. It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of both sessions (MP3 downloadable and MP4 streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of Both Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course qualifies for 3 CEs with Yoga Alliance.


Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT 500 is an Assistant Professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where she teaches in the integrative science and yoga therapy departments. Marlysa has developed many courses.

$127/ Lifetime Access

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