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

Releasing the Psoas for Low Back Relief with Doug Keller

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.

Hip Flexors 101 with Natasha Rizopoulos

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. 

Release Tension in the Hip Flexors – New Light on Camel Pose with Jasmine Punzalan

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.

Yoga for Psoas Release: Opening the Front of Your Body with Kate Heffernan

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.

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