Opening up through the hips and release
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The psoas (referring to the iliopsoas system) is the only muscle in the human body that connects the upper body to the lower body. Its primary function is to flex the leg at the hip. During pregnancy, as the pelvis tilts forward (essentially flexing at the hip) and the abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the weight of the growing baby, the psoas shortens and tightens.
One common ailment is lower back pain, as the contracted state of the psoas can cause compression of the lower back vertebrae.
Also generalized hip discomfort on one side or the other, and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions if the psoas is asymmetrically contracted (shorter and tighter on one side than the other). This can lead to hip in stability.
Any or all of the above can make pregnancy uncomforable - especially during sleep, it can get quite uncomfortable. We can alleviate these discomforts immensely, though, by releasing and opening the psoas with yoga. Not only is this opening and releasing in the physical body, but it is opening and connecting with the base and sacral chakra. Grounding the mind and body, as you release unwanted stored emotions. Let go and breath.
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- Releases and stretches the entire backside of the body especially the hamstrings and lower back.
- Lengthens and releases tension in the spine
- Inversion – brings oxygen to the brain
- Tones the liver, spleen and kidneys
- Massages the internal organs
- Reduces the heart rate
- Rejuvenates the nervous system
- Increases circulation
- Strengthens and tones the thighs, calves, gluteal muscles and back
- Calming and soothing to the mind
- Another option if the fingers don’t reach the ground is to put your hands on your thighs, shins or on yoga blocks so the stretch is not too intense anywhere
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