The ‘Muscle of The Soul’ May be The Source Of Your Anxiety & Fear
The psoas ( pronounce ‘so-as’) is one of the most important parts of our bodies according to the spiritual teachings. Yoga masters see this important muscle as the ‘muscle of the soul’. This core-stabilizing muscle located near the hip bone affects mobility, structural balance, joint function, flexibility, and much more. In addition to its function to help keep the body upright and moving, the psoas is believed to allow you to connect with the present moment especially when it is stretched out and tension is released from the body. The many new pieces of research already revealed that the functions of this muscle are closely connected to our psychological well-being.
The author of The Psoas Book, Liz Koch, states that “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.” This means that there is a lot more to the psoas than one might initially think. It is entirely possible to harness healing pranic energy and improve mental health by keeping the psoas healthy”.
This muscle is the principal muscle associated with our physical stability. It is located in the area from the legs to the spine and it’s the only muscle connection the legs to the spinal column. This muscle is flared out from the T12 cerebrae and goes down to the five lumbar verterbrae. On the top attaches to the thigh bone and that’s why is so important for the stability of the skeleton.
Experts claim that this muscle played the vital role in the human evolution. Also, this muscle is connected with the most ancient part of our brain- the reptilian brain. The psoas caused a strong effect in the development of the emotional profile of modern people.
According to Koch, “Long before the spoken word or the organizing capacity of the cortex developed, the reptilian brain, known for its survival instincts, maintained our essential core functioning.” The way we live today, constantly rushing, competing and achieving, has the psoas in a constant “fight or flight” state.