The Muscle of the Soul by Brett Willbanks
The psoas major muscle (pronounced “so-as” is often referred to as the deepest core, or as yoga therapist and film-makes Danielle Olson states, 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.
Research indicates that the psoas is vital to our psychological wellbeing in addition to structural health. Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book, states that our psoas “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.