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The Psoas is:

(A) A remote tribe in Papua, New Guinea. (B) A revolutionary computer operating system. (C) The muscle that is the key to your structural stability.

By Liz Koch

Once you've learned to sense and release your psoas, you can apply these lessons to your yoga practice and everyday life. Keeping your psoas released during yoga practice liberates attention previously directed toward your contracted core, allowing you to sense more clearly the delicate balance of action between other muscle groups. And freeing your center creates a sense of relaxation and calm that can infuse all your activities. In his poem "Burnt Norton," T.S. Eliot wrote a phrase that perfectly captures the inner stability and peacefulness that accompanies a properly functioning psoas: "the still point of the turning world."

Author of The Psoas Book, a guide to the iliopsoas muscle and its effect on the body, mind, and emotions (Guinea Pig Publications; P.O. Box 1226, Felton, CA 95018;, Liz Koch has taught psoas workshops for over 20 years. She lives in Felton, California, with her husband Jeff Oberdofer and their three children.

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I have always found images and graphics so helpful in understanding anatomy.

Linn garden

David Weinstock explaining the motor control relationship with the limbic system

Linn Garden

Look up on NKT Patty it stands for Neuro Kinetic Therapy it is where the motor control centre that works with the limbic system sends the messages to function through the muscles
If alignment is incorrect then the message to the motor control centre begins to compensate for the dysfunction and the neural pathways are working the wrong muscles David Weinstock is the man behind its history look him up

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