Understanding the core muscles of the body is essential for any type of movement art. In Yoga it is talked about often but we only scratch the surface when we think of it in terms of muscular effort and strength. It also overlaps with stability, movement, and the esoteric bandhas!
The psoas muscle is extremely popular and talked about plenty. It’s still difficult for people to feel and find where the muscle is. Understanding the impact of what this muscle represents is well beyond where it attaches and what movements it makes you do. Let’s explore further!
This month’s “mucle of the month” is the iliacus muscle. Wondering where it attaches? What postures lengthen it? Which ones make it contract? Perhaps you’re wondering how it’s related to the psoas?
Practicing yoga with back pain is one thing. Practicing yoga with a herniated disc is something completely different! Differentiating between the two is a big guessing game for most yoga teachers. It’s difficult because the symptoms of either back pain or herniated disc overlap.
Gluteus minimus is this month’s muscle of the month. All of the basics are covered here. Where it attaches, what actions it does, what postures it is related to etc…
The Deltoid Muscle is the latest Muscle of the Month here on Yoganatomy.com. Where does the name come from? Where does it attach? What actions does it do? What postures lengthen it? Which need it to contract? Answers coming…
In my last Muscle of the Month article I alluded to Trigger Points and wanted to give a brief explanation of what they were and how they occur. It is definitely helpful to know about them as you assess client or students who are complaining about chronic or recurring pain.
The piriformis muscle (Very Popular) is this month’s Muscle of the Month. Like last month, a nice and simple description of the key points of the muscle and how it relates to yoga.
Quadratus Lumborum is a popular muscle and talked about often. This is part of a new series called Muscle of the Month where I give succinct information about a new muscle each month.
I want to share with you an exercise that I regularly do with students who are dealing with achy hamstrings and/or mild sit bone pain. This could be as a result of an earlier hamstring “tear” or general aggravation due to muscular imbalances.