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Mindful : June 2019
Letting Go of Tension Helping the psoas mus- cle to release tension, to lengthen to its optimal state, is an important step in deep listening, according to Jillian Pransky. This is done through supported long-held poses that open the front of the hips, and by welcoming the breath into the body. The psoas is the longest and strongest of the hip- flexor muscles, connecting the lumbar vertebrae to the femur on both sides of your body. It helps stabi- lize the spine and support your internal organs, while supporting the movement of blood and lymph through your cells. It’s involved with almost every motion, from bending to twisting to walking and running. And, it’s intimately connected to the breath, sharing space with the diaphragm and contract- ing when you feel afraid or stressed. Sitting for long periods of time, excessive movement, or any repetitive motion that compresses the 58 mindful June 2019 well-being