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[Live Streamed] Psoas, So Happy: Yoga for the Hip Flexors with Leslie Howard
Jan 17, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm| $50 – $60
The psoas is the all star in a group of muscles called the hip flexors. Together they contract to lift the thigh towards the torso. The hip flexors become short, tight and just generally unhappy if you spend most of your life sitting, or if you repeatedly work them in the abs class from hell or the spin class from heaven.
A tight psoas can cause posture problems and affect your ability to take a deep breath. If the psoas is tight when you stand up, it pulls the lumbar spine forward and down toward the femur, overarching the low back, which can cause compression in the vertebra. Or, a weak and overstretched psoas can contribute to the pelvis pushing forward of the torso and when accompanied by tight hamstrings that pull down on the sitting bones, what results is an upright sacrum (instead of its usual gentle forward tilt), and a flat lumbar spine. How we approach the psoas in our yoga practice can help keep it healthy, strong, and flexible, or, conversely, can perpetuate harmful imbalances.
This workshop is open to all levels of practitioner. Come experience this important muscle, how to release it and how to strengthen it in balance.
✓ Sunday, January 17
✓ $50 Early bird pricing through Jan 10
✓ $60 Full price Jan 11 & after
*Important information about online, live streamed events:
✓ You must pre-register at least 45 minutes in advance of the event start.
✓ Registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link and password ~30 minutes prior to the event start.
✓ Ensure that your email on file with us is current, so that you can receive the link!
Please plan carefully: Refunds of 90% are granted up to 5 days prior to the workshop start; after which, no refunds are given.
About the instructor: Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and has written a book about the female pelvis, Pelvic Liberation. She is a regular presenter for the Yoga Journal conferences and a regular contributor to Yoga Journal magazine. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3,500 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers, notably Ramanand Patel and Patricia Walden. She has designed two very successful studies for UCSF on yoga to alleviate incontinence and pelvic pain.