A beautiful example of the mind-body connection — of how releasing muscle tension can reduce anxiety and stress — is the psoas, a thick, hard-working muscle that connects your low spine to your upper thigh bone. The psoas is located deep in your body, and its main job is to bring your thighs closer to your torso, like when you sit or run.
Releasing tension here can make a big difference in how your feel emotionally. At the end of a long day, you can de-stress using a few simple yoga postures that lengthen and relax the psoas. Because the psoas is so deep in the body — and often chronically contracted — you may not even realize that yours is tight. But when you stretch and release it, you will notice a big difference in how you feel physically and emotionally.
Try this 10-minute sequence to unlock your psoas muscle after work or before bed. With a more relaxed mind, you make space to give more love to your family and yourself.