When it comes to the psoas, most of us think only of its role as a hip flexor. But the psoas runs from the vertebral bodies at the base of the ribcage all the way through the pelvis to the inside of the femur. Its path allows it to be involved in many spinal and hip motions.
The number one request I hear from my clients is to “stretch their psoas” – and this exercise is a great way to do that.
Gate pose is a great stretch for your hip flexors and will also challenge your oblique strength as you hold yourself in the pose.
Make sure that you are rotating from your ribcage and not just your neck when the time comes – the focus is on increasing the distance between the upper and lower attachments of the psoas, not just rotation.
Check out my video below for the how-to!
- Ongoing weekly group classes in Glendale and Encino
- September 11: Structurally Sound 6-week Series (Glendale, CA)
- September 15: Roll + Relax (Glendale, CA)
- September 30: Posture Rehab (Glendale CA)
- October 13-15: Yoga Tune Up Shoulders Immersion (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
- October 20-22: Yoga Tune Up Hips Immersion (Poulsbo, WA)