I saw something on Facebook the other day that made me smile. It said something along the lines of ‘You know you’re old when if you drop something you wonder if it’s worth bending down for or if you could live without it.’ But it’s not just older generations who suffer; hip, thigh and lower back stiffness and pain can affect us all. And if it does, you really know about it.
It’s a bit like having a toothache: an all-encompassing pain that takes all your attention, trying to focus on anything else becomes pointless. Sitting hurts, sleeping is disrupted, you can’t play with the kids (or the dog, or your Sunday football team), picking up anything heavier than a novel can reduce you to tears and don’t even think about your skin being touched…they might as well be holding a lit match to you. In short: it hurts like hell.
You’ve tried moving, not moving, warm baths, changed your desk and chair at work, put a cushion in the car, applied lotions and potions, taken tablets… But have you stopped to think what’s going on inside? Our bodies are made of hundreds of components. It’s like the most complicated Meccano set you can imagine (with loads of extra rubber bands to keep things in place). However, thinking about a skeleton and muscles underneath your skin can be as mind-boggling as considering that we’re on a spherical planet suspending by science in a system of other planets. It kind of hurts your head.
The good news is that once you start to learn about how all the bits and pieces are connected, you can begin to understand how it’s easily pushed and pulled out of shape and how to put it back together again. Now, repeat after me: “The knee bone connected to the thigh bone, The thigh bone connected to the back bone….”
Practising yoga can help you to understand the relationship with movement and your internal organs, muscles and bones – plus knowing how they’re related, helps improve your yoga. Win win. So where to start? There are lots of Youtube videos and websites you can read, but it’s way more interesting to learn them in person through Yoga classes and Workshops. Which leads me very neatly to why I’m telling you all of this.
If you are suffering with tightness to your hips and thighs, lower back, groin or anything around that area, you may well need to do some work with your Psoas muscle. It’s a pretty important muscle as it’s in charge of you moving and lifting your legs. Starting at the lower part of your spine, the Psoas muscle reaches through either side of your pelvis to then grab hold of the top of your femur. Damage your Psoas and there’ll be no more Can-Can dancing for you and you can also forget doing your shoelaces or weeding the garden.
Join Nichi on 8th September to learn more about the Psoas, and to start to understand what you can do to loosen up and get back on the road to an easier life!
Yoga and Yamuna – the Psoas and the Hips
Sunday 8th September 10am-1pm, booking advised.