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With Sandra Carson

Juicy Core: Pelvis, Psoas and Core Awareness

A juicy psoas is a healthy psoas!

with Sandra Carson

The psoas is a deep muscle that is a major player in our body that has many jobs.

It acts as a stabilizer between the lower body and the upper body, it is a mover of the legs and it creates flexion of the hips. For yoga practitioners, having a healthy and juicy psoas has a tremendous positive effect on forward bends, backbends and twists. Besides the physical benefits of a healthy psoas, this hip flexor also has a powerful effect on how able you are to relax and feel good in your body. With the psoas being responsible for many functions, tightness in this muscle is very common in all people, even active people. It can lead to problems ranging from back pain to knee and ankle issues. Body workers and yoga teachers are now getting more familiar with the workings of this important deep hip flexor.

In addition to its physical role, the psoas is also an “emotional” muscle and your “second brain”. Stress, unprocessed trauma and emotions are stored deep within your core, in the psoas. To access this part of yourself and to learn to release it, can be of great benefit to finding more ease, wellbeing and energy. The psoas muscle lies deep within your pelvis, is part of your core and greatly influences the alignment of your pelvis and the engagement of your other core muscles. Feeling the pelvis, releasing the psoas and activating the core is the key to optimal pelvic alignment and stability. In this two-day workshop, you will be introduced to your psoas, learn how through various easy exercises how to align your pelvis, access your psoas and move from your core!

In these weekend workshop, you will learn

  • How to feel your psoas
  • How to align your pelvis and low back
  • How to locate your psoas and determine the effect on your posture
  • About the role of the psoas on all levels of being – physiological, emotional and energetic levels
  • How to release the psoas and find your core
  • How to strengthen your core
  • How to strengthen and lengthen the psoas

The workshop is accessible to students of all levels, and can be of particular interest to yoga teachers wanting to learn more about the effect of the psoas and pelvic alignment in yoga and vice versa.


The details

Level: all levels

Dates:  Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 June|  10.30-17.30

Price:  €139 Early bird €115 (when paid in full before 25 April)

Location: Sint Janshovenstraat 1, Utrecht

Topics on Saturday

  • 10.30-13.30 | Feeling and moving from the Psoas
  • 14.30-17.30 | Pelvic and core stability- activation and release

Topics on Sunday

  • 10.30-13.30 | Psoas alignment in Yoga- Standing postures and Backbends
  • 14.30-17.30 | Psoas alignment in Yoga- Forward Bending and Inversions


Sat & Sun. 24-25 June 2017 |  Juicy Core: Pelvis, Psoas and Core Awareness

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About the teacher

Sandra Carson

Sandra Carson is a knowledgable and insightful yoga teacher who has been teaching internationally since 2002.  She teaches mostly in the Vinyasa style with great care and compassion for her students.  Challenging the students in the practice, she carefully guides them from empowered awareness to the space where transformation can take place.  Teaching with clarity and attention for detail enabling the practitioner to experience shifts in both the body and attitude.  Sandra’s studies, love and curiosity for this practice have led her to teaching yoga as a therapy, helping people to relieve physical pain and supporting their own ability for healing.  Sandra teaches Anusara yoga and teaches weekly classes, workhops and trainings. She is a teacher at EkhartYoga, an international online yogastudio.  She is an E-RYT500 and Anusara Yoga teacher. Occassionally she writes articles that have been published by EkhartYoga.com, Elephant Journal, Yoga Moves, Yoga Magazine and her own website www.livingalignmentyoga.com

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