We hear this muscle being mentioned very often and we also often hear that it is used, used badly or even that it is the muscle that we have ruined the most.. but is that really the case? What do we really know about this important part of our body?

So let’s see together what is the ileopsoas is and how yoga intervenes.


It is a muscle formed by psoas major and iliac muscle. The first starts from the lumbar vertebrae and fits on the trocanter of the femur. While the iliac muscle originates from the inner part of the iliac ridge and much of the iliac fossa, but its insertion is the same as the psoas. In essence the two muscles have different origins but meet to form a single tendon that fits inside the proximal femur on the trocanter.

Ileopsoas is unfortunately a forgotten muscle in basic scientific dissemination and also it is positioned very deeply at anatomical level so even complicated enough to detect.

The psoas performs some of the most important “mechanical” functions, so to speak. It allows us to stand, walk, allows us to flex the torso forward, externally supports or rotates the femur and allows us to keep a correct posture.

But let’s see what happens if we neglect this muscle:

  • When the psoas is always too contracted we risk hyperlordosis
  • When it is too relaxed, hypercyphosis
  • When it is unbalanced to the right or left, scoliosis.

Perhaps we do not know but even the most common back pain is often linked to the neglection of this muscle. Nowadays the psoas is damaged mainly due to sedentary lifestyle and desk work in front of a pc, but even more so because of the most common disease, stress!

But how can stress affect such a deep muscle? In the psoas is enclosed our survival instinct: it is this we must activate in case we have to fight or run away to defend ourselves and survive. And it is always for this reason that in the psoas, reside our emotions such as anxiety, stress and fear. That’s why the psoas is also called the muscle of the soul. 


Yoga comes to aid also in this case,

Yoga in fact through specific asanas fortifies and relaxes the psoas, thanks to pranayama improves breathing, makes you become aware of the body and mind, and helps fight anxiety and stress.

To keep this muscle healthy you need to both strengthen it and stretch it, and we can do it through these specific positions:

  • Navasana
  • Anjaneyasana
  • Parsvakonasana
  • Utthan Pristhasana
  • Ekapadarajakapotasana

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