Free Your Psoas | Locating the Center of Breathing, INSTRUCTION Lawrence Gold

The Psoas Muscles and Breathing
There is a center of breathing — at the region of the diaphragm/solar plexus.
Common breathing instructions would have you breathe into the belly. While this instruction is appropriate for people who are “chest breathers”, as a compensatory instruction, it’s not the final word.

Abdominal breathing instructions liken the diaphragm to a piston that, as it draws out of the chest cavity, produces a suction — inhalation. However, this view is incomplete and actually leads to restriction of the chest, as people overcompensate, breathing into the belly, which, though better than breathing with the chest (so-called, “deep” breathing, which is actually shallow breathing), is less than optimal and has side effects on posture.

Those side effects include tension patterns that disturb balance and movement, including walking.

Walking is the “psoas connection”; the psoas muscles initiate walking movements. The tendons of the iliopsoas muscles “interleave” with those of the diaphragm at the high end of the lumbar spine; movements of one affect movements of the other. So improper breathing from outside the center of breathing causes us to initiate movement from a location other than our central core, contributing to tension and awkwardness (that can be recognized as awkward only in contrast to the feelings of well-integrated movement, which people typically do not have, and which this exercise provides).

In optimal breathing, we expand more like balloons, with the center of breathing being the expansion point and with the breath producing sensations at least to the floor of the pelvis and into the head.

The exercise taught here teaches you how to find that central location and then, after a bit of practice leaves you breathing naturally into and from the center of breathing without any special effort to do so.

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FIRST VIEW, THEN DO : Improves breathing capacity, makes breathing easier, relaxes trunk tensions, reshapes the chest.

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