The psoas muscle (pronounced so-as), otherwise known as the the mother muscle because it controls us and it’s not only a muscle, as Liz Koch says; “it’s the source of your inner power”. It connects the upper body with the lower body and it stabilises the pelvis and in some ways helps to perform hip flexion. However, it is now widely accepted that this muscle is a different colour and composition to other muscles in the body and it’s primary function is that of a neurological messenger.
The psoas is also known as the fight or flight muscle as it’s linked with the sympathetic nervous system response. When in a sympathetic state the body is not thinking about reproduction but instead the priority is to run or kick.
Through the science of somatics of the body, it’s now also understood that we embed traumatic emotions in our bodies, as well as in our brains and specifically emotions are embedded in the psoas.
The psoas and the diaphragm are connected through fascia. A constriction in the psoas also causes a restriction in your breathing and since the psoas spans the abdominal region, tension or constriction in the psoas creates stress and tension in the whole abdominal area, greatly affecting fertility.
The single most excellent posture for releasing the psoas is constructive rest or semi supine. Lying on your back with your knees bent. Feet fully on the floor and feet in line with knees and in line with hips. When in this position the psoas is in neutral, tension subsides and the body returns to a more balanced state. Not controlling the breathing – simply feel the body being breathed by the breath as you rest for at least 15 minutes, ideally 20.
Whilst in this position I recommend taking yoni mudra whereby the index finger and thumbs touch and bring your hands to your lower abdomen. Connecting with your sacred space – your svadhishthana chakra. Feel the energy spiralling as you hold the mudra. Support under the elbows if necessary to maintain contact of the thumbs and the forefingers and repeat to yourself the mantra ‘I am womanly and I am fertile’. The hands gently resting on your body will naturally encourage an increase in blood flow to this region. The breath will also naturally be drawn more deeply into your lower body as you breathe more diaphragmatically as the psoas releases. Practice ideally for 3 days before new moon and full moon or at anytime when you wish to raise your feminine energy or Shakti prana. Avoid practicing at the time of menstruation.
Covering your eyes with an eye pillow lightly scented with Peppermint, Lavender and Frankincense will further encourage you to return to a more natural state of balance. Frankincense in particular can help you relieve stress that may be causing infertility. For centuries, the Jordanian population used frankincense as an aphrodisiac and to boost fertility. Now modern science is backing up their beliefs and in one animal study, frankincense helped increase fertility levels by activating the hormones involved in sperm production. So maybe get an eye pillow each laced with this precious ancient oil and practice your yoga together, nurturing yourself and each other by making time to simply be.