The muscle of your soul is called psoas. This muscle is the deepest core muscle in our body. According to yoga therapists, this muscle can be considered as the muscle of your soul.


The location of the muscle of your soul is near the hip bone. It affects our flexibility, mobility, joint function, structural balance, etc. its function is to keep the body moving and upright. However, it is also believed that the psoas enables us to connect to the present when it is stretched out and tension is let out of the body.

According to studies, this muscle is essential for structural health as well as for psychological well being. This muscle hides our desire to flourish and survive. This means that this muscle means much more than we think. It may be possible to improve mental health and gather healing energy if we keep this muscle healthy.

The location of the muscle of your soul

The psoas is one of the major muscles for physical stability. It stretches from our legs to our spine and it is the only muscle that connects the legs to our spinal column. It starts from the T12 vertebrae, to the 5 lumbar vertebrae and then attaches to the top of our thigh bone.

Reptilian link

Besides its connection to the spine and the legs, the psoas also connects to the diaphragm. It can be in the spot where the physical, fear-and-anxiety-linked symptoms manifest themselves. This may happen due to the connection between this muscle and the reptilian brain, which is the oldest part of the spinal cord and the brain stem.

Prior to the development of the organizing capacity and the words of the cortex, the reptilian brain – or the survival instinct – maintained the essential core function.

Nowadays, the psoas is in a constant fight mode due to our constant rush for achievements and competition.

Problems connected to the chronic stress of the muscle of your soul

Due to the constant fight mode, the psoas muscle keeps constantly constricting and stressing since birth. The stress is even more exaggerated by the modern way of life, car seats, shoes, chairs and constrictive clothing that curtail the natural movements of the body, distort the normal body posture and further constrict and stress the psoas muscle.

The constant stress of the muscle that lasts for a lifetime leads to many health problems, such as pain in the knees, back and hips, dysfunctional breathing and digestive problems. This constriction and stress may be the cause for chronic physical pain that many people experience.

The constant stress and constriction of the psoas muscle is not only affecting negatively your body. This muscle is much more than a muscle that brings stability to the body. It affects everything in life, from how we feel, how we treat other people and how we see the world around us.

These problems were linked to constant stress of the psoas – negative effects on our emotional state, negative influence on the interpersonal relationships and negative impact on the general contentment with life. This muscle can receive the needed attention when we realize that its well being is essential for our physical and emotional well being.

Constricted or stressed psoas may be the cause for exhaustion, sore back, knee strain and anxiety.

The muscle of your soul and fear

Constricted psoas can sometimes be in connection to experiencing fear. Fear is an emotion that can manifest itself in both emotional and physical tension. Fear can affect both our mental and physical well being. Therefore, a healthy psoas muscle may relieve the tension caused by fear. You will feel fewer strains and aches, as well as inner peace, when you restore the balance of your psoas.

Psoas and energetic body

Releasing the tension in the psoas muscle will ground you to the Earth, which is full with healing energy that will help you feel more connected to the present. A healthy psoas will give you more energy. It will properly support your body and the movements will require less effort and energy, so you will remain energetic.

Ancient knowledge of the muscle of your soul

The knowledge of the psoas comes from ancient times. Yoga clearly shows that gurus in ancient times understood the importance of releasing the tension of the psoas muscle. Many popular yoga poses today all over the world can release this muscle and restore the balance of the whole body.

Constant practice of yoga will teach you how to isolate this muscle, which is extremely useful for your entire body.

Yoga can also help you to measure the health of this muscle. For instance, let’s see the ‘tree‘ pose, as well as some other poses. One cannot achieve them with an unhealthy psoas muscle. Your psoas constricts and stresses when you experience strain in the lower back or knees when you practice a yoga pose.

The muscle of your soul is an extremely important muscle for physical and mental health. Constant neglect of this muscle manifests in constant respiratory problems, anxiety, digestive problems, depression, knee pain, chronic back pain, etc.