Many medical professionals and yoga instructors know that yoga is a powerful tool that can be used to release trauma from the body. An area of the body that tends to hold onto trauma is the psoas muscles, the only muscles that connect our legs and torso. These core muscles are linked to our survival instinct and contract as a way to self-protect when the nervous system goes into fight, flight, or freeze mode. The problem with this defense mechanism is that the tightness and trauma stay trapped in the body on a cellular level.
Simple yoga poses, like the Child’s Pose, can loosen the hip flexors and release this negative stored energy from the psoas muscles. This newfound physical and emotional freedom can help an individual heal from past trauma and even PTSD.