Why is this so important? Because of the connection between the diaphragm and the psoas. You know those "Pilates" muscles that we talk about all the time in our weekly sessions? Yup. Those gals.
The diaphragm, that dome-like, primary muscle of respiration that runs along the inside of the lower ribs, descends into our torso as we inhale, and it ascends out of the torso as we exhale - kinda like one of those parachutes we used to play with as kids - to allow the lungs to expand and fill with air. The psoas is an extremely important postural muscle that helps to stabilize the pelvis and lumbar spine so we can stand taller. It is the ONLY muscle (along with the iliacus, its partner) that connects the trunk to the lower limbs, i.e. our legs.
If we're not breathing deeply, then all that stagnant air in our torso is not exiting the body. That makes it difficult to release toxins (fun fact: we release more toxins through deep breathing than through pooping/peeing and sweating - two more ways our body excretes toxins!). If we have "tight" or restricted psoas muscles, they're probably going to pull on our lumbar spine. That makes it difficult to live a pain-free life full of freedom and ease.
The bottom line in all of this? As Joe Pilates says, "Breathing is the first act of life and the last." A happy, healthy spine and pelvis depend on an expansive inhale and a deep exhale, especially in this digital age in which we all live. Let's choose to live upright and with an open heart over, ok? Let's live with expanse and freedom.
i'm stephanie. my last names mean "hedgehog" in Czech and "pretty calf" in French. i have an MA from Oxford in English lit, and a MFA from Riverside in experimental choreography. i like to write. i have lots of thoughts on the body. and i want to help you understand your own better. oh, i'm also plant-based and love to bake with vegan ingredients.