There is a muscle in our body called the Psoas (pronounced “so-as”) which is a stabilizing muscle near the hip bone. This muscle can affect our movement dramatically as it can adversely impact on our flexibility, mobility, joint movement and overall balance. Apparently this muscle can also enable you to ‘connect’ when it is released after being stretched out, and has been given the  name ‘muscle of the soul’.

…our psoas “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.” … It is entirely possible to harness healing pranic energy and improve mental health by keeping the psoas healthy.

In addition to connecting the legs and spine, the psoas is connected to the diaphragm. Breathing is modulated at the diaphragm, and it is also the location where many physical symptoms associated with fear and anxiety manifest.

…The way we live today, constantly rushing, competing and achieving, has the psoas in a constant “fight or flight” state…By restoring balance to your psoas muscles, you are likely to release this pent up tension, which can have a profound effect on releasing unfounded fearfulness about life, and thus improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. You will feel a greater sense of inner peace, along with fewer muscle aches and strains.

Source The Mind Unleashed

The Psoas is shown in the picture below.

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Researchers indicated that modern life is not very good for our friend Mr Psoas. Our sedentary lifestyles where we sit around all day long mean that psoas is constricted and tight all of the time. This can lead to chronic back issues and other injuries, but interestingly, it supposedly also influences how we actually feel and appear in the world. Researchers have gone so far as to say that this muscles can affect our emotional state, relationships and how we generally feel about life.

Kind of makes me want to go and do some stretches shown in the video below.