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The quadratus lumborum is a muscle located in the lower back. It is connected to the ribs, spine and pelvis, and when it contracts too much or too frequently, it causes hip elevation, and pain in the back, hips, and buttocks. Because the quadratus lumborum is part of the muscles which are responsible for movement of the spinal column, an injury to this muscle can result in restricted mobility and pain with a variety of movements.

The QL is also a muscle that responds positively to a lot of gentle mindful pranayama, or breath work. Here’s how I am beginning to apply release to it with a customer that has a lot of chronic lower back, pelvic and psoas strain and pain.

  1. 360 degree strap work at the juncture of the upper abs and lower ribs, bound tightly enough to feel on the inhale and the exhale. Deep mindful, easy breathing through the nostrils.
  2. Functional Yoga Therapy for the gluteus maximus and minimus with ujayii pranayama.
  3. 6 movements of the spine, Kripalu style. Ujayii pranayama.
  4. Psoas release with slo-mo ball between the knees extending fully, right side, then left. Can use Ha release breath here.
  5. Yoga Nidra. Divine Yogic sleep. Neutral Breath.

The breath, as always, leads the way; awakening, creating space. Unraveling from physical pain begins and ends in this fashion; traveling through the koshas, the sheaths of the body, ultimately connecting, with process and practice, to the peace and bliss within.

Big Loving Namaste!


About livebig365

Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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