The Psoas and Resilience: Befriending the Psoas

Leila’s transformational system of therapeutic yoga evolved from her desire to empower patients and students on the path to self-healing. Whether challenged with physical, mental or spiritual issues, Leila skilfully guides students toward a felt sense of their wholeness by exploring experiential anatomy and the interplay between awareness, gentle movement, breath, and mental patterns. Join Leila Stuart for this two-part live online workshop on the yogic psoas as the great connector and source of physical and emotional stability.

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Course Description

The Psoas is a central connecting structure, bridging the body back to front, top to bottom, core to periphery, spine to limbs and Heaven to Earth. Though hidden deep within the body, the psoas is one of the most important muscles of the human structure. It has a multidimensional influence on your experience of stability, strength, ease and connectedness.

The psoas is the main muscular structure involved in protective strategies of the nervous system in face of perceived danger. When gently and sensitively accessed experientially using yoga therapy principles, the psoas can initiate a process of deep healing and inner transformation. When interoceptive awareness of the psoas is developed through a developmental protocol developed by Leila, a spontaneous “resourcing” happens by the nature of the work. The psoas protocol can also result in healing back pain, pelvic instability, digestive issues and a multitude of other physical conditions. The practices will be drawn from my book Pathways to a Centered Body co-authored with Donna Farhi.

What will I Learn?

  • Access, soften, hydrate and lengthen your psoas to its maximum resting length through practices of experiential anatomy.
  • Experience your psoas as a “homebase” and source of core stability.
  • Consciously engage your psoas to repattern integrated movement that emanates from the core.
  • Utilize inquiry to experience the shift in consciousness that can occur with dynamic engagement of your psoas.
  • Access your psoas as a tool to experience a reproducible sense of being centered in yourself and connected to authentic power
  • Befriend your psoas and trust its inner support in movement and activities of daily life.

Who is this course for?

This course will appeal to yoga teachers, therapists, students as well as teachers of other disciplines wanting to learn a systematic approach to accessing the psoas muscle as a source of resilience.


The workshop will be recorded and replay access offered to all students for 21 days after the live event.


Leila is a registered course provider for International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

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Upon completion of this course, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Attendance. The course is also eligible for International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) credits.

Meet the Teacher

Leila Stuart BA, LLB, C-IAYT is a Registered Massage Therapist and has practiced and taught yoga for over 40 years. She developed and taught an innovative Yoga Therapy training for 15 years, focusing on experiential anatomy, alignment and movement repatterning and embodiment of the deeper teachings of yoga as pathways to self-healing. With a deep love and intuitive knowledge of experiential anatomy, Leila specializes in transforming academic information into somatic awareness and life changing experience. She is an international teacher, online educator and conference presenter. Leila is author of The Great Yoga Handbook, co-author with Donna Farhi of Pathways to a Centered Body and is currently writing a third book to be published in 2022 by Handspring Press. Visit

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See the following clip for Leila speaking on the psoas and it's significance within the whole body structure:

The psoas connects us at both the physical and nonphysical level. It connects the centre to the periphery, spine to legs, front to back, top to bottom. On a nonphysical level, it connects us to breath, emotion and self.