DAY 11. Anatomy.
Front body basics

Use the balls and breathing on your front body to make them supple and relaxed. This will change your spine's alignment against gravity allowing your back to relax. After the front body has some release you will find the back much easier to release.

Work on these muscle groups:

Chest/Pectorallis - this muscle is the most superficial muscle in the pectoral region. The pectoralis major is a large muscle fanning across the chest from the shoulder to the breastbone. The two pectoralis muscles, known as ‘pecs,’ are the muscles that create most of the chest. They are mostly used to control the movement of the arm.
Pecs - Guinness  Worlds Record for largest chest - Robert Earl Hughes (USA) (1926-50.)  His chest measured 124 in. In 1958, just before his death at age 32, he weighed 1,076 lbs, and his chest measured 10 ft 4 in.
Abdomen/Psoas - It connects your legs to your trunk by attaching from your lumbar spine to your femur bone. It's about the size of your forearm! It is a hip flexor, which means it is used every time you walk, run, go upstairs, climb a hill, lift your leg, sit, or in any other way flex (or bend) at the hip. It also plays another essential role in helping you walk. When you are walking, your brain triggers your psoas muscle to move your back leg forward—initiating the alternation between the front and back leg. So each successful step you take is thanks in part to your psoas muscle. 
Psoas muscle - it's your "fight, flight, or freeze" muscle. It is intimately connected to your nervous system. A lot of its contractile activity is not under your conscious control. It is the "startle" muscle that pulls you into a little ball when you are afraid or shocked. It is the muscle you'd use to run away from a threat, or kick if you had to fight an attacker.
Thigh/Quadriceps - are a group of muscles on the front of the thigh known as the 'quads'. All four muscles allow you to extend your lower leg from your knee. The rectus femoris (orange highlight) is the only quad that isn't actually attached to the femur (thigh bone) but actually is attached below the knee and to the pelvis. So it can both straighten the leg and bend the hip.
Quadriceps - the Rectus Femoris is the strongest and leanest muscle in the human body.  It keeps your posture erect too. Arnold Schwarzenegger has just about as many muscle fibres in his quads as you do. They're just thicker.
Read in DAY 12 how these three front body muscles can affect our breathing pattern.



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