Yoga Anatomy Articles


Gain a greater depth of understanding of both the purpose of and how to adjust yoga postures. Learn why, when, and how to adjust a student in a pose. Explore what makes a good adjustment. Adjustment techniques described on this site are grounded in knowledge of functional anatomy.

The yoga anatomy articles are organized into categories such as, InjuriesPosturesYour QuestionsYogaAnatomyYoga Anatomy Research Project, and even Yoga Adjustments.


They are also broken down more specifically by muscles, bandhas, breathing, sit bone pain, shoulders, psoas, and knee pain.


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Adjusting Downward Dog

David explains how to work with several different intentions in both the lower body and the upper body when adjusting…
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Adjusting Janu Sirsasana A

David discusses the key ideas for how to effectively adjust janu sirsasana A. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in…
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Adjusting Marichyasana C

David discusses the key ideas for how to effectively adjust marichyasana C. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in different…
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Adjusting Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

David discusses the key ideas for effectively adjusting utthita hasta padangusthasana. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in this posture.…
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Adjusting Triangle Pose And Revolved Triangle: Where Is Your Intention?

David discusses the key ideas for safely and effectively adjusting triangle pose and revolved triangle. Learn which adjustments might be…
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Adjusting Standing Forward Bend: Where Is Your Intention?

David discusses the key ideas for safely and effectively adjusting standing forward bend. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in…
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Injuries In Yoga Adjustments: What Are Practitioners Experiencing?

Injuries In Yoga Adjustments: What Are Practitioners Experiencing? Most respondents reported experiencing hands-on adjustments as “Very Helpful” and did not…
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What’s Your Intention With That Adjustment?

Intention: What is it that we want to communicate to the student in this moment?…and why?…
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Adjusting Yoga Postures… Why Bother?

Doing adjustments or assists while our students are practicing yoga can be beneficial in a number of ways as we’ll…
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Yoga Adjustments and Good Body Mechanics

Positioning yourself relative to the person you’re adjusting is one place where good body mechanics show up. Depending on your…
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Yoga Adjustments: Feel and Sense What’s Going On!

At the heart of putting your hands on someone to adjust or assist them in a yoga posture is the…
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Observing Yoga Students Before Adjusting Their Posture

There is no better place to start discussing yoga adjustments than with what initially creates our desire to adjust or…