Yoga Anatomy Articles


I love getting your questions and answering them on video. It helps me understand what you’re interested in. Below you’ll find all of the questions I’ve answered on video so far. Submit your own questions.

The yoga anatomy articles are organized into categories such as,  Injuries PosturesYour Questions Yoga Anatomy Yoga Injuries Research , Ashtanga Yoga Research , 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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Why Is My Back Rounded In Forward Bends?

The likely reason that your back is rounded in forward bends is that your hamstrings are tight. Tight lateral gluteals…
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How Do I Open My Hips And Hamstrings For Forward Bending?

Consistent, frequent yoga practice and scaling back on activities like running can help open tight hips and hamstrings for forward…
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How Can I Work With Scoliosis In My Yoga Practice?

When working with scoliosis in yoga practice, you may have to choose in poses like down dog, whether to balance…
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Is It Okay To Adjust The Feet In Downward Dog?

What’s more important than how you adjust your feet in downward dog is whether you start the movement from up…
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Where Is This Knee Pain In Backbends Coming From?

Common sources of outer knee pain in backbends include tension in tensor fascia latae (TFL) and the iliotibial band (IT…
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Why Does My Leg Go Numb In Full Lotus?

If your leg goes numb in full lotus, due to compression or stretching of nerves or reduced blood flow, you…
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How Does Breathing Technique In Ashtanga Affect Our Nervous System?

Our breathing technique in Ashtanga may sometimes increase our sympathetic response in the short term, but ideally, we work towards…
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What Is Happening In The Back Leg In Triangle Pose?

Unpack the anatomy of what is happening in the back leg, and more importantly the back hip, in triangle pose.…
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Why Can’t I Put My Back Heel Down In Revolved Side Angle?

Learn why both tight hips, and the technique you use to do the posture, can affect getting the back heel…
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How Do I Get Up Into Shoulder Stand?

Learn why tension along the back of the body can sometimes get in the way when we are trying to…
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Why Is It So Hard To Do A Press Handstand With Straight Legs?

Find out why tight hamstrings are often the reason that going up into a press handstand with straight legs is…
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How Do We Know If We Should Lengthen Or Strengthen The Psoas?

Learn why we should strive for balance rather than an overly-simplified idea that we should always lengthen or strengthen the…
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Why Is My Mid-back Sore In Urdhva Dhanurasana?

Learn why trying too hard to engage the muscles of the back can result in the mid-back feeling sore in…
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Should I Hug My Elbows Into The Ribs In Chaturanga?

Learn why you might choose not to hug your elbows into your ribs in chaturanga. Instead, focus on strengthening serratus…
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How Is Yoga Different From Meditation?

Learn how yoga is related to meditation. Developing steady concentration in our yoga asana practice is the foundation for meditation.…
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How Do I Control My Core In Headstand?

Learn why setting up your foundation correctly is just as important as engaging your core for stability in headstand.…
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Is Locking My Knee In Forward Bends Causing My Knee Pain?

What’s the difference between straight legs and locked knees? There may be an appropriate time to keep your knees straight…
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Why Can’t I Push Up Into Urdhva Dhanurasana?

Find out what’s restricting your ability to push up into urdhva dhanurasana. The most likely reason is tightness, not lack…
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How To Avoid Low Back Pain In Urdhva Dhanurasana

Find out why openness in the hip flexors is one important key to avoiding low back pain in urdhva dhanurasana.…
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How Is Turnout In Ballet Achieved, Anatomically?

Learn how turnout in ballet happens in your body, anatomically. Find out how the hip and kinetic chain of the…
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Why Don’t My Hands Reach The Ground In Dandasana?

Learn why your hands may not reach the ground in dandasana if your torso is longer relative to the length…