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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Are My Arms Too Short To Bind Marichyasana D And Supta Kurmasana?

Using the right techniques can help alleviate that feeling that your arms are too short to bind poses like Marichyasana…
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How Can I Work On Forward Bending When I Am Very Tight?

Increasing your flexibility in forward bending in yoga when you are very tight takes practice, done consistently for a long…
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How Do I Balance Opening My Hips In Yoga With Stability For Running?

Opening the hips in yoga for poses like lotus can be in conflict with creating stability for activities like running.…
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How Should We Position The Hands For Arm Balances?

The exact position of the hands in arm balances matters less than whether you’re engaging serratus anterior to stabilize the…
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Why Do My Elbows Come Up In Headstand?

Proportions, technique, and lack of engagement with serratus anterior can all lead to having the elbows come up in headstand.…
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Do Yoga Practitioners Get More Injuries In Cold Climates?

Perhaps surprisingly, there is no correlation between greater yoga injuries when practicing yoga in cold climates.…
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How Do I Work With Hip Impingement In Yoga?

Before working with a hip impingement in yoga, find out whether you have an existing bony deformity or tight muscles…
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Can I Learn How To Do Dropbacks On A Wall?

Learning dropbacks on a wall is not ideal for the long term. You can form habits that won’t serve you…
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Why Can’t I Bind Supta Kurmasana And Pasasana?

Proportions, flexibility of shoulders for internal rotation, and the amount of hip flexion you have will all affect how easy…
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Why Do I Feel Unstable In Revolved Side Angle?

One reason for feeling unstable in revolved side angle is setting up with the feet too close together and the…
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What Is Restricting My Ability To Squat In Yoga Poses Like Malasana?

The ability to squat in yoga poses like malasana could be restricted for various reasons including tight Achilles tendons and…
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Why Do My Muscles Shake In Some Yoga Poses?

Muscles can shake in yoga when many individual muscle cells use up their ATP before other muscle cells are refueled…
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Practicing Yoga With Hyperextended Elbows

Some shoulder pain could be related to practicing yoga with hyperextended elbows since the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder make…
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Why Is My Spine Popping After Deep Flexion In Yoga?

A likely reason that your spine is popping during flexion or twisting is that the synovial fluid in the intervertebral…
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What’s Happening In the Shoulders In Prasarita Padottanasana C?

Flexibility of all muscles that surround the shoulder girdle can affect the mobility of the shoulders in prasarita padottanasana C.…
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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…