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, 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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How To Stretch The Quadriceps

David shares his favorite way to stretch the quadriceps. He describes how he uses a modified virasana to prepare for…
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How To Work With Discomfort When Rolling On The Spine

David explains why building up the spinal muscles or simply rolling over a blanket can help with discomfort when rolling…
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Why Can’t I Jump Through With Straight Legs?

David explains why both proportions and hamstring tension can prevent jumping through with straight legs.…
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Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

David explains why the style of the triangle pose and the tensional patterns expressed through the whole chain of joints…
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What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

David explains why the key to lowering into chaturanga is doing two things at once: maintaining an active serratus anterior…
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What Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?

David explains why serratus anterior is often the key muscle that you need to strengthen in order to maintain a…
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How Do You Protect The Knees In Warrior One?

David shares how to modify the hip and foot placement to protect the knees in warrior one and he explains…
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How Should You Move The Hips Or The Neck During Twisting Poses?

David explains when you might not want to move the hips or neck with the spine when doing twisting poses…
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How Do I Modify Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana After Meniscus Surgery?

David offers suggestions for how to modify triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana after meniscus surgery in the knee. Explore options for gentle…
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When To Use Belly Breathing Versus Breathing With Bandhas

David explains that belly breathing and breathing with bandhas create two different qualities. He shares why breathing with bandhas is…
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Why Can’t I Keep My Legs Straight In Navasana?

David explains why the relationship between strength and flexibility of the quadriceps and hamstrings is key to keeping the legs…
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How Do I Avoid Overworking The Upper Trapezius In The Ashtanga Practice?

David answers a question about how to avoid overworking the upper trapezius when jumping through and jumping back. He explains…
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What Poses Will Strengthen Serratus Anterior?

David explains when other muscles might contribute to a winged scapula and how you can use sun salutations to strengthen…
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Which Postures Strengthen Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL)?

David answers a question about how to strengthen the tensor fascia latae. He explains how the tensor fascia latae works…
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Should You Practice Through Pain In Yoga?

David answers a question about what it means to practice through pain and whether you should ever practice through pain…
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How Do I Prevent Elbow Pain In Chaturanga?

David explains why too many repetitions can cause elbow pain in chaturanga by irritating the triceps attachment at the elbow.…
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How To Do Bhujapidasana – Are My Shins Too Long?

David explains why getting the shoulders deeply through the legs and then lifting the body off the floor are the…
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What Is That Burning Sensation In The Lower Back After Forward Bends?

David explains why over-stretching connective tissue along the spine might contribute to feeling a burning sensation in the lower back…
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Why Can’t I Stand Up Straight After Forward Bending?

David explains why a tight psoas muscle might contribute to feeling like you can’t stand up straight after forward bending.…
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What Is Causing Low Back Pain In Forward Bending?

David explains why over-stretching the muscles of the low back in forward bending can contribute to feeling lower back pain.…
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How Can I Work Backbends With Scoliosis?

David answers a question about how to work backbends with scoliosis. He shares some tips for focusing on the hip…