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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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…
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How Do You Breathe In Backbends?

Reducing tension on the ribcage, and increasing your focus on the breath, can help you breathe in backbends with more…
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How Can I Relax My Abdomen In Forward Bending?

For more ease in forward bending, avoid overusing the abdominal muscles, and instead, relax the abdomen in forward bending.…
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Why Am I Feeling Weight In Headstand In My Elbows?

To evenly distribute the weight in headstand, allowing the pelvis to tilt is necessary, as is engaging serratus anterior.…
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How To Stretch The Quadriceps

Learn a great way to stretch the quadriceps. Find out how to use a modified virasana to prepare for doing…
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How To Work With Discomfort When Rolling On The Spine

Building up the spinal muscles or simply rolling over a blanket can help with discomfort when rolling on the spine.…
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Why Can’t I Jump Through With Straight Legs?

Both the right proportions and dealing with hamstring tension can help you jump through with straight legs.…
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Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

Learn why the style of triangle pose and tensional patterns throughout the whole chain of joints affect our alignment in…
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What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

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

Learn why 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?

Learn how to modify the hip and foot placement to protect the knees in warrior one and find out why…
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How Should You Move The Hips Or The Neck During Twisting Poses?

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

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

Belly breathing and breathing with bandha create different qualities. Learn why that technique is for yoga practice, not daily life.…
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Why Can’t I Keep My Legs Straight In Navasana?

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

Wondering how to avoid overworking the upper trapezius when jumping through and jumping back? Find out why a strong serratus…
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What Poses Will Strengthen Serratus Anterior?

Find out what might contribute to a winged scapula and how you can use sun salutations to strengthen serratus anterior.…