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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Should I Do Full Expression Of A Pose On One Side If I Can’t Do It On The Other Side?

David explains why you should do both sides of a posture even if one side is more flexible than the…
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What Causes Abdominal Cramps During Primary Series?

David answers the question: What causes abdominal cramps during primary series? He explains why repeated forward bending and dehydration could…
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How Do I Self-treat Sit Bone Pain and Obturator Internus?

David answers the question: How do I self-treat sit bone pain and obturator internus? He explains that sit bone pain…
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Should You Contract Or Relax The Glutes In Urdhva Dhanurasana?

This month David answers the question: Should you contract or relax the glutes in urdhva dhanurasana? He explains why the…
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Should I Do Setu Bandhasana And Shoulder Stand?

This month David answers the question: Should I do setu bandhasana? David explains how other postures prepare the body for…
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What’s Restricting Me In Seated Wide-Legged Forward Bend?

This month David answers the question: what’s restricting me in wide-legged forward bend? He explains that the culprits could include…
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Why Should We Open Our Hips In Yoga And Lengthen Our Hamstrings?

This month David answers the question, why should we open our hips in yoga and lengthen our hamstrings? David explains…
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What Are The Risks Of Hyperextending The Knees In Dandasana?

This month David answers the question: What are the risks of hyperextending the knees in dandasana? David explains why there…
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SI Joint Pain In Warrior 1: How Should I Work With It?

This month David answers the question: How should I work with SI joint pain in warrior 1? David describes how…
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Should We Jump Into Plank Or Chaturanga Position?

This month, David answers the question: Should we jump into plank or chaturanga position? David describes the difference between these…
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How Do I Work With A Long Torso And Short Femurs In Yoga?

This month, David responds to the question: How do I work with a long torso and short femurs? David highlights…
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How Do I Fix A Flat Back In Poses Like Garbha Pindasana?

This month David answers the question: How do I fix a flat back in poses like garbha pindasana? David shares…
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Is Shoulder Range of Motion Restricting My Handstands And Arm Balances?

This month, David answers the question: Is shoulder rotation restricting my handstands and arm balances? David shares some techniques for…
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Should I Be Opening My Knees for Lotus?

This month, David answers a question about whether you should open your knees for lotus? You shouldn’t, you should focus…
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Are My Arms Too Short to Jump Through?

This month, David answers a question about body proportions and the vinyasa transition: jump through/jump back. Is it true that…
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Should I Pull the Flesh from Sitting Bones in Forward Bend?

This month, David answers a question about forward bending. David discusses why we sometimes like to pull the flesh from…
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Butt Pain and Sciatica: How Do I Tell if This Pain is Sciatica?

This month, David answers a question from Mort about butt pain and sciatica. While pain in the gluteals is sometimes…
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Should the Knee Ever Go Past the Ankle or Toes in Warrior?

Should the knees go past the ankle or toes? We hear this all the time in yoga classes but why…
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Is the Psoas Stretched in Supta Virasana?

Is supta viarasana really a psoas stretch? David explains the anatomical reasons why the psoas is not necessarily stretched in…
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How Do Long Femurs in Yoga Effect Handstands and Jump Throughs?

David shares some anatomical reasons for why working with long femurs in handstands and jump throughs might be challenging!…
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Leg Behind Head Pose and Neck Pain

Working with eka pada sirsasana (leg behind head) is the subject of this month’s question of the month. David offers…