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.


OR, JUST SEARCH!


Featured image for “Is the Psoas Stretched in Supta Virasana?”

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…
Featured image for “How Do Long Femurs in Yoga Effect Handstands and Jump Throughs?”

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!…
Featured image for “Leg Behind Head Pose and Neck Pain”

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…
Featured image for “Ankle Pain in Half Lotus Pose: How to Evolve Your Half Lotus Without Pain”

Ankle Pain in Half Lotus Pose: How to Evolve Your Half Lotus Without Pain

David shares his approaches to working with ankle pain in half lotus. Find out what might be causing your ankle…
Featured image for “Yoga Twisting and Disk Herniations: Should You Do Twists in Yoga With a Herniation?”

Yoga Twisting and Disk Herniations: Should You Do Twists in Yoga With a Herniation?

Yoga twisting and disk herniations is the topic of this question of the month. David gives some guidelines for how…
Featured image for “Frozen Shoulder And Yoga: How To Work With It?”

Frozen Shoulder And Yoga: How To Work With It?

This month’s question comes from Shirley, who asks about frozen shoulder and yoga. How do you modify practice for this…
Featured image for “Winged Scapula, What Are Those Shoulder Blades Doing?”

Winged Scapula, What Are Those Shoulder Blades Doing?

This month’s question asks about winged scapula. What is winged scapula? When should you be concerned about the shoulder blades…
Featured image for “Elbow Pain: Finding the Source of Your Elbow Tendinitis”

Elbow Pain: Finding the Source of Your Elbow Tendinitis

This month’s question comes from Jade. She asked a question about elbow pain in yoga practice. What might be causing…
Featured image for “Lotus – Right Leg First?”

Lotus – Right Leg First?

There are two answers to the question of whether we should always put our right foot into lotus first? One…
Featured image for “Bakasana to Handstand: What Muscles are Used to Press Up?”

Bakasana to Handstand: What Muscles are Used to Press Up?

So this month’s question comes from Jessica Payne and she asked a very simple question, well, she asked a complex…
Featured image for “Binding Marichyasana C, Which Muscles Prevent It?”

Binding Marichyasana C, Which Muscles Prevent It?

The question of the month was: Which muscles or muscle groups prevent me from binding in Marichyasana C? As usual,…
Featured image for “What’s the difference between fuzz and scar tissue?”

What’s the difference between fuzz and scar tissue?

What’s the difference between the “fuzz” and scar tissue? This month I answered this question submitted through the website.…
Featured image for “Forward Folds With A Rounded Spine?”

Forward Folds With A Rounded Spine?

Should we be rounding our spine when we do forward bends? Well, do you want a traditional answer or an…
Featured image for “Si Joint and Hamstring Relationship”

Si Joint and Hamstring Relationship

An imbalance of tension between the hamstrings on the right and left sides can lead to pelvic imbalances. This can…
Featured image for “Do I Have a Trapped Nerve?”

Do I Have a Trapped Nerve?

In this Question of the Month a student ask: A student asks: Do I have a “trapped nerve”? I give…
Featured image for “How Much Muscular Engagement Do I need?”

How Much Muscular Engagement Do I need?

In this Question of the Month a student asks: “How much muscular engagement do we need in yoga?” It’s a…
Featured image for “Why The Emphasis On Forward Bending?”

Why The Emphasis On Forward Bending?

In this question of the month a student asked why there is such an emphasis on forward bending and stretching…
Featured image for “Students with Labral Tears?”

Students with Labral Tears?

In this question of the month a student asked about Labral Tears for her existing population of students. Labral tears…
Featured image for “Why Is Doing Lotus Pose Upside Down Easier?”

Why Is Doing Lotus Pose Upside Down Easier?

I currently have left medial knee pain when attempting full lotus pose so for now I only take things as…
Featured image for “Fingers Pointing Away In Purvottanasana?”

Fingers Pointing Away In Purvottanasana?

Good morning David. Greetings from New Zealand. A little advice please. What do you think of purvottanasana with fingers pointing…
Featured image for “What Are Those Popping Sounds?”

What Are Those Popping Sounds?

A reader submitted a question asking what those popping sounds are when practicing yoga. Are there different types? What does…