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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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?

Distinguish between anatomical and technique-related reasons for difficulty rounding the low back in garbha pindasana. For those working on technique,…
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Is Shoulder Range of Motion Restricting My Handstands And Arm Balances?

Is shoulder rotation restricting my handstands and arm balances? Learn some techniques for distinguishing between anatomical restriction and muscular tightness…
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Should I Be Opening My Knees for Lotus?

Should you open your knees for lotus? No, you should focus on your hips. When it comes to lotus opening…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Lotus – Right Leg First?

There are two answers to the question of whether we should always put our right foot into lotus first? One…
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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…
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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,…
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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.…