Yoga Anatomy Articles


This series of posts aims to make the latest yoga research simple and understandable so that you can apply it to your own teaching.

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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Does Physiological Intensity Of Yoga Differ Between Styles?

There are large variations in intensity between styles of yoga based on oxygen consumption and heart rate.…
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Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms Of Knee Osteoarthritis?

Research suggests that yoga may reduce symptoms of knee osteoarthritis without causing additional pain or injury.…
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How Does Pranayama Affect Our Physiology?

Pranayama affects our physiology in many positive ways. Learn how yogic breathing practices may affect us from this recent research…
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How Much Muscle Activity Are We Using In Standing Postures?

Research suggests that the leg muscles which stabilize the ankle are important in maintaining standing balance poses.…
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Pranayama Can Potentially Improve Quality Of Life For Asthma Sufferers

Research suggests pranayama, or yogic breathing, may improve asthma symptoms and quality of life for asthma sufferers.…
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How Much Muscular Effort Is Used In Standing Yoga Postures?

David summarizes research which evaluates physical effort needed to do common standing yoga postures and how that effort compares to…
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Yoga Reduces Tension Type Headache Symptoms

David summarizes recent research which suggests yoga reduces tension headache symptoms, but does not improve migraine symptoms.…
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Yoga Improves Cognitive Function And Mood

David summarizes recent research that suggests low intensity yoga practice can improve cognitive function and mood in sedentary young adults.…
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How Does Yoga Reduce Stress?

David summarizes a review paper that shares several models for how embodiment through yoga postures could reduce perception of stress…
Featured image for “Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?”

Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?

David summarizes recent research that indicates doing headstand does not increase the blood flow to the brain for otherwise healthy…
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Do Cooling Pranayama Techniques Actually Cool The Body?

David summarizes recent research which evaluates the effects of two pranayama techniques. Researchers found the pranayama techniques did not cool…
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Muscle Activation During Yoga Poses: Are There Sex Differences?

Recent research measured muscle activation in yoga postures. They found differences in muscle use among postures and between the sexes.…
Featured image for “Can Yoga Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes?”

Can Yoga Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes?

David summarized research which reviewed a group of smaller studies and reported that yoga can help manage the symptoms of…
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Can Yoga Reduce Stress During Pregnancy And Improve Sleep?

David summarizes research which suggests that a simple maternity yoga practice reduces stress and improves sleep during pregnancy.…
Featured image for “Why Does Yoga Breathing Improve Our Health?”

Why Does Yoga Breathing Improve Our Health?

David summarizes research which suggests that activity by the parasympathetic nervous system, specifically the vagal nerve, is involved when we…
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Yoga Affects Brain Structure And Function

Researchers suggest that yoga affects brain structure and function. Yoga practitioners had greater hippocampus tissue volume and prefrontal cortex activity.…
Featured image for “Can We Use Yoga To Manage Anxiety?”

Can We Use Yoga To Manage Anxiety?

David summarizes research which suggests that we can use yoga to manage anxiety. Further research is needed to discover what…
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Hip Range Of Motion In Yoga

David summarizes recent research that suggests that hip range of motion in yoga may exceed the recommended end-range for those…
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Can Yoga Practice Improve Immune System Function?

David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice can improve immune system function. More years of yoga practice may…
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Can Yoga Practice Reduce Neck Pain?

David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice may reduce chronic, non-specific neck pain for some practitioners, but not…
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Does Yoga Practice Increase Equanimity?

David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice can increase equanimity. Frequency of practice and intention affected impacts of…