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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Are There Psychological Benefits From An Hour Of Yoga?

There seem to be psychological benefits of yoga. Yoga practice may increase some positive emotions and psychological resources. Effects of…
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Can Verbal Cuing In Yoga Influence Its Effects?

Physical versus philosophical verbal cuing in yoga didn’t affect body awareness, mindfulness, positive affect, or spirituality differently.…
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Can Yoga Increase Altruism Among Business Managers?

Recent research indicates that yoga may increase altruism and related cognitive states for business managers. Find out what research found.…
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Can Yoga Support A Positive Body Image?

Recent research suggests that yoga can help increase embodiment and decrease self-objectification, improving overall body image.…
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Can Yoga Help An Antarctic Expedition Team Manage Stress?

Find out how yoga may help an Antarctic expedition team manage the physical and mental stress of doing research at…
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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.…
Featured image for “Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms Of Knee Osteoarthritis?”

Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms Of Knee Osteoarthritis?

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

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?

Recent research evaluates physical effort needed to do common standing yoga postures and explains how that effort compares to walking.…
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Yoga Reduces Tension Type Headache Symptoms

Research suggests yoga can reduce tension-type headache symptoms, but does not improve migraines. Learn more about yoga and headaches.…
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Yoga Improves Cognitive Function And Mood

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?

A recent review paper shares several models for how embodiment through yoga postures could reduce perception of stress and help…
Featured image for “Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?”

Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?

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

Recent research evaluated the effects of two pranayama techniques. Researchers found the pranayama techniques did not cool the body.…
Featured image for “Muscle Activation During Yoga Poses: Are There Sex Differences?”

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?

Recent research which reviewed a group of smaller studies, reported that yoga can help manage the symptoms of type 2…
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Can Yoga Reduce Stress During Pregnancy And Improve Sleep?

Recent 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?

Recent research shows that the parasympathetic nervous system contributes to increased heart rate variability at low breathing rates in yoga.…
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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.…