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,  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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Does Yoga Improve Balance For Those With Chronic Brain Injury?

A preliminary study suggests that yoga can improve balance and mobility for those experiencing the effects of chronic brain injury.…
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Does Intention In Yoga Class Affect Interoception?

Yoga may help us increase our sense of our internal state, called interoception, when we intentionally focus on our internal…
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Conveying Yoga Philosophy In A Yoga Program For Veterans

A yoga program for veterans and others with PTSD also conveyed aspects of yoga philosophy even though it wasn’t explicit…
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What Do Non-practitioners Think About Yoga?

Non-practitioners primarily thought yoga had positive effects on physical and mental health, and few perceived negative effects.…
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Can Yoga Improve Balance In Elderly Men?

Yoga improved balance compared to a control group in the study we summarize here. Good balance is important for aging…
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Health And Wellness Benefits Of Yoga

Research studies published in 2020 reported many health benefits of yoga including positive impacts on mental and physical wellness.…
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How Does Yoga Benefit Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Yoga may benefit musculoskeletal disorders by increasing strength and mobility and by reducing pain. However, more research is needed to…
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Can Yoga Help Older Adults Maintain A Healthy Gait?

Some aspects of gait initiation positively increased in yoga practitioners compared with walkers in the older population studied.…
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Standing Yoga Poses Vary In Their Joint Force And Physical Demands

The joint force passing through knees, hips, and ankles varied in standing yoga poses. This has implications for rehabilitation using…
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How Is Muscle Activation Different In Yoga Transitions Versus Static Poses?

The research study we summarize here suggests that muscle activation is greater during dynamic transitions than during static poses.…
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Yoga Improves Muscle Endurance

The research study we summarize here, suggests that yoga asana practice improves muscle endurance not just muscle strength.…
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Yoga “Eye Stretches” May Positively Affect Our Eyes And Eye Health

Researchers show that yoga eye stretches positively affect eyes and eye health in the preliminary study we summarize here.…
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Long-term Yoga Practice Positively Affects Physical Health

Long-term yoga practice positively affected aspects of physical health such as flexibility and cardiopulmonary function.…
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Yoga Advertising: Who Are Ads Targeting?

Yoga advertising should share the message that yoga is for everyone. Advertorials showing narrow subgroups of people don’t convey that…
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Can Yoga Help Manage Heart Arrhythmia?

Yoga positively improved some aspects of heart arrhythmia and some secondary effects, like decreased anxiety and depression.…
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How Accurate Are Weekly Logs Of Home Yoga Practice?

Practitioners recorded formal home yoga practice accurately on a weekly log when compared to a daily yoga practice log.…
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What Are The Gluteal Muscles Doing In Yoga Poses?

The activation of the gluteal muscles in the lifted leg of half moon and warrior three yoga poses was high…
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How Is Yoga Presented On Instagram?

Few yoga posts on Instagram shared something about the contemplative or spiritual aspects of yoga. Most focused on physical appearance.…
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Can Yoga Help Adolescents Manage Their Anger?

Yoga may help adolescents manage anger by increasing the parasympathetic aspect of the autonomic nervous system.…
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Can Yoga Help Manage Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

A personalized nine-month yoga treatment had a very positive impact on fibromyalgia symptoms in the single-patient case study summarized here.…
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Does Yoga Experience Affect Heart Rate Variability?

Yoga experience had a limited effect on heart rate variability, but it contributed generally to balancing the nervous system in…