Yoga Anatomy Articles


We have divided anatomy into three main sections, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, and Torso.More specifically we talk about shoulders, foot, hip, hamstrings, psoas, and SI joint.

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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The Knee Joint And Yoga: An In-depth Guide

Knee pain and injuries are common in the general population as well as in the practice of yoga. Here we…
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Coracobrachialis Muscle

David describes the coracobrachialis muscle. Find out where it attaches, what actions it does, and where we might be using…
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Lower Crossed Syndrome And Yoga

David explains the muscular imbalance pattern of lower crossed syndrome. He shares how we can use yoga to help rebalance…
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How Can Yoga Help My Sit Bone Pain From Cycling?

David explains how yoga can help with sit bone pain from cycling as well as sit bone pain from other…
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Muscular Imbalance Created by Yoga Practice?

David answers the question: Does muscular action in yoga create an imbalance between pushing muscles and pulling muscles?…
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What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

David explains why the key to lowering into chaturanga is doing two things at once: maintaining an active serratus anterior…
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A Comprehensive Guide To The Shoulder In Yoga

This post is a comprehensive look at the shoulder in its entirety. We share a detailed breakdown of the shoulder…
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Where Should Your Elbow Crease Point In Upward Dog?

David explains why he doesn’t look for specific alignment in the elbow crease in upward dog. Instead, he looks for…
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Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, And Yoga

David explains the difference between sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and other sources of sciatica-like pain. He explains when yoga can be…
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What Is Jalandhara Bandha?

David describes anatomically what happens when we are in jalandhara bandha position and he explains how jalandhara bandha can help…
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The Anatomy Of The Lift Up And Jump Back Transition

David explains, anatomically, which muscles are key for initiating the challenging lift up and jump back transition in vinyasa styles…
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Is Lotus Pose Anatomically Possible?

David explains the kinds of range of motion necessary to do full lotus pose. He shares that, while often challenging,…
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What Are We Stretching In Yoga?

David answers a question about the possible mechanisms for what happens when we stretch in yoga with the intention to…
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What Is The Right Alignment In Chaturanga?

David explains why there is not one right alignment in chaturanga. He explains why some common cues for alignment in…
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What Is The Correct Alignment For Your Hands In Upward Dog And Downward Dog?

David breaks down the common cues about how to align your hands in upward dog and downward dog. He explains…
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How Should You Line Up The Feet In Downward Dog?

David discusses the cue to line up the outsides of the feet with the outsides of the mat in downward…
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Should You Tuck The Tailbone In Yoga?

David questions the common verbal cue to tuck the tailbone in yoga postures such as utkatasana and warrior 1.…
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How I Use The Knowledge Of Muscles To Help Students

David explains how he uses the knowledge of muscles, their attachments, and their actions, to help students in their yoga…
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Why You Should Know Your Muscles

David explains why you should know your muscles. He discusses the benefits of learning the attachments and actions of your…
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An Anatomical Breakdown Of Leg Behind Head

In this article, David deconstructs the anatomy of leg behind head. Understand the anatomical components of this posture and gain…
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Should We Squeeze The Shoulder Blades Together In Upward Dog?

David explains why stabilization and depression of the scapulae is as important as squeezing the shoulder blades together in upward…