Yoga Anatomy Articles


The lower limb focuses on a variety posts that include, muscles in the lower limb, the hip, knee pain, and the foot.

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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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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Forward Folds With A Rounded Spine?

Should we be rounding our spine when we do forward bends? Well, do you want a traditional answer or an…
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Si Joint and Hamstring Relationship

An imbalance of tension between the hamstrings on the right and left sides can lead to pelvic imbalances. This can…
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Students with Labral Tears?

In this question of the month a student asked about Labral Tears for her existing population of students. Labral tears…
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Why Is Doing Lotus Pose Upside Down Easier?

I currently have left medial knee pain when attempting full lotus pose so for now I only take things as…
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The Hamstrings

This month’s muscle of the month focus is on the hamstrings group. The hamstrings are a very powerful group of…
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The Quadriceps Muscles

The last three quadriceps muscles are this month’s muscles of the month. We put them together because these three out…
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The Rectus Femoris Muscle

The rectus femoris muscle is one of the four muscles that makes up the quadricep group of muscles. It is…
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The Gluteus Minimus Muscle

Gluteus minimus is this month’s muscle of the month. All of the basics are covered here: where it attaches, what…
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The Piriformis Muscle

The piriformis muscle is very popular and it is this month’s Muscle of the Month. Here is a nice and…
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Working With Sit Bone Pain and Achy Hamstrings

I want to share with you an exercise that I regularly do with students who are dealing with achy hamstrings…
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Flexed or Extended Foot in Lotus Posture

I’ve been hearing for years that we should flex our foot in various yoga postures where we have our knees…
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To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze? Upward Facing Dog

This month’s newsletter article comes out of a recent trip to the Midwest. I was at a new studio with…
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Padmasana Article

The basic goal of all the asana practice is finding and maintaining a comfortable padmasana (lotus pose) for meditation. There…
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The Knee Part 2 by David Keil © 2005 Enlightened Practice Magazine

In Part 1 of this article we left off looking at the deepest, most intrinsic structures that make the knee…
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The Knee Part 1 by David Keil © 2005 Enlightened Practice Magazine

In our last article, we looked at the part of our anatomy that grounds us, literally, the feet. Making our…
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Your Foot Foundation in Yoga Postures

Your foot is the foundation of all of your standing postures in yoga practice. That means what is happening above…
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Got Sit Bone Pain? – What To Do With That Hamstring © 2010

Sit bone pain is a common problem inside and outside of yoga. This could be a potential hamstring tear or…
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Piriformis – A real pain in the …

A Real Pain in the…. Piriformis I love tackling the “buzz” word muscles and topics. Piriformis fits into a category…
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Simple Preparation for Lotus Posture – Video

A simple and effective way to stretch the right muscles for lotus posture. This helps reduce the potential for knee…