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 Rectus Femoris Muscle

The rectus femoris muscle is one of the four muscles that makes up the quadricep group of muscles. This is…
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Your Core Muscles – Deeper Than You Think

Understanding the core muscles of the body is essential for any type of movement art. In Yoga it is talked…
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The Psoas Muscle

The psoas muscle is extremely popular and talked about plenty. It’s still difficult for people to feel and find where…
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The Iliacus Muscle

This month’s “mucle of the month” is the iliacus muscle. Wondering where it attaches? What postures lengthen it? Which ones…
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Practicing Yoga With A Herniated Disc?

Practicing yoga with back pain is one thing. Practicing yoga with a herniated disc is something completely different! Differentiating between…
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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 Deltoid Muscle

The Deltoid Muscle is the latest Muscle of the Month here on Yoganatomy.com. Where does the name come from? Where…
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What are Trigger Points?

In my last Muscle of the Month article I alluded to Trigger Points and wanted to give a brief explanation…
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The Piriformis Muscle

The piriformis muscle (Very Popular) is this month’s Muscle of the Month. Like last month, a nice and simple description…
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Quadratus Lumborum

Quadratus Lumborum is a popular muscle and talked about often. This is part of a new series called Muscle of…
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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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Breathing in Yoga: Is there a Right and Wrong Way?

We shouldn’t take it lightly when we ask or direct people to breathe in very specific ways. Breathing is personal…
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Quadratus Lumborum (QL) A Real Pain In The Back!

I have written about a number of the “lightning rod” muscles such as the piriformis, psoas, and transverse abdominis. I…
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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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Gluteal and Psoas Relationship for Yogis

There is a pattern that has shown itself to me over the last few months. I don’t think that this…
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Is Your Hip Pinching In Twists?

There are other possibilities for hip pinching. Please also read Is Yoga Tearing Labrums? [/alert] Hip pinching can show up…
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Your Shoulders in Upward Facing Dog

This is a play off an article I wrote for the newsletter back in May. That one was titled Your…
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Can Yoga Fix Scoliosis?

I was recently asked a question via email. Can yoga fix scoliosis? It’s certainly not the first time that I’ve…
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Your Shoulders in Downward Facing Dog

I think we can all agree about one thing with regard to the shoulders in downward facing dog. None of…
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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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The ‘Almighty’ Psoas Muscle: Your Body’s Center of Movement by David Keil © 2005

The foundation of our bodies and our yoga practice lies at our feet. In order to incorporate both physical and…