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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Quadratus Lumborum

Quadratus lumborum is a popular muscle and talked about often. Details about quadratus lumborum are discussed in a way that…
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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…

Breathing In Yoga: Is There A Right And Wrong Way?

Is there a right and wrong way for us to be breathing in yoga? Learn more about breathing to help…
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Quadratus Lumborum (QL) A Real Pain In The Back!

Quadratus lumborum can be important to both back pain and yoga. This muscle can be involved with back pain and…
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Flex Or Extend The Foot In Lotus Posture

Learn whether we should flex or extend our foot when doing lotus posture. Find out why flexing our foot in…
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Gluteal And Psoas Relationship For Yogis

Understand the gluteal and psoas muscular balance relationship, along with the potential problems that are related to it in yoga.…
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Is Your Hip Pinching In Twists?

Learn what might be happening, anatomically, when you have a pinching sensation in the front of your hip while doing…
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Your Shoulders In Upward Facing Dog

Take a look at the anatomy related to the shoulders and what you should do with them in upward facing…
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Can We Use Yoga For Fixing Scoliosis?

Can we use yoga for addressing scoliosis? In some cases, practicing yoga can slow or reverse the curve from scoliosis.…
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Your Shoulders In Downward Facing Dog

Your shoulders in downward facing dog: What should we do with them? Where does the movement come from? Get answers!…
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To Squeeze Or Not To Squeeze? Upward Facing Dog

Find out whether we should or should not squeeze our butt in upward facing dog, back bends, and drop backs,…
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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…
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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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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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How Breathing Leads To Bandhas © 2010

Bandhas seem elusive. Breathing with the diaphragm, mental intention, and focus is the way to develop a relationship with our…
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Mula Bandha Anatomically Speaking By David Keil © 2010

Which muscles actually form mula bandha? Find out how this relates to breathing and the evolution of mula bandha in…
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Uddiyana Bandha Anatomically Speaking By David Keil © 2010

An anatomical explanation of uddiyana bandha and its relationship to the psoas muscle: Both bring your attention toward your center.…
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Piriformis: A Real Pain In The…

The piriformis muscle, sciatica and sacro-iliac (SI) joint pain can often be interrelated. Trigger points can be confused for piriformis…
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Simple Preparation for Lotus Posture – Video

This is a simple and effective way to stretch the right muscles for lotus posture, which helps reduce potential for…
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So, You Wanna Do A handstand…

Want to do a handstand? This article explains some anatomical patterns required to establish the foundation for a handstand in…