Trigger Points in the Piriformis Muscle

What are Trigger Points?

David Keil Anatomy, Yoga Injuries 4 Comments

In my last Muscle of the Month article I alluded to Trigger Points and wanted to give a brief explanation of what they were and how they occur. It is definitely helpful to know about them as you assess client or students who are complaining about chronic or recurring pain.

The Scalene Muscles

Breathing in Yoga: Is there a Right and Wrong Way?

David Keil Anatomy, Torso, Yoga 3 Comments

We shouldn’t take it lightly when we ask or direct people to breathe in very specific ways. Breathing is personal to all of us. There may be long standing physical patterns, emotions, or trauma mixed into the way we breathe. We should be aware that breathing in different ways has different affects on us. The rate of inhalation can be stimulating, agitating, or calming.

Quadratus Lumborum Muscle

Quadratus Lumborum (QL) A Real Pain In The Back!

David Keil Anatomy, Torso, Yoga Injuries 14 Comments

I have written about a number of the “lightning rod” muscles such as the piriformis, psoas, and transverse abdominis. I refer to them as “lightning rods” because they attract attention. Sometimes this is for good reason, after all, everyone should know about his or her psoas. However, every problem related to core shouldn’t be thrown onto the back of the psoas or the transverse abdominis for that matter.

The Gastrocnemius Muscles

Flexed or Extended Foot in Lotus Posture

David Keil Anatomy, Lower Limb, Yoga Postures 19 Comments

I’ve been hearing for years that we should flex our foot in various yoga postures where we have our knees bent at ninety degrees or more. More recently I’ve received two seperate emails regarding the application of this technique to lotus posture. Should the foot be flexed or extended in padmasana? It’s time I throw in my own two-cents on this topic. As many of you know, I’m for whatever works. If it helps when you flex your foot, then the answer is flex your foot. But why does this work? Is it necessary?

Gluteus Medius Muscle

Gluteal and Psoas Relationship for Yogis

David Keil Anatomy, Yoga 46 Comments

There is a pattern that has shown itself to me over the last few months. I don’t think that this pattern is a result of practice but probably an underlying pattern that already existed. As often happens, regular practice can uncover any number of problems or imbalances in our body. Hopefully the practice helps to create balance and “fix” them.

yoga anatomy iliacus muscle

Is Your Hip Pinching In Twists?

David Keil Anatomy, Torso, Yoga Injuries 22 Comments

There are other possibilities for hip pinching. Please also read Is Yoga Tearing Labrums? [/alert]
Hip pinching can show up in parvrita parsvakonasana, ardha matsayendrasana, marichyasana C, or other twists. The sensation is anything from mild discomfort to an ice pick sensation in the front and inside of the pelvis. The most common description however is that it seems as though something is getting “pinched.” Others describe it as a “stabbing” pain.