Yoga Anatomy Articles


The torso focuses on a variety of posts that include, back-pain, psoas, sit bone pain, breathing, uddiyana bandha, mula bandha and more...

The yoga anatomy articles are organized into categories such as,  Injuries PosturesYour Questions Yoga Anatomy Yoga Injuries Research , Ashtanga Yoga Research , 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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What To Know About Spinal Disc Dysfunction And Yoga

When concerned about spinal disc dysfunction and yoga, pay extra attention to how you approach forward bends, twists, and deep…
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Back Pain In Backbending

Learn why back pain in backbending can be related to overworking backbends, technique, anatomical issues, as well as other variables.…
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Exploring The Suboccipital Muscles

Find out where the suboccipital muscles are, what actions they assist with, and where they show up in our yoga…
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Working With The Lumbar Spine In Yoga

The shape, orientation, and spacing of the vertebrae in the lumbar spine affect our ability to back bend, forward bend,…
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How Do We Know If We Should Lengthen Or Strengthen The Psoas?

Learn why we should strive for balance rather than an overly-simplified idea that we should always lengthen or strengthen the…
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Upper Crossed Syndrome And Yoga

Learn about the muscular imbalance pattern of upper crossed syndrome. Find out how we can use yoga to help rebalance…
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Effects Of Tight Hip Flexors On Posture

Tight hip flexors affect posture in many ways. They can affect movement in daily activities, sports, and our yoga practice.…
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The Psoas Muscle: Ultimate Guide

In an in-depth exploration of the psoas muscle, find out how psoas functions and dysfunctions. Learn how to stretch and…
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Over-doing The Abdominals In Yoga Practice

Learn how to tell if you’re over-doing the abdominals in your yoga practice and find out what the common sources…
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Breathing With The Diaphragm Muscle

In yoga, finding more ease when breathing with the diaphragm is not so much about which postures you do, but…
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What Is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Thoracic outlet syndrome affects the head, neck, shoulder, arm, and/or chest. Learn what it is and how it could affect…
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Lower Crossed Syndrome And Yoga

Learn about the muscular imbalance pattern of lower crossed syndrome. Find out how we can use yoga to help rebalance…
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What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

Learn why the key to lowering into chaturanga is doing two things at once: maintaining an active serratus anterior and…
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What Is Jalandhara Bandha?

Find out, anatomically, what happens when we are in jalandhara bandha position and how jalandhara bandha can help us focus…
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What Is The Right Alignment In Chaturanga?

There is not one right alignment in chaturanga. Learn why some common cues for alignment in chaturanga don’t work for…
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Should We Squeeze The Shoulder Blades Together In Upward Dog?

Learn why stabilization and depression of the scapulae is as important as squeezing the shoulder blades together in upward dog.…
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The Pubococcygeal Muscle (PC Muscle)

This month I highlight the pubococcygeal muscles, or PC muscles. Learn where these pelvic floor muscles are found, what they…
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Why Is Breathing In Twists So Hard?

David explains from an anatomical perspective why breathing in twists can feel so challenging! Learn how you can evolve your…
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The Multifidus Muscles

This month I highlight the multifidus muscles. Learn where these back muscles are found, what they do, and what yoga…
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What Is The Core Anyway?

In this article, learn about the history and three philosophies that influenced our modern day understanding of what the core…
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Internal and External Intercostal Muscles

This month I highlight the internal and external intercostal muscles. Take a look at where these important breathing muscles attach,…