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, 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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Pectoralis Major Muscle

This month’s muscle is Pectoralis major. We’ll take a look at where is attaches in the body, what actions it…
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Winged Scapula, What Are Those Shoulder Blades Doing?

This month’s question asks about winged scapula. What is winged scapula? When should you be concerned about the shoulder blades…
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The Levator Scapulae Muscle

This month’s muscle of the month is the Levator Scapulae! It can definitely be a real “pain in the neck”…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How Breathing Leads to Bandhas © 2010

In the last two newsletters I’ve covered both mula and uddiyana bandhas from an anatomical point of view. I feel…
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Mula Bandha Anatomically Speaking by David Keil © 2010

The bandhas (mula bandha specifically) are perhaps the most difficult aspect to grasp in the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.…
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Uddiyana Bandha Anatomically Speaking by David Keil © 2010

In the last piece about mula bandha and its relationship to the pelvic floor muscles I alluded to the muscle…
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Nutation Counternutation

As a preface, there was an original question asking if someone could explain what nutation and counternutation actually were and…