Yoga Anatomy Articles


The upper limb focuses on a variety of posts that include, shoulders, chaturanga, handstand, rotator-cuff, serratus-anterior 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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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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Coracobrachialis Muscle

Learn about the coracobrachialis muscle. Find out where it attaches, what actions it does, and where we might be using…
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A Comprehensive Guide To The Shoulder In Yoga

This post is a comprehensive look at the shoulder in its entirety. We share a detailed breakdown of the shoulder…
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Where Should Your Elbow Crease Point In Upward Dog?

David explains why he doesn’t look for specific alignment in the elbow crease in upward dog. Instead, he looks for…
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What Is The Right Alignment In Chaturanga?

David explains why there is not one right alignment in chaturanga. He explains why some common cues for alignment in…
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What Is The Correct Alignment For Your Hands In Upward Dog And Downward Dog?

David breaks down the common cues about how to align your hands in upward dog and downward dog. He explains…
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Pectoralis Major Muscle

This month’s muscle is pectoralis major. We’ll take a look at where it attaches in the body, what actions it…
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Frozen Shoulder And Yoga: How To Work With It?

This month’s question comes from Shirley, who asks about frozen shoulder and yoga. How do you modify practice for this…
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Elbow Pain: Finding the Source of Your Elbow Tendinitis

This month’s question comes from Jade. She asked a question about elbow pain in yoga practice. What might be causing…
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Triceps Brachii Muscle

The triceps brachii is located on the posterior of the upper arm. It’s our muscle of the month. Where does…
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Binding Marichyasana C, Which Muscles Prevent It?

The question of the month was: Which muscles or muscle groups prevent me from binding in Marichyasana C? As usual,…
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The Teres Major Muscle

Teres major is this month’s muscle of the month. Get information on where this muscle is, where it attaches, its…
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The Brachialis Muscle

This month’s muscle of the month is the brachialis muscle. We break down the muscle, what the name means, where…
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The Biceps Brachii Muscle

This month’s muscle of the month is the biceps brachii muscle. We break down the muscle, what the name means,…
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The Pectoralis Minor Muscle

The pectoralis minor is the muscle of the month. As usual we give a simple and straight forward presentation of…
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The Trapezius Muscle

The trapezius muscle is this month’s muscle of the month. As usual we describe its attachments and its functions in…
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The Rhomboid Muscle

The rhomboid muscle is this month’s muscle of the month. What do the words mean, where does it attach, and…
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The Latissimus Dorsi Muscle

Latissimus dorsi is this month’s muscle of the month. As usual, we put it into simple terms. What does the…
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Fingers Pointing Away In Purvottanasana?

Good morning David. Greetings from New Zealand. A little advice please. What do you think of purvottanasana with fingers pointing…
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The Serratus Anterior Muscle

Serratus anterior is this month’s muscle of the month. As usual, we put it into simple terms. What does the…
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Frozen Shoulder and Yoga – Do They Go Together?

Frozen shoulder is technically called adhesive capsulitis. The question of whether you should be practicing yoga with a frozen shoulder…