Yoga Anatomy Articles


Yoga postures deserve better explanations than what muscle should contract and which should relax or stretch. Yoga postures are dynamic and always in a state of process. Check out handstands, sun salutations, padmasana, upward dog, and down dog.

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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Where Should Your Knee Point In Standing Half-Bound Lotus?

Let the knee point in half-bound lotus wherever it needs to. Focus on opening the hips to eventually allow the…
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How Can I Relax My Abdomen In Forward Bending?

For more ease in forward bending, avoid overusing the abdominal muscles, and instead, relax the abdomen in forward bending.…
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How Do I Roll Over The Toes In Vinyasa Yoga Transitions?

Learn the techniques to roll over the toes in vinyasa transitions and discover why they are worth the effort to…
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Why Am I Feeling Weight In Headstand In My Elbows?

To evenly distribute the weight in headstand, allowing the pelvis to tilt is necessary, as is engaging serratus anterior.…
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How Much Muscle Activity Are We Using In Standing Postures?

Research suggests that the leg muscles which stabilize the ankle are important in maintaining standing balance poses.…
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How To Do Bakasana B

David helps us understand the anatomy that is key to bakasana B. He then shares some technique for evolving this…
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How Much Muscular Effort Is Used In Standing Yoga Postures?

David summarizes research which evaluates physical effort needed to do common standing yoga postures and how that effort compares to…
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Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

David explains why the style of the triangle pose and the tensional patterns expressed through the whole chain of joints…
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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 Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?

David explains why serratus anterior is often the key muscle that you need to strengthen in order to maintain a…
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How Do You Protect The Knees In Warrior One?

David shares how to modify the hip and foot placement to protect the knees in warrior one and he explains…
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Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?

David summarizes recent research that indicates doing headstand does not increase the blood flow to the brain for otherwise healthy…
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Should You Land In Chaturanga Or Plank?

David explains why developing strength in serratus anterior and shoulder girdle stability is important whether you land in chaturanga or…
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Is Lotus Pose Anatomically Possible?

David explains the kinds of range of motion necessary to do full lotus pose. He shares that, while often challenging,…
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Why Can’t I Keep My Legs Straight In Navasana?

David explains why the relationship between strength and flexibility of the quadriceps and hamstrings is key to keeping the legs…
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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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Adjusting Janu Sirsasana A

David discusses the key ideas for how to effectively adjust janu sirsasana A. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in…
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How Should You Line Up The Feet In Downward Dog?

David discusses the cue to line up the outsides of the feet with the outsides of the mat in downward…
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How Do I Prevent Elbow Pain In Chaturanga?

David explains why too many repetitions can cause elbow pain in chaturanga by irritating the triceps attachment at the elbow.…
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Hip Range Of Motion In Yoga

David summarizes recent research that suggests that hip range of motion in yoga may exceed the recommended end-range for those…