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,  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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Anatomical Breakdown Of Forearm Balance

Forearm balance is a fun pose that takes time and patience to learn. Engaging and strengthening serratus anterior is one…
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Anatomical Breakdown Of Shoulder Stand

Shoulder stand is a classical asana that can offer many benefits, but is contraindicated for those with many types of…
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When, Why, And How To Do A Backbend: A Deep Dive Into Backbending

Dive into the anatomical components of a backbend and learn why and how to set yourself up for comfortable and…
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How Should We Position The Hands For Arm Balances?

The exact position of the hands in arm balances matters less than whether you’re engaging serratus anterior to stabilize the…
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The Truth About Headstand In Yoga

Learn headstand in yoga by going step by step. Build the pose from the base, control the pelvis, and lift…
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How To Bind Marichyasana C And Other Bound Twists

Learning to bind Marichyasana C, like other seated bound twists, requires establishing a stable base, before reaching the arm to…
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Anatomy Of Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana And Krounchasana

Both triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana and krounchasana require that we lengthen tissues for internal hip rotation and forward bending.…
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Standing Yoga Poses Vary In Their Joint Force And Physical Demands

The joint force passing through knees, hips, and ankles varied in standing yoga poses. This has implications for rehabilitation using…
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Why Do I Feel Unstable In Revolved Side Angle?

One reason for feeling unstable in revolved side angle is setting up with the feet too close together and the…
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Should We Be Trying To Tilt Our Pelvis In Downward Dog?

Trying to tilt our pelvis in a particular way in downward dog may not have any noticeable effect on either…
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Anatomical Breakdown Of Baddha Konasana

Baddha konasana lengthens the adductors and can help balance the tension between the tissues on the inside and outside of…
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How To Do Janu Sirsasana A

Janu sirsasana A is a great posture for increasing your external hip rotation with less pressure on your knees than…
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Why Does My Leg Go Numb In Full Lotus?

If your leg goes numb in full lotus, due to compression or stretching of nerves or reduced blood flow, you…
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What Is Happening In The Back Leg In Triangle Pose?

Unpack the anatomy of what is happening in the back leg, and more importantly the back hip, in triangle pose.…
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Why Can’t I Put My Back Heel Down In Revolved Side Angle?

Learn why both tight hips, and the technique you use to do the posture, can affect getting the back heel…
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How Do I Control My Core In Headstand?

Learn why setting up your foundation correctly is just as important as engaging your core for stability in headstand.…
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Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series: Is It All About Forward Bending?

Find out why the primary series of Ashtanga is not really about forward bending, but is actually an opportunity to…
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Can Curvy People Jump Back And Jump Through?

How is the transition different for curvy people who want to jump back or jump through? Find out how to…
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Chaturanga Dandasana: There Is Only One Right Way To Do This Posture

Chaturanga dandasana, or low plank, is difficult for many yoga practitioners. Learn the fundamental principles for doing this pose properly.…
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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.…