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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How Much Are We Using Leg Muscles In Standing Yoga Postures?

David summarizes research which 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…
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An Anatomical Breakdown Of Leg Behind Head

In this article, David deconstructs the anatomy of leg behind head. Understand the anatomical components of this posture and gain…
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How To Do Bhujapidasana – Are My Shins Too Long?

David explains why getting the shoulders deeply through the legs and then lifting the body off the floor are the…
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Should We Squeeze The Shoulder Blades Together In Upward Dog?

David explains why stabilization and depression of the scapulae is as important as squeezing the shoulder blades together in upward…
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Adjusting Marichyasana C

David discusses the key ideas for how to effectively adjust marichyasana C. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in different…