Yoga Anatomy Articles


Arm balance postures ask us to balance our weight on our hands or arms. They can challenge our ideas of what is possible.

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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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 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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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 To Do Bakasana B

What are the anatomical keys to bakasana B? Learn the anatomy and relevant techniques for evolving this challenging pose.…
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What Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?

Learn why why serratus anterior is often the key muscle that you need to strengthen in order to maintain a…
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Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?

Recent research indicates that doing headstand does not increase the blood flow to the brain for otherwise healthy practitioners.…
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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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What Are We Doing In Bhujapidasana?

Explore the anatomy of what is happening in bhujapidasana and learn techniques for evolving this challenging posture.…
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Is Shoulder Range Of Motion Restricting My Handstands And Arm Balances?

Is shoulder rotation restricting my handstands and arm balances? Learn some techniques for distinguishing between anatomical restriction and muscular tightness…
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How Do Long Femurs In Yoga Effect Handstands And Jump Throughs?

David shares some anatomical reasons for why working with long femurs in handstands and jump throughs might be challenging!…
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Bakasana To Handstand: What Muscles Are Used to Press Up?

So this month’s question comes from Jessica Payne and she asked a very simple question, well, she asked a complex…
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Yes, You Can Get Injured Doing A Headstand

Learn how the hand position you choose affects your headstand. Find out where your shoulders should be relative to your…
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So, You Wanna Do A handstand…

Want to do a handstand? This article explains some anatomical patterns required to establish the foundation for a handstand in…