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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Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

Learn why the style of triangle pose and tensional patterns throughout the whole chain of joints affect our alignment in…
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Where Should Your Elbow Crease Point In Upward Dog?

What alignment should we look for in the elbow crease in upward dog? Learn why that’s related to the position…
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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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How Do You Protect The Knees In Warrior One?

Learn how to modify the hip and foot placement to protect the knees in warrior one and find out why…
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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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Should You Land In Chaturanga Or Plank?

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

Learn the kinds of range of motion necessary to do full lotus pose. While often challenging, lotus pose is anatomically…
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Why Can’t I Keep My Legs Straight In Navasana?

Learn why the relationship between strength and flexibility of the quadriceps and hamstrings is key to keeping the legs straight…
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What Is The Right Alignment In Chaturanga?

There is not one right alignment in chaturanga. Learn why some common cues for alignment in chaturanga don’t work for…
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What Is The Correct Alignment For Your Hands In Upward Dog And Downward Dog?

Want to know how to align your hands in upward dog and downward dog? Find out why the focus should…
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Adjusting Janu Sirsasana A

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

Should you line up the outsides of the feet with the edge of the mat in downward dog? Learn why…
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How Do I Prevent Elbow Pain In Chaturanga?

Find out 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

Recent research suggests hip range of motion in yoga may exceed the recommended end-range for those with a recent hip…
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An Anatomical Breakdown Of Leg Behind Head

Deconstruct the anatomy of leg behind head. Understand the anatomical components of this posture and gain insights into how to…
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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?

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

Learn the key ideas for how to effectively adjust marichyasana C. Learn which adjustments are helpful in different stages of…
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Should The Sit Bones Be Down In Marichyasana?

Consider why we want to put the sit bones down in marichyasana A, B, C, and D and learn why…
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What Are We Doing In Garbha Pindasana And Kukkutasana?

Explore the anatomy of what is happening in garbha pindasana and kukkutasana and learn techniques for evolving these challenging postures.…
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Should You Walk The Feet In For Downward Dog?

Learn why the interrelationship between postures, intention, and body proportions all affect whether to walk the feet in for downward…