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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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…
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Should The Sit Bones Be Down In Marichyasana?

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

David describes the anatomy of what is happening in garbha pindasana and kukkutasana and explores techniques for evolving these challenging…
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Should You Walk The Feet In For Downward Dog?

David discusses why the interrelationship between postures, intention, and body proportions all affect whether to walk the feet in for…
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Adjusting Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

David discusses the key ideas for effectively adjusting utthita hasta padangusthasana. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in this posture.…
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Should We Be Trying To Stack The Hips In Triangle Pose?

David explains why the anatomy of the hips affects our intention to stack the hips in triangle pose and how…
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What’s Happening In Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana?

David breaks down the anatomy of kurmasana and supta kurmasana and explores techniques for evolving these challenging postures.…
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Should The Heels Be Lined Up In Revolved Triangle And Warrior Pose?

David explains why having the heels lined up in revolved triangle and similar poses is not the only way to…
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What Are We Doing In Bhujapidasana?

David describes the anatomy of what is happening in bhujapidasana and explores techniques for evolving this challenging posture.…
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Why Is Navasana (Boat Pose) So Hard?

In this article, David explores the anatomy of navasana. Understand the intentions for this posture and how to evolve it.…
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An Anatomical Breakdown of Marichyasana D

In this article, David explores the anatomy of marichyasana D. Understand the intentions for this posture and how to evolve…
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Why Is Breathing In Twists So Hard?

David explains from an anatomical perspective why breathing in twists can feel so challenging! Learn how you can evolve your…
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The Anatomy of Standing Half-bound Lotus Pose

In this article, David deconstructs the anatomy of standing half-bound lotus. Explore multiple intentions for this posture and gain insights…
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Should You Contract Or Relax The Glutes In Urdhva Dhanurasana?

This month David answers the question: Should you contract or relax the glutes in urdhva dhanurasana? He explains why the…
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Adjusting Triangle Pose And Revolved Triangle: Where Is Your Intention?

David discusses the key ideas for safely and effectively adjusting triangle pose and revolved triangle. Learn which adjustments might be…
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Should I Do Setu Bandhasana And Shoulder Stand?

This month David answers the question: Should I do setu bandhasana? David explains how other postures prepare the body for…
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An Anatomical Breakdown Of Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

In this article, David deconstructs the anatomy of utthita hasta padangusthasana. Explore multiple intentions for this posture and gain insights…
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What’s Restricting Me In Seated Wide-Legged Forward Bend?

This month David answers the question: what’s restricting me in wide-legged forward bend? He explains that the culprits could include…