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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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…
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Adjusting Standing Forward Bend: Where Is Your Intention?

David discusses the key ideas for safely and effectively adjusting standing forward bend. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in…
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SI Joint Pain In Warrior 1: How Should I Work With It?

This month David answers the question: How should I work with SI joint pain in warrior 1? David describes how…
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What Are Our Intentions In Parsvottanasana?

David breaks down parsvottanasana or intense side-stretching pose. Learn what components allow or restrict movement in this posture. Understand what…
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Should We Jump Into Plank Or Chaturanga Position?

This month, David answers the question: Should we jump into plank or chaturanga position? David describes the difference between these…
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What Are Our Intentions In Standing Wide-legged Forward Bend?

David breaks down variations of standing wide-legged forward bend. Learn what components allow or restrict movement in different versions of…
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How Do I Fix A Flat Back In Poses Like Garbha Pindasana?

Distinguish between anatomical and technique-related reasons for difficulty rounding the low back in garbha pindasana. For those working on technique,…
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Is Shoulder Range of Motion Restricting My Handstands And Arm Balances?

This month, David answers the question: Is shoulder rotation restricting my handstands and arm balances? David shares some techniques for…
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How Do You Know When to Add Poses in the Ashtanga Intermediate Series?

How do you know when it’s time to add poses in the Ashtanga intermediate series? In this post, David discusses…
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Should I Be Opening My Knees for Lotus?

This month, David answers a question about whether you should open your knees for lotus? You shouldn’t, you should focus…
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What Are Our Intentions in Side Angle and Revolved Side Angle Pose?

David breaks down side angle and revolved side angle pose. Learn what components allow or restrict access to these postures.…
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Are My Arms Too Short to Jump Through?

This month, David answers a question about body proportions and the vinyasa transition: jump through/jump back. Is it true that…
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What Are Our Intentions In Triangle and Revolved Triangle Pose?

David breaks down triangle and revolved triangle pose. Learn what components allow or restrict access to these postures. Understand what…
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How Much Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is Too Much?

How do you know when you might be acquiring an anatomical imbalance from yoga practice? In this post, David discusses…
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How Do You Know When to Add Poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series?

How do you know when to add poses in the Ashtanga primary series? Learn the signs that you are ready…
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Is the Psoas Stretched in Supta Virasana?

Is supta viarasana really a psoas stretch? David explains the anatomical reasons why the psoas is not necessarily stretched in…
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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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Is Standing Forward Bend As Simple As It Looks?

David breaks down two variations on standing forward bend, padagusthasana and pada hastasana. Learn what components allow or restrict access…
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Forward Bends and Hamstring Injury: Have You Injured Your Hamstrings?

Hamstring injuries are prevalent in yoga. In our survey, we found some very interesting relationships between forward bends and hamstring…