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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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?

This month David answers the question: How do I fix a flat back in poses like garbha pindasana? David shares…
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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? In this post, David shares what he…
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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…
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Jump Forward in Sun Salutations: Part 10, A Return to the Beginning

When jumping forward in sun salutations, we are really jumping up and forward. We have to resist gravity with the…
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Sun Salutation 9 – Downward Facing Dog – You’ve Arrived!

I hear so many questions about downward facing dog. Where should your feet and hands be? Where should your shoulders…
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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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Binding Marichyasana C, Which Muscles Prevent It?

The question of the month was: Which muscles or muscle groups prevent me from binding in Marichyasana C? As usual,…
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Sun Salutations 8 – Tricks for Up Dog to Down Dog

Transitioning from Up Dog to Down Dog can be as simple as flipping your feet. Why not take advantage of…
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Sun Salutations – Part 7 – Upward Facing Dog

In Part 7 of the Sun Salutation Series we move from chaturanga dandasana to upward facing dog. Sometimes it’s the…
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Sun Salutations Part 6 – Lowering Into Chaturanga

In part 6 of the Sun Salutation series we take a closer look at the landing and lowering down into…