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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Jump Back in Sun Salutations – Part 5

Now that we have established some hand foundation in Part 4 of this sun salutation series, let me say something…
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Observing Yoga Students Before Adjusting Their Posture

There is no better place to start discussing yoga adjustments than with what initially creates our desire to adjust or…
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Sun Salutations – Part 4 – The Look Up

Part 4 of the Sun Salutation Series explores the small but important movement of “looking up” after folding forward. There…
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Sun Salutations – Part 3 – The Forward Fold

In part 3 of the Sun Salutation series we look at the forward fold that happens after you raise your…
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Sun Salutations – Part 2 – Arms Up!

Sun Salutations are a vital part of any system of yoga. In this part of the series I will break…
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Sun Salutations – Part 1 – Tadasana

Sun Salutations are a vital part of any system of yoga. In this series I will break down all of…
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Turning Your Feet Out When Doing a Yoga Dropback?

The inspiration for this month’s article comes from a question posed in an email. The question, from Catherine, asks specifically…
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Flexed or Extended Foot in Lotus Posture

I’ve been hearing for years that we should flex our foot in various yoga postures where we have our knees…
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Your Shoulders in Upward Facing Dog

This is a play off an article I wrote for the newsletter back in May. That one was titled Your…
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Your Shoulders in Downward Facing Dog

I think we can all agree about one thing with regard to the shoulders in downward facing dog. None of…
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Supta Kurmasana Goes Pop!

Some time ago I threatened to write an article about pain showing up in the joint that connects the collarbone…
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Yes, you can get injured doing a headstand…

We can often gather information from the name of a posture. Sometimes embrace the quality or energy of the name,…
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To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze? Upward Facing Dog

This month’s newsletter article comes out of a recent trip to the Midwest. I was at a new studio with…
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Padmasana Article

The basic goal of all the asana practice is finding and maintaining a comfortable padmasana (lotus pose) for meditation. There…
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Just Blame Chaturanga by David Keil © 2010

I hear it in so many workshops. Chaturanga hurt my shoulder! As if chaturanga is a living breathing entity that…
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Inner Knee Pain – Lotus Not Blooming by David Keil © 2010

As much as I’ve already written about the knee, it never seems to be enough. I often take a poll…
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Simple Preparation for Lotus Posture – Video

I video taped this like 6 months ago and finally finished the edits necessary. It was part of an experiment…
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So, You Wanna Do A handstand…

Doesn’t everyone want to be able to do a handstand in the middle of the room? I can’t tell you…