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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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?

Why do yoga students turn their feet out when they do a yoga dropback into a backbend? Get some answers…
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Flex Or Extend The Foot In Lotus Posture

Learn whether we should flex or extend our foot when doing lotus posture. Find out why flexing our foot in…
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Your Shoulders In Upward Facing Dog

Take a look at the anatomy related to the shoulders and what you should do with them in upward facing…
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Your Shoulders In Downward Facing Dog

Your shoulders in downward facing dog: What should we do with them? Where does the movement come from? Get answers!…
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Injury In Supta Kurmasana: Supta Kurmasana Goes Pop!

Find out where injury in supta kurmasana can occur. Learn why the sternoclavicular joint is vulnerable when doing supta kurmasana.…
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Yes, You Can Get Injured Doing A Headstand

Learn how the hand position you choose affects your headstand. Find out where your shoulders should be relative to your…
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To Squeeze Or Not To Squeeze? Upward Facing Dog

Find out whether we should or should not squeeze our butt in upward facing dog, back bends, and drop backs,…
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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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The Shoulder Joint In Chaturanga: Who Are You Going To Blame?

Learn more about the shoulder joint in chaturanga. Find out what your shoulder joint is doing in chaturanga and how…
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Inner Knee Pain – Lotus Not Blooming By David Keil © 2010

Find our why inner knee pain is often related to doing lotus posture. Learn about pain on the inside, outside,…
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Simple Preparation for Lotus Posture – Video

This is a simple and effective way to stretch the right muscles for lotus posture, which helps reduce potential for…
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So, You Wanna Do A handstand…

Want to do a handstand? This article explains some anatomical patterns required to establish the foundation for a handstand in…