Yoga Anatomy Articles


Standing postures use our feet and legs as our base. They're fundamental postures in most styles of yoga asana practice.

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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How Much Muscle Activity Are We Using In Standing Postures?

Research suggests that the leg muscles which stabilize the ankle are important in maintaining standing balance poses.…
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How Much Muscular Effort Is Used In Standing Yoga Postures?

David summarizes research which evaluates physical effort needed to do common standing yoga postures and how that effort compares to…
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Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

David explains why the style of the triangle pose and the tensional patterns expressed through the whole chain of joints…
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How Do You Protect The Knees In Warrior One?

David shares how to modify the hip and foot placement to protect the knees in warrior one and he explains…
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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…