Yoga Anatomy Articles


Yoga concepts such as breath, bandhas, specifically mula and uddiyana, are like the glue of the practice. They have anatomical explanations and relationships.

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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Yin Yoga And The Myth That Ashtanga is Yang

Learn why yin yoga and Ashtanga are not mutually exclusive. Use your breathing to cultivate different qualities in your Ashtanga…
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How Important Is Alignment In Ashtanga Yoga?

Find out when and why alignment in Ashtanga yoga is important. And, find out when to emphasize function over form.…
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Aging And The Ashtanga Practice

Learn why aging doesn’t have to stop anyone from doing an Ashtanga practice, and find out how practice changes as…
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Balancing Effort And Ease: Are You Working Too Hard In Yoga?

Balancing effort and ease is an important part of your yoga practice. Here are some tips to determine if you’re…
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What Causes Low Back Pain?

Learn about the many complex sources of low back pain and get some direction for working with low back pain…
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When To Heal The Body With Yoga And When To Get Outside Help

When is healing with yoga not enough? If a body issue is not improving and you’ve come to the end…
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Should You Practice Yoga During Your Menstrual Cycle?

Find out what aspects of your practice to consider modifying when practicing yoga during your menstrual cycle.…
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What Is Jalandhara Bandha?

Find out, anatomically, what happens when we are in jalandhara bandha position and how jalandhara bandha can help us focus…
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What Are We Stretching In Yoga?

Find out about the possible mechanisms for what happens when we stretch in yoga with the intention to increase range…
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Should You Do Other Exercise Besides Yoga?

Should you do other exercise besides yoga? Find out why yoga offers some kinds of exercise benefits, but not others.…
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Are Bandhas A Myth?

The bandhas can be understood as a multilayered concept including physical, energetic, metaphorical aspects and as an object of meditation.…
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How To Practice Yoga When You Are Hypermobile

Read one practitioner’s experience in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and suggestions for how to practice yoga when you are hypermobile.…
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Should The Knee Go In Front Of The Ankle In Yoga?

David explains when it’s okay for us to place the knee in front of the ankle in poses like side…
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How Much Is Too Much Yoga Practice Too Soon?

Learn what it means to do too much yoga practice too soon and get some ideas on how to build…
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How Do You Create A Strong Yoga Practice?

In this post, David answers the question: how do I create a strong yoga practice? David discusses what it means…
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A Reality Check On The SI Joint In Yoga

Our SI joint page includes information on the anatomy of the SI joint, including a current understanding of movement at…
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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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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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Yoga Impacts Daily Life: What Are Survey Respondents Saying?

How Are Practitioners Reporting Yoga Impacts Daily Life? A majority of respondents reported that they changed daily habits as a…
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Ashtanga Practice Without A Teacher: What Do I Do?

It can hard to maintain an Ashtanga practice when you don’t have a teacher nearby. In this post, one of…