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,  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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How To Manage Your Energy During Yoga Practice

Consistent yoga practice, without doing too much too soon, can help you manage your energy in yoga and make practice…
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Drishti: Gazing Practice Bridges The External And The Internal

Drishti practice incorporates focusing your external gaze on a fixed point with the intention of also holding your mental focus…
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Are So-Called Extreme Asanas In Ashtanga Yoga Injurious In The Long Term?

So-called extreme poses in Ashtanga aren’t necessarily injurious. They simply require caution and an understanding of the risks.…
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Flexibility And Stretching In Yoga

Yoga and stretching both increase our flexibility. However, while increased flexibility is a benefit of yoga, it’s not the main…
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So You Think You Know What Ashtanga Yoga Is All About…

Ashtanga yoga is a flowing style of yoga rooted in the vinyāsa krama practices of Krishnamacharya. Although people sometimes claim…
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What Does Vinyāsa Mean In Yoga?

Vinyāsa yoga can refer to the connecting movements between postures which are synchronized with breath as well as a style…
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Yoga Alignment: Does It Really Matter?

Base yoga alignment intentions and verbal cues on sound anatomical concepts and apply them individually to each person’s specific situation.…
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Tristhāna: The Essence Of The Ashtanga Yoga Method

The elements of the tristhāna in Ashtanga Yoga: breath, bandha, and drishti, are the foundation of our work in primary…
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Myth: Everyone Should Do The Full Expression Of Poses Before Adding A New Pose

Whether you are doing full expression of poses is only one factor to consider before adding more postures to your…
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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.…