Yoga Anatomy Articles


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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What Poses Will Strengthen Serratus Anterior?

…do a little bit of strengthening of rhomboids while also focusing on how to strengthen serratus anterior, just to throw…
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The Serratus Anterior Muscle

…our rotator cuff muscles to function properly. What does serratus anterior mean? The serratus anterior muscle was named for its…
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Chaturanga Dandasana: There Is Only One Right Way To Do This Posture

…here is that if you don’t already have a relationship with your serratus anterior muscle, it’s going to be difficult…
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How To Do Bakasana B

…that I see in students working this posture. That missing piece is a strong relationship with serratus anterior. If serratus…
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A Comprehensive Guide To The Shoulder In Yoga

…the scapulae fixed in this less secure, retracted position, the body weight and force goes into the shoulder joint itself,…
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Yoga Postures Stabilize The Shoulder Blade

…used in scapular stabilization). Results Most yoga postures that were evaluated generated more muscle activity from serratus anterior than from…
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Winged Scapula, What Are Those Shoulder Blades Doing?

…The base, the foundation, serratus anterior, is not being engaged. Here is another resource: What Poses Will Strengthen Serratus Anterior…
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Sun Salutations Part 6 – Lowering Into Chaturanga

…more important. It leads us back to the question, what is a high quality chaturanga anyway? For me it’s one…
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What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

…cage, which is of course serratus anterior. I do talk a little bit about the mechanics there, so I’m not…
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How Do I Avoid Overworking The Upper Trapezius In The Ashtanga Practice?

…to serratus anterior. And, if you go to my site, you can click the search bar and type in serratus…
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Sun Salutation 9 – Downward Facing Dog – You’ve Arrived!

…from the larger and stronger muscles. The core of the shoulder girdle I was referring to before is the serratus…
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What Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?

…while, go back to the website and type in serratus anterior, or, I’ve got an article called, So, You Want…
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Should You Land In Chaturanga Or Plank?

…the strength is there, then you can choose to land in either pose. Connecting to serratus anterior If you have…
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The Anatomy Of The Lift Up And Jump Back Transition

…that in this article. The idea is to direct your movement from this location in your body. Anatomical points #2…
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Your Shoulders In Downward Facing Dog

…the shoulder joint. The importance of serratus anterior My sense is that the protraction part is often one that’s missed…
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Bakasana to Handstand: What Muscles are Used to Press Up?

…good stuff going on with serratus. There’re plenty of articles on the website about it. You may also want to…
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Are My Arms Too Short to Jump Through?

…asking about it, so you know, make sure you’re engaging your serratus through sun salutations and through all of the…
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How Do You Know When to Add Poses in the Ashtanga Intermediate Series?

…Incorporating full lotus into different types of postures Serratus action: creating a base for being upside down Resisting gravity: in…
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Sun Salutations – Part 7 – Upward Facing Dog

…they are all true and false at the same time. All could be right or wrong depending once again on…
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So, You Wanna Do A handstand…

…helps keep the edge of the scapula closest to the spine pressed down against the rib cage. That is its…
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Sun Salutations – Part 4 – The Look Up

…specific muscles you want the response from are your serratus anterior muscles, which are very important for stabilizing the shoulder…