Yoga Anatomy Articles


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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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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What Does Long-term Ashtanga Practice Really Look Like?

Those with a long-term Ashtanga practice typically practice consistently at home, rarely watch videos of Ashtanga, and focus on subtle…
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Why Can’t I Bind Supta Kurmasana And Pasasana?

Proportions, flexibility of shoulders for internal rotation, and the amount of hip flexion you have will all affect how easy…
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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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Why Do My Muscles Shake In Some Yoga Poses?

Muscles can shake in yoga when many individual muscle cells use up their ATP before other muscle cells are refueled…
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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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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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Myth: Everyone Should Do Dropbacks Before Starting Second Series

Doing dropbacks before beginning second series in Ashtanga makes sense only if the student has a comfortable steady full wheel…
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How Are We Teaching The Ashtanga Practice?

When teaching Ashtanga, instructors balance the structure of the Ashtanga practice with tools to adapt the practice to the individual.…
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How Does Breathing Technique In Ashtanga Affect Our Nervous System?

Our breathing technique in Ashtanga may sometimes increase our sympathetic response in the short term, but ideally, we work towards…
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How Are We Doing Our Ashtanga Yoga Practice?

Greater weekly home practice was related to greater years of practice overall and increased mindfulness scores of practitioners.…
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What Are Bandhas In Ashtanga Yoga?

Many practitioners conceptualize bandhas in Ashtanga as physical as well as energetic and as objects of concentration. That increased with…
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Breathing In Ashtanga

Most practitioners were aware of their breathing in Ashtanga during at least half of their practice time. That increased with…
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Did Ashtanga Practitioners Change Their Practice During The Pandemic?

Ashtanga practitioners report on how their practice did or didn’t change during 2020, the first year of the covid-19 pandemic.…
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Effects Of Social Media Yoga Videos On Ashtanga Yoga

Some practitioners reported that videos of Ashtanga yoga on social media teach and inspire them, while others felt discouraged.…
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When Do Practitioners Modify Their Ashtanga Yoga Practice?

Find out when and how practitioners modify their Ashtanga yoga practice based on our survey of more than 900 people.…
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Mental, Emotional, And Spiritual Effects Of Ashtanga Yoga: Survey Project Overview

We surveyed more than 900 practitioners to learn more about the mental, emotional, and spiritual effects of Ashtanga yoga.…
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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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Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series: Is It All About Forward Bending?

Find out why the primary series of Ashtanga is not really about forward bending, but is actually an opportunity to…