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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How Do You Breathe In Backbends?

Reducing tension on the ribcage, and increasing your focus on the breath, can help you breathe in backbends with more…
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Does Physiological Intensity Of Yoga Differ Between Styles?

There are large variations in intensity between styles of yoga based on oxygen consumption and heart rate.…
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Breathing With The Diaphragm Muscle

In yoga, finding more ease when breathing with the diaphragm is not so much about which postures you do, but…
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How Does Pranayama Affect Our Physiology?

Pranayama affects our physiology in many positive ways. Learn how yogic breathing practices may affect us from this recent research…
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Pranayama Can Potentially Improve Quality Of Life For Asthma Sufferers

Research suggests pranayama, or yogic breathing, may improve asthma symptoms and quality of life for asthma sufferers.…
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Do Cooling Pranayama Techniques Actually Cool The Body?

David summarizes recent research which evaluates the effects of two pranayama techniques. Researchers found the pranayama techniques did not cool…
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What Is Jalandhara Bandha?

David describes anatomically what happens when we are in jalandhara bandha position and he explains how jalandhara bandha can help…
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When To Use Belly Breathing Versus Breathing With Bandhas

David explains that belly breathing and breathing with bandhas create two different qualities. He shares why breathing with bandhas is…
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Should You Do Other Exercise Besides Yoga?

David answers the question: Should you do other exercise besides yoga? He explains why yoga offers some kinds of exercise…
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Why Does Yoga Breathing Improve Our Health?

David summarizes research which suggests that activity by the parasympathetic nervous system, specifically the vagal nerve, is involved when we…
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Are Bandhas A Myth?

David discusses how the bandhas could be understood as physical, energetic, metaphorical and as an object of meditation. Bandhas are…
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Does Yoga Practice Increase Equanimity?

David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice can increase equanimity. Frequency of practice and intention affected impacts of…
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How Does Yoga Work?

Researchers propose a model which suggests that yoga and other contemplative practices work by using specifically regulated breathing techniques (low…
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Why Is Breathing In Twists So Hard?

David explains from an anatomical perspective why breathing in twists can feel so challenging! Learn how you can evolve your…
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Internal and External Intercostal Muscles

This month I highlight the internal and external intercostal muscles. Take a look at where these important breathing muscles attach,…
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Diaphragm Muscle

This month we highlight the diaphragm muscle. Take a look at where this very unique muscle attaches, what action it…
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Scalene Muscles

This month take a look at the scalene muscles. They work to stabilize and move the neck. They also assist…

Breathing in Yoga: Is there a Right and Wrong Way?

We shouldn’t take it lightly when we ask or direct people to breathe in very specific ways. Breathing is personal…
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How Breathing Leads to Bandhas © 2010

Bandhas seem elusive. Breathing with the diaphragm, mental intention, and focus is the way to develop a relationship with our…
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Mula Bandha Anatomically Speaking by David Keil © 2010

Which muscles actually form mula bandha? Find out how this relates to breathing and the evolution of mula bandha in…
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Uddiyana Bandha Anatomically Speaking by David Keil © 2010

An anatomical explanation of uddiyana bandha and its relationship to the psoas muscle: Both bring your attention toward your center.…