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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How Can I Work On Forward Bending When I Am Very Tight?

Increasing your flexibility in forward bending in yoga when you are very tight takes practice, done consistently for a long…
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Anatomical Breakdown Of Baddha Konasana

Baddha konasana lengthens the adductors and can help balance the tension between the tissues on the inside and outside of…
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Why Is My Spine Popping After Deep Flexion In Yoga?

A likely reason that your spine is popping during flexion or twisting is that the synovial fluid in the intervertebral…
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Why Is My Back Rounded In Forward Bends?

The likely reason that your back is rounded in forward bends is that your hamstrings are tight. Tight lateral gluteals…
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How To Do Janu Sirsasana A

Janu sirsasana A is a great posture for increasing your external hip rotation with less pressure on your knees than…
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How Do I Open My Hips And Hamstrings For Forward Bending?

Consistent, frequent yoga practice and scaling back on activities like running can help open tight hips and hamstrings for forward…
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Adjusting Baddha Konasana

Adjusting baddha konasana involves observing and responding to a student’s external hip rotation and forward bending patterns.…
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Working With The Lumbar Spine In Yoga

The shape, orientation, and spacing of the vertebrae in the lumbar spine affect our ability to back bend, forward bend,…
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Is Locking My Knee In Forward Bends Causing My Knee Pain?

What’s the difference between straight legs and locked knees? There may be an appropriate time to keep your knees straight…
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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…
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Adjusting Seated Forward Bend

Learn some key techniques for adjusting seated forward bend. Find out how to offer an appropriate adjustment for different situations.…
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Over-doing The Abdominals In Yoga Practice

Learn how to tell if you’re over-doing the abdominals in your yoga practice and find out what the common sources…
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How Can I Relax My Abdomen In Forward Bending?

For more ease in forward bending, avoid overusing the abdominal muscles, and instead, relax the abdomen in forward bending.…
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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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Adjusting Janu Sirsasana A

Learn key ideas for how to effectively adjust janu sirsasana A. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in different stages…
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How To Do Bhujapidasana – Are My Shins Too Long?

David explains why getting the shoulders deeply through the legs and then lifting the body off the floor are the…
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What Is That Burning Sensation In The Lower Back After Forward Bends?

Learn why over-stretching connective tissue along the spine might contribute to feeling a burning sensation in the lower back after…
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Why Can’t I Stand Up Straight After Forward Bending?

Learn why a tight psoas muscle might contribute to feeling like you can’t stand up straight after forward bending.…
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Adjusting Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

Understand the key ideas for effectively adjusting utthita hasta padangusthasana. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in this posture.…
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What Is Causing Low Back Pain In Forward Bending?

Learn why over-stretching the muscles of the low back in forward bending can contribute to feeling lower back pain.…
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What Are We Doing In Bhujapidasana?

Explore the anatomy of what is happening in bhujapidasana and learn techniques for evolving this challenging posture.…