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 Causes Low Back Pain?

David describes the many complex sources of low back pain and offers direction for working with low back pain in…
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Adjusting Janu Sirsasana A

David discusses the key ideas for how to effectively adjust janu sirsasana A. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in…
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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?

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

David explains 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

David discusses 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?

David explains 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?

David describes the anatomy of what is happening in bhujapidasana and explores techniques for evolving this challenging posture.…
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What Causes Abdominal Cramps During Primary Series?

David answers the question: What causes abdominal cramps during primary series? He explains why repeated forward bending and dehydration could…
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The Anatomy of Standing Half-bound Lotus Pose

In this article, David deconstructs the anatomy of standing half-bound lotus. Explore multiple intentions for this posture and gain insights…
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What’s Restricting Me In Seated Wide-Legged Forward Bend?

This month David answers the question: what’s restricting me in wide-legged forward bend? He explains that the culprits could include…
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Adjusting Standing Forward Bend: Where Is Your Intention?

David discusses the key ideas for safely and effectively adjusting standing forward bend. Learn which adjustments might be helpful in…
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Low Back Injuries In Yoga: What Are Practitioners Experiencing?

When are yoga practitioners most at risk for low back injuries? David reports on the experiences of our survey of…
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Should I Pull the Flesh from Sitting Bones in Forward Bend?

This month, David answers a question about forward bending. David discusses why we sometimes like to pull the flesh from…
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Is Standing Forward Bend As Simple As It Looks?

David breaks down two variations on standing forward bend, padagusthasana and pada hastasana. Learn what components allow or restrict access…
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Forward Bends and Hamstring Injury: Have You Injured Your Hamstrings?

Hamstring injuries are prevalent in yoga. In our survey, we found some very interesting relationships between forward bends and hamstring…
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Forward Folds With A Rounded Spine?

Should we be rounding our spine when we do forward bends? Well, do you want a traditional answer or an…
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Si Joint and Hamstring Relationship

An imbalance of tension between the hamstrings on the right and left sides can lead to pelvic imbalances. This can…
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Why The Emphasis On Forward Bending?

In this question of the month a student asked why there is such an emphasis on forward bending and stretching…
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Sun Salutations – Part 3 – The Forward Fold

In part 3 of the Sun Salutation series we look at the forward fold that happens after you raise your…
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Practicing Yoga With A Herniated Disc?

Practicing yoga with back pain is one thing. Practicing yoga with a herniated disc is something completely different! Differentiating between…