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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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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Why Can’t I Jump Through With Straight Legs?

Both the right proportions and dealing with hamstring tension can help you jump through with straight legs.…
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Why Can’t I Keep My Legs Straight In Navasana?

Learn why the relationship between strength and flexibility of the quadriceps and hamstrings is key to keeping the legs straight…
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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’s Happening In Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana?

Breaks down the anatomy of kurmasana and supta kurmasana and explore techniques for evolving these challenging postures.…
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How Do I Self-treat Sit Bone Pain and Obturator Internus?

David answers the question: How do I self-treat sit bone pain and obturator internus? He explains that sit bone pain…
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Why Should We Open Our Hips In Yoga And Lengthen Our Hamstrings?

This month David answers the question, why should we open our hips in yoga and lengthen our hamstrings? David explains…
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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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Jump Forward in Sun Salutations: Part 10, A Return to the Beginning

When jumping forward in sun salutations, we are really jumping up and forward. We have to resist gravity with the…
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Sit Bone Pain – 2021 Update

There have been a couple of overlapping issues to the original article on Sit Bone Pain. It just shows that…
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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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The Hamstrings

This month’s muscle of the month focus is on the hamstrings group. The hamstrings are a very powerful group of…
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Working With Sit Bone Pain and Achy Hamstrings

I want to share with you an exercise that I regularly do with students who are dealing with achy hamstrings…
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Got Sit Bone Pain? – What To Do With That Hamstring © 2010

Sit bone pain is a common problem inside and outside of yoga. This could be a potential hamstring tear or…
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Piriformis: A Real Pain In The…

The piriformis muscle, sciatica and sacro-iliac (SI) joint pain can often be interrelated. Trigger points can be confused for piriformis…