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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The Knee Joint And Yoga: An In-depth Guide

Knee pain and injuries are common in the general population as well as in the practice of yoga. Here we…
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Practicing Yoga After Meniscus Surgery

David shares his own experience with a meniscus tear to help answer the question: how do you practice yoga after…
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How Do I Modify Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana After Meniscus Surgery?

David offers suggestions for how to modify triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana after meniscus surgery in the knee. Explore options for gentle…
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Should The Sit Bones Be Down In Marichyasana?

David questions why we want to put the sit bones down in marichyasana A, B, C, and D and explains…
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Should The Knee Go In Front Of The Ankle In Yoga?

David explains when it’s okay for us to place the knee in front of the ankle in poses like side…
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What Are The Risks Of Hyperextending The Knees In Dandasana?

This month David answers the question: What are the risks of hyperextending the knees in dandasana? David explains why there…
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Knee Injuries in Yoga: When Are Your Knees Most at Risk?

When are yoga practitioners most at risk for knee injuries? David reports on the experiences of our survey of 2000+…
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Gender and Yoga Practice: Is There Any Relationship?

Is yoga practice different between genders? Our survey shows more similarities than differences in yoga practice experience between genders!…
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Tensor Fascia Latae Muscle and the Iliotibial Band

This month I’m highlighting a unique muscle, the tensor fascia latae along with its related structure, the iliotibial band. This…
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Why Is Doing Lotus Pose Upside Down Easier?

I currently have left medial knee pain when attempting full lotus pose so for now I only take things as…
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Injuries in Yoga – Framing the Conversation

My biggest issue with the current discussions regarding injuries in yoga is the desire to make things measurable and compartmentalized.…
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Women’s Flexibility a Liability (in Yoga) ???

Here I discuss the recently published article by William J. Broad in the New York Times, titled Women’s Flexibility Is…
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Response to NYT Article – How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body – Yoga Injuries

It is disheartening to see the New York Times come out with yet another article that seems to completely miss…
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Padmasana Article

The basic goal of all the asana practice is finding and maintaining a comfortable padmasana (lotus pose) for meditation. There…
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The Knee Part 2 by David Keil © 2005 Enlightened Practice Magazine

In Part 1 of this article we left off looking at the deepest, most intrinsic structures that make the knee…
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The Knee Part 1 by David Keil © 2005 Enlightened Practice Magazine

In our last article, we looked at the part of our anatomy that grounds us, literally, the feet. Making our…
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Inner Knee Pain – Lotus Not Blooming by David Keil © 2010

As much as I’ve already written about the knee, it never seems to be enough. I often take a poll…
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Simple Preparation for Lotus Posture – Video

I video taped this like 6 months ago and finally finished the edits necessary. It was part of an experiment…
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Anatomy Question #1

Since I’ve been here at Purple Valley I’ve been asked a couple of questions regarding anatomy or truly as a…