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 To Do Bakasana B

David helps us understand the anatomy that is key to bakasana B. He then shares some technique for evolving this…
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What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

David explains why the key to lowering into chaturanga is doing two things at once: maintaining an active serratus anterior…
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A Comprehensive Guide To The Shoulder In Yoga

This post is a comprehensive look at the shoulder in its entirety. We share a detailed breakdown of the shoulder…
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What Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?

David explains why serratus anterior is often the key muscle that you need to strengthen in order to maintain a…
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The Anatomy Of The Lift Up And Jump Back Transition

David explains, anatomically, which muscles are key for initiating the challenging lift up and jump back transition in vinyasa styles…
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How Do I Avoid Overworking The Upper Trapezius In The Ashtanga Practice?

Wondering how to avoid overworking the upper trapezius when jumping through and jumping back? Find out why a strong serratus…
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What Is The Right Alignment In Chaturanga?

David explains why there is not one right alignment in chaturanga. He explains why some common cues for alignment in…
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What Poses Will Strengthen Serratus Anterior?

David explains when other muscles might contribute to a winged scapula and how you can use sun salutations to strengthen…
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Yoga Postures Stabilize The Shoulder Blade

Researchers found that some yoga postures show promise for use as a preventative therapy to stabilize the scapula and potentially…
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Are My Arms Too Short to Jump Through?

This month, David answers a question about body proportions and the vinyasa transition: jump through/jump back. Is it true that…
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Winged Scapula, What Are Those Shoulder Blades Doing?

This month’s question asks about winged scapula. What is winged scapula? When should you be concerned about the shoulder blades…
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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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Sun Salutation 9 – Downward Facing Dog – You’ve Arrived!

I hear so many questions about downward facing dog. Where should your feet and hands be? Where should your shoulders…
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Bakasana to Handstand: What Muscles are Used to Press Up?

So this month’s question comes from Jessica Payne and she asked a very simple question, well, she asked a complex…
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Jump Back in Sun Salutations – Part 5

Now that we have established some hand foundation in Part 4 of this sun salutation series, let me say something…
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The Serratus Anterior Muscle

Serratus anterior is this month’s muscle of the month. As usual, we put it into simple terms. What does the…
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Your Shoulders in Downward Facing Dog

I think we can all agree about one thing with regard to the shoulders in downward facing dog. None of…
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Yes, you can get injured doing a headstand…

We can often gather information from the name of a posture. Sometimes embrace the quality or energy of the name,…
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So, You Wanna Do A handstand…

Want to do a handstand? This article explains some anatomical patterns required to establish the foundation for a handstand in…