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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Is It Okay To Adjust The Feet In Downward Dog?

What’s more important than how you adjust your feet in downward dog is whether you start the movement from up…
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Why Does My Leg Go Numb In Full Lotus?

If your leg goes numb in full lotus, due to compression or stretching of nerves or reduced blood flow, you…
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What Is Happening In The Back Leg In Triangle Pose?

Unpack the anatomy of what is happening in the back leg, and more importantly the back hip, in triangle pose.…
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Why Can’t I Put My Back Heel Down In Revolved Side Angle?

Learn why both tight hips, and the technique you use to do the posture, can affect getting the back heel…
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How Do I Get Up Into Shoulder Stand?

Learn why tension along the back of the body can sometimes get in the way when we are trying to…
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Why Is It So Hard To Do A Press Handstand With Straight Legs?

Find out why tight hamstrings are often the reason that going up into a press handstand with straight legs is…
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When Do Practitioners Modify Their Ashtanga Yoga Practice?

Find out when and how practitioners modify their Ashtanga yoga practice based on our survey of more than 900 people.…
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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 Important Is Alignment In Ashtanga Yoga?

Find out when and why alignment in Ashtanga yoga is important. And, find out when to emphasize function over form.…
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How Do You Breathe In Backbends?

Reducing tension on the ribcage, and increasing your focus on the breath, can help you breathe in backbends with more…
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Why Am I Feeling Weight In Headstand In My Elbows?

To evenly distribute the weight in headstand, allowing the pelvis to tilt is necessary, as is engaging serratus anterior.…
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How To Do Bakasana B

What are the anatomical keys to bakasana B? Learn the anatomy and relevant techniques for evolving this challenging pose.…
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Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

Learn why the style of triangle pose and tensional patterns throughout the whole chain of joints affect our alignment in…
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Balancing Effort And Ease: Are You Working Too Hard In Yoga?

Balancing effort and ease is an important part of your yoga practice. Here are some tips to determine if you’re…
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When To Use Belly Breathing Versus Breathing With Bandhas

Belly breathing and breathing with bandha create different qualities. Learn why that technique is for yoga practice, not daily life.…
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Adjusting Downward Dog

Learn how to work with several different intentions in both the lower body and the upper body when adjusting downward…
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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 Should You Line Up The Feet In Downward Dog?

Should you line up the outsides of the feet with the edge of the mat in downward dog? Learn why…
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How To Practice Yoga When You Are Hypermobile

Read one practitioner’s experience in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and suggestions for how to practice yoga when you are hypermobile.…
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An Anatomical Breakdown Of Leg Behind Head

Deconstruct the anatomy of leg behind head. Understand the anatomical components of this posture and gain insights into how to…
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Should We Squeeze The Shoulder Blades Together In Upward Dog?

Learn why stabilization and depression of the scapulae is as important as squeezing the shoulder blades together in upward dog.…