Yoga Anatomy Articles


Yoga concepts such as breath, bandhas, specifically mula and uddiyana, are like the glue of the practice. They have anatomical explanations and relationships.

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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Yin Yoga And The Myth That Ashtanga is Yang

Learn why yin yoga and Ashtanga are not mutually exclusive. Use your breathing to cultivate different qualities in your Ashtanga…
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Can Verbal Cuing In Yoga Influence Its Effects?

Physical versus philosophical verbal cuing in yoga didn’t affect body awareness, mindfulness, positive affect, or spirituality differently.…
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Is Locking My Knee In Forward Bends Causing My Knee Pain?

What’s the difference between straight legs and locked knees? There may be an appropriate time to keep your knees straight…
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The Psoas Muscle: Ultimate Guide

In an in-depth exploration of the psoas muscle, find out how psoas functions and dysfunctions. Learn how to stretch and…
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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 Push Up Into Urdhva Dhanurasana?

Find out what’s restricting your ability to push up into urdhva dhanurasana. The most likely reason is tightness, not lack…
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Adjusting Seated Forward Bend

Learn some key techniques for adjusting seated forward bend. Find out how to offer an appropriate adjustment for different situations.…
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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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Can Yoga Increase Altruism Among Business Managers?

Recent research indicates that yoga may increase altruism and related cognitive states for business managers. Find out what research found.…
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How To Avoid Low Back Pain In Urdhva Dhanurasana

Find out why openness in the hip flexors is one important key to avoiding low back pain in urdhva dhanurasana.…
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome And Yoga

Find out how to modify for carpal tunnel syndrome in your yoga practice, if you are recovering from or just…
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Can Yoga Support A Positive Body Image?

Recent research suggests that yoga can help increase embodiment and decrease self-objectification, improving overall body image.…
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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 Is Turnout In Ballet Achieved, Anatomically?

Learn how turnout in ballet happens in your body, anatomically. Find out how the hip and kinetic chain of the…
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Distinguishing Between Felt Sense And Anatomy In Yoga

Learn what that felt sense in yoga is telling you and why it’s important to consider your experience through the…
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Can Yoga Help An Antarctic Expedition Team Manage Stress?

Find out how yoga may help an Antarctic expedition team manage the physical and mental stress of doing research at…
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Can Curvy People Jump Back And Jump Through?

How is the transition different for curvy people who want to jump back or jump through? Find out how to…
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Why Don’t My Hands Reach The Ground In Dandasana?

Learn why your hands may not reach the ground in dandasana if your torso is longer relative to the length…
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Chaturanga Dandasana: There Is Only One Right Way To Do This Posture

Chaturanga dandasana, or low plank, is difficult for many yoga practitioners. Learn the fundamental principles for doing this pose properly.…
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Muscle Contraction In Yoga: Do You Know What’s Happening?

Muscle contraction in yoga is more complex than most people are aware of. Learn how the different types of muscle…
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Anatomy Of The Knee

The anatomy of the knee is unique among our joints. Find out how our knee anatomy affects knee function in…