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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Myth: Everyone Should Do Dropbacks Before Starting Second Series

Doing dropbacks before beginning second series in Ashtanga makes sense only if the student has a comfortable steady full wheel…
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Can Yoga Help Manage Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

A personalized nine-month yoga treatment had a very positive impact on fibromyalgia symptoms in the single-patient case study summarized here.…
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Where Is This Knee Pain In Backbends Coming From?

Common sources of outer knee pain in backbends include tension in tensor fascia latae (TFL) and the iliotibial band (IT…
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Does Yoga Experience Affect Heart Rate Variability?

Yoga experience had a limited effect on heart rate variability, but it contributed generally to balancing the nervous system in…
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What To Know About Spinal Disc Dysfunction And Yoga

When concerned about spinal disc dysfunction and yoga, pay extra attention to how you approach forward bends, twists, and deep…
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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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How Are We Teaching The Ashtanga Practice?

When teaching Ashtanga, instructors balance the structure of the Ashtanga practice with tools to adapt the practice to the individual.…
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Can Yoga Help Manage Schizophrenia Symptoms?

Yoga treatments improved quality of life for those suffering with schizophrenia and moderately reduced some symptoms of the disorder.…
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How Does Breathing Technique In Ashtanga Affect Our Nervous System?

Our breathing technique in Ashtanga may sometimes increase our sympathetic response in the short term, but ideally, we work towards…
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How are we doing our Ashtanga yoga practice?

Greater weekly home practice was related to greater years of practice overall and increased mindfulness scores of practitioners.…
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When Can I Return To Yoga Practice After A Hip Replacement?

Experienced yoga practitioners can safely resume yoga practice after a hip replacement, but should be cautious with deeper ranges of…
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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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What Are Bandhas In Ashtanga Yoga?

Many practitioners conceptualize bandhas in Ashtanga as physical as well as energetic and as objects of concentration. That increased with…
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Back Pain In Backbending

Learn why back pain in backbending can be related to overworking backbends, technique, anatomical issues, as well as other variables.…
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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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Exploring The Suboccipital Muscles

Find out where the suboccipital muscles are, what actions they assist with, and where they show up in our yoga…
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Breathing In Ashtanga

Most practitioners were aware of their breathing in Ashtanga during at least half of their practice time. That increased with…
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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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Do Online And In-person Yoga Have Similar Benefits?

Practitioners rated online yoga as beneficial for its convenience and affordability, but less desirable than in-person yoga for connection.…
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Working With The Lumbar Spine In Yoga

The shape, orientation, and spacing of the vertebrae in the lumbar spine affect our ability to back bend, forward bend,…