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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Do Yoga Postures Engage The Abdominals And Hip Muscles?

Research indicates some yoga postures significantly engage abdominals and hip muscles, however, individual muscle engagement differs between poses.…
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Why Do I Have Knee Pain In Bhujapidasana?

Knee pain in bhujapidasana can happen for many reasons. Do some testing in the pose to determine how to best…
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How To Manage Your Energy During Yoga Practice

Consistent yoga practice, without doing too much too soon, can help you manage your energy in yoga and make practice…
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Is A Weekly Frequency Of Yoga Enough?

A weekly frequency of yoga may be often enough to positively affect some aspects of balance, flexibility, and strength.…
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How Do You Create Balance Between Both Sides Of The Body?

To support balance between both sides of the body, do your best to move both sides equally. When injured, modify…
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Foot Muscles And Arches: Your Foundation In Yoga Postures

Your foot is the foundation of your standing postures in yoga practice. Your foot muscles and arches create your adaptable…
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Does Yoga Improve Balance For Those With Chronic Brain Injury?

A preliminary study suggests that yoga can improve balance and mobility for those experiencing the effects of chronic brain injury.…
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Why Do My Shoulder Blades Stick Out In Headstand?

Engaging serratus anterior is the key to keeping your shoulder blades in a neutral position in your headstand.…
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Anatomical Breakdown Of Forearm Balance

Forearm balance is a fun pose that takes time and patience to learn. Engaging and strengthening serratus anterior is one…
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Does Intention In Yoga Class Affect Interoception?

Yoga may help us increase our sense of our internal state, called interoception, when we intentionally focus on our internal…
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Are My Arms Too Short To Bind Marichyasana D And Supta Kurmasana?

Using the right techniques can help alleviate that feeling that your arms are too short to bind poses like Marichyasana…
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Anatomical Breakdown Of Shoulder Stand

Shoulder stand is a classical asana that can offer many benefits, but is contraindicated for those with many types of…
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Conveying Yoga Philosophy In A Yoga Program For Veterans

A yoga program for veterans and others with PTSD also conveyed aspects of yoga philosophy even though it wasn’t explicit…
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How Can I Work On Forward Bending When I Am Very Tight?

Increasing your flexibility in forward bending in yoga when you are very tight takes practice, done consistently for a long…
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When, Why, And How To Do A Backbend: A Deep Dive Into Backbending

Dive into the anatomical components of a backbend and learn why and how to set yourself up for comfortable and…
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What Do Non-practitioners Think About Yoga?

Non-practitioners primarily thought yoga had positive effects on physical and mental health, and few perceived negative effects.…
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How Do I Balance Opening My Hips In Yoga With Stability For Running?

Opening the hips in yoga for poses like lotus can be in conflict with creating stability for activities like running.…
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Drishti: Gazing Practice Bridges The External And The Internal

Drishti practice incorporates focusing your external gaze on a fixed point with the intention of also holding your mental focus…
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Can Yoga Improve Balance In Elderly Men?

Yoga improved balance compared to a control group in the study we summarize here. Good balance is important for aging…
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How Should We Position The Hands For Arm Balances?

The exact position of the hands in arm balances matters less than whether you’re engaging serratus anterior to stabilize the…
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Are So-Called Extreme Asanas In Ashtanga Yoga Injurious In The Long Term?

So-called extreme poses in Ashtanga aren’t necessarily injurious. They simply require caution and an understanding of the risks.…