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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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,…
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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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Did Ashtanga practitioners change their practice during the pandemic?

Ashtanga practitioners report on how their practice did or didn’t change during 2020, the first year of the covid-19 pandemic.…
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How Do Different Styles Of Yoga Affect Stress?

Yoga can potentially affect stress differently in different styles of yoga says research from a small pilot study summarized here.…
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How Do We Know If We Should Lengthen Or Strengthen The Psoas?

Learn why we should strive for balance rather than an overly-simplified idea that we should always lengthen or strengthen the…
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Upper Crossed Syndrome And Yoga

Learn about the muscular imbalance pattern of upper crossed syndrome. Find out how we can use yoga to help rebalance…
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Effects Of Social Media Yoga Videos On Ashtanga Yoga

Some practitioners reported that videos of Ashtanga yoga on social media teach and inspire them, while others felt discouraged.…
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How Does Ashtanga Yoga Affect Our Brain?

Research summarized here suggests yoga may positively affect our brain by changing activity levels in specific areas. Areas of our…
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Why Is My Mid-back Sore In Urdhva Dhanurasana?

Learn why trying too hard to engage the muscles of the back can result in the mid-back feeling sore in…
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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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Can Yoga Help Manage Depression Symptoms?

Research suggests yoga can help manage depression symptoms when used as one part of a larger plan of treatment.…
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Should I Hug My Elbows Into The Ribs In Chaturanga?

Learn why you might choose not to hug your elbows into your ribs in chaturanga. Instead, focus on strengthening serratus…
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Can Yoga Help Young Adults Manage Stress?

Recent research suggests that yoga can help young adults manage stress by offering a tool to help regulate their autonomic…
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Effects Of Tight Hip Flexors On Posture

Tight hip flexors affect posture in many ways. They can affect movement in daily activities, sports, and our yoga practice.…