Yoga Anatomy Articles


We have divided anatomy into three main sections, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, and Torso.More specifically we talk about shoulders, foot, hip, hamstrings, psoas, and SI joint.

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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The Knee Joint And Yoga: An In-depth Guide

Knee pain and injuries are common in the general population as well as in the practice of yoga. Here we…
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How To Stretch The Quadriceps

David shares his favorite way to stretch the quadriceps. He describes how he uses a modified virasana to prepare for…
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How Much Are We Using Leg Muscles In Standing Yoga Postures?

David summarizes research which suggests that the leg muscles which stabilize the ankle are important in maintaining standing balance poses.…
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Coracobrachialis Muscle

David describes the coracobrachialis muscle. Find out where it attaches, what actions it does, and where we might be using…
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How To Work With Discomfort When Rolling On The Spine

David explains why building up the spinal muscles or simply rolling over a blanket can help with discomfort when rolling…
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Aging And The Ashtanga Practice

David shares his thoughts on why aging doesn’t have to stop anyone from doing an Ashtanga practice, and he notes…
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Pranayama Can Potentially Improve Quality Of Life For Asthma Sufferers

David summarizes research which suggests pranayama, or yogic breathing, may improve asthma symptoms and quality of life for asthma sufferers.…
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Lower Crossed Syndrome And Yoga

David explains the muscular imbalance pattern of lower crossed syndrome. He shares how we can use yoga to help rebalance…
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Why Can’t I Jump Through With Straight Legs?

David explains why both proportions and hamstring tension can prevent jumping through with straight legs.…
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How To Do Bakasana B

David helps us understand the anatomy that is key to bakasana B. He then shares some technique for evolving this…
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How Much Muscular Effort Is Used In Standing Yoga Postures?

David summarizes research which evaluates physical effort needed to do common standing yoga postures and how that effort compares to…
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How Can Yoga Help My Sit Bone Pain From Cycling?

David explains how yoga can help with sit bone pain from cycling as well as sit bone pain from other…
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Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

David explains why the style of the triangle pose and the tensional patterns expressed through the whole chain of joints…
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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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Yoga Reduces Tension Type Headache Symptoms

David summarizes recent research which suggests yoga reduces tension headache symptoms, but does not improve migraine symptoms.…
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Muscular Imbalance Created by Yoga Practice?

David answers the question: Does muscular action in yoga create an imbalance between pushing muscles and pulling muscles?…
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What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

David explains why the key to lowering into chaturanga is doing two things at once: maintaining an active serratus anterior…
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A Comprehensive Guide To The Shoulder In Yoga

This post is a comprehensive look at the shoulder in its entirety. We share a detailed breakdown of the shoulder…
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Yoga Improves Cognitive Function And Mood

David summarizes recent research that suggests low intensity yoga practice can improve cognitive function and mood in sedentary young adults.…
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Where Should Your Elbow Crease Point In Upward Dog?

David explains why he doesn’t look for specific alignment in the elbow crease in upward dog. Instead, he looks for…
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What Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?

David explains why serratus anterior is often the key muscle that you need to strengthen in order to maintain a…