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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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.…
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Health And Wellness Benefits Of Yoga

Research studies published in 2020 reported many health benefits of yoga including positive impacts on mental and physical wellness.…
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Why Do My Elbows Come Up In Headstand?

Proportions, technique, and lack of engagement with serratus anterior can all lead to having the elbows come up in headstand.…
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The Truth About Headstand In Yoga

Learn headstand in yoga by going step by step. Build the pose from the base, control the pelvis, and lift…
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How Does Yoga Benefit Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Yoga may benefit musculoskeletal disorders by increasing strength and mobility and by reducing pain. However, more research is needed to…
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Do Yoga Practitioners Get More Injuries In Cold Climates?

Perhaps surprisingly, there is no correlation between greater yoga injuries when practicing yoga in cold climates.…
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How To Bind Marichyasana C And Other Bound Twists

Learning to bind Marichyasana C, like other seated bound twists, requires establishing a stable base, before reaching the arm to…
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Can Yoga Help Older Adults Maintain A Healthy Gait?

Some aspects of gait initiation positively increased in yoga practitioners compared with walkers in the older population studied.…
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How Do I Work With Hip Impingement In Yoga?

Before working with a hip impingement in yoga, find out whether you have an existing bony deformity or tight muscles…
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Anatomy Of Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana And Krounchasana

Both triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana and krounchasana require that we lengthen tissues for internal hip rotation and forward bending.…