Yoga Anatomy Articles


This series of posts aims to make the latest yoga research simple and understandable so that you can apply it to your own teaching.

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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Can Yoga Support A Positive Body Image?

Recent research suggests that yoga can help increase embodiment and decrease self-objectification, improving overall body image.…
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How Important Is Alignment In Ashtanga Yoga?

Find out when and why alignment in Ashtanga yoga is important. And, find out when to emphasize function over form.…
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How Is Turnout In Ballet Achieved, Anatomically?

Learn how turnout in ballet happens in your body, anatomically. Find out how the hip and kinetic chain of the…
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Distinguishing Between Felt Sense And Anatomy In Yoga

Learn what that felt sense in yoga is telling you and why it’s important to consider your experience through the…
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Can Yoga Help An Antarctic Expedition Team Manage Stress?

Find out how yoga may help an Antarctic expedition team manage the physical and mental stress of doing research at…
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Can Curvy People Jump Back And Jump Through?

How is the transition different for curvy people who want to jump back or jump through? Find out how to…
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Why Don’t My Hands Reach The Ground In Dandasana?

Learn why your hands may not reach the ground in dandasana if your torso is longer relative to the length…
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Chaturanga Dandasana: There Is Only One Right Way To Do This Posture

Chaturanga dandasana, or low plank, is difficult for many yoga practitioners. Learn the fundamental principles for doing this pose properly.…
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Muscle Contraction In Yoga: Do You Know What’s Happening?

Muscle contraction in yoga is more complex than most people are aware of. Learn how the different types of muscle…
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Anatomy Of The Knee

The anatomy of the knee is unique among our joints. Find out how our knee anatomy affects knee function in…
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How Do You Breathe In Backbends?

Reducing tension on the ribcage, and increasing your focus on the breath, can help you breathe in backbends with more…
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Does Physiological Intensity Of Yoga Differ Between Styles?

There are large variations in intensity between styles of yoga based on oxygen consumption and heart rate.…
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What Is Connective Tissue?

Connective tissue, or fascia, is the web-like tissue that connects all of the other structures and tissues in our body.…
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Where Should Your Knee Point In Standing Half-Bound Lotus?

Let the knee point in half-bound lotus wherever it needs to. Focus on opening the hips to eventually allow the…
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How Can I Relax My Abdomen In Forward Bending?

For more ease in forward bending, avoid overusing the abdominal muscles, and instead, relax the abdomen in forward bending.…
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How Do I Roll Over The Toes In Vinyasa Yoga Transitions?

Learn the techniques to roll over the toes in vinyasa transitions and discover why they are worth the effort to…
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Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms Of Knee Osteoarthritis?

Research suggests that yoga may reduce symptoms of knee osteoarthritis without causing additional pain or injury.…
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Breathing With The Diaphragm Muscle

In yoga, finding more ease when breathing with the diaphragm is not so much about which postures you do, but…
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Why Am I Feeling Weight In Headstand In My Elbows?

To evenly distribute the weight in headstand, allowing the pelvis to tilt is necessary, as is engaging serratus anterior.…
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What Is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Thoracic outlet syndrome affects the head, neck, shoulder, arm, and/or chest. Learn what it is and how it could affect…
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How Does Pranayama Affect Our Physiology?

Pranayama affects our physiology in many positive ways. Learn how yogic breathing practices may affect us from this recent research…