Yoga Anatomy Articles


Yoga postures deserve better explanations than what muscle should contract and which should relax or stretch. Yoga postures are dynamic and always in a state of process. Check out handstands, sun salutations, padmasana, upward dog, and down dog.

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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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…
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The Knee Joint And Yoga: An In-depth Guide

Check out our most in-depth knee post which will help you more fully understand what is going on in the…
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How To Stretch The Quadriceps

Learn a great way to stretch the quadriceps. Find out how to use a modified virasana to prepare for doing…
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How Much Muscle Activity Are We Using In Standing Postures?

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

Learn about 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

Learn why aging doesn’t have to stop anyone from doing an Ashtanga practice, and find out how practice changes as…
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Pranayama Can Potentially Improve Quality Of Life For Asthma Sufferers

Research 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

Learn about the muscular imbalance pattern of lower crossed syndrome. Find out how we can use yoga to help rebalance…
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Why Can’t I Jump Through With Straight Legs?

Both the right proportions and dealing with hamstring tension can help you jump 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.…