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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Can We Use Yoga For Fixing Scoliosis?

Can we use yoga for addressing scoliosis? In some cases, practicing yoga can slow or reverse the curve from scoliosis.…
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Your Shoulders In Downward Facing Dog

Your shoulders in downward facing dog: What should we do with them? Where does the movement come from? Get answers!…
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Injury In Supta Kurmasana: Supta Kurmasana Goes Pop!

Find out where injury in supta kurmasana can occur. Learn why the sternoclavicular joint is vulnerable when doing supta kurmasana.…
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Yes, You Can Get Injured Doing A Headstand

Learn how the hand position you choose affects your headstand. Find out where your shoulders should be relative to your…
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Response to NYT Article – How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body – Yoga Injuries

It is disheartening to see the New York Times come out with yet another article that seems to completely miss…
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To Squeeze Or Not To Squeeze? Upward Facing Dog

Find out whether we should or should not squeeze our butt in upward facing dog, back bends, and drop backs,…
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The ‘Almighty’ Psoas Muscle: Your Body’s Center of Movement by David Keil © 2005

The foundation of our bodies and our yoga practice lies at our feet. In order to incorporate both physical and…
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Padmasana Article

The basic goal of all the asana practice is finding and maintaining a comfortable padmasana (lotus pose) for meditation. There…
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Your Foot Foundation in Yoga Postures

Your foot is the foundation of all of your standing postures in yoga practice. That means what is happening above…
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Got Sit Bone Pain? – What To Do With That Hamstring © 2010

Sit bone pain is a common problem inside and outside of yoga. This could be a potential hamstring tear or…
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How Breathing Leads to Bandhas © 2010

Bandhas seem elusive. Breathing with the diaphragm, mental intention, and focus is the way to develop a relationship with our…
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The Shoulder Joint In Chaturanga: Who Are You Going To Blame?

Learn more about the shoulder joint in chaturanga. Find out what your shoulder joint is doing in chaturanga and how…
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Inner Knee Pain – Lotus Not Blooming by David Keil © 2010

Find our why inner knee pain is often related to doing lotus posture. Learn about pain on the inside, outside,…
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Mula Bandha Anatomically Speaking by David Keil © 2010

Which muscles actually form mula bandha? Find out how this relates to breathing and the evolution of mula bandha in…
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Uddiyana Bandha Anatomically Speaking by David Keil © 2010

An anatomical explanation of uddiyana bandha and its relationship to the psoas muscle: Both bring your attention toward your center.…
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Piriformis – A real pain in the …

The piriformis muscle, sciatica and sacro-iliac (SI) joint pain can often be interrelated. Trigger points can be confused for piriformis…
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Simple Preparation for Lotus Posture – Video

This is a simple and effective way to stretch the right muscles for lotus posture, which helps reduce potential for…
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So, You Wanna Do A handstand…

Want to do a handstand? This article explains some anatomical patterns required to establish the foundation for a handstand in…
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Thinking of Neuromuscular Patterns and Practice

Something I often talk about is our neuromuscular patterns. What are they? How do we develop them? Do they help…
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Subjective or Objective

I feel the need for a fresh post. This is directly related to the “debate” I use that terms loosely…
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Sacroiliac Movement – Nutation and Counternutation

Learn about sacroiliac joint movement known as nutation counternutation and how it relates to function in yoga postures, especially backbends.…