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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The Piriformis Muscle

The piriformis muscle is very popular and it is this month’s Muscle of the Month. Here is a nice and…
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Quadratus Lumborum

Quadratus lumborum is a popular muscle and talked about often. Details about quadratus lumborum are discussed in a way that…
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Women’s Flexibility a Liability (in Yoga) ???

Here I discuss the recently published article by William J. Broad in the New York Times, titled Women’s Flexibility Is…
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Working With Sit Bone Pain and Achy Hamstrings

I want to share with you an exercise that I regularly do with students who are dealing with achy hamstrings…
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Turning Your Feet Out When Doing a Yoga Dropback?

The inspiration for this month’s article comes from a question posed in an email. The question, from Catherine, asks specifically…
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Breathing In Yoga: Is There A Right And Wrong Way?

Is there a right and wrong way for us to be breathing in yoga? Learn more about breathing to help…
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Quadratus Lumborum (QL) A Real Pain In The Back!

Quadratus lumborum can be important to both back pain and yoga. This muscle can be involved with back pain and…
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Flex Or Extend The Foot In Lotus Posture

Learn whether we should flex or extend our foot when doing lotus posture. Find out why flexing our foot in…
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Gluteal And Psoas Relationship For Yogis

Understand the gluteal and psoas muscular balance relationship, along with the potential problems that are related to it in yoga.…
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Is Your Hip Pinching In Twists?

Learn what might be happening, anatomically, when you have a pinching sensation in the front of your hip while doing…
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Primary Series is…

Doing an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice involves much more than merely doing the asanas enumerated in the Primary Series. As…
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Your Shoulders In Upward Facing Dog

Take a look at the anatomy related to the shoulders and what you should do with them in upward facing…
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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…