Yoga Anatomy Articles


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 Should You Move The Hips Or The Neck During Twisting Poses?

Learn when you might not want to move the hips or neck with the spine when doing twisting poses and…
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Do Cooling Pranayama Techniques Actually Cool The Body?

Recent research evaluated the effects of two pranayama techniques. Researchers found the pranayama techniques did not cool the body.…
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Should You Practice Yoga During Your Menstrual Cycle?

Find out what aspects of your practice to consider modifying when practicing yoga during your menstrual cycle.…
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What Is Jalandhara Bandha?

Find out, anatomically, what happens when we are in jalandhara bandha position and how jalandhara bandha can help us focus…
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How Do I Modify Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana After Meniscus Surgery?

Learn how to modify triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana after meniscus surgery in the knee. Explore options for gentle knee rehabilitation while…
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Muscle Activation During Yoga Poses: Are There Sex Differences?

Recent research measured muscle activation in yoga postures. They found differences in muscle use among postures and between the sexes.…
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The Anatomy Of The Lift Up And Jump Back Transition

Anatomically, find out which muscles are key for initiating the challenging lift up and jump back transition in vinyasa styles…
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Should You Land In Chaturanga Or Plank?

Learn why developing strength in serratus anterior and shoulder girdle stability is important whether you land in chaturanga or plank.…
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When To Use Belly Breathing Versus Breathing With Bandhas

Belly breathing and breathing with bandha create different qualities. Learn why that technique is for yoga practice, not daily life.…
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Adjusting Downward Dog

Learn how to work with several different intentions in both the lower body and the upper body when adjusting downward…
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Is Lotus Pose Anatomically Possible?

Learn the kinds of range of motion necessary to do full lotus pose. While often challenging, lotus pose is anatomically…
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What Are We Stretching In Yoga?

Find out about the possible mechanisms for what happens when we stretch in yoga with the intention to increase range…
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Why Can’t I Keep My Legs Straight In Navasana?

Learn why the relationship between strength and flexibility of the quadriceps and hamstrings is key to keeping the legs straight…
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Can Yoga Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes?

Recent research which reviewed a group of smaller studies, reported that yoga can help manage the symptoms of type 2…
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Should You Do Other Exercise Besides Yoga?

Should you do other exercise besides yoga? Find out why yoga offers some kinds of exercise benefits, but not others.…
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How Do I Avoid Overworking The Upper Trapezius In The Ashtanga Practice?

Wondering how to avoid overworking the upper trapezius when jumping through and jumping back? Find out why a strong serratus…
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Can Yoga Reduce Stress During Pregnancy And Improve Sleep?

Recent research which suggests that a simple maternity yoga practice reduces stress and improves sleep during pregnancy.…
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What Is The Right Alignment In Chaturanga?

There is not one right alignment in chaturanga. Learn why some common cues for alignment in chaturanga don’t work for…
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What Poses Will Strengthen Serratus Anterior?

Find out what might contribute to a winged scapula and how you can use sun salutations to strengthen serratus anterior.…
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Why Does Yoga Breathing Improve Our Health?

Recent research shows that the parasympathetic nervous system contributes to increased heart rate variability at low breathing rates in yoga.…
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What Is The Correct Alignment For Your Hands In Upward Dog And Downward Dog?

Want to know how to align your hands in upward dog and downward dog? Find out why the focus should…