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 Practice Reduce Obesity And Metabolic Syndrome?

David summarizes recent research that suggests yoga practice can positively impact obesity and markers of metabolic syndrome.…
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How Can I Work Backbends With Scoliosis?

David answers a question about how to work backbends with scoliosis. He shares some tips for focusing on the hip…
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Should The Heels Be Lined Up In Revolved Triangle And Warrior Pose?

David explains why having the heels lined up in revolved triangle and similar poses is not the only way to…
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What Are We Doing In Bhujapidasana?

David describes the anatomy of what is happening in bhujapidasana and explores techniques for evolving this challenging posture.…
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How Does Yoga Work?

Researchers propose a model which suggests that yoga and other contemplative practices work by using specifically regulated breathing techniques (low…
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Should I Do Full Expression Of A Pose On One Side If I Can’t Do It On The Other Side?

David explains why you should do both sides of a posture even if one side is more flexible than the…
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Should The Knee Go In Front Of The Ankle In Yoga?

David explains when it’s okay for us to place the knee in front of the ankle in poses like side…
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The Pubococcygeal Muscle (PC Muscle)

This month I highlight the pubococcygeal muscles, or PC muscles. Learn where these pelvic floor muscles are found, what they…
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Why Is Navasana (Boat Pose) So Hard?

In this article, David explores the anatomy of navasana. Understand the intentions for this posture and how to evolve it.…
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What Causes Abdominal Cramps During Primary Series?

David answers the question: What causes abdominal cramps during primary series? He explains why repeated forward bending and dehydration could…
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How Much Is Too Much Yoga Practice Too Soon?

Learn what it means to do too much yoga practice too soon and get some ideas on how to build…
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Yoga Postures Stabilize The Shoulder Blade

Researchers found that some yoga postures show promise for use as a preventative therapy to stabilize the scapula and potentially…
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How Do I Self-treat Sit Bone Pain and Obturator Internus?

David answers the question: How do I self-treat sit bone pain and obturator internus? He explains that sit bone pain…
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An Anatomical Breakdown of Marichyasana D

In this article, David explores the anatomy of marichyasana D. Understand the intentions for this posture and how to evolve…
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Why Is Breathing In Twists So Hard?

David explains from an anatomical perspective why breathing in twists can feel so challenging! Learn how you can evolve your…
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The Anatomy of Standing Half-bound Lotus Pose

In this article, David deconstructs the anatomy of standing half-bound lotus. Explore multiple intentions for this posture and gain insights…
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Should You Contract Or Relax The Glutes In Urdhva Dhanurasana?

This month David answers the question: Should you contract or relax the glutes in urdhva dhanurasana? He explains why the…
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The Multifidus Muscles

This month I highlight the multifidus muscles. Learn where these back muscles are found, what they do, and what yoga…
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Adjusting Triangle Pose And Revolved Triangle: Where Is Your Intention?

David discusses the key ideas for safely and effectively adjusting triangle pose and revolved triangle. Learn which adjustments might be…
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Should I Do Setu Bandhasana And Shoulder Stand?

This month David answers the question: Should I do setu bandhasana? David explains how other postures prepare the body for…
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An Anatomical Breakdown Of Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

In this article, David deconstructs the anatomy of utthita hasta padangusthasana. Explore multiple intentions for this posture and gain insights…