Yoga Anatomy Articles


Arm balance postures ask us to balance our weight on our hands or arms. They can challenge our ideas of what is possible.

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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Is Shoulder Range of Motion Restricting My Handstands And Arm Balances?

This month, David answers the question: Is shoulder rotation restricting my handstands and arm balances? David shares some techniques for…
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Transverse Abdominis Muscle

This month David is highlighting the transverse abdominis muscle. Take a look at where this muscle attaches, what action it…
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How Do You Know When to Add Poses in the Ashtanga Intermediate Series?

How do you know when it’s time to add poses in the Ashtanga intermediate series? In this post, David discusses…
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Should I Be Opening My Knees for Lotus?

This month, David answers a question about whether you should open your knees for lotus? You shouldn’t, you should focus…
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Rectus Abdominis Muscle

This month David is highlighting the rectus abdominis muscles. Take a look at where these abdominal muscles attach, what actions…
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What Are Our Intentions in Side Angle and Revolved Side Angle Pose?

David breaks down side angle and revolved side angle pose. Learn what components allow or restrict access to these postures.…
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Are My Arms Too Short to Jump Through?

This month, David answers a question about body proportions and the vinyasa transition: jump through/jump back. Is it true that…
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Chaturanga and Shoulder Injuries in Yoga – What’s Going On?

When are yoga practitioners most at risk for shoulder injuries? David reports on the experiences of our survey of 2000+…
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The Internal and External Oblique Muscles

This month David highlights the unique external and internal oblique muscles. Take a look at where these muscle attach, what…
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Should I Pull the Flesh from Sitting Bones in Forward Bend?

This month, David answers a question about forward bending. David discusses why we sometimes like to pull the flesh from…
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Splenius Muscles

This month David is highlighting the splenius muscles. They work to extend and rotate the neck. Take a look at…
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What Are Our Intentions In Triangle and Revolved Triangle Pose?

David breaks down triangle and revolved triangle pose. Learn what components allow or restrict access to these postures. Understand what…
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Butt Pain and Sciatica: How Do I Tell if This Pain is Sciatica?

This month, David answers a question from Mort about butt pain and sciatica. While pain in the gluteals is sometimes…
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How Much Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is Too Much?

How do you know when you might be acquiring an anatomical imbalance from yoga practice? In this post, David discusses…
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Knee Injuries in Yoga: When Are Your Knees Most at Risk?

When are yoga practitioners most at risk for knee injuries? David reports on the experiences of our survey of 2000+…
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Scalene Muscles

This month David is highlighting the scalene muscles. They work to stabilize and move the neck. They also assist as…
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Should the Knee Ever Go Past the Ankle or Toes in Warrior?

Should the knees go past the ankle or toes? We hear this all the time in yoga classes but why…
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How Do You Know When to Add Poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series?

How Do You Know When to Add Poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series? In this post, David shares what he…
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Gender and Yoga Practice: Is There Any Relationship?

Is yoga practice different between genders? Our survey shows more similarities than differences in yoga practice experience between genders!…
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Sternocleidomastoid Muscle

This month David is highlighting the sternoleidomastoid (SCM) muscles in the neck. These muscles are important for both stabilization and…
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Is the Psoas Stretched in Supta Virasana?

Is supta viarasana really a psoas stretch? David explains the anatomical reasons why the psoas is not necessarily stretched in…