Yoga Anatomy Articles


I love getting your questions and answering them on video. It helps me understand what you’re interested in. Below you’ll find all of the questions I’ve answered on video so far. Submit your own questions.

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.


OR, JUST SEARCH!


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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 I highlight the sternoleidomastoid (SCM) muscles in the neck. These muscles are important for both stabilization and movement…
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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…
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Tensor Fascia Latae Muscle and the Iliotibial Band

This month I’m highlighting a unique muscle, the tensor fascia latae along with its related structure, the iliotibial band. This…
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How Do Long Femurs in Yoga Effect Handstands and Jump Throughs?

David shares some anatomical reasons for why working with long femurs in handstands and jump throughs might be challenging!…
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Yoga and Aging: Is Yoga Practice Different As We Age?

Does yoga practice change as we age? Our survey shows small differences between practice habits and experiences between some age…
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Gluteus Maximus Muscle

This month I’m highlighting the gluteus maximus muscle. This is a powerful hip extensor. Take a look at where this…
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Leg Behind Head Pose and Neck Pain

Working with eka pada sirsasana (leg behind head) is the subject of this month’s question of the month. David offers…
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Is Standing Forward Bend As Simple As It Looks?

David breaks down two variations on standing forward bend, padagusthasana and pada hastasana. Learn what components allow or restrict access…
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Gluteus Medius Muscle

This month I’m highlighting the gluteus medius muscle. This is one of the muscles responsible for stabilization and abduction at…
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Ankle Pain in Half Lotus Pose: How to Evolve Your Half Lotus Without Pain

David shares his approaches to working with ankle pain in half lotus. Find out what might be causing your ankle…
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Forward Bends and Hamstring Injury: Have You Injured Your Hamstrings?

Hamstring injuries are prevalent in yoga. In our survey, we found some very interesting relationships between forward bends and hamstring…
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Deep Six Lateral Rotators

This month I’m highlighting the deep six lateral rotators. The deep six lateral rotators are a powerful group of muscles…
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Yoga Twisting and Disk Herniations: Should You Do Twists in Yoga With a Herniation?

Yoga twisting and disk herniations is the topic of this question of the month. David gives some guidelines for how…
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Pectoralis Major Muscle

This month’s muscle is pectoralis major. We’ll take a look at where it attaches in the body, what actions it…
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Yoga Impacts Daily Life: What Are Survey Respondents Saying?

How Are Practitioners Reporting Yoga Impacts Daily Life? A majority of respondents reported that they changed daily habits as a…
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Frozen Shoulder And Yoga: How To Work With It?

This month’s question comes from Shirley, who asks about frozen shoulder and yoga. How do you modify practice for this…
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Injuries In Yoga Adjustments: What Are Practitioners Experiencing?

Injuries In Yoga Adjustments: What Are Practitioners Experiencing? Most respondents reported experiencing hands-on adjustments as “Very Helpful” and did not…
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Sartorius Muscle

This month’s muscle is sartorius. We’ll take a look at where it attaches in the body, what actions it does,…