Yoga Anatomy

Recent Anatomy Articles

  • Out of Joint

    The sacroiliac joint—where the pelvis and sacrum meet—is where many yogis experience lower back pain. But you can resolve the discomfort in the same place it started: on the yoga mat.
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  • Primer on the Piriformis

    The surprising key to soothing sciatica and lower back pain is a muscle you may never have heard of—the piriformis.
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  • Twists and Triangles

    Knee health is emphasized by balancing the actions of Trikonasana with its revolved version.
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  • Easy Seat

    Strengthen your lower back and free yourself from back pain in seated poses.
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  • Straight Up

    A properly aligned Shoulderstand is a joyful thing, and props can make it possible.
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  • From the Neck Down

    Numbness and pain in your arms or hands may stem from upper-body tension. Gently release it.
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  • The Eyes Have It

    To encourage a meditative state, find the right gazing spot.
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  • Hard Core

    Sick of sit-ups? Strengthen your abdominals and hip flexors by practicing Lolasana.
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  • The Max Factor

    There's a great divide among yoga teachers about the correct way to use the gluteus maximus—the main muscle of each buttock—in backbends.
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  • Round Control

    To enjoy all the benefits a forward bend has to offer, find just the right amount of rounding in your back.
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  • Happy Feet

    Put your feet through basic training for a strong, light, and lifted Warrior 1.
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  • What's my Line?

    Once you find proper alignment in Tadasana, you'll balance with ease in Headstand.
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  • Turning Point

    In twists, should you keep your pelvis pointing straight ahead or let it turn?
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  • Your Best Bend

    Bring freedom to your neck in Camel Pose by mobilizing your upper back and chest.
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  • Shoulder to Shoulder

    Liberate your upper body by strengthening and lengthening your latissimus dorsi muscles.
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