Anatomy & Physiology

Body of Knowledge 

…believes yogis want to unplug, go inside, and practice by listening. They want the freedom to practice wherever and whenever it meets their schedule.

Yoga Anatomy

Courses and resources inspired by the teachings of T.K.V. Desikachar.  Leslie Kaminoff  is an internationally recognized specialist with thirty six years’ experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He is also the author of Yoga Anatomy. There are both complimentary and payment based courses and resources on this site.

Anatomy for Yogis

Align your body while releasing tightness and tension. This collection of practices, lectures, and demonstrations are designed to take an in-depth look at the anatomy of the body. (This is a membership based site.)

Body Region Specific

The material in this section will rotate based on interest of readers of the site and needs expressed by The Yoke community.

Fascia

Why Fascia Matters by Krystyn Strother

A brief explanation of what fascia is and why it matters to you and your overall wellbeing.

What Every Teacher (& Practitioner) Should Know About Fascia by Jenni Rawlings

…fascia was disregarded as nothing more than an inert “space-filler” inside of us.

Flexion

Standing Forward Bends by Roger Cole

This reflex causes a stretched muscle to automatically contract in opposition to the stretch. If you try too hard to bend forward, you trigger stretch reflexes in your hamstring muscles.

Danger of Lumbar Flexion in Yoga by Dr Carla Cupido

Over time, with excessive lumbar spinal loading or flexion, the disc develops microtears. 

Shoulders

Tiffany Cruikshank’s Guide to the Shoulder Girdle + Its Actions

How to Avoid Shoulder Injuries in Chaturanga and Plank by Doug Keller

Arm-strengthening poses like chaturanga and plank protect the shoulders—if you do them correctly. Learn how to prevent shoulder pain and injuries with simple exercises.

Further Reading & Study Resources

  • The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit/Lawrence M. Elson

Color your way into understanding the anatomy of the human body.

Thousands of graphic drawings demonstrate the physical structures of the musculoskeletal system and their functional relationship to the movements of the human body.

An illustrated guide to postures, movements, and breathing techniques.

Covers locomotor system, the vertebral column, the lower extremity, the trunk, and the upper extremity.