Anatomy of Yoga

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The practice of yoga is both spiritual and physical, understanding the anatomy of yoga teaches yogis about physical alignment and which muscles are engaged in each asana. When a yogi has a fundamental understanding of bones and muscles as they are used in yoga postures, they can begin to develop a deeper practice that addresses weaknesses, imbalances and strengths.

The concept of the anatomy of yoga is often passed one from teacher to student and is a fundamental part of growing a yoga practice.

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Whether a yogi chooses to practice yoga for enlightenment, recovery from an injury or to improve their overall fitness, having a solid understanding of the anatomy of yoga is empowering and will help yogis to achieve their goals.

The more yogis know about what their body is doing in their yoga practice, the easier it will be to overcome weaknesses and imbalances, recover from and prevent injury, deepen their practice and learn advanced postures. Knowing the muscular engagement and anatomical alignment for yoga practitioners allows yogi to realize what their limits are and removes barriers, as they learn the difference between what their bodies can actually do versus what they think their bodies can do.

"Anatomy of Yoga" is also the title of a reference book for teachers of yoga or anyone interested in learning more about which muscles are used in each asana and was written by Dr. Abigail Ellsworth and published in 2013.



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