Knowing your anatomy unlocks an entirely new + advanced world of asana. When we can visualize and truly comprehend just what the huckleberry is going on inside our bodies as we hold and flow through yoga poses, this intimate knowledge gifts the ability to create, modify, and cater practices to and for anyone. If all you knew before was “the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone,” prepare to enter a world of anatomical wonder! Yoga anatomy is crucial curriculum for teachers and for students. Sinewy splendor awaits you, here, in this collection of yoga anatomy books. (New books + lists are added often — subscribe to stay updated!)

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yoga anatomy key muscles of yoga bookThe Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1

by Ray Long
“Patanjali, the patron saint of Yoga, said that mastery combines a balance of science and art. Knowledge of science is like the colors on an artist’s palette — the greater the knowledge, the more colors available. The body is the canvas and the Asanas are the art we create.” F*cking incredible. Yes, I said it. Ray Long’s series is simply beyond. This is your yoga anatomy bible. The illustrations are gorgeous, the information is expertly laid out + communicated, and honestly, you couldn’t ask for more. These books will change everything.

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key poses of yoga book anatomyThe Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 2

by Ray Long
“…we can use the musculoskeletal system to create the forms of Yoga with the body, much as one would use a brush or chisel to create a work of art. This results in a cognitive shift to visual right brain thinking and evokes a trance-like meditative state.” More genius and a yoga books must-have.

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anatomy coloring bookThe Anatomy Coloring Book

by Wynn Kapit
I ask you, is there a more delightfully fun way to learn anatomy than coloring? I think not. Bust out your Crayolas, because this awesome coloring book is about to drop some body knowledge on you.



trail guide to the body anatomy bookTrail Guide to the Body

by Andrew Biel
Ready to go full anatomy nerd? Let’s do it. This book takes you along a wild adventure through the topography of the human body, likening flesh and bones to the jungle and pointing out fascinating landmarks along the way. It’s spiral-bound because you’ll literally want to splay it out in front of you and pore over sections like “When In Doubt, Ask the Body,” “Explore Your Fascia,” and the excellent pronunciation guide.

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yoga anatomy book leslie kaminoff reviewYoga Anatomy

by Leslie Kaminoff
“Because yoga practice emphasizes the relationship of the breath and the spine, we pay particular attention to those systems. By viewing all other body structures in light of their relationship to the breath and spine, yoga becomes the integrating principle for the study of anatomy. . . . Rather than view asana practice as a way of imposing order on the human system, we encourage you to use the poses as a way of uncovering the intrinsic order that nature put there.”

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hatha yoga anatomy bookAnatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners

by David H. Coulter
“It will be helpful to experiment with each posture, preferably in the order given. This approach will lead you logically through a wealth of musculoskeletal anatomy, bring the academic discourse to life, and permit you to understand the body’s architecture and work with it safely.” Clear, comprehensive, and gives intelligent + helpful exercises to do as you read. With the book’s encouragement to experiment + specific lessons, you’ll learn rapidly while doing.

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the vital psoas muscle book yoga anatomyThe Vital Psoas Muscle: Connecting Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being

by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones
“…written because it explains the only muscle in the human organism that connects the upper body to the lower body. Most people are not actually aware of how important this is. In teaching and researching the psoas as a major force in the body, I began a journey for the kinesiological point of view, into the realm of body flow, energies, and proprioception.” Getting quite friendly with the psoas will serve you well.

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anatomy for vinyasa flow standing poses yoga bookYoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses

by Ray Long
Another epic yoga anatomy book from Ray Long, the first in a series of four brilliant books.

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yoga anatomy for hip openers and forward bends bookYoga Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends

by Ray Long



yoga anatomy for backbends and twists bookYoga Mat Companion 3: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists

by Ray Long

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yoga anatomy for arm balances and inversions bookYoga Mat Companion 4: Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions

by Ray Long

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